Earn More Money During the Holidays with These Side Jobs

It’s getting close to the holidays and the season of giving, but if your budget is limited, you might not be able to buy gifts for your loved ones. Rather than worry and stress, why not earn more money during the holidays with these side jobs?

We’ve put together a list of the most popular side jobs and ways to earn some extra cash during the holidays.

Turn Your Car into a Taxi

During the holidays, people are traveling all over the country by plane and will need a way to get to and from the airport.

Why not start driving for Uber and Lyft? It’s a great way to supplement your income because you’re a contractor (unless you live in California), so you can drive on your terms. There’s no need to clock in and out.

When factoring in the cost of gas, car maintenance and car payments, Lyft drivers make, on average about $377 per month. While Uber drivers about $364 per month.

Of course, your income all depends on where you live. If you live in a small town, it could be less due to low demand. However, drivers in larger cities can make more than average.

All you will need, besides a car that’s in good shape, is a smartphone so you can access their apps.

Deliver Packages

There’s nothing like the holidays for sending and receiving packages to loved ones. It’s the time of year most e-commerce stores make their biggest profits.

Companies like Postmates and Amazon offer contract work for drivers to deliver packages and other goods locally, and they will need all the drivers they can get during the holiday season.

According to Amazon’s website, FLEX drivers can make about $18 to $25 per hour. And Postmates drivers average about $8 to $15 per hour.

Note that Postmates and Amazon FLEX do not operate all over the country, so check if they are hiring in your location.

Deliver Food

Some people are too busy during the holiday season to cook meals at home. Why not sign up as a delivery driver for DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub? They hire you as a contractor and not an employee so that you can work on your own terms.

On average, DoorDash drivers make about $15 per hour. Uber Eats drivers average between $8 and $12 per hour. And GrubHub pays about $12 per hour. Like driving for Uber or Lyft, this average pay rates factor in the costs of car maintenance and gas.

These companies may not be in your area right now, but keep checking because they are expanding quickly.

Be a Personal Shopper

With all of the holiday parties, there’s bound to be a need for a few trips to the store to get all of the holiday goodies. With more grocery chains offering delivery, why not sign up as a personal grocery shopper and delivery driver?

There are two companies that hire independent shoppers, Shipt and Instacart. The average pay for Shipt is about $11 per hour, and the average wage for Instacart is about $10 to $19 per hour.

As with other gig worker jobs, you will need a smartphone to access their app. And of course, you’ll need a car that’s in good shape to make deliveries. Some stores are now offering shopping-only jobs that don’t require delivery, so be sure to check if delivery isn’t for you.

House and Pet Sitting

With so many people traveling during the holidays, the need for house sitters and pet sitters increases. If you enjoy the company of animals, why not sign up as a pet sitter for Rover or Wag? While these companies are geared more toward dogs, you can sign up as a cat sitter as well.

If you’d rather house sit without any animals to worry about, there are a number of house sitting companies that hire independent contractors. Here are a few to check out:

Note that you have to pay a registration fee for some of these companies, but you can easily recoup the cost with one house sitting job.

Rent Your Space

By now, you have heard of Airbnb for finding places to stay that aren’t hotels. But have you considered renting out your house with Airbnb while you’re away for the holidays? It’s a great way to earn more money during a popular time for traveling.

There are other companies that have cashed in on the trend, namely Flipkey and Homestay. You can even rent out a room rather than your entire home and serve as a host for your guests.

Sell Crafts on Etsy or Facebook

Are you a creative person? Do you enjoy making handmade items? People are always on the lookout for handmade items to give as gifts during the holidays. Why not open your own Etsy shop and sell your wares on the largest and best-known handmade goods website?

If the idea of opening an Etsy shop doesn’t appeal to you, you can look for local Facebook groups that allow you to list items for sale or post your items on Facebook Marketplace. Facebook also allows you to create a business page where you can open an online store.

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