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5 Side Hustles You Can Do to Save Up for Holiday Spending

Want to up your income just in time for the holidays? Good news: We’ve got an epic list of quick side hustles to put more money in your pocket!

Justin Heller • October 29, 2021

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‘Tis the season of giving… and spending!  From shopping to traveling, the holidays can get expensive fast. If you’re wondering how to stay on top of your end-of-year expenses, it could be the perfect time to pick up a few holiday side gigs

​​1. Rideshare/Food delivery

Easily one of the quickest and profitable ways to make money on your own schedule. 

This can include grocery delivery with Instacart, food delivery with services like Postmates and DoorDash, or rideshare with Lyft and Uber. The best part of working these gigs; you can work as much or as little as your schedule allows and your financial goals require. Just make sure you have a reliable vehicle and smartphone with a strong internet connection.

2. Pet services

Love animals? Well, now you can make it your job! 

News flash: You can walk dogs, feed cats, or pet sit, and get paid for it! With a company like Wag, just complete a leash/dog-walking test certification, and you’re on your way to your first booking. As with rideshare, these ways to make extra money during the holidays require the necessary transportation and phone/internet connectivity, and it doesn’t hurt to have a few initial customers in mind to help you build your client network.

3. Sell what you create

What’s your passion or special skill? If you paint or design your own jewelry, look into selling your creations on Etsy.

Considering the time of year, you could even make it holiday-themed! If you craft, you could try making and selling your own ornaments, stockings, wreaths, etc. It’s the most wonderful time of year where everyone is looking for gifts; why not sell creations? Gift wrapping and delivery are a few other quick side hustles in high demand entering the holiday season. And don’t forget to use social media to spread the word about your work!

4. Share your passion/expertise

This one may take some hard work and patience to monetize than the others on this list (consistency is key!), but if you have a unique topic that you are passionate about, it’s never too late to share what you know. 

For example: If your passion is writing, start a blog or try your hand at crafting SEO content for businesses. You could even try your hand at online teaching; services like VIPKids are always hiring virtual instructors to teach English.

5. Check out Steady

Steady connects you with ways to make more money that are right for any schedule, skill set, and financial goal. 

It’s a great resource that provides access to several income opportunities, not to mention additional income tools and features to help you Steady your income and earn more quick holiday money when you need it. Referral bonuses, sweepstakes rewards eligibility, Income Booster cash payouts (over $7M and counting!). Steady members generate an average of $5,500 more income per year after joining Steady.

The Bottom Line

This year, start hustling early and often to ensure you don’t miss out on the best quick side hustles for you. ‘Tis the season to stay on top of those expenses. You got this! 

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