It’s a wonderful time of year yet also an expensive one for many. Christmas shopping, hosting the family and attending events can all drain the bank balance. However, don’t fret as there are plenty of simple ways to make some extra money on the side. To give you a helping hand, we’ve listed below 4 proven ways to make extra money this Christmas. Enjoy!
- Selling online
You’ve heard the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,’ right? So the old vinyl collection you have in the attic or that vintage dress that’s collecting dust could actually make you a pretty penny. Selling online has never been easier with the likes of eBay providing a simple platform to reach millions of buyers.
All you have to do is set up a profile and start uploading your product details. Remember that a good picture can really sell a product so ensure you have good lighting. You should also be as descriptive as possible to ensure the buyer knows what to expect. All payments can be made directly and securely through PayPal so there’s no need to exchange bank details with anyone. So, what are you waiting for? Set yourself a target and see how much you can earn.
- Clothes recycling
With the new year fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to clear out the wardrobe. There are plenty of us guilty of hoarding clothes we never wear so why not make some room for the new season. Cut your ties with the sweater ‘you’d miss if you threw out’ or the shirt that was ‘acceptable in the 80s.’ It’s surprising what a clearout can do for the mind.
When you’ve decided on the clothes you no longer need or want, have them recycled. It’s a super fast and easy way to make a little extra cash, plus you’re helping the environment – win, win!
- Car boot sale
If you prefer more a more traditional way of selling then why not set up shop at your local car boot? Yes, you may have to brave the harsh weather conditions but the extra money will make it worth it. There’s no postage and packaging either – just good old selling.
It’s also a great way to have a good old clear out – think DVDs, board games, books – you name it. Remember to ensure your stall looks presentable, you could even go a little further and create a wow factor. We’ll leave that one with you. If you’re unsure of where your local sale is, there are plenty of online directories you can find with a simple Google search.
- Mystery shopping
During this time of year, a lot of people would class themselves as ‘professional shoppers’ thanks to the hours spent Christmas shopping. So why not make some extra cash whilst you shop? There are plenty of companies that employ people to check up on service standards and general customer experience.
Bear in mind that it isn’t just a free shop and you will be expected to report on your findings. However, as far as jobs go it can be a great way of earning a little extra. Have a browse online and check out the different options available.
These are just a few ways of making extra cash but there are plenty more. Here’s a helpful article with 50 ways to make more money this Christmas.