16 of the best seasonal jobs to earn money this holiday season


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The end of your holiday budget might be approaching as quickly as the end of the year. If money’s tight right now, consider getting a seasonal job to earn some extra holiday cash. 

Plenty of people want to hire a helper, find personalized gifts or add some cheer to their holiday event. Here are 16 part-time holiday jobs for earning money on the side this season.

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1. Part-time retail


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Most retailers hire extra help to handle the influx of customers during the holiday season. Check with local stores for seasonal positions and pick up some extra hours (and income) each week. 

Plus, most stores give employees a discount, so if you’re working at a favorite shopping spot, you can save more on gifts, too.

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2. Mystery shopper

If you conduct a lot of holiday shopping, you can make money while doing it by becoming a mystery shopper. Mystery shoppers visit stores and give feedback on their customer experience.

“Mystery shopping is abundant because retailers have specific deals that they want to make sure their employees are offering, and they want to make certain that the retail stores are in welcoming condition,” said Bethany Mooradian, who’s been mystery shopping for 17 years. 

“It’s a great way to earn money on a flexible schedule,” she added.

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3. Holiday item reseller

Whether it’s artificial trees, holiday decorations or ugly Christmas sweaters, you might be able to make some dough by reselling lightly used items. 

Kat Tretina, Student Loan Hero’s resident side hustle expert, said that she used to flip Christmas sweaters to make extra money in college. 

“I would look for (Christmas sweaters) in September or October — the uglier, the better — and sell them on eBay,” she said.

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4. Gift wrapper

Tretina also wrapped gifts — and made decent money doing it — during the holiday season. 

“I would post on Craigslist, and people would pay a flat rate per package,” she said. “I’d go over to their home armed with wrapping paper, glue guns, ribbon and ornaments from the dollar store.” 

After supplies, she estimates she made $20 to $25 an hour wrapping gifts.

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5. Holiday decorator

Plenty of people are willing to pay someone else to put up and take down their holiday decorations. 

This might include setting up interior decorations, such as holiday garlands, hanging ornaments and Christmas tree lights. With a ladder and some know-how, though, you can make even more money putting up lights on home exteriors.

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6. Snow remover

There’s serious money to be made removing snow. You can offer to keep neighbors’ sidewalks and cars snow-free. Businesses in particular need their driveways, sidewalks and parking lots snow- and ice-free. 

This can be an especially lucrative venture if you already own a snow plow attachment.

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7. Rideshare or delivery driver

You may have considered driving for Uber or Lyft, or working for a delivery service like Postmates or Shipt. There’s lots of money to be made shuttling people, food and gifts around during the holiday season. It never hurts to check for surge pricing or driver sign-up bonuses, either.

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8. Holiday baker

The best seasonal jobs let you earn money while you do what you love. 

If you have a passion for baking, make some cash by whipping up holiday-themed cupcakes, cookies, peanut brittle or other treats. You can even cater office parties or assemble baskets of baked goods.

Advertise on a listing site, on social media and by word-of-mouth — just make sure that you’re complying with your state’s cottage food laws.

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9. Family portrait photographer

Lots of people need a professionally taken photo to send with their holiday card this time of year. If you have a decent camera and some photography skills, you can offer family portrait sessions.

Photography prices vary widely by experience and area. Check the pricing that other photographers in your area offer to know what to charge yourself.

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10 Christmas card designer or mailer

If you have graphic design, calligraphy or illustration skills, you can charge a flat rate to design holiday cards.

If you lack those skills, you can still make money by setting up a card-sending service. Customers send you a photo, text and a list of addresses. All you have to do is get everything printed, stuff the envelopes and mail the cards on their behalf.

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11. Live musician

The musically talented can make good money by performing live music at churches, holiday parties and other seasonal gatherings. Heck, get the band back together and learn some holiday carols!

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12. Santa impersonator

Resemble a certain jolly holiday figure? Try your luck as a Santa Claus impersonator — some Santas reportedly make hundreds of dollars an hour and even more on weekends, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Even if you’re renting a costume, you can still come ahead with this gig.

If you aren’t exactly a doppelganger for Kris Kringle, you can still dress as Mrs. Claus, an elf, a snowman or another holiday-themed character.

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13. House or pet sitter

Since many people skip town this time of year, it’s perfect for making some extra money as a house or pet sitter. If you’re visiting another city, house-sitting can also be a great way to score free lodgings.

Sites like Rover connect pet parents with locals who are willing to provide in-home care, dog-walking and other services while their owners are away. This is an especially fun way to make some cash if you’re an animal lover.

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14. Babysitter

If you really want to make some dough, fall back on an old standby: babysitting. 

“We go on a hiring spree before the holidays because of the increase of business during that time in all of our markets,” said Rachel Charlupski, founder of The Babysitting Company. “Sitters make between $15 and $30 per hour, and some even get perks like first-class travel to Aspen, Europe and even private islands.”

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15. New year’s resolution coach

Gene Caballero, founder of lawn care service GreenPal, has a unique way of making money each holiday season: He helps people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. 

Between his exercise science degree and his past experience as a personal trainer, Caballero can put together personalized fitness plans. 

“The timing for this is perfect because these plans can be given as gifts to family members and friends, or even coworkers,” he said. 

If you have similar expertise, you can help people plan career goals, financial resolutions and other important personal accomplishments.

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16. All-purpose holiday helper

“This time of year can be especially busy and stressful,” said Angie Nelson, entrepreneur and owner of The Work At Home Wife. “Rather than spend our days stressed out and unable to enjoy the festivities, we outsource what we can around the holidays.” 

Many people who are short on time are willing to pay others to clear some items from their to-do list.

“It’s also pretty easy these days to find a short-term personal assistant who can help with last-minute shopping and running errands leading up to holiday gatherings,” Nelson added. 

Whatever time or talents you have, there are plenty of opportunities to put both to use earning extra cash before the end of the year. There’s still time to find the best seasonal jobs in your area — and your holiday budget will thank you.

This article originally appeared on StudentLoanHero.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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