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Make Extra Money for the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s usually a stressful time for most. Where are we going to get the money to get presents for our children? Our spouse? Parents?


To help alleviate the stress of coming up with the money and/or to avoid over spending with your credit card, I’ve compiled a list of options that can bring you money for the holidays


Sell your unused household items

There are many sites online that allow you to sell your items now. Facebook marketplace, Facebook groups (garage sale pages), Craigslist, Kijiji, etc.  

There are also apps available on your smartphone where you can post your items for sale (varagesale, letgo, etc).


Start an online business

This is a great option for someone that is looking to get some additional income while working full time. But it’s also a great idea for someone that’s looking for more than just a part time income.

If you want to have time freedom to enjoy your time with your children, this would be the option for you. The worst thing for a mom is not being there for her children when needed. Or asking for time off when your child is sick. Starting an online business is something that you can do to build a stable foundation that can get you to your goals. See how you can start changing lives by building an online business.


Change shifts at your current job 

If you have the option at your current employment, you can try to change your schedule.  Most employers add a premium to your salary if you work the night shift. This can bring in a few extra dollars a paycheck.

There’s also the option of changing shifts to allow you the freedom to do something lucrative during your off time. For example, if you typically work day shift. You can try to switch to night shift and work on your home business in the daytime.


Make arts and crafts

If you’re a crafty person, it only makes sense to try and monetize that gift. It is a great way to take your passion and your creativity and create some income. The most popular option would be to start an Etsy shop.

It is said that if you have a passion, it won’t feel like work. Take advantage of that.


Create an online course

If you have a special skill or knowledge of a topic, you can create a course or a webinar and charge an amount to access the information. For example, if you are a makeup artist, you can create a course on makeup application and sell it.  If you are a massage therapist, you can create a video about massage for tension headaches and sell the rights to access the content.


Rent out your car

There are websites available that allow you to rent out your vehicle. This is a new trend that is gaining some traction. Owning a vehicle is expensive and there is a high percentage of vehicles that are not being used. You might as well try to make some money off of your vehicle. Here is one company that provides this service: Turo 


List Your Extra Space on Airbnb

Do you have an extra room in your house? If so, you can rent out the room to get an income. Are you going on an extended vacation? Rent out your entire apartment/house. You can create your listing on AirBnB

Test websites

There are companies that will pay users to test their website. They may be looking for people to comment on the design, the clarity, the navigation, etc. In the end, they want the experience for their everyday user to be as fluid and enjoyable as possible. If that’s not the case, they will lose visitors which will decrease their chances of making money. Most jobs pay approximately 10$ per gig and each job usually last 20-30 mins.

Take surveys

Another quick way to make some money would be to complete surveys.

Companies are constantly looking for market research to help create their products. This is why they will pay to get market intelligence. In other words, you are giving your opinion on an idea that a company is thinking to produce. This is one of the websites offering this type of service: Swagbucks 


Mystery Shopping

This is a great way to earn quick cash if you’re short on time. Companies will pay a mystery shopper to come into their establishment and rate their quality of service, compliance, quality of products, etc. You are paid per job and usually must submit a report at the completion of the job.  The type of businesses can range from restaurants to car dealerships. Here are a few websites that provide you with jobs:

Premier Service

Shoppers Confidential

Mystery Shopping Canada


Affiliate marketing

You know when you go to a restaurant, love the food and then tell all of your friends about it? Do you get a cut from the restaurant? Nope!

Well with affiliate marketing, you will.  The way that it works is you have a special discount code, link, etc. So when you mention the other person’s product or service, someone makes a purchase using your special link, you get a commission from that sale.

For example, if you shop very often from a local boutique and people are always asking where you get your clothes. You can become an affiliate for that boutique and tell your friends to use code Shiana15 to get 15% off of their purchase. Once they purchase, you will get a commission from that sale.

Most companies offer an affiliate marketing program.


Get a second job (worst case scenario)

This one is a no brainer. You can always get a second job that will bring more money into the household. There are a few positives of this however you must remember that this option takes time away from your family. Also, another thing that I want you to realize with this is that your second jobs income is included in your yearly income (for tax purposes).  This higher income may put you in a higher tax bracket. If that’s the case, you’ll want to ensure that the amount that you are making at the second job is worth it.


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