Side Hustles to Make Extra Money Before the Holidays

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Don’t put yourself into debt this year trying to make sure that your family has a great holiday. Instead, get started with a side hustle now, which will allow you to generate your holiday fund and possibly have some money to spend on other things as well.

Side hustles have been becoming increasingly popular this past couple of years and today I thought I’d share with you a few side hustles that you can get started with this week to boost your income.

Side Hustles 101

Dog Sit

While dogs are man’s best friend, they take a lot of time and effort to keep happy. When dog owners must travel or work demanding jobs, it means that they can’t give their furry friend all the attention that they deserve and usually they hire a dog sitter.

You could be that dog sitter if you’re someone who loves dogs, has the time and energy to keep pups happy, and love being active.

Does this sound like a dream job? If so, check out this post to see how you can make money dog sitting with

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great side hustle for people who are great salespeople or always have folks coming to them asking about which products to purchase.

Furthermore, if you’re a blogger, it’s a great way to monetize your blog. Alternatively, if you aren’t a blogger but have built up an engaged social media profile affiliate marketing could be a way to monetize your social networks.

Getting started with affiliate marketing is easy and there are a ton of networks that help you find products to promote for a percentage of the sale. My personal favorite is Shareasale and I’ve shared my top companies to work with in this post.

If you want to test the waters a bit and join a variety of affiliate marketing networks, I would suggest joining Code Load as you can host all of your affiliate links in one place.

Read Also: How to Start a Lifestyle Blog and Make it Stand Out From Others


Dropshipping is a bit more saturated now than it was a few years ago. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a decent income from dropshipping in 2019.

All you need to do is take the time to perform research to see, which products you can offer that will solve a problem, ship quick, and bring you a good return on each sale.

Social Media Manager

Social media managers are in high demand these days. So many entrepreneurs are running multiple ventures and social sites are the way for them to reach their audiences. However, keeping up with the fast pace of social networking sites is time-consuming. Plus, if you’re not skilled at getting people to engage with your content on social media it can feel like a real waste of time.

If you’re someone who is great with words, memes, and have a bubbly personality, you can find that being a social media manager will be a great side hustle for you.

After a few months of great results, good testimonials from clients, and the chance to really master social media ads, social media management could become a full-time gig for you.

Rent Out Your Home or Vehicle

Do you have an extra home or vehicle?

Let it make money for you.

RVShare/RV Rental is becoming increasingly popular among travelers and you can make a few thousand dollars per year.

Home and even room rentals are preferred over hotels these days and websites such as Airbnb make it possible for you to cash in on your real estate.

Plus, there are sites like Turo that let you make money off your extra car.

Get a Remote Job

Remote jobs just aren’t for those who want to work full time from home.

In fact, many people start off using remote work as a side gig to test the waters before they take the leap to working 100% remotely.

In this guide, I share where to find remote jobs and the different types of remote job options that you have available.

Online Focus Groups

People want to pay you for your opinion.

Furthermore, the closer it gets to the holiday shopping season, the more businesses that want to know your opinion so they can know what tweaks to make to increase their sales.

Online focus groups are the perfect way to make some extra cash for the holidays and some pay in gift cards to Amazon, which make it even easier to get your holiday shopping out of the way.

To get started with online focus groups check out this post to see which websites will pay you for your opinion.

Conclusion: These Side Hustles Will Help You Make Extra Money Before the Holidays

The holidays shouldn’t be a stressful time of year and you don’t want to be starting off the new year in debt because of the holidays. This year try out some of these side hustles to boost your holiday fund and see how stress-free the holidays can be.

Who knows, your side hustle may turn into a new career path that allows you to achieve financial freedom working from home full time.

What side hustles have you tried to bring in some extra money?






Side Hustles to Make Extra Money Before the Holidays


  1. Dropshippng is great, because it is possible to develop this beginning into the whole venture. There are some special tools, for example, I drop ship with wordpress+lidropship and I make living with it actually.

  2. This is the first time that I’ve heard of dropshipping. I will have to check that out and learn more about it. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. I so need some extra money for the holidays! I haven’t heard of dropshipping before but it sounds like an interesting way to make some money. I would love to do better with affiliate marketing.

  4. Aduke Schulist says:

    These are great ways. My favorite is to sell items I no longer need. I can get instant cash with very little work.

  5. Decluttering not only helps you simplify your life, but also allows you to find items to donate and sell for extra $ and a reminder of what the holiday season is all about. Great article!

  6. I think these are all great ideas. I’ve been selling some stuff here and there lately. Trying to get a little more cash for gifts and such too.

  7. I have many side hustles going on and we make a large portion of our income from them. These are great ways to earn extra cash for sure!

  8. These are great ideas. Yesterday I decided to take on some additional event work to make some extra money.

    1. admin says:


      Event work sounds fun.

  9. Ruth I. says:

    A lot of people may need side hustles for extra finance giving out gifts. Social Media Manager sounded like just hanging around in Starbucks and just browsing online. Thank you for this informative post.

  10. It’s so good to earn a few bucks so that you’ll have more budget for gifts and food when Christmas rolls around! These are awesome ideas, they’re easy as well.

  11. Joely Smith says:

    There are some great ideas here for ways to make extra money – especially before the holidays! I have always been curious about drop shipping but just do not have the time to get into that one right now. I do often sell things around my home that I no longer need or use.

  12. Great idea for a post! Like many people, I try to save money for the holidays but life sometimes gets int he way.

    I really like the idea of selling things as I just recently sold some old workout equipment online. It is a great way to purge and make a little extra cash.

  13. I am definitely going to have to take this to heart. This Christmas is going to be a little bit slimmer unless I can find a way to earn a little bit more money.

  14. I think dog sitting would be so much fun! What could be better than getting paid to have fun with doggies!

  15. These are great ideas. I love to sell my old or unused stuff on eBay. You can pretty good money if you have things the people really want – even if you don’t want it.

  16. It is nice to make a few extra dollars around the holidays. It can be such a stressful time of year. I hadn’t thought of these, but I should look into some of these.

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