4 Seasonal Jobs that AREN’T Retail

The holidays bring with them lots of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring about some extra expenses. No one wants to end up in debt just because of the holiday season, so you think to yourself I'm going to find a way to make extra money.

However, you're human and know that working retail during the holiday season can be rough (though the discount could be sweet). So here are 4 different ways you can make money with some seasonal jobs that aren't retail. 


Some people just can't decently wrap a present to save their life. If you can, how about making some extra money using that skill and helping others make their gifts look amazing? 

Perhaps look into setting up a table in the mall or putting up an ad on craigslist. Even just sharing on Facebook and getting clients through word of mouth, could help you get started quickly. 

Not Now Mom's Busy has a post explaining how you can set up your own gift wrapping business


If you already have an Etsy store, did you know you could use the Etsy app IRL to make sales at craft fairs too? That way you don't have to worry about updating your inventory when you get home. Or you could try selling at a craft fair first, saving yourself the Etsy listing fee until after it doesn't sell IRL. 

Handmade Business has a post that can help ​ensure you give yourself the best chance to make sales at a craft fair


The holidays can be an extremely busy time for most people. They struggle to get everything done, which is where you come in. You can get paid to put up other people's Christmas lights. 

How to Start an LLC explains How You Can Start a Christmas Lights Installation Business


If you've ever bought a Christmas Tree then you know they can be pricey. Imagine if you were the one raking in the dough? If you've got some land already then a lot of the upfront cost is already taken care of. 

Learn How You Can Start a Christmas Tree Farm over at PT Money.

Similarly, I bet you could make some money starting a pumpkin patch.

Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top

Whether you are good at wrapping presents, super crafty, or can hang Christmas lights with the best of them, there is a way for you to earn money this holiday season without turning to retail. Once you decide on a seasonal side hustle, get started, chances are you'll be able to retain clients year to year and make even more next year. 

How are you planning to make extra money this holiday season?


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Hustle tools & resources i recommend

GRAMMARLY (BE A BETTER WRITER) I use Grammarly as a second pair of eyes to help me clean up and proofread my writing/typing. The best part is that it is free to use. You can install an extension on your web browser and it will check any writing you do online. While there is a paid premium version, you can get by with the free version for a long time. I only recently upgraded. If you want to know more about Grammarly, you can read my review.

30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success (to start freelance writing) Personally, I found the course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success extremely helpful to get me started with freelance writing. It breaks down everything you need to do, step by step, so that by the time you get to pitching for jobs, you are prepared and successful. For me, the course paid for itself when I got my first freelance writing job. I now earn between $2,000 - $4,000 per month (check out my income reports) with freelance writing.

Lyft (to make money driving) Driving with Lyft is a great way to earn some extra cash. I love how easy it is to just turn on an app when I feel like driving and make some money. I wrote an entire post about driving for Lyft. It includes what you can expect during the application process, what it's like to actually drive and the many perks of driving with Lyft.  Get started driving for Lyft.

BookScouter (to make money selling your books) BookScouter allows you to enter your book's ISBN number and it compares the prices it would get from various sellers, making sure you fetch the most money possible for selling that book.

Contena (for Finding Freelance Writing Jobs) I used Contena when I was working my 9-5 and getting started freelance writing. It made it easy to find freelance writing jobs to pitch. While it's not a cheap Contena is definitely worth it if you don't have a ton of time to spend looking for freelance writing jobs to pitch. Contena pulls together pretty much all of the available freelance writing jobs out there into one place and will  notify you via email of ones in your niche. 

Rover (make money hanging with dogs) Rover is a website that connects pet sitters with pet owners. I did a video tutorial on how to use the site as pet sitter and the accompanying post goes over what makes Rover a great side hustle. Read and watch the post or get started petsitting.

Quickbooks Self-Employed (for managing Hustle Money) I use the QuickBooks Self Employed (BTW you'll get 50% off with my link) app to calculate my quarterly taxes so I know how much to set aside. Though keep in mind it only keeps up with federal taxes and you will need to set aside an additional amount for your state taxes. 


Liz is a blogger helping people with personal finance and working for themselves. She shares her own journey to debt freedom and helps graduates dealing with above average student loan debt on her site, Less Debt More Wine. She currently resides in NC after calling Massachusetts home for nearly a decade.

  • Cori Ramos says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks so much for the shout out! You’ve shared some great ideas to make some extra money for the holidays – I know I would pay someone to put up and take down my Christmas decorations! 🙂

    I wish I were crafty enough to make a living off of it but sadly I’m not. 🙂

    Thanks again and have a great day and rest of the week!


    • Liz says:

      Happy to include your great post! I love decorating but by the time I finish putting up my own decorations, I don’t want to do more, kudos to the ones that can.

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