This year has undeniably gone by really fast. For college students, we’re closing in on yet another fall semester. That therefore means that winter break is around the corner. It’s a time for us to get a much needed break from school for a month. But however for the Hustling millennial this is also a time to really earn extra cash during the break. Your schedule is more open therefore you can really take advantage of that time to amplify your savings.
Here are 5 quick and actionable gig ideas that you can start:
1-You can become a holiday tourist guide
If you live in a big city such as New York, the holidays mean a lot of tourists. Usually one would get annoyed at the thought but let’s keep an open mind. One easy way to make money is by becoming a local guide that is focused on showing around the different holiday attractions and market around the city. In New York there are many of them to go around such as the Bryant Park market, the Rockefeller Center tree lighting, the decorations on Madison Avenue. You can do this by setting up ads on websites such as craigslist. Or you could place them in your neighborhood and do word of mouth advertising. In addition, you could also create an Instagram page for your business and reach out to people who are visiting your city.
2- You can photograph holiday parties
With the holidays come a lot of parties. It doesn’t matter the city that you live in because everyone is in a jolly mood therefore they will want to celebrate. The parties vary from: Christmas celebrations to New Year’s eve gatherings etc. Usually these parties don’t require someone with tremendous skill but simply a person who can produce convenient images. This is the perfect opportunity for you to earn extra cash while doing something you enjoy.
3-You can sell your clothes
You can make a pretty penny selling your old clothes around the holiday season. People are willing to pay a lot of money since they’re most likely on a crunch to get everything ready before Christmas. This is your opportunity to earn some cash. You can sell your clothes to second hand boutiques such as Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill etc.
4-Curate holiday content for brands and bloggers
Since the holidays are around the corner, brands will definitely adjust their content to the holiday theme. However because most of their employees go on break, brands will have to hire freelancers who can do the work for them regardless of the time of year. They’re willing to pay a pretty penny since they know that the time of year is crucial for their growth. For instance, my blogger friend once paid a freelancer a lump sum of 200$ for two weeks worth of content posting on her social media channels. These gigs are low-commitment which make them easy to undertake.
5-Baking holiday treats
With holiday parties come holiday treats. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to be a professional chef to do it. If you can follow a recipe, you’ll be able to participate. So start practicing your cooking skills. I once made 80$ cooking a pumpkin pie for a Friendsgiving.
Earning extra cash during the holidays can be helpful when it come to increase your savings or simply padding your bank account.
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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints