Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Make some Extra Cash This Holiday Season-Few ideas

So you need to make some extra money this holiday season?

Here are a few ways that you can make some extra cash during the holidays.

~Sell your items at at Art and Craft Show, Flea Market, Bizaars, etc. You can sell just about anything. Creative Crafts, Handmade Cards, Handmade Jewelry, Personalized Clothing, Avon, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Resale items, New and Used Clothing and housewares, Decorative items, Baked goods, etc. You can rent booths or space for as low as $10.  Also connect with other small business owners and see about cross promoting.

~Bake sale or cater dinners-Good at baking and love it? It is now legal for Home bakers and cooks to sell their products directly to buyers at places such as farmers markets, roadside stands and festivals. Click here to read the full article. This is a great opportunity for home bakers and cooks to make some extra cash.

~Sell your items on Etsy, Artfire, Facebook, Ebay-Have a knack for creating things. People love handmade and personalized gifts. Consider selling these items on EtsyArtfireFacebook and  Ebay. Items being sold on Etsy and Artfire are handmade or craft supplies. You can sell just about anything on Facebook and Ebay. For Facebook you can use applications such as Vendor ShopStorefront Social or Payvment.

~Offer your services as a Personal Shopper-Do you love to shop? Were you born to shop? Are you good at finding bargains? Then consider turning that passion into some money shopping for other people. The holidays are a very stressful time to shop and if you have the knack for shopping and the patience then this opportunity to make some extra cash. Personal shoppers can make $15 and hour or more. Considering that this is a very busy and stressful season, think about charge a little more for your time, patience and stress. Get started by telling your friends, family, coworkers, church members, placing ads in local newspapers, on Craigslist, email flyers, post on Facebook and Twitter and any other social media or groups you may belong too, place flyers in grocery stores and network with businesses you frequent that may allow you to leave flyers.

-House Cleaning- Cleaning up during the holidays is just as stressful as shopping and cooking. Many people will pay someone to clean up after the holidays. You can charge by the hour or by the size of the home. Rates depend on the area and if you have any experience. If you are a beginner you can request approximately $20 an hour or more and if you are experienced you can charge a rate of $40 an hour or more. You can use your own supplies or you can request that your clients supply their own supplies.

-Child sitting, Pet sitting or House sitting- many people travel during the holidays and need someone to get their mail, feed and walk their pets, water their plants, etc. 
Consider offering your services as a House, Child or Pet sitter during the holidays. For child and pet sitting-depending on your experience, location and number of children or pets, you can make $10-$20 an hour. Parents/pet owners expect to pay premium rate of up to double times the regular rate during special holidays like New year's Eve. If you aren't the partying type, consider taking advantage of this and bring in the New Year making some extra cash.

-Holiday Gift Wrapping- No one likes to wrap gifts during the holidays so if you like to wrap gifts and are good at it, here is a way to capitalize on this opportunity. Offer your skills as a gift wrapper. Get the word out that you are planning to do gift wrapping. Tell people that are always busy, have lots of people to purchase gifts for, family, friends, coworkers, etc. You can use the same marketing techniques as above. It is a must that you are organized so as you take on more jobs you should inventory each item as people bring them to you. Once you have this info on paper, place all items in the box together and tape the inventory list to it with the client's name and telephone number on the list. I created an inventory list that you can get by clicking here. You can change it to suit your needs. Only work on one client's order at a time, make sure you use name tags for gifts to avoid any mix-ups. Once you have inventoried all your client's items in the boxes, wrapping the items should be a breeze. Make sure the paper coordinates with the person receiving the gift so if it's a woman, use ribbons and bows, for a child use character paper, or paper that specific for boys or girls or unisex paper. Wrap with plenty of tissue paper and secure the items in the boxes and label with gift tags. Depending on the size and complexity of the gift being wrapped, you can charge from $2-$15 per item but you can set your own prices depending on the items you use. You can also rent booths at craft shows and flea markets.

~Hang up holiday lights/Holiday decorating- If you love decorating, consider offering your services to hang up holiday lights and/or decorating homes and offices. You can choose to do indoor or outdoor decorating. You can charge $20 per hour or more. You can place ads on Craigslist, in news papers, tell your friends and family, print flyers, etc. I would also suggest having pictures of your work for reference.

~Writing Services-Good at writing? Offer your services for writing marketing and advertising pieces, newsletters and newspaper ads. Write ads for businesses, online stores

I hope you fund this information helpful. Remember to always be professional in all that you do. These opportunities could turn into lucrative business opportunities in the future.

If you have any to share, feel free to comment with your great ideas on how to make some extra cash during the holiday season.


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