Oct 16 2012
If you think it seems like retailers are starting to display Christmas merchandise sooner than ever before, you’re right. Holiday goods have already hit the shelves in some stores and will be appearing in others shortly. Santa himself will be at the mall before you know it!
It’s not unusual for people to take on part-time jobs during the holiday season to help raise a little extra cash for Christmas gifts, but it’s also possible to start earning Christmas funds now, the fun way! Here are six suggestions to get you started:
1. Garage Sale
Most of us hang on to junk that we don’t need for sentimental reasons or just because we’re too lazy to take it to the donation center. Drag the goods to your garage and have a garage sale one weekend. Baby clothes and toys as well as other items for kids, toddlers and babies; CDs and DVDs you no longer use; framed artwork that you haven’t displayed in years; and books and magazines you’ve already read are all great items to get rid of. Don’t have enough stuff to hold your own garage sale? Get a friend or two to join in. More stuff for sale means more shoppers will drop by. You’ll get rid of unwanted items and make some extra money for Christmas.
TreasureTrooper.com is a free service that provides several different money-making opportunities. Once you register, you can get paid to take surveys or sample products. You can even refer friends to the site and get a commission on the amount that they earn. It’s a fun and easy way to make money from home, which is perfect for people with full-time jobs or busy stay at home moms.
Etsy is an online marketplace where people buy and sell handmade or vintage items. Have a passion for making soap and candles or own an antique tea set? Register for an Etsy account or sign up with your Facebook account and start selling. It’s a great way to create an online business selling the arts and crafts that you enjoy making anyway.
4. Blog Income
If you have a blog, consider utilizing pay per click advertising services like Google AdSense, selling ad space on your home page, or writing sponsored posts (paid posts) for companies that want you to promote their goods or services. You could also do a bit of freelance work for another blog or company, writing or taking photos for their website—for a fee, of course.
5. Party Plan Marketing
The success of Tupperware parties that began in the 1950s has morphed into an entire industry. You can host “selling parties” in which you sell items like kitchen goods, cosmetics, or candles (think The Pampered Chef, Avon, or Scentsy) and earn extra spending money for Christmas. It’s usually possible to get started with these types of programs very quickly. When the people who attend your party make a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale. If the party guests decide to let you host parties in their homes or become a party host themselves, you will earn commission on those sales, too. You can literally earn money while having fun with your friends.
If you’d like to start earning Christmas money now without taking on a second job, consider one of these five fun ideas instead!
Michael “Big Mike” McCaffery loves to assist people in finding the right career for them. He works at a place he truly enjoys, Go Dish, and invites you to see some of their tweets about new products and services, as well.