Looking for a way to make some extra money just in time for the holidays? It’s not too late to start your holiday savings plan. In fact, now if the perfect time to explore your options with part-time holiday jobs.
If you can earn a few hundred dollars per week or even $100 per week, you’ll end up with quite a bit of extra cash to spend on holiday expenses. That way, you won’t have to worry about how you’re going to afford things like gifts, parties, outings, decorations, etc.
Here are some of the best part-time holiday jobs to consider if you’re looking for temporary work and quick cash.
A lot of retail stores in your area will be ramping up their efforts to hire seasonal workers. Stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy are all great places to look since they’ll be super busy over the next few months.
Having some retail experience may be helpful but it’s not really required so long as you can perform the job duties well. In fact, Best Buy recently announced that they’ll be hiring thousands of people for seasonal roles and hosting local career fairs as well.
Apply online and be sure to follow up if you’re interested in getting a seasonal retail job.
Thousands of people (self-included) will be ordering items on Amazon this holiday season. Amazon is looking for warehouse team members and pay at least $15 per hour.
The application process seems simple since you don’t have to submit a resume or do an interview. You just need to be 18 years or older and be able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, and lift up to 49 lbs, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Another job you can consider is becoming a delivery driver for Amazon Flex. This allows you to set your own schedule and you can earn $18 to $25 per hour.
Work From Home Customer Service
If you prefer a part-time holiday job that allows you to work from home, customer service may be the way to go. Companies like Amazon, American Express, Apple, Groupon and Sykes will all be hiring for seasonal customer service roles.
You can learn more about who’s hiring and how to apply in this post.
Brand Ambassador Gigs
I worked as a brand ambassador/product demonstrator during college and I really liked the pay. The shifts were short ranging anywhere from 2 to 6 hours and you could earn around $15 – $20+ per hour doing easy work.
Brand ambassadors are hired to promote products in different stores. This often leads to doing in-store demonstrations whether it’s cooking foods for shoppers to try, handing out coupons, or giving away samples.
You don’t really have to be a salesperson to do this job because the product often sells itself. Your job is to just hand out the giveaway and answer questions about the product if customers have any.
Most of these jobs are part-time but you may even find quite a few full-time opportunities as well. Either way, brand ambassador gigs will marketed heavily during the busy holiday shopping season. Just search for jobs on sites like Indeed and FlexJobs. Below is an example of a job posting on Indeed so you can get a feel for what the requirements and pay may be like.
Teaching online allows you to do work you enjoy while impacting other’s lives and earning a good income. Thanks to sites like VIPKid and Education First, you can teach English to students online and set up a flexible work schedule. They also provide all the curriculum details so you don’t have to worry about planning the virtual lessons on your own.
Since students who use these sites are often overseas, you can work early-morning or late-night shifts on the side of your main job.
Education First pays $13 – $16 per hour to start but you could earn up to $20 per hour depending on your experience.
Short Task Sites
Okay, so you may not have a ton of extra time to get a part-time holiday job and that’s understandable. This can be a very busy time of the year for many families but you can still make extra money.
Short task sites and survey sites offer a super easy opportunity to make some extra cash. My favorite short task sites are Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars and they reward you for taking surveys, reading emails, searching online, and trying out offers.
I often cash in my Swagbucks points for gift cards or cash via PayPal that I can use for holiday spending each year. You may think that sites like Swagbucks don’t pay much, but that’s not always the case. I recently took advantage of an offer on the site that will pay out 15,000 SB or $150 in other words.
Plus, extra money adds up and it’s nice that you don’t have to put forth that much effort.
Survey sites like Opinion Outpost and Survey Junkie are also easy ways to earn some extra cash. There are so many unexpected and hidden expenses associated with the holidays ranging from Christmas wrapping paper, holiday cards, and Christmas party gifts to gift exchange parties and last-minute travel.
Taking surveys online during your spare time can help you earn some extra money to cover these costs.
Holiday Specific Labor Jobs
Don’t forget about holiday specific labor jobs. If you want to enjoy the season but still earn some extra money (possibly by impacting others), consider jobs like a holiday lights installer, working at your local Salvation Army, being gift wrapper, or a mall Santa.
These are fun jobs that will likely be available in your area. I just did a quick search on Indeed to see that a company is hiring part-time holiday light installers with an hourly rate of $15 – $18 per hour.
Some malls also have indoor holiday trains and will be looking for someone to run them and sell tickets. Just be open minded and do your due diligence to find holiday themed jobs near you.
Are you looking to make some extra money with a part-time holiday job? Which one of these seems like it would be the best fit for you?
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