Earning extra cash this holiday season can be easy and fun. Milwaukee is filled with money generating opportunities. Here are some helpful ideas that have provided me with extra cash in the past.
1. Seasonal Employment – It’s the holiday season and many stores are looking for part-time employees to help. Stores like Target, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us always need extra workers. According to Rockford’s News Leader (WREX), many stores need help to keep up with the holiday rush. Look in your local newspaper or at online career sites like Career Builder to help you find these and other temporary jobs.
2. Baby Sitting – Along with the holidays come holiday parties. This creates a need for mature, responsible care givers. I have a friend who has children’s New Years Eve parties. She charges parents $50.00 per child to provide a night of fun and quality care. Talk to family, friends and co workers about babysitting for holiday events, shopping and New Years Eve. If you plan on providing care for non family members, be sure to check the local laws and ordinances regarding home child care.
3. Holiday Ornament Maker – Many people want to decorate their homes with unique ornaments. The only way to get these lovely pieces is from creative craftsmen. Use your skills to make these pieces. You can sell them from home to friends and family or enter local art fairs and sell your creations.
4. Snow Removal – Winter is almost here and living in the frosty state of Wisconsin provides you with another cash earning opportunity. You can help local home owners by providing snow shoveling services independently or contract yourself out. Contact AAA Landscaping or Basic Landscaping on Milwaukee’s north side. They may have contracting opportunities available. This is a great way to earn a little extra cash. Busy and elderly homeowners will be more than glad to pay you to remove their snow.
5. Search Your Closet (or Basement) – Garage sells are becoming popular money making trend again. People are looking for bargains wherever they can find them. Check your closet for old clothes you no longer wear. Also make a trip to your basement or attic and see if you can find some hidden treasures to sell.
Think of skills you already have…..
Don’t stick to these ideas or others you read. Be creative. If you have some mechanical skills, consider doing odd jobs like changing oil, replacing brake pads, and other small jobs that people don’t want to pay a mechanic an arm and a leg to do. During hard economic times people tend to keep cars longer, which provides a lot of opportunities for people with some mechanical skills. If you can sew, consider using your seamstress skills to repair clothing or provide that perfect fit to wedding dresses. Remember, weddings will not slow down even if the economy has.
These are just a small number of things you can do to earn extra holiday cash. If you take a few moments to think, I am sure you can find many more.
IndependenceFirst, “Snow Removal Resources”, IndependenceFirst
WREX, “Who’s Hiring Seasonal Workers”, Worldnow