During the winter months, you might find that you're spending more. Whether you're shopping for holiday gifts, or gearing up to take a trip in the new year, it can be difficult to factor all your year-end expenses into your regular monthly budget.
To give yourself some financial breathing room, consider a side hustle you can take on this season. From housesitting to personal shopping, certain gigs are easier to start up or have the potential to earn more during the winter.
Here are eight that can help you boost your income.
If you've decided to travel for the holidays and your home will be empty, consider renting it out on a short-term listing site.
Airbnb hosts, for example, earn an average of $924 per month, according to Travel + Leisure. The exact amount varies depending on factors like the size of your space, number of nights you rent it out, your location, and the kinds of amenities available to your guests. You'll also need to make sure laws in your area allow for short-term rentals.
HouseSitter.com and Care.com both list openings for housesitting jobs. Often, the work is minimal, with tasks like collecting the owner's mail, watering their plants, or doing some light cleaning while they're away.
Most housesitters charge $25-$45 per day, according to Housesitter.com. This number can fluctuate depending on your area.
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In most states, homeowners are responsible for clearing the snow in their driveway and on the sidewalk in front of their home. Not doing so could result in a ticket: In New York City, the fine is up to $350.
As a snow shoveler, you can earn anywhere from $30 to $100 per driveway or walkway, according to Sidehustle.com. All you need to get started is a shovel, which costs as little as $10 from The Home Depot.
"When I was still in college, I shoveled driveways for about $100 per day," says Daniella Flores, the blogger behind i like to dabble. "It's pretty easy to do it in your neighborhood, just tell a couple of neighbors, or post it on the Nextdoor neighborhood app as a way to spread the word."
For many people, the start of the new year marks the start of a job hunt. One way to earn some extra money during your days or hours off this season is to help others kick-start their job search by editing or helping them craft their resume.
Carefully drafting one page worth of material could earn you an average base pay of $21 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
The holiday season is prime time for retailers. Shoppers everywhere are on the hunt for the perfect gift for their loved ones and the best end-of-year deals. If you love shopping, do it for others who find it a chore. Personal shoppers earn anywhere from $10-$16 per hour, according to Payscale.
Skilled at gift wrapping? That's a related service that could help you pull in additional cash.
Last year, Care.com estimated that college-age job seekers could earn as much as $1,470 with 80 hours of tutoring over their winter break. Sites like Chegg pay online tutors $20 per hour to help students across a wide array of different subjects including algebra, astronomy, literature, law, and more.
If you're studying a foreign language, or a STEM-related subject, you may be able to charge more depending on the tutoring platform.
If you have your own vehicle, consider becoming a driver with a ride-share company like Uber or Lyft. Winter weather can mean more demand for drivers to deliver food or pick up passengers.
How much you can earn will depend on how long the ride is, the distance traveled, and whether or not it's a peak time. Al Castillo, a full-time ride-share driver in New York City, told CNBC earlier this year that he makes up to $540 per day.
"If it's cold outside and you're spending a lot of time indoors, it might be a good opportunity for you to go through your closet and set aside the things that don't fit you anymore," says Flores. "You can post those things on Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace."
Flores says selling clothes from the previous season online is a great way to up-sell items that you no longer need. She sold a designer purse she purchased on sale for $40 for $100 on Poshmark.
"There are so many side hustles you can do in the winter, it's just about figuring out what skills or tools you already have, and finding what works for you," says Flores.
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