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17 Easy Ways to Earn Extra Money For the Holidays

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Holiday time is excellent, but it is also the season to be broke as hell. As a full-time blogger, I don’t necessarily earn a year-end bonus, so tis the season to get your side hustle on! Here I share some cool ways to make some extra cash for the holidays.

1. Complete Surveys Online


I chose not to work during my sophomore year of college because I spent a lot of time completing surveys among other things to make some extra cash. Surveys were one of my favorite past times because they could be completed while I was watching TV or when I was bored. A few great sites to sign up to do surveys include Harris Poll Online, opinion outpost, and ProOpinon.

2. Sell Items You Are Not Using

This one is pretty obvious. If you feel there is nothing around your house worth selling, think again. If you have clothes you have not worn in over a year sitting in your closet, it may be time to be rid of them. Poshmark is a great site to sell your clothes. If you have other things to sell, I like half.com as a place to sell books, DVDs and old CDs. And for all the other stuff to sell, including appliances, furniture, old workout equipment, there is eBay and Craigslist.

3. Sell Your iPhone Photos Online

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Wondering how to make some extra income from your beautiful Instagram images you create? Sites like Alamy.com  and 500PX.com pay you every time someone decides to use your photos. I have not tried this one personally, but will be brushing up on my photography skills so I can!

4. Deliver Items for Amazon

Amazon has a program called Flex where they pay you between $18-$25 per hour to deliver Amazon packages to people’s homes. They only have this option in a few cities, however, so you have to check if they are in your town or not. You must also have an Android phone to participate.

5. Drive for Lyft or Uber

There are some significant benefits for driving for Lyft or Uber. You can clock in whenever you want and work as long as you’d like. This is a wonderful way to make some extra income.

6. Use a different Browser

You can be paid just for using a different browser. I read an article about a family that was making about $100 a year from switching to Swagbucks. Search on Swagbucks and get paid. It’s pretty easy.

7. Share your mobile data

There are a few sites that will pay you just to collect data from your phone for research purposes. Sign up on sites like Smart Panel, Media Insiders Panel, and Nielsen Mobile. I get paid about $8 a month just for having these apps downloaded on my phone.

8. Run Errands with Task Rabbit


Task Rabbit is a site that pays you to do random errands for others. Errands can range from assembling furniture, yard work, heavy lifting, waiting in lines and even organizing closets.

9. Become a Secret Shopper

On top of doing surveys during college, I was also a secret shopper. It was pretty easy to do, and I got some pretty good gigs to make some extra cash. Some tasks included going to the movies, the mall, and even going out to eat and getting paid to do it. Marketforce is a great company to go to for some secret shopping gigs.

10. Do Some Freelance Work

If you can write, design, take photos, create videos, or only give advice on an individual subject, freelancing may be a good gig for you. Check out Fiverr. 

11. Guest Blog

Guest blogging is one of my favorite ways to make some extra income, mostly because it can often mean more exposure for my site as well. My favorite place to go to to find guest blogging gigs that pay is BeyondYourBlog.com.

12. Test Websites

You can get paid for going to websites and saying what you think out loud while recording your screen. Yes, you can get paid to look at the Internet! Check out UserTesting.com and sign up.

13. Be a Know it All

You can get paid for answering people’s questions about different topics on JustAnswer.com. Just join as an expert in a niche and start answering questions. The top contributors make a few $1,000 a month.

14. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy

etsyAre you holidays? Especially around the holidays? Why not sell some items on Etsy? Etsy is a great place to find some unique items made by some of the most creative people. Why not make some cool wreaths for the holidays and sell them for some gift money?

15. Rent out Your Spare Room

If you have a spare room to rent, and you live in a great area for tourism, AirBnB may be an excellent way to make some holiday cash. Choose the time frames you are available to rent out a room and set a price. AirBnb makes it pretty easy for you to make some extra cash from there.

16. Start Tutoring Online

If you’ve ever thought about tutoring, going to Tutor.com may be a good avenue. I like this one because you can tutor online and you get bonus opportunities if you teach full-time too.

17. Get a seasonal job

Getting a seasonal job is the last on my list since this may be the most time intensive to do. But there are some online seasonal gigs you can get into. For example, I know 1-800 flowers has seasonal jobs to help them during holiday rushes.

There are always ways to make extra money, and I am particularly fond of earning extra income at home. Let me know which ones you try and which one’s I may have missed. Happy holidays!


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  • Cool! Those are all pretty helpful! Working online definitely has a lot of perks.

  • CouponDivaAndi

    i had not even thought about using another browser as a way to make a few extra bucks

  • MyTeenGuide

    These are awesome tips. I didn’t know you can easily sell your photos online. I will check this out.

  • deanna

    These are great ideas! I love selling things on line.

  • Lisa Rios

    I always love to earn something extra to make sure the Holidays are happy ones. These are some great tips to keep note. We usually sell unused items once in a year. I never heard about Swagbucks before, will check it out to see how it works out.