Work-from-Home. Over the holiday season, we can all use a little extra cash, and luckily, there are more chances to pick up additional work during this period. Many retailers recruit retail workers during the season — but working Black Friday sales isn’t the only way to make a profit. These 10 home-based jobs will help you earn extra cash and build your vacation nest egg.
Many holiday positions would take months in advance to be set in motion. Around July and September the perfect time to start making holiday work arrangements is. But you may also be able to pick up some extra holiday cash in November or December – or start making plans for next year.
Assist, in person or virtually
At the end of the year, people are so overwhelmed that many would outsource daily activities such as running errands, shopping, or wrapping presents. If you have freight transport and daily free time periods, you can agree to take on these duties for an hourly or per-task charge.
You can either advertise as a personal assistant to find this form of job or put the word out by friends and family that you are available to help with holiday tasks. Another route is to become a virtual assistant, either for individuals or via a customer-connecting service. Via short task sites like TaskRabbit, you can also find people who need personal assistants for single-time work.
Take on micro tasks
If you have only small bits of time to earn money, micro-jobs can be the thing.
Microwork sites allow people to make money by performing discrete tasks, such as checking the pages of a website or entering data. Generally speaking, each job takes less than an hour and costs a small amount, so you’ll probably make under minimum wage. Many of these sites have a minimum amount that you must meet (often about $50) before you can transfer money into your bank account.
You can also do micro-tasks with money-making applications on your mobile phone when you’re running errands, driving, or shuttling kids around. Nonetheless, these devices do come with risks, so they shouldn’t be your only source of extra revenue.
Work in translation
If you understand several languages, there are several businesses searching for work-at-home translation positions of bilingual staff. Such functions may include assessment of the search engine, transcription, captioning, data analysis, and description in hundreds of languages and dialects. Some businesses also employ customer service agents for bilingual call center jobs. Most roles allow you either to be a native speaker or to speak fluently.
Decorate for the holidays
People employ holiday decorators not just because they don’t have the time to do it themselves but because they want more intricate professional decorations. Talent and experience in floral design or interior design are useful when starting a vacation decorating business.
To convince clients to recruit you, spend some time in creating a portfolio of designs that will show off your work. Take decent pictures of every holiday decoration you do, whether or not you’ve been paid for it. Using either a website or a social media page to promote your work online and a book promotes to offer customer meetings.
Take in paying guests
Profit through a company like Airbnb on all holiday travel by sharing your house. When you’re away rent a room, a guest apartment, or even your entire home.
Work-from-Home. You will need to spend some time setting up such as planning your room, taking photographs, and putting your listing on a website before you rent your place. You may need to invest in a durable holiday decor to rent during the holidays, which can be set up while visitors are in residence but you are away.
Sell crafts and gifts
If you’re an artist with accumulating homemade pieces, the holiday season is the time to sell them. Shoppers are also hunting for handmade gifts and exclusive décor. Build a booth at local bazaars and festivals, sell products online through marketplaces like Etsy, or search for stores that carry products produced by local craftspeople.
Work-from-Home. Don’t wait too long to get started; it takes time to build an inventory and tables will fill up early on at crafts fairs. If you want to sell holiday handicrafts, continue your summer planning.
Work at a call canter
If you want an additional paycheck instead of a home company, search for holiday employment at home call centers.
Many home call center jobs employ agents beginning in August and September for seasonal employment and these positions usually last through January. There aren’t many criteria and credentials for these positions, but they are searching for staff with the previous customer service experience.
If you need to clear out some room at home before the gift-giving holiday rush begins, consider becoming an online seller through sites like eBay or Etsy. If you want to start a long-term company or pick up some cash during the holiday season, selling online helps you to get money for items you’d be getting rid of anyway.
Housesit or pet sit
Work-from-Home. Although moving into someone else’s house during the holiday season to house sit is not feasible for everybody, many vacation travelers do not require full-time coverage for their home. Rather, they are more likely to employ someone to check on the house regularly, pick up the mail, switch on lights, or take care of low-maintenance pets such as cats and fish.
The easiest way to find these workers, such as employers, family, and neighbors, is through your social networks. There are also websites for longer arrangements linking housesitters and homeowners.
Babysit or nanny
New parents and families with infants also tend to have their children supervised by an adult or other parent. Those parents are also searching for childcare support with too many holiday parties and activities.
Work-from-Home. Many parents will need childcare during Christmas break when schools and daycare centers are closed if you have daytime availability. The school or playgroup for your child is a good place to network and provide care services for your child.