Five Great Side Gigs to Earn Serious Holiday Cash

holiday-giftsVisions of delighting your little ones with piles of presents under the Christmas tree may be beginning to dance in your head. But where will the money to make these merry memories come from?

Have no fear, for ‘tis the season of holiday-themed side hustles. Side hustles in the gig economy can provide quick opportunities to put extra holiday cash in your pocket – sometimes a lot of cash – doing fun and rewarding work. Whether putting your holiday gift wrapping skills to work, helping a local family put up Christmas lights and decorations, or delivering baby gear to a young family surprised by lack of inventory at the local hotel, there is work waiting for you.

Check out these great side hustles to make some serious cash this holiday season.

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Lyft – For people with a driver’s license and a car that meets the qualifications, Lyft is one of the easiest opportunities for making extra income – work when and where you want simply by getting in your car, and Lyft will match you to a nearby passenger. The holidays are one of the best times to work with Lyft as they bring high demand and interesting people from out of town. Plus, if you prefer to maximize your payout for time worked, you can wait for what Lyft calls “Prime Time,” often later on weekend nights, when surge pricing leads to a large increase in earnings.

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Babierge – Have some quality baby gear lying around? Babierge helps you make extra income renting baby equipment to traveling families. If you have toys, cribs, strollers, and much more, you can rent and deliver your gear to families at hotels, vacation rentals, or even at grandma’s house. Babierge quickly trains you about working in the hospitality industry, builds your web site and drives online business to you. Want extra business? Babierge gives you access to business cards and brochures you can leave at local hotels. Babierge estimates its Trusted Partners (their gig economy baby gear rental entrepreneurs) make somewhere around $40 for each hour of work. Extra bonus – families love it when you show up with gear and toys! Get started by filling out this quick application.

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Rover – Must love dogs! If you do, this is the gig for you. After a quick background check and approval, Rover allows you to take care of other people’s dogs for cash, whether it be a quick visit for a potty break, a walk, hosting a doggy day care, or housing dogs overnight while their owners are out of town, there are all kinds of ways to make money playing with our furry best friends. Like many gigs, the holidays provide a big time demand for Rover workers and a great time to get started.

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Fiverr Are you artistic or have a creative skill? Whether it be music ability, art and design expertise, acting skills, and much more, Fiverr is a great way to make side cash having fun and making people happy through digital design and media services. During the holidays, singing carols, music lessons, ugly sweater design, cooking, and many other skills are just some services you can provide to generate cash on Fiverr.

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Care.com – If you’re a people person, then Care.com has tons of options for you. Whether it be babysitting, elderly care, housekeeping, nursing, and even tutoring, Care.com has a way for you to make money using your skills to improve people’s lives and help the world become a better place. All you have to do is sign up on Care.com, detail your profile with your abilities and talents, then apply for jobs that look like you!

The gig economy is a fun way to take the financial stress out of the holiday season. Who knows, you might discover a hobby, or better yet, launch a business that enriches your life all year-round. If helping others enjoy their holiday travel and festivities resonates with you, then why not pick up a side hustle? Rumor has it that holiday gigs also help you land on Santa’s good list.

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