8 Side Hustles for the Holidays
If you are looking to make some extra dough before Christmas, I have some side hustles just for you.
These gigs beat sitting on your duff eating too much food or binge watching too many Christmas movies.
They can also inspire you to get that gift for that special someone.
Not everyone gets a white Christmas full of snow each year so I’m going to steer clear of any super wintery (AKA freezing temperatures, requires snow) kind of side hustles in this post in an effort to give everyone the opportunity to pick a side hustle of choice.
Here are 8 side hustles you can use to turn your time into money this holiday season.
Snatch up the seasonal retail jobs.
Generally speaking, you can start to plan for holiday side gigs as soon as you start to see them put out the holiday pumpkins.
(Yes, as early as August.)
October, November and early December are also great times to survey the holiday retail landscape and to snatch up a few extra paychecks.
Amazon hires seasonal workers in-house (warehouse) and telecommute (work-from-home) jobs for all the fantastic shipping and orders that take place during the holiday season.
Big box retailers like Best Buy, Macys, JC Penney, Kohls and more also hire seasonal workers to help them get through the holiday rush.
Bakeries, eateries and caterers also look for extra helping hands during corporate parties, galas, black tie events and other big Christmas celebrations.
Seasonal theme park employee
You don’t have to love roller coasters to cash in on this one.
You just need to look alive and smile and be available between peak times like the days between Halloween and Christmas. Theme parks will also train seasonal workers as food stand workers and arcade attendants.
This one is a plus if you generally have patience with complete strangers, like being around people or if you just like making some money.
Become a driver helper.
Delivery companies like UPS and FedEx often hire seasonal workers to help carry packages.
You won’t be driving a delivery vehicle but you can act like a Robin to their Batman and assist with the lifting and carrying of packages.
People love to buy oversized TVs, furniture, bedroom sets, mattresses and other large items during the holidays that are too big or too heavy for one person to carry safely.
The sheer volume delivery companies move during the holidays can also leave room for you and your muscles to help out if you choose.
Pumpkin patches and tree farms
This one may require some more networking than the previously mentioned side hustles.
Community pumpkin patches or mom-and-pop tree farms (for example) are less likely to trust a complete stranger to manage their wares or carry their products around their lot.
It is not impossible to get a job here if you don’t already know someone but it helps if you already do.
Santa Claus or Santa’s Helper
If you cannot fake your age, body mass or voice with a reasonable level of makeup, a good costume and vocal improvisation you may need to audition for Santa’s helper and not the big jolly guy himself.
Check to see if this is a paying gig first before you put on the adorable green costume.
Whether you look like an adorable little elf or a tall green giant, you will want to be clear if it is a paying gig or not before you choose to pose for all those pictures and listen to all those Christmas lists.
This one is great because you can turn it into an interior or exterior adventure.
If you have a stylish eye for all things home furnishings, go interior.
If you have a bit of muscle and no fear of heights, go exterior.
People will pay you to make their home look festive inside and out.
Whether you work with them on the inside or outside, get a feel for if they want decorations purchased or if they want decorations used that they already have stored.
As a good rule of thumb, get everything in writing and signed off on before you hang the first ornament or string the first set of lights.
(Take precaution and make sure you have insurance or coverage before you go climbing ladders. Heaven forbid you fall, trip, cut or scrape yourself.)
If you run an exterior light hanging gig do your research beforehand (your local area and target audience) and then expect to be able to drum up work from October to early January for put up and take down (some people want to keep their decorations up until after the new year begins).
House sit, pet sit or babysit.
This is where not being a hermit comes in handy.
Your friends, neighbors and family need someone to house sit, pet sit or babysit when they go on holiday (or they know someone legit who does).
If you can get the gig first, you win.
House sitting is literally the easiest of the three options in terms of manual labor but if you are a social butterfly having sweet animals or a kid or two to look after might be right in your wheelhouse.
All you need to be is trustworthy, safe around anything breathing and 100% loyal to the task at hand.
And you need to be able to respect other people’s privacy and their possessions.
(If you are a kleptomaniac though, I’d recommend a completely different side hustle.)
Also, if you are a young guy, I recommend the pet sitting option.
Your neighbor’s Rottweiler could use a walk around the block and you won’t have to compete with Little Miss Susie for the babysitting gig.
She has baby fever already and besides, she can’t handle guard dogs like you can.
Make sellable items.
Arts and crafts. Rustic signs. Farmhouse décor. Wearable gear. Furniture.
Knicknacks and niches for days.
Fuzzy socks, leg warmers and scarves are always in style during the holidays and winter months.
Those gigantic head warmers for kids and babies with all the bows and stuff on them get sewn by hand and shipped to people long before they pop up on your social media feed.
People have a thing for painted and lettered signs these days, especially with the seemingly evergreen farmhouse trend.
The good news is you don’t have to be a fan of farmhouse to tap into the market during the holidays.
If you have a creative or just flat out diligent bone in your body you can make something and sell it.
Pro tip: try to make something that ships well. If it is too heavy, shipping costs can be prohibitive.
For example, there is a guy in my town that makes dining room tables.
The kind of heavy-duty tables that boast clean lines and great craftsmanship.
Emphasis on the heavy.
He sells to a network of people in his local area around the holidays (and he loves to make the tables) but he has had a hard time profitably shipping them outside the local area.
Each table is very sturdy and very heavy.
Make something sellable then sell it at a price point that people are willing to buy it at that nets more than the cost of making it.
You have a side hustle.
If you are looking to make some extra dough this holiday season, these 8 side hustle ideas just might work for you.
At the very least, they can help you meet new people, make new memories and (yes perhaps even) have some fun during the holiday season.
It doesn’t have to be a career change and it doesn’t have to be snowing outside to work either.
Side hustles can turn your time into money.
They can also add some pretty interesting memories.
Have a side hustle you prefer?
Let me know in the comments below.