The holidays are coming and that means a lot more expenses. We have Thanksgiving and then soon after that Christmas.  So that means spoiling our family and friends with presents. In order to do that, let’s take a look at several ways we can make extra cash this winter.

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-Snow Shoveling

You can make a lot of money shoveling snow this winter. In a couple of weeks, the streets are going to be crowded with snow and people will be desperately in need of help. The great thing about it is that it does not require a lot of preparation and is an in the moment activity. By that I mean, after the activity is done you can go back to doing other things.  Let’s look at it this way: if you’re planning on shoveling your driveway, you might as well do it for other people for a certain price. My friend for example made 200$ in two hours last winter.  Think about it, it could be a great way for you to earn extra cash while still being able to do your other activities. All you need is a shovel and lot of strenght.

-Christmas tree shopping

This is one of the funnest ways to make extra cash this winter. You get to spend your day helping people pick Christmas trees and have a blast. With the holidays around the corner, you won’t need to get far in order for you to volunteer your services at a holiday market. For example, my cousin’s best friend once rented out a space in his town square and started selling decorations. He made a decent some and the next year he did the same thing. In addition, when business was slower during the day, he helped out families pick out their trees. He not made money on commission from the vendor but he also received pretty good tips from happy customers.

-House sit or rent out your space

If you aren’t planning on going anywhere this winter break, consider house sitting. Since a lot of people are going to be leaving town, they will need someone to keep an eye on their house or apartment. This is your chance. It is by far one of the easiest things to do. You simply have to do a daily check in of the place or in some cases stay overnight. And even then it is like getting paid to stay home. I highly recommend it because you can get a lot of work done this way while still earning cash. On the other hand, if you are leaving town you can rent out your space. You can do it multiple ways. By either word of mouth or through Airbnb. You simply have to photograph your apartment and upload it on the website. Soon enough the clients will start coming in.

-Waiting in line

Black Friday is right around the corner so that means a lot of lines and a crazy amount of money spent on shopping. If you’re not planning on participating in these activities, this will be for you. Did you know that you could make money just by standing in line? Well yes, you can! It’s actually a thing. People are extremely busy and are willing to pay you to do these things that they would normally do if they had the time. The long lines that you see every time Apple releases a new device, some people are actually getting paid to stand there. You can too. Just ask your friends if they need to get any shopping done or you can spread the word out in your local city.

-Baking Holiday Treats

Do you have any cooking skills? Well you’re in luck because people will pay a pretty penny for you to bake winter treats for them. It’s an underrated method that a lot of people tend to forget about. Lucky for you, you get to maximize the amount of money that you can make. Around the holidays there are a lot of parties. They can be kid’s school parties to new year’s eve celebrations. Most of the time, the cooking required is not too complicated. People are especially in the mood for treats and small bites. Even if you are not an experienced cook, you can definitely learn how to make them. So get your apron on and start learning.

This holiday you don’t have to stress out over not getting any presents for your family and friends. By trying out these gig ideas you can start earning some extra cash.

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Christy Joseph, Shortstints, Writer

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