earn money for holidays

The holidays are coming up, which means we need money to spend on all the goodies.

As much as the holidays are a time to spend with family, travel, and have fun, this is also the time when we splurge.

And I am sure that you must be looking for ways to fill up that holiday spending fund.

Today, I am going to share some quick and easy ways for anyone to earn money for the holidays; some of which I have tried myself.

Try them out and see which one gives you the most income.

10 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Earn Money for the Holidays

#1. Use Your Car

It is as easy as it sounds. If you have a car in good condition and meet the requirements, then you can earn money from ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber. Both of these websites have a very easy sign-up process, and you have the flexibility to choose your own hours. This is one of the quickest ways to make money for the holidays. For a limited time, earn an extra $1,000 when you finish your first 125 rides as a Lyft driver.

#2. Sell Items

There are so many things that you can sell online nowadays, like old clothes, books, crafts, electronics, and much more. With so many legitimate websites that can help you sell your stuff, it is easier to get rid of the clutter for the festive season and still earn money.

Trust me; you would be surprised at the things you stock up that you actually don’t need or use. Use platforms like BookScouter, Decluttr, Poshmark, etc. to start selling.

#3. Test Websites

Testing websites can be a very good extra cash earner for holidays as it does not require any particular skill. You need to know your way around sites. By that I mean you should be able to navigate the website and check the functionality.

For this gig, you need a webcam and headphones to speak out your views on the site. Most of the website testing companies like IntelliZoom, Trymata, UserTesting pay around $10 per test.


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#4. Flip Items

If you are a bargain hunter and love remodeling things, then earn extra cash by flipping items. You can flip anything like furniture, antiques, toys, cars, etc. If you’ve got the interest to do this, then this could turn out to be more than just a short-time hustle.

I know this amazing couple who make a full-time income by flipping flea market items. They even make six figures with this! A holiday gig could become a full-blown business for you.

#5. Take Surveys

Taking surveys is one of the fastest ways to earn some spare cash in your free time. But beware, not all surveys are legitimate and pay well. Because you are short on time to make money for the holidays, I suggest taking surveys like Pinecone Research, InboxDollars, Swagbucks, and YouGov.

These surveys pay well and are thoroughly legitimate. You also receive $5 bonuses when you sign up for Swagbucks and InboxDollars.

If you are looking for a website to do more than just surveys, then read our Swagbucks review and find out why it’s the best choice.

#6. Run Errands

If you are a person who enjoys being outside, then taking up some gig jobs can be a perfect way for you to earn money quickly. These are short errands you can do like deliver food, fix things, etc. There are many types of tasks, and you can choose what you want to do.

You can deliver food through companies like Uber Eats and Shipt. Companies like TaskRabbit and Gigwalk have other types of tasks for you. This type of work can suit you best if you have a lot of free time on your hands.

#7. Use Sign-up Bonuses

This is not something new, but it’s a good way to make some fast money. There are so many legitimate non-spammy websites out there that give you good sign-up bonuses. This is in addition to having excellent earning potential from them.

There are many good websites like Groupon, Swagbucks, Rakuten, FusionCash, etc. that give you instant free money when you sign up for them. A quick way to pool up money, isn’t it?!

#8. Pet Sitting

This might not be for everyone, but if you love pets, then you can quickly earn money just in time for the holidays. Pet sitting is a perfect paying side gig, and many websites hire pet sitters.

If this is something you are looking for, then sign up for companies like Rover.com and PetSitter.com and start taking care of the furries.

#9. Teach English

Online teaching is the easiest thing to do now if you are an expert at something. But even if you are a native English speaker, there is a good chance you can start a good side gig by teaching conversational English to Chinese kids through websites like VIPKid or Nicetalk.

VIPKid requires a degree to teach online, and it also helps if you have some prior experience. 

#10. Complete Microtasks

Microtasks are small tasks like surveys, reading emails, short captioning, transcription, data annotation, etc. Though these tasks don’t pay much, if you couple them with other gigs, they can earn you good cash before the holidays.

Sign up for websites like Amazon MTurk, CrowdSource and Clickworker to start exploring this money-making opportunity. I have a full post on how to make money from MTurk; read this post before you sign up.

All the above ways to extra income are very flexible and can be done by anyone. Keep in mind that all these ways are just additional income options, and they can only suffice your extra income needs.

Make the holidays a stress-free time to enjoy with family and start boosting your shopping funds early!

About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha, and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, a side hustler, and a firm believer in making "working from home" a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, and Skillcrush.Read more...

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