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5 Valentine's Day side hustles that can help you earn up to $20 an hour — or even more

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Consumers plan to spend an average of $196 each this Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation, with spending expected to total $27.4 billion. That's a lot of diamonds, chocolate, greeting cards, flowers, and other creative ways people will come up with to show their loved ones how much they care.

The holiday is also a great opportunity to make some extra cash. Here are five ways to do just that.

1. Deliver food or groceries

As many as 49% of adults would rather stay home for dinner on Valentine's Day than go out, according to an Instacart survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults. For those opting to stay home, consider delivering takeout through services like Grubhub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats, or delivering groceries through services like Instacart and Shipt.

DoorDash drivers make $18 per hour on average, according to Indeed, and Instacart drivers report earning roughly $11 to $14 per hour, according to Glassdoor.

2. Take on some tasks

As people get creative on Valentine's Day, they might need some help. A TaskRabbit spokesperson shared with Grow some of the more inventive requests that people have posted on the site in the name of love:

  • "I'm looking for someone to buy a big Valentine's heart of assorted chocolates, then replace the chocolates with McDonald's chicken nuggets and ketchup and ranch packets."
  • "Can you help me deliver a Valentine's Day pizza to the love of my life? Order a large pizza (bonus points if it's Domino's Philly cheese steak), and have the chef arrange the toppings in the shape of a heart."

Create a profile on TaskRabbit and look out for unique requests. Taskers making deliveries in New York, for instance, make anywhere from $20 to $170 per hour. You could also comb through the "gigs" section of Craigslist, where users make similar asks.

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3. Offer your creative services

Forty-three percent of people say they plan to buy greeting cards for Valentine's Day, according to a WalletHub survey of 1,000 people. If you have a flair for the artistic, consider offering your services to individuals who want something customized, or create cards to sell on sites like Etsy, Amazon Handmade, or eBay. Custom cards on Etsy can go for anywhere from $3.50 to $15 each.

You can think beyond cards, too. These sites offer the chance to sell lots of different types of personalized items, from mugs to bags to jewelry, much of which could be themed to capitalize on the holiday.

4. Babysit or pet sit

In 2019, Valentine's Day was the second-most popular holiday for parents to post babysitting jobs on Care.com, according to the website. And 34% of people celebrating Valentine's Day plan to spend their money on a night out, according to WalletHub.

Reap the benefits of these parents' plans by signing up to be a babysitter on sites like Care.com, which reports that sitters nationwide can make from around $14 to $19 per hour.

Pet owners may also need your assistance. Sign up to be a pet sitter on sites like Care.com, Sitter City, or Pet Sitter. The average rate of a pet sitter is $13 per hour, according to Glassdoor.

5. Drive for a ride-share company

Valentine's Day is one of the best holidays to drive for Uber, according to Harry Campbell, the Ride Share Guy.

"People who just want a ride to dinner will take an UberX," he says. "Others might go all out in honor of the holiday and upgrade to a Black or Select to make the night more romantic or special." Sign up to drive for a services like Lyft or Uber. One ride-share driver in New York City told CNBC he can pull in about $250 for a full day's work.

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