The stresses of affording gifts and other holiday items typically begins at the beginning of October. The kids start talking about what they want before Halloween and all parents see are dollar signs adding up in front of them. Those that are under-employed or minimally employed do have options to make extra cash for the holidays without having to take out one of those quick loans or other similar options.
Participate in Holiday Craft Shows
Learning a craft or taking items that you already know how to make for participating in craft shows is a great way to earn extra holiday cash. Many craft shows do allow food items to be sold as well. This is the best time to sell packaged family recipes. Make sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the directors.
Offer Winterization Services
Helping the elderly and those with busy schedules or disabilities prepare their homes for winter is a great money maker too. Many are not able to climb ladders or use their hands to make tight seals around windows and doors. This is a valuable service that does not require any particular licensing to be in place.
Types of services to offer for winterization:
- Installing weather stripping around doors
- Using heat shrinking plastic on the windows
- Check vent airflow
- Look for leaky faucets
- Bringing plants indoors
- Preparing the ground for winter
These services can be billed hourly or on a fixed rate agreement.
Open a Holiday Item eBay Store
There is still plenty of time before the 2015 holiday season. It is a great time to open an eBay store with specialty holiday décor and hot gift items. The money comes quick when you are competitive and there are several companies that you can sign up with for free that offer warehouse direct shipping so that all you have to do is place the items for sale on eBay. You don’t have to go to the post office; you just sit back and watch your items sell. Choose the items wisely.
Making money for the holidays is possible when you explore your capabilities. In many parts of the United States it snows far before Christmas. Take advantage of this and offer snow plowing or shoveling services for extra cash. If you have a large pickup truck, you can offer pulling services for those that slide off the road. Use these options rather than taking payday loans and get ahead instead of playing catch up this holiday season.