It’s the final push of the holiday season.
You’ve visited holiday markets, eaten cookies, and drank your fair share of mulled wine. You’ve made your list and checked it twice, and now you’re feeling the pinch of the holiday season. Shopping and year-end festivities have the ability to leave bank accounts anything but merry and bright.
Here are some quick and commitment-free ways to add a little jingle to your pockets.
Many pet owners cannot bear the thought of leaving behind their furbabies during their travels over the river and through the woods.
Airbnb your place
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Holiday traveling is almost a certainty.
If you live in one of these high demand cities, you could command top dollar.
Clean your closet
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Look to your closets, garage, and basement for ways to make quick cash.
ThredUP allows you to make money off of women’s and kids clothes hanging in your closet. The site also accepts maternity wear, jewelry, and accessories.
Plus, think of how nice it will be to welcome the new year with less clutter.
You might have to water houseplants or shovel snow, but that’s nothing compared to the experience you’ll receive of spending the holidays as a house sitter in a new or exotic locale.
Skip the cost of an expensive hotel and get paid to live like a local in any corner of the globe through sites like TrustedHousesitters.
Come to the aid of a busy parent
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We all know that it takes a village to raise a child.
Sometimes parents are just too busy to wait in line for the 2017’s hottest toy, or they don’t know the difference between a nail and screw and they need to assemble a dollhouse in a pinch.
That’s where you and TaskRabbit come in. Sign-up, create a profile outlining your expertise, and you have the freedom to book your own gigs.
Let’s face it, a large part of gift giving is in the presentation.
If you relish in the idea of calligraphy, bows, wrapping paper, ribbon, and evergreen accents, then congratulations because your attention to detail can be monetized.
Advertise your services on social media and include pictures of your handiwork to attract clients.
Become a mystery shopper
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If the shopping mall holiday crowds don’t send you running in the other direction, mystery shopping just might be your calling.
Companies like Secret Shopper send mystery shoppers to stores to perform tasks like purchasing a specific product, asking sales associates questions, or taking photos of products.
Mystery shoppers complete a few questions about their experience and then it’s payday!