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4 Ways To Make Money Over The Holidays

Everybody wants to earn a little extra money for the holidays. Having a little extra can mean different things to different people. It can mean a new gadget to tinker around with, a memorable meal, an important gift for someone you like, or even a plane ticket home. However, not everyone wants to work the same job during the holidays, year after year. If you’re tired of being an elf at the mall, check out these other gigs you can work at. There are a lot of holiday season job opportunities that are always available if you know where to look.

Here are some other jobs that can earn you some money during the holiday season.

1. Catering

If you like cooking and serving food, you can check out your local caterers. There are a lot of parties that happen during the holidays, and a lot of these will be catered. You can get seasonal work with the outfits that will be handling these events. Caterers will need all sorts of temporary staff over the holidays. You can easily find work as a server, delivering food and drink to the guests. If you want to work in the kitchen, you can always find work as a dishwasher. If you want to find seasonal work as a cook, the jobs offered will depend on the size of the catering company. Smaller catering companies just need cooks, while larger ones may need some cooks who know how to work as part of a line.

There could be some other seasonal jobs available at your local caterer, restaurant, or event place. Some venues may need people to drive, set up the tables, or even host. Just ask your local establishments what they need help with during the holiday season.

2. Babysitting and Child Care

Since there are a lot of events that happen during the holiday season, the need for sitters also rises. If you enjoy spending time with children, you could offer help to busy parents and daycare centers during the holidays. Working parents will need someone to look after their kids while they attend the catered events that they have to go to. And, if you get this type of gig, this may blossom into a series of sitting dates with their children. This is because working parents have to go back to the office before their kids have to return to school. They may need their favorite sitters to stay with their loved ones all throughout the holiday season.

3. Work From Home

Working from home is a normal way to work nowadays, and several large organizations hire seasonal remote workers during the holidays. These jobs usually come in the form of customer service. There are two types of customer service jobs to choose from, call and email support. There are a lot of transactions that happen during the holidays, and these companies need people to man their phones and keyboards. If doing customer support is not your thing, there are tons of online gigs available all year round. You can write, edit, draw, do some research, or act as a virtual assistant. Most of these are contractual or project based, so you can choose the work that fits your holiday work needs.

If you’re working from home, take steps to maximize your workspace so you can stay focused and free of stress. Declutter, get organized, clean, and add some mood-boosting indoor plants to your home.

4. Seasonal Tax Preparer

Okay, so this type of work isn’t available until after the new year, but you may want to consider it. The job of a seasonal tax preparer is to assist accountants or accounting firms in preparing their clients’ tax forms. This requires training, possibly during the holidays, in preparation of the incoming tax season. This training will teach participants how to assist in tax preparation and update them regarding new tax updates in their area. Accounting firms will soon be busy preparing their clients’ tax forms January through April, and they will need help during the tax season. Different firms have different requirements, each offering their own type of training.

There are a lot of seasonal jobs to earn some money with. You never know, one of these might just be the start of a new career for you.

Keetria is an entrepreneur, wellness advocate, and brand strategy coach for creatives & entrepreneurs with 16 years of public relations expertise working with some of the world’s leading brands, startups, media personalities, and entertainers. If you would like to work together, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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