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23 Easy Side Hustles You Can Do to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays

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Need some easy side hustles to make some quick cash for the holidays?

I feel ya.

Every year, I say I’m not going to overspend And every year, without fail, I end up shelling out way more than I planned to on gifts, decorations, food, wrapping paper–you get the picture.

It’s a fast way to end up on the naughty list with your budget. And if you find yourself doing it year after year, it’s time to start a new holiday tradition.

That’s where having a side job comes in.

Starting a side hustle is a great way to make extra money for holiday spending. You could make enough to cover your budget and maybe even have some left over to stash in a savings account for the new year.

Don’t have a lot of time to spend on a side gig between now and December? No sweat.

I’ve rounded up some of the best easy side jobs you can do now to start getting ahead.

 

23 Side Job Ideas to Make Extra Money for Holiday Shopping

1. Be a pet sitter

easy side hustlesIf I didn’t already have two crazy dogs and a very snooty cat to manage, I’d seriously consider becoming a pet-sitter.

Why? Because this is one of those easy side hustles that also falls under the heading of being fun.

Getting to play fetch with a friendly doggo or two all day? Heck yeah, sign me up!

If that sounds good to you too, you can become a pet sitter with Rover. It takes just a few minutes to create your sitter account.

As side job ideas go, this one is a winner for money-making potential. According to Rover, you can make up to $1,000 a month as a dog sitter through the site.

2. Be a people sitter

So, maybe you’re allergic to dogs. Or you’re just not a pet person. You can still get paid to sit–just for people instead of animals.

I don’t mean just kids either. There are lots of seniors out there who could use a companion or someone to help with running errands.

Sittercity can help you find sitting gigs. Head here to join and start offering your services.

3. Deliver food

If you need a flexible side hustle to make money for your holiday spending, becoming a Dasher with DoorDash could be worth your time.

DoorDash pays $1 per delivery, plus 100% of customer tips. Every delivery has a guaranteed minimum you’ll earn, depending on the details of the order.

This is a side job you could clean up on if you’re fast, since the more deliveries you make the more you can earn. If you’re cool with a side gig that requires some driving, head over to DoorDash and sign up!

4. Get paid to lose weight

I’m not gonna, my favorite part about the holiday season is the food. I am that give-me-pumpkin-spice-everything kind of person.

But maybe you’ve got more willpower than I do and can stick to your diet. If so, here’s a great side hustle for you: get paid to lose weight with HealthyWage.

Here’s how it works. You set a weight loss goal for yourself. Then you join a team challenge or set up an individual challenge to lose weight.

You work on losing weight. If you drop the pounds needed to reach your goal, you win cash!

For easy side hustles, getting healthy and getting paid sounds like a great trade to me.

5. Take surveys online

Taking surveys can be a pretty quick way to earn a few bucks toward your holiday spending budget.

There a ton of survey sites out there that will pay you cold hard cash for a few minutes of your time. The trick is to find survey sites that pay the most.

If you’re looking for some places to get started, here’s a shortlist of survey sites to try:

You can sign up for one of them or all of them. Just remember to check out the payout structure so you know how much you can earn and when you’ll be able to collect your cash.

6. Get paid for odd jobs

If you’re at all handy you could make money doing easy side hustles as a Tasker for TaskRabbit.

This site helps people who need help with simple tasks around the house. For example, you might get paid to help someone with a move or put together furniture.

It’s super simple to make money through the app.

  • You create your Tasker account.
  • TaskRabbit notifies of you jobs that are available nearby.
  • You choose the ones you want to complete, based on the pay rate and time involved.
  • Once you and the person offering the task agree on a rate, you do the work and get paid through the app.

The best part about doing side jobs through the app is that you can make it fit your schedule. And when you’re trying to navigate the hectic holiday season, flexibility is everything.

7. Hire yourself out on Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers of all kinds can connect with people who need their services.

So, depending on your skills you could find gigs for:

  • Voiceover work
  • Freelance writing or blogging
  • Translation
  • Video editing
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration

If you’re looking for some creative side hustles to make money, definitely look into Fiverr. It’s free to create an account.

Bonus tip: Check out Fiverr Learn. They’ve got tons of different online courses you can use to boost your creative freelancing skillset!

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8. Start freelance writing

I’m a freelance writer so duh, of course, this is on the list of favorite easy side hustles for the holidays or any time.

I got started freelancing as a new mom side hustle and have spent the last five years growing it into a full-time business.

Take a look at this post on the best ways to get paid to write. Then, head over to my other blog and sign up for my FREE 6-day email course to learn how to start freelance writing!

9. Learn to proofread

Proofreading is one of those easy side hustles that pretty much anyone can learn.

Being a proofreader means reviewing written content and checking it for things like spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and other typos.

I use Grammarly as a writer to help with all of that but some companies pay big bucks for proofreaders.

The best part? You don’t need any previous experience proofreading to make money at it.

If you want to learn more, I highly recommend this free intro to general proofreading webinar from Caitlin Pyle.

She’s the real deal and her webinar walks you through everything you need to know to decide if proofreading is right for you. So go check it out!

10. Do some user testing

Have you ever visited a website or tried an app and thought, wow, this could be so much better. 

If so, you could make money by testing out websites and apps, then offering your opinion on what’s good (or bad) about them.

There are a LOT of sites that pay people to be user testers but to keep it simple, here’s a list of some of the most popular ones:

Just like with the survey sites I mentioned earlier, make sure you check out the payout structure so you know what you’re making and when you’ll get paid.

11. Try transcription

Transcriptionists take audio and video recordings and convert them into a written document. This could be a great side hustle for you if you have good typing skills.

Similar to becoming a proofreader, you don’t necessarily need a background in transcription to get started.

If you’re looking for more insight on what transcriptionists do and how they make money, here’s something that can help.

Janet Shaughnessy, founder of Transcribe Anywhere and pro transcriptionist, offers a free general transcription mini-course. This 7-lesson course covers everything you need to know to decide if transcribing for money is the right side gig for you.

12. Become a virtual assistant

So, before I started freelance writing as a side hustle, I actually worked as a virtual assistant for a bit.

It was fun, flexible and the pay was decent but since writing was my real talent that’s what I decided to focus on.

Being a VA means helping other people run their business. Gina Horkey, who’s a go-to expert on all things VA-related, has a super-valuable freebie that breaks down 150+ services you can offer as a virtual assistant.

She’s also got a pretty sweet free webinar on how to break into VA work. And for more tips on becoming a VA, check out this ultimate guide to starting a virtual assistant business by yours truly. 😁

13. Start baking

side hustles for the holidaysFall gets me in the mood to bake, even though my skills mostly rival those of Nailed It contestants.

But if you know your way around the kitchen, then baking pies, cakes, cookies or other goodies are all easy side hustles you can do from home.

Holiday craft fairs and fall farmer’s markets are great places to sell your baked goods. Just check out the laws in your state to make sure it’s legal to do so first.

If you want to learn more about baking as a side hustle, check out this awesome guide from The Penny Hoarder.

14. Become a reselling pro

I once had a friend who had a pretty steady side hustle flipping things in Facebook bargain groups, Craigslist and eBay. If you need extra cash, you could try your hand at reselling.

Depending on what you want to flip, you could sell through:

My best tip for using these sites and apps to make money for the holidays? Read the rules.

Make sure you’re not selling anything that goes against the site or app’s terms of service. And if you’re meeting someone in person to make a sale, choose a public and safe place.

15. Sell handmade crafts

If you’re the crafty type, why not make money from your DIY creations?

This is one of those easy side hustles that has endless possibilities because there are just so many things you can make.

When it comes to selling them, Etsy may be your go-to choice. But don’t overlook holiday craft fairs or bazaars, flea markets and farmer’s markets. You can also approach local boutiques in your town to see if they’d be interested in selling your stuff.

Need ideas on what to make? I got you. Head to this list of 73 crafts you can make and sell as a stay at home mom by TwinsMommy.

16. Sell stock photos

If I knew how to work a camera I would start a stock photography side hustle for sure.

I love looking at stock photos and picking just the right one is one of my favorite part of making Pinterest graphics.

If you’ve got an eye for taking great photos, there are lots of sites you can sell your pictures on. Here a few to check out:

17. Deliver groceries

If you can drive and you don’t mind hanging out in the grocery store, you could try side hustling as an Instacart full-service shopper.

You sign up to shop, receive orders through the app, pick up the items and deliver them to customers. That’s it–makes other easy side hustles look hard, right?

It’s up to you to set your schedule and shoppers get paid weekly. And once you get in the system as a shopper, you can start earning money right away.

christmas cookies

18. Be a mystery shopper

Back when I waited tables, we were always on the lookout for mystery shoppers.

Mystery shoppers go to restaurants or stores, eat a meal or buy something, then get paid to share their experience. (Plus, your dinner or whatever you bought is usually reimbursed–even better!)

If you’re planning to be out and about during the holiday shopping season anyway, becoming a mystery shopper makes total sense. The key is finding reputable sites you can get paid to shop with.

Here are some of the better ones to try:

Take time to thoroughly research any company you plan to shop for and watch out for mystery shopping scams.

19. Clean houses

The last quarter of the year is busy for a lot of people and they may not always have time to clean up around the house. You can fill a need–and make some cash–by hiring yourself out as a cleaning person in your spare time.

This is one of the more profitable easy side hustles to consider. According to Thumbtack, the average house cleaner makes $25 to $50 per hour.

If you don’t know how to find housekeeping jobs, I’ve got you covered.

At last check, Housekeeper.com had over 73,000 cleaning gigs listed. You can filter to find jobs in your local area.

20. Earn cash back on your holiday shopping

Here’s a low-key side hustle you may not have thought of: using apps to put cash in your pocket when you shop.

Cashback apps and websites pay you money (or gift cards) when you shop online and in-store. The best apps also help you find added savings through coupons or promo codes.

If you need some cashback sites to try, these are my absolute favorites for getting money back when you spend:

You can sign up for one of them or all of them.

Honey is particularly great if you shop Amazon since this browser extension can help you get the best prices possible when you shop. And if you sign up for Rakuten right now, they’ll spot you $10 to shop with for free!

holiday side hustles

21. Sell printables

On the list of easy side hustles that can make a ton of money, selling printables is right at the top.

Consider Sarah Titus. She makes millions selling printables in her Shopify store.

So what kind of printables can you sell? The short answer is just about anything. But here are a few ideas for inspiration:

  • Budget printables
  • Home management/organization printables
  • Motivational/inspirational printables
  • Printables to help organize a blog or business
  • Educational printables for homeschoolers
  • Daily planners
  • Moving checklists
  • Recipe printables
  • Holiday-themed printables

I mean, I could go on and on here. But instead of listening to me, go to Hey, Let’s Make Stuff to learn how to start designing printables.

22. Sell t-shirts

These days, you can design just about anything then put it on a t-shirt and sell it.

Or a mug. Or a phone case. And lots of other things.

If you’ve got a talent for coming up with great designs or meme-worthy sayings, you could give designing your own goods a try. You can sell your custom designs through Teespring and they do all the work.

Once you nail the design, Teespring handles creating the end product and shipping it out. You pay the base cost and the rest is profit in your pocket.

23. Start a blog

Of course, I couldn’t create a list of easy side hustles and not include blogging.

Because everybody has a blog these days and if you don’t, then you’re missing out.

Blogging is hard but it’s also a lot of fun. And you can make money doing it in so many different ways, including:

If you want to start a blog as a side hustle, the first thing you need is a domain name and a great hosting service. You can get both of those through Siteground, which is the company I use. (And they are awesome!)

From there, you can start customizing your site using WordPress and a free or paid theme. (And that’s WordPress.org, not .com.)

If you want to start a blog as a holiday side hustle or an anytime side hustle, I have a step-by-step tutorial you can bookmark. It walks you through everything you need to know to start a blog with Siteground.

Which of These Easy Side Hustles Will You Try?

I hope that at least one or two of these ideas sparked some inspiration for you. Now it’s time to start stacking up cash for the holidays!

Head to the comments and tell me which side hustle idea listed here is your favorite. Then please pin and share this post if you liked it!

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Comments

    • Thanks, Ashley! My blog is also a side hustle for me, though largely unpaid at the moment. 🙂 But I’m having fun and learning a lot! And there are plenty of other great easy side hustles on this list to choose from!

    • Thanks, Kelly! I hope you found a side hustle for the holidays that looks good to you–freelancing is definitely my favorite but they’re all great money-making ideas!

  1. I appreciate having all these ideas in one place. I’ve been considering stock photography sites so I’m definitely glad to see it on the list. Thank you Rebecca.

    • You’re welcome, Nicole! If I knew how to use a camera and take great photos, I would totally try stock photography. I love looking at flatlays and things like that. Sadly, I don’t have much of an eye for design but if that’s your thing, then for sure try it out!

  2. Great ideas! Those, who love cooking should also try home-cooking . You can work part-time as a chef in their own kitchen by preparing takeaway meals or inviting guests to your place.
    On AppJobs you can find some companies like EatWith, Mamaz Social Food, and many other

  3. All great ideas Rebecca. This is a topic so many people are looking for right now. I realized that there are way more than 23 ideas when you actually go through them. Thank you for sharing the wealth.

    • Thanks, Nadia! There are so many ways to make money online these days, it’s crazy. I’m glad that I found my niche with freelancing and I hope to have the same success with blogging someday!

  4. My blog is my main source of income (which is none yet since it’s still a baby) but I’ve been wanting to do Mystery Shopping on the side. And I love the Cash Back Apps you have listed!

    • I’m with you on the blogging income! I still consider my blog a (mostly) unpaid side hustle for now. Mystery Shopping can be a great way to make money and save money since the mystery shopping company pays for you to go out to eat or shop. It’s a win-win!

  5. Thank you for this information! Transcription industry is a very good option where you can deal with audio and video. It has a good carrier also If you master the transcription skills than It can make you earn a lot and I have seen a lot of examples.

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