There are plenty of reasons to get a side job this holiday season, but making a little extra money is probably No. 1 on your list. From buying gifts to visiting friends and family, your bank account can take a real beating during the holidays, and a side gig might be just what you need to ease the pain.
The holidays are just around the corner, so we've found 30 part-time gigs to help you make extra money as early as next week.
1. Errand Runner
Sign up for TaskRabbit, and you can make extra money on the side doing other people's chores and odd jobs like walking dogs, mowing lawns and building IKEA furniture. You get to choose the jobs you take and invoice the company once you're done.
TaskRabbit does charge a 30 percent service fee for your first task with a specific client, but that rate goes down when the same client hires you in the future. If you possess a high-end skill, like carpentry or construction, you could charge as much as $150 an hour for your work. Some Taskers charge $25 to $35 an hour for more general jobs, like event support or furniture assembly.
2. User Tester
If you have 20 minutes to spare, you can make a quick $10 on UserTesting.com. The company pays people to visit websites and apps, complete sets of tasks and give opinions on the experience. You're essentially being paid to provide feedback and record audio of your reaction to an ad, product or website.
To do this side job, a computer, internet connection and microphone are all you need.
3. Rideshare Driver
Driving for Uber or Lyft is one of the hottest side gigs out there right now — more than half of Uber drivers work just one to 15 hours a week. You can pick your own schedule, earn as much as you need and even rent or lease a car if you require one.
According to Uber, drivers make $616 a week in Los Angeles, $732 in Boston and $648 in Chicago. Time notes that both Uber and Lyft take about a 20 percent cut of the profits, but a study from SherpaFare found that Uber drivers in the U.S. still make about $13.36 per trip, while Lyft drivers take in an average of $12.53.
4. Dog Walker
Walking dogs is a great way to earn some extra cash. PayScale.com reports that dog walkers make about $12.39 per hour but can earn as much as $20.
Sites like Care.com, Rover.com, DogWalker.com and Wagwalking.com help connect walkers with dog owners, but you can also place ads on Craigslist or distribute flyers to find your own clients and avoid paying a finder's fee.
5. Pet Sitter
Nearly $63 billion will be spent in the pet industry this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. You can claim a chunk of that change by signing up to watch pets while their owners are out of town for the holidays.
Pet sitting sites such as Rover.com and DogVacay connect pet owners with sitters for a 20 percent cut of the sitter's earnings. At Rover, part-time pet sitters make about $900 a month, and sitters who work just a few times a month can make about $250, according to the New York Post.
Fiverr is a great place for first-time freelancers seeking to build experience and their portfolios. From logo design and animation to editing and voiceover work, you can find tasks suited to your skills.
Prices start at just $5 per project. However, once you accumulate feedback, referrals and experience, you can start charging much more. Some people have taken their Fiverr gigs full-time and make as much as $800 per project.
The holidays are a popular time for parties, and catering companies often need extra hands to keep up with the demand. As an added bonus, catering is flexible, and most of the assignments take place in the evenings and on weekends, so you can keep your day job.
You can find catering side gigs on Craigslist and Indeed or try calling local catering companies. According to data from Glassdoor, catering workers make about $10 to $12 an hour, not including tips.
8. Amazon FBA
Fulfillment by Amazon, also called FBA, allows ordinary people to make money selling products on Amazon. Sellers simply brand and list items on Amazon, and the company takes care of the fulfillment and shipping. As a bonus, Amazon houses the products for you, so you don't need to store any inventory.
During the holidays, FBA sellers can find new and used popular holiday items at a discount and sell them on Amazon for a profit. Aol.com reported that one FBA seller made $10,000 in just two months reselling holiday toys.
9. Virtual Assistant
Rather than hire full-time employees, many companies and small business owners employ virtual assistants to help out with day-to-day tasks. Virtual assistants can work part time and make anywhere from $15 to $60 an hour.
You need to be flexible and prepared to take on tasks like scheduling, accounting, data entry, project organization and even social media management. Administrative assistants on Elance make about $16 an hour, and Upwork virtual assistants can pull in $30 an hour.
10. Remote English Tutor
You can teach English online from the comfort of your home and on a part-time basis, provided that you have excellent grammar, a clear voice, a strong internet connection and lots of patience.
Online English classes are in high demand, and there are several sites dedicated to connecting students and teachers, including Berlitz, Open English, Englishlink, BuddySchool, Gofluent and VerbalPlanet. Additionally, 51Talk pays online English teachers $14 to $22 an hour to teach English to Chinese students. The hours are flexible, but you should be mindful of the time difference to make sure this side gig fits your schedule.
If you have a unique way with words, you could make money writing on the side. Freelance writers can find side jobs in copywriting, editing content for websites and college admissions essays, writing greeting cards or even creating online dating profiles.
Scripted.com, Flexjobs.com, Upwork and Contentmart all help freelance writers find side work, which pays about $24 per hour. Experience has a huge impact on how much you can earn, so as you take on more side work, you can charge higher prices.
12. Car Renter
Make cash on the side renting out your car on Turo, formerly known as RelayRides. And if you're worried about lending out your ride, you can relax knowing the company provides a $1 million insurance policy on all vehicles. Moreover, all drivers are pre-screened.
Turo has a handy calculator to help you figure out how much you can earn renting out your car on the side. For example, if your car is worth $24,000, and you rent it out 15 days per month, you can make more than $7,000 a year.
13. Online Survey Taker
It's not the most exciting side hustle, but there is money to be made filling out online surveys. Many sites have systems in which users can accumulate points and trade them in for cash and gift cards. However, sites like InboxDollars, Swagbucks and Opinion Outpost pay out actual cash.
You can also contact the Columbia University Center for Decision Sciences to sign up for online research studies that pay $16 an hour.
14. Airbnb Host
You probably know that you can rent out a room — or your entire home — on Airbnb to earn some extra cash. However, you might not realize how much you can make.
The most lucrative cities for hosts include Miami, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia, where hosts can make about 90 percent of their monthly rents or mortgage bills, according to SmartAsset. But if you don't live in a big city, there is still big money to be had — on average, the expected annual profit for a two-bedroom listing is $20,619. That's a pretty sweet salary for a side gig.
If you are fluent in another language, translating is a side job that pays well and offers great flexibility. These jobs are usually performed on a freelance basis and can be done remotely, which means you can work from anywhere and on your own schedule.
PayScale reports that translators make nearly $20 per hour, but location and experience can impact your rate. In some cases, an associate's degree or bachelor's degree might be required, but it's not always necessary. If this sounds like a great side job for you, check out Upwork, Gengo or Lingosaur to find your first client.
16. Music Instructor
If you play a musical instrument well enough to teach it, you could make about $37 an hour as a private music instructor. Thanks to technology, this side job can even be done online using Skype and a high-speed internet connection.
Many online music teachers set their own hours and prices, and sites like ZOEN and Lessonface help connect quality teachers with students for a nominal fee.
17. Human Billboard
You can start your own human billboard side business for as little as $2,000. Human billboards are people who hold signs that promote everything from new home developments to tax prep services. You can hire people to work for you or do the job yourself, charging a business $75 to $100 for four hours of sign spinning.
Parents are always on the lookout for reliable, trustworthy caregivers to watch their little ones. Currently, babysitters make an average of $15 an hour, but rates can rise if you live in a city with a high cost of living. According to a study by Care.com, one of the leading sites for connecting parents and sitters, the hourly rate in San Francisco is $16.65. However, babysitters in all cities in the study make more than $11 an hour on average.
19. Vehicle Wrap Advertiser
Turn your car into a moving billboard, and make extra money while you drive. In fact, companies will pay drivers hundreds of dollars a month to plaster their cars with advertisements.
Carvertise pays about $100 a month, as long as you drive as much as you normally would. Wrapify pay fluctuates depending on how often you drive and how much of your car is covered in ads — if you drive 40 miles a day and cover 100 percent of your car, you can make anywhere from $106 to $180 a month.
20. Professional Gift Wrapper
Gift wrapping is a festive way to make money on the side during the holiday season. If you've got an eye for detail and a dash of Martha Stewart, you could make $8 to $12 an hour wrapping other people's gifts.
Stores are hiring now for the holidays, so check out Glassdoor, Indeed, Snagajob and Monster for openings in your area.
21. Snow or Ice Remover
Along with the holiday cheer, you can expect to see snow and ice in the coming months. Someone has to get rid of these hazards, and plenty of people are willing to pay for someone else to handle the problem.
You can remove ice from your neighbors' front steps, keep driveways, roofs and sidewalks clear and ensure cars are ready to drive each morning. You'll most likely need your own equipment, which can cost anywhere from around $20 for a snow shovel to $600 or more for a gas-powered snow blower. However, considering you can charge $25 to $75 an hour, you can quickly recoup any startup costs.
22. Bicycle Delivery Person
The bike messenger business is a healthy way to earn money on the side. Caviar provides food delivery from local restaurants to homes and offices, and Amazon hires bike messengers to help with same-day deliveries.
Caviar and Amazon both pay up to $25 an hour, but you'll need your own bike to sign up. Still, you can earn a significant sum working a few hours a day and stay in great shape.
23. IKEA Furniture Assembler
Assembling IKEA furniture is a skill many frustrated customers are willing to pay for. You can use TaskRabbit, Yelp or even Craigslist to advertise your services.
If you aren't sure what to charge, IKEA provides this service for anywhere from $55 to $999, depending on the value of the item, so make sure you beat the retailer's prices to attract customers.
Many small business owners need help keeping their finances in order — especially during the busy holiday season. According to the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, 10 percent of bookkeepers have part-time jobs in addition to their main work.
If you're new to the business, the AIPB recommends starting with a lower hourly rate and then increasing your price point after 30 days, if the client is happy with your services. You can try cold-calling businesses and getting referrals from CPAs, but sites like Flexjobs and Indeed post part-time and remote bookkeeping jobs regularly.
It might not be the most glamorous role, but you can make good money cleaning homes on the side. Research shows that the average hourly rate for cleaning services in the U.S is between $50 and $70 for two hours of work.
You can make even more by adding on specialized services, like cleaning window treatments for $100 to $200, walls and ceilings for $150 to $300 and furniture and upholstery for $100 to $150. Consider offering holiday package deals to increase your business during this high-demand season.
26. Private Tutor
If you did well in school, know how to ace standardized tests or have experience in a tough subject, you could earn big bucks tutoring kids during the winter break. According to Care.com, private high school tutors charge up to $75 an hour, depending on experience.
You can find your own clients or sign up with a tutoring agency, center or online academy to get business. Word of mouth is critical for this side gig, so the more you work, the more business you're likely to get.
27. Cover Letter and Resume Writer
In a competitive job market, people are willing to pay to make their resumes stand out from the crowd. Professionally written resumes cost $80 to $350, but customers pay up to $700 for packages that include cover letters and follow-up notes. And once you get experience, high-end "executive" resume services, which include interview and salary-negotiation coaching, can cost up to $2,500.
ResumeEdge and WriteZillas help writers find people who need help sprucing up their resumes.
28. Customer Service Representative
As the holiday season heats up, businesses tend to get overwhelmed with customer service calls. This year, Amazon is adding 120,000 seasonal jobs to its payroll, up 20 percent from 2015, according to CNBC. You can also find customer service job listings on Indeed and Glassdoor.
Many of these jobs are part time and temporary, which is great if you're looking for a short-term side gig. According to PayScale, customer service representatives make about $13.20 regardless of how much experience they have.
29. Mystery Shopper
Many stores pay individuals to pose as customers and provide feedback on aspects like cleanliness and customer service. These "mystery shoppers" are paid a fee and reimbursed for any purchases made. A typical salary ranges from $8 to $25 per shopping trip, according to The Penny Hoarder.
Mystery shopping is a popular way to make money on the side, but there are scammers out there who take advantage of the system. Never pay to join a mystery shopping company — it's supposed to pay you.
30. Santa’s Helper
The holidays are high season for Santa, and he's hiring helpers all across the country to take toy orders. In order to excel at this side gig, you have to love kids, possibly pass a background check and perfect just the right "ho, ho, ho!"
If you pose as the Big Guy this Christmas, you could earn a whopping $100 an hour to start, and veterans make as much as $200 an hour. There's also demand for specialized Santas who are bilingual, know sign language or possess special skills, like the ability to ride a skateboard or jet ski.
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