Extra Cash for the Holidays Can Ease the Stress Level for Sure
The holiday season is upon us and whether we like it or not, it is the most expensive month (or two) of the year. All those expenses on gifts, food, travel and holiday decorations can leave us feeling like we’re destined for an empty wallet, but the holiday season does not have to break your bank if you can stash some extra cash into your holiday savings account. There many different ways to make extra cash nowadays thanks to the internet and gig economy. We will look at 10 easy ways to make extra cash for the holiday season in this article. All these ways are easy, fast and legitimate ways to make extra money.
You can earn cash from writing online if you have a way with words and especially if you know a ton about a specific topic. If you have good research skills, then you can write more articles, blog posts and web pages using your writing and research skills. Businesses, professionals, and individuals that have websites need content and they often outsource their content writing projects to online writers.
Writing content for other folks and/or companies is a great way to earn cash quickly to boost your holiday fund. You can start by joining a freelance site like Upwork, Freelancer or PeoplePeHour, or an article writing job site like Textbroker, iWriter or Online Writing Jobs. It is relatively quick and easy to land writing jobs on sites like Textbroker and iWriter because you can pick jobs directly from a live streaming job board.
You can also get hired for writing jobs on Fiverr. Simply join the site as a Seller and list your service by creating a gig or more. There are many websites that accept articles and blog posts on a wide variety of topics and pay for each approved piece of content to the writer. Also, you can write articles on your favorite topic(s) and put them up for sale on content marketplaces like Constant Content, dotWriter, etc.
If you are browsing the internet often, then you can get paid a little cash just for surfing the internet. There are some websites that will actually pay you to do a variety of tasks that you already do online while surfing the internet. These tasks include watching videos, shopping on the web, playing games, answering surveys online, and doing other tasks.
Swagbucks is a rewards website that will pay you to do all these tasks and more. If you want to take only surveys online, you can find them on this site. You will earn Swagbucks (SB) or rewards points for each task that you complete. These points can be converted into PayPal cash or gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart. You can use the cash or these gift cards during the holiday season. If you surf the internet often, then you can earn quite a bit of extra cash every month just through Swagbucks.
Fiverr is one of the best sites on the Internet to make extra money for the holiday season. You can offer to do small tasks for people and get paid at least $5 for each task that you complete. You can charge more than $5 per task, depending on the time required to complete the task and the complexity of the task, though. If you have a talent for anything, no matter what it is, you can utilize your talent through the Fiverr website to make some extra cash easily towards the holiday season.
Whether you are good at writing, proofreading, translating, programming, tutoring, marketing, or virtual assisting, or something like singing a birthday song, writing a love letter, painting your face or doing a silly joke, you can advertise your service and sell it through Fiverr. There is a huge buying traffic on Fiverr so you can sell your service quickly on Fiverr to make money for the holiday season.
If you have used and unwanted items in your house, then they can put money in your pocket. You can sell your used items through eBay. You can sell your old clothes, CDs, DVDs, books, etc. stuff through eBay. You can sell your items directly or you can auction off your products for the highest bid. You can also buy in bulk in-demand products at low prices from a low-cost supplier and then resell them for a profit.
Make sure to take a good picture of every item that you want to put up for sale. Write an honest and detailed description of each product. Include the right keywords in the eBay listing title and description of the item to optimize your listing for eBay’s search results as well as search engines’ search results. (And this is not just a way to make money for the holiday season – but some people are making a full time living selling on ebay!)
If you have old phones, no matter whether they are in working condition or not, you can sell them for real money. There are many sites that will pay you for your old phones. Gazelle is a reputable site where you can sell your outdated phones to make some extra cash for the festive season.
You can sell your old clothes directly to customers through sites like Poshmark or threadUP. If you want to sell old furniture and electronics then the obvious go-to place is Craigslist.
Swagbucks is the most popular and largest rewards site on the web that lets you earn money in a variety of ways. You can earn Swagbucks (SB) or virtual points which are redeemable for cash and gift cards to many reputable retailers, such as Amazon, Target and Walmart for watching videos, taking small surveys online, shop online and performing more tasks. You can join Swagbucks now to grab $5 sign-up bonus.
Offer your bookkeeping services
Small business owners and professionals often outsource bookkeeping services to online freelancers who are good with numbers, and have an eye for detail. If you have a degree accounting, finance or bookkeeping, or you have work experience in this field, you can work as an independent bookkeeper from home and earn money for helping these small business owners or individuals.
You can join a freelance site like Upwork or offer your services via Fiverr. You can also help businesses in your area.
A lot of companies hire for home-based workers to work as customer service representatives. Some companies even offer employee benefits if they hire employee customer service representatives. You will usually take inbound calls from your client’s customers or potential customers. Typically, work at home customer service jobs offer flexible hours to do. If you have great communication skills and experience in customer support then this could be an ideal opportunity to make money for the holiday season.
One of the fastest ways to make extra money online is by writing blog posts for numerous websites and blogs all around the internet. You can find and land blog writing jobs through freelance sites, such as Upwork and PeoplePerHour, or online job boards like the Problogger Job Board, BloggingPro, etc. Lots of websites and blogs will buy blog posts from writers on a wide range of topics. You can write high-quality articles on your favorite topic(s) and then submit them for approval to these sites and blogs. Payment for each approved or accepted blog post can vary depending on the site and the word count.
You can also send pitches to offer your blogging services to blog owners. If they are interested in your services, you can write for them and earn money immediately per blog post. This is a quick and one of the best ways to earn extra money online. You can earn several hundred dollars per month consistently if you have average writing skills.
If you are able to take quality photos through your smartphone, then you can sell photos via your smartphone. There are some sites that will pay you for your photos taken by a smartphone. If you are a good smartphone photographer, then you can sell your smartphone photos via some sites, such as Foap, Scoopshot, Clashhot and more. For example, Foap is an app that allows you to upload photos directly from your iPhone or Android smartphone to Foap Marketplace for sale.
If you have special knowledge in a specific academic subject, then you can earn money by tutoring individual kids or college students online, depending on your educational background. You can earn about $15 to $30 an hour by tutoring students online, depending on your experience and the subject that you want to teach. Pay varies by subject and your education and experience. If you have good knowledge in in-demand subjects, such as math and science, then you can earn more money per hour. I have two neighbors, one is a retired school teacher and the other is a college student — they both make money for the holidays by tutoring kids in the neighborhood. (My daughter is one of the students that gets help!)
Advertise your tutoring services on tutoring websites, such as Tutor.com and Chegg and online marketplace like Fiverr to let your potential clients know that you are able to assist them in the subject(s) that you specialize in.
And… my final thoughts on ways to make money for the holiday season…
As always guys, it’s gonna take some effort on your part to tackle some of these options… BUT, the pay off. Literally. If you are looking for ways to make money for the holiday season to offset some of your holiday expenses or get all the money you need for your holiday budget, these money-making ideas, listed above, are for you.
And don’t forget ways to make extra cash here and there online. Finding the best ones for you – it can honestly mean creating a nice little nest egg. For example, Mintvine has made me over $1500 just doing simple, enjoyable surveys. And Crowdtap is another program that lets me cash in my reward points for gift cards. I stockpile these gift cards and give them as special little gifts to friends and family. And it cost me nothing.
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