We could all do with a little extra cash at Christmas time. But if you’re clever, you can use the season of goodwill to your advantage – here’s how to earn money and have fun at the same time.
1. Get crafty
‘Tis the season of DIY decorations and Christmas cards, so make a few extra and sell them. Find out where the local Christmas markets are and team up with a friend or neighbour to sell crafts on a stall.
2. Cakes for cash
If you’re a dab hand at baking the perfect Christmas cake, drop leaflets through neighbours’ doors advertising your wares. You’ll save them the hard work and, who knows, you might discover they sell like hot cakes!
3. Rent out your house
If you’re visiting relatives for a week between Christmas and New Year, why not earn extra money from your empty house by renting out your home. Visit DirectGov for the official advice on renting out rooms or your house.
4. Gadget swap
If your children, or even your other half, are demanding the latest technology for Christmas, you can ease the cost by recycling old mobiles, laptops and cameras for cash.
5. Throw a shopping party
Everyone loves Christmas shopping and a good party, so combine the two and earn money. Companies like Ann Summers, The Body Shop, Avon and Jamie At Home all enable you to earn commission on the products you sell, although there is an initial set-up cost.
6. Look for a Christmas job
Supermarkets and many shops often recruit extra staff to help out over the busiest time of the year. Once the kids are in bed, you could put in a shift at the local Tesco – and browse their aisles for cheap present ideas too!
7. Pet sitting
Get paid to look after someone else’s cat or dog over the Christmas period. Popping round to a neighbour’s house twice a day to give Fido a cuddle won’t take much time and you could earn up to £10 a visit.
8. Earn money by shopping
It hardly seems possible, but by doing your online shopping through cashback sites, like Quidco.com, you could get back up to 10% of what you spend in cash.
9. Use your loyalty cards
When you’re doing your massive Christmas shop at the supermarket, make sure you claim your loyalty card points. This will give you more money to spend in the New Year.
10. Sell photos
Websites and magazines are always looking for reader photos or stock shots of families enjoying Christmas, so make sure everyone poses nicely around the tree, think of the cash and then smile!
If you’re really serious about wanting to earn extra money, take a look at our eBook on 25 Quick ways to make money from home