12 Side Hustles To Make Extra Cash This Holiday Season

The holiday season is among us which means more spending on travel, nights out and gift giving. Chances are, you could use a little extra cash. If you’re a freelancer experiencing a slow period this quarter, it’s a great time to take on a new side hustle or two. We’ve compiled 12 flexible gigs to help you put a little extra money in your pocket.


Have you cleaned out your closet recently? Poshmark makes it easy to sell your clothing and accessories within their shopping app. The best part: When you make a sale, Poshmark sends you a prepaid mailing label so you can package your items and just drop them in the mail. You can grab free priority boxes and envelopes from your local post office to use for your sales. Easy peasy!


Do you have an extra bedroom or upcoming travel plans on the calendar? Try renting out your place while you’re away with Airbnb. You have the opportunity to vet any potential guests ahead of time via message and look at their ratings from previous hosts for any red flags. You can also require a security deposit and charge a cleaning fee with their overall rate.


Earn money while you’re shopping! Ebates offers shoppers cash back on any purchases through their website, and the sale percentage can range anywhere from one percent to 14%. Make sure to check their site for current offers before making any online purchases.

Uber or Lyft

Is your car just sitting in the driveway? Put it to use! You can work your own schedule and make easy money transporting people around town with Uber or Lyft. There are many people who drive for one of these services alongside their full-time or part-time jobs - it’s a fun way to meet people and learn more about a city if you’re a visitor!

Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

Calling all animal lovers! If you live an a larger city, this could be a great option for you. So many people are forced to leave their pets at home unattended during the work day. If you have the ability to work from home or remotely, this could be a great option for you. Try signing up with services like Rover that help connect sitters and pet-owners in the area.

Virtual Assistant or Bookkeeper

You wouldn’t believe the number of small businesses looking for virtual assistants or bookkeepers, especially when the owners are so busy with day-to-day activities. Some virtual assistants can make between $19 and $60 an hour based on scope of work. Check out TaskRabbit and Fancy Hands for openings.

Etsy Shop

Have an idea or product that’s worth selling? Create an Etsy shop with all of your items. This could be anything from material items to digital downloads. I’ve even seen an Etsy shop for coming up with unique wedding hashtags. The possibilities are endless!

Sell Your Recipes

Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Try submitting your unique recipe to a magazine or online publisher for a profit. Target brands that have an online editorial destination where you can share your work with the digital world, and have an example to showcase for the next potential client.

Caption Videos

Throw on your headphones for a bit and caption a video for some extra cash! Services like Rev are looking for freelancers to join their team all the time. You can choose your own schedule, which projects you’d like and receive weekly payouts via Paypal.

Participate in a Focus Group

Earning money just for giving input? Sign me up. I’ve earned anywhere from $20 to $100 just for participating in a study or focus group through nearby colleges. You can also check out  available groups on FocusGroup and Fieldwork.

Rent Out Your Car

If you have a spare vehicle that isn’t being used, try renting out your car with Turo or Getaround. Both websites state that $1,000,000 primary insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance is included. Plus, drivers are screened beforehand to ensure they have safe driving records. Active owners can earn additional thousands each year!

Seasonal/Holiday Part-Time Job

Unable to head home for the holidays this year? Check your local listings for a part-time holiday job. It’s the time of year when most college kids go home for break or sales associates take advantage of vacation time, so it’s the perfect time to pounce! Offer to work weekend or evening shifts and you can rack up a little more money. Plus, you can take advantage of sales discounts for employees to help with your holiday gift giving.