With holiday season in full swing, you may notice that being merry is expensive. Between parties, gifts, work events, and charities, the holidays can really drain your wallet.
Rather than sitting out on the festivities because you feel like you can’t afford it, start focusing on ways for you to earn more money. The reality is this is easier than you think. Here are some ways you can earn money ASAP.
List Unwanted Things Online
You likely have things lying around your house that you don’t need or use. Instead of having them take up valuable space, get rid of them and make some money by listing them online.
This is actually something I did a few years ago when I was in a bind and needed money quickly. I sold used books, gently used brand name clothing, and collectible gemstones I no longer wanted online. Within a couple of weeks, I was able to generate about $150. Unbeknownst to me, one of the books I was selling was a collectible worth $30!
Freelancing is an easy way to make some quick money with a skill you already have. While you likely won’t make a lot of money if you’re just starting out, you can make enough to get you through the holidays.
All that’s required is for you to hang your shingle on sites like Upwork. You can also prospect for clients and send pitches. Additionally, there are several communities and job boards online for writers, designers, and other professions.
Freelancing on the side because I needed extra money was actually how I started the career that I have today as a financial expert. At the time, I was just trying to make some extra cash with a skill I already had.
Help Your Neighbors
Your neighbors are probably extremely busy this time of year and in need of some help—especially if they have kids. For example, maybe your neighbors need a babysitter so they can go to the holiday office party. Maybe they need help organizing the house for their own party. People will pay for these things.
One of my friends accidentally started a business one year by helping people clean out their closets. Since a lot of people donate clothing this time of year, my friend would do all the hard work for her neighbors because she actually enjoys organizing. Shortly thereafter, people started asking her how much she charged for organizing closets.
Partake In The Share Economy
There are lots of ways to make money ASAP in the share economy. From renting out an extra room on Airbnb to becoming a weekend Uber driver, there is no shortage of opportunity for making extra money when you need it.