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You Will Need
- Babysitting, house-sitting, or pet-sitting experience
- Baking, crafting, or singing skills
- A love of animals
- The willingness to do grunt work
- A professional license
- Knowledge of small-business permits and tax codes
Hire yourself out to babysit while parents tackle the retail jungle or attend adult-only holiday events. Sitters are harder to find during the holidays—especially on New Year's Eve—so increase your rates to compete with the local market.
Sell baked goods or crafts
Sell your baked goods or crafts. Offer pre-orders to neighbors and coworkers, or sell online. Certain websites will let you sell your crafts for a small listing fee and commission—and can mean big bucks.
Be a house helper
Your holiday prep may be a snap, but your neighbor may have her hands full. Use your extra time to your advantage, and charge an hourly fee to clean, hang decorations, and assist with other holiday-related chores.
Club owners usually need help bringing people in the door—especially for big holiday bashes. Enter club promoters, who help pack the place and generally earn a commission for each head they bring in the door. If you live in or near a city and you love the nightlife, working as a club promoter may be a great fit.
Are you trustworthy, reliable, and able to chill out in someone's house while they're on vacation? Work as an independent house sitter, or sign up with an agency. Find out if the homeowners want you to stay in the house full-time, or only visit occasionally.
Work as a personal shopper
If you've got a knack for picking out great gifts for hard-to-please people, you may do well as a personal shopper. Set up shop on your own—online, by word of mouth, or through the classifieds—or work with a retailer, which may limit the selection of gifts you can suggest. Also, determine whether you'll work by the hour, project, or commission.
Apply for seasonal positions
If you've got experience in food service or sales, keep your eye out for positions starting in late October. Bars, restaurants, catering companies, banquet halls, event planners, and retail outlets usually hire seasonal help to deal with the holiday rush.
Be a caroler
Many restaurants and holiday destinations bring singers on staff to add a little ambience. Grab a few musical friends, put together a repertoire of Christmas carols, shop yourself around to the highest bidder, and fa-la-la-la-la all the way to the bank!