So we have officially hit the preparation period for the festive season, and it’s only a matter of time before we start hearing the carols from every corner. Of course no one wants to be left behind, and so everyone is running from every corner trying to get some extra dollars. Savings have never done any better, and people have never worked harder.
I’m going to assume that since you are reading this article, you also have some big plans. Maybe you want to surprise your family, take your girlfriend on an exotic trip, buy your boyfriend that gift he has always wanted, replace that coffee maker for your mother, buy your father a watch or just give yourself an insane treat this Christmas. Whatever plans you have, we both have to agree getting some extra cash is a non-debatable move.
Don’t worry if you have no ideas because this list is meant to help you out.
1. Online writing
We are starting with this because it is among the few jobs that almost anyone can do and does not require any capital, except, of course your laptop and a good network connection. Online writing is quite extensive and whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a student, a driver, a doctor, a janitor, or just any profession, you can get something you are knowledgeable in, one which you can write about perfectly. Major writing websites include Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and Guru.
2. Online surveys
Believe it or not, some sites can pay you for answering a few questions. Logically, the survey won’t roll in as much money as online writing, especially at the initial stages. However, this should not be a disqualifying factor since it is way better than doing nothing, and you don’t need any capital to start it. Besides, answering the questions does not take much time. Try out sites like Survey Junkie and Swagbucks or check out the top 10 survey sites for making money online.
3. Sell stuff online
I have to say nothing has made life more comfortable than the internet. I mean, you can easily get rid of stuff you do not need anymore and still make some money out of it. Clear out your closet. Take a picture of those clothes, shoes, bags, necklaces, earrings, and so on and post it on eBay, and don’t forget that toy you no longer need. If it is something of good value, customers will start hitting you up within no time.
You can also buy stuff before the prices hike and sell them later on Amazon or make homemade products and post them on Etsy.
4. Start Uber or Lyft driving
Cars have become household commodities, and getting one cannot be that difficult. Sign up with a ridesharing company, get your vehicle on the road and start rolling in a reasonable amount of money; it’s that’s simple. Averagely, Uber drivers make $18 per hour, and this is minus the bonuses and tips. Lyft is another ridesharing company you can try.
5. Do deliveries
Almost similar to Uber and Lyft driving is making deliveries. There is quite a number of options to explore as far as this is concerned, and UberEATs is the most known. This basically entails delivering food to customers. In both driving and delivery, all you have to do is sign up and have a car then you are good to go. Notably, if you give this the effort and focus it deserves, it won’t be long before you hit your target.
6. Become a virtual assistant
Because some people are super busy and cannot set up their own appointments, send emails, edit blogs, post work posts on social media, and so on, they need people to do these tasks for them. The good news is, you do not have to be in an office to do this. You do not even have to be in the same physical location as them. All you have to do is to sign up on sites like Upwork and get the jobs rolling in, of course after you submit good proposals. The most available tasks under this are transcription, emailing and proofreading jobs.
7. Design and develop websites
If you are good at graphic designing, then this is the best time to put your skills to work. But first, you need to start by marketing yourself. Once you put your skills out there, orders will be literally following you. Among all the ideas in this article, web designing is perhaps the best paying.
8. Test websites
This could be a little hard to believe, but companies actually pay for their websites to be tested for usability and responsiveness. You can earn up to $10 for every test you do. Simply sign up on sites like UserTesting.com and get started on getting that money. Also, these tests do not take a lot of time, which means you can do many.
9. Vlogging and video editing
Besides writing, vlogging is another online job that is getting a lot of popularity. This is because it does not require any technical skills. Just take a video while you are having a good time, do “how-to” videos, do tutorials, and so on. Vlogging also pays well after your channel has been monetized. The downside to this, however, could be us reaching Christmas before your YouTube channel gets monetized. But not all hope is lost, because you can use your video editing skills to earn a few extra dollars.
10. Become a baby sitter or a house sitter
What deal is better than getting paid for sitting and watching kids in the absence of the parents? Honestly, I cannot think of any. All you need to qualify for this is be old enough, responsible, and of course, know where to search for the opportunities.
Getting extra cash for Christmas has never been easier, and with the right kind of mindset, there is no way you will miss your target. Simply make your choice and give it the best effort.