11/01/2010

Make More Money Before the Holiday Season

Here are some quick and easy tips to make more money before the holidays:

  • Apply for a seasonal position: A lot of retailers hire on new members to their teams during the holiday season. Not only is it a way to build cash over the season, but also can be an easy way to establish contacts, build your resume, and learn important new job skills. Be persistent and dedicated in your search. A online application may be quick and easy, but coming and showing face time the old fashioned way looks more impressive.  If acceptable, remember to bring a small portfolio or sample of your work along with you. Also dress well and prepare yourself by gathering information about the company. They will appreciate your interest!
  • Get rid of things you don't need: Sell unwanted items like DVDs, video games, or comic books to specialty stores which generally give you a better deal. For collector’s items or items of higher value, list online through auction websites. Hold a garage or yard sale to get rid of your remaining items or things of lower value. If you don’t have much to sell, consider hosting a joint or neighborhood sale to increase traffic
  • Use your hobbies to your advantage :If you are a gifted crafter, consider selling your crafts at local fairs or online. Got a way with words? Make money through blogging by charging for ad space. The larger your number of readers, the more you can charge for ad space. Additionally, freelance writing or editing opportunities can be found online.
  • Create an odd jobs service: Take advantage of opportunities around the neighborhood. Do you have an elderly neighbor who might need help putting up holiday lights? What about babysitting? Look around and ask questions. Mow laws for $20 to $30 dollars a yard, depending on size. Dog walking is another odd job that pays well, the normal charge being about $10- $15 dollars per dog. Remember to advertise yourself, and your services!
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