5 Ways To Earn Extra Holiday Cash

The holidays are a time we could all use a little extra money in our pockets. Fortunately, it’s also one of the best times to get hired!

Published on November 18, 2019

The holiday season is a great time to earn extra money. Most businesses hire extra people during the holidays to keep up with high demand for their products. This is an excellent opportunity to make some more money to supplement your holiday eggnog and gift-giving expenses. There are plenty of avenues to find seasonal work this winter.


Retail is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of seasonal work. Jobs in retail are great positions throughout the holiday season. Many retail businesses need helping hands to prepare for and serve the influx of customers. During the holiday season, retailers also bring on customer service representatives to handle returns and complaints. However, retail positions are actually becoming harder to find as e-commerce grows. Seasonal retail hiring actually decreased 6.4% from 2017 to 2018 and that trend is expected to continue. Those coveted holiday retail jobs are becoming harder to find for the typical worker, but the jobs aren’t going away – some have just moved to warehousing in e-commerce.


With the shift in the retail landscape, warehouse work is becoming more plentiful. Online shopping increases during the holiday season so warehouses need new workers to help with the higher volume of orders. This year e-commerce sales are expected to spike up to $149 billion during the holiday season. Companies like Amazon and Walmart need to hire a lot of extra workers for their fulfillment centers to keep up. The majority of warehouses hire hundreds of workers to keep up with demand, making the holiday season the perfect time to apply for a job at a fulfillment center.


One main downside for seasonal workers in retail and warehouse jobs is that they can be pretty taxing on your schedule. During the holidays you want to spend time with family. If you are looking for a way to control your own schedule and still make extra cash, tilr is the option you want. tilr is an app that matches you with jobs based on your skills and location – no interview and no resume required. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play, fill out your skill profile, and do a quick onboarding call – then tilr automatically matches you to jobs. The job offers come straight to your phone and you just accept the shifts you want. tilr makes seasonal work both quick and simple by saving you the time you might otherwise spend interviewing around and being stuck in an inflexible schedule.


Ridesharing is another easy way to earn extra holiday cash. The two most popular ridesharing platforms, Uber and Lyft, make it easy for drivers to work on their own schedules. In fact, 85% of Uber drivers say that the reason they use the app is because they want to have more flexibility – and let’s face it, we all need that around the holidays. Supplementing your income as a driver can be a simple and easy way to work in your free time.

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

December can be a busy month for pet owners. With errands, winter weather, travel, and events piling up, pet owners don’t always have the time or energy to take care of their furry family members. This makes December the best time to pick up work as a dog walker or pet sitter. One way to get work as a dog walker or pet sitter is by word of mouth – let your friends know you’re open for business!  Another way is to use an app, like Rover. Rover allows you to make your own schedule, choose which services you will offer, and set your own rates. From there, pet owners can schedule you to look after their beloved pets.

However you choose to go about it, finding work this holiday season can help with the financial stress the holidays sometimes bring. Traditional routes are still open, but can be harder to find now. Thankfully the gig economy is making it easier than ever for workers to find those valuable seasonal jobs!