How much money you can earn with 5 popular winter side hustles

Tim Stobierski

While the spring and summer seem to overflow with opportunities to make extra cash, in the winter, it can seem difficult to find side hustle opportunities that pay well.

That doesn't mean that high-paying winter side gigs don't exist, though. The winter brings with it a lot of chances to make some extra cash; you just need to know where to look.

Here's how much you could earn with five popular winter side hustles.

Holiday party planning and staffing

From Christmas dinners and New Year's Eve celebrations to office parties, there are countless opportunities to host a great event during the winter. And if you love throwing parties enough that you'd be willing to organize the logistics for somebody else, you could earn some serious cash — an average of $50-$150 per hour, or about $500-$750 per event, according to Thumbtack.com.

Even if you're not terribly fond of coordinating logistics, seasonal parties might still offer you a path to some extra cash this winter. Catering, bartending, or serving for a private holiday event can bring in base pay, and often, generous tips. According to Thumbtack, private catering companies typically pay waitstaff and bartenders between $20-$30 per hour, excluding tips — a rate which can increase substantially for events actually occurring on holidays.

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Snow removal

While snow is beautiful to look at, there are many people who would rather pay somebody else to clear snow from their property than do it themselves. This means that snow removal can be a source of income for someone who's willing to brave the cold.

The average snow removal job will cost a home owner anywhere from $48 to $173 per clearing, depending on the size of the property and the amount of snow to be cleared, according to HomeAdvisor. Some jobs can cost as much as $400, making this a great potential side gig for those who are young, physically fit, and don't mind manual labor. It can be especially well-suited for landscapers or homeowners who already have equipment like snowblowers or plow attachments for their car.

Seasonal decorating

Last year, 78% of Americans planned to decorate their homes for the holidays, according to a report by Rasmussen.

While many Americans see decorating as a fun activity, others dread it. According to one survey conducted by Units Moving and Portable Storage, 37% of respondents said that they stressed about holiday decorating, and 32% said they could "use a break" from decorating.

If you enjoy decorating and have a flair for design, consider turning that passion into a lucrative seasonal business. Professional decorators charge an average of $800-$1,500 per job, including materials and supplies, according to Angie's List.

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House and pet sitting

People who choose to travel in the winter often find themselves in need of a pet-sitter, house-sitter, or both.

The average pet-sitter can expect to earn between $20 to $30 for a 30-minute daytime visit, and $45 to $75 for a 30-minute nighttime visit, according to Homeguide.com. Similar rates can be expected for house-sitting. Over the course of five days, that can add up to anywhere from $250 to $375 — an amount that can rise substantially if you are spending the night in a home or if you need to administer special care to pets.

Personal training

The winter can mean Christmas cookies, extravagant dinners, cocktail parties — and a lack of exercise. If you are a fitness junkie who loves to teach and motivate people, the winter could be the perfect season for you to take on a gig as a personal trainer, helping clients set and achieve New Year's resolutions around exercising more and getting healthier.

Reach out to your local fitness centers and see what certification they require for their trainers. The time commitment and costs attached to completing an accredited program can pay off. The average one-hour personal training session costs between $40 and $90, and those who have the skills and passion to meet this demand can stand to make some serious cash, even if you limit your work to the weekends.

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