Want Extra Holiday Cash? Apply for One of These Seasonal Side Gigs
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"About 35 percent of employers are hiring for the holidays, and almost half of them are paying $15 or more an hour."

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’Tis the season…for extra earnings? That’s right—the last quarter of the year is prime time for picking up an extra gig. While working more hours might not sound very festive, when end-of-year bills start to snowball, you’ll be glad for the additional income.

Consider this: Americans who pulled out the plastic instead to cover 2016 holiday expenses started this year with an average $1,003 worth of new debt—and nearly half of them expected it would take four months or more to pay it all off. You’re much better off putting in some extra work hours now than spending all that extra time and money paying off debt later.

A recent CareerBuilder survey found about 35 percent of employers are hiring for the holidays, and almost half of them are paying $15 or more an hour. It’s not all cashier work, either. Companies are also looking to fill gaps in accounting and finance, administrative and clerical support, technology and shipping and delivery. Here are some of the big companies hiring.

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Amazon

The e-commerce giant announced last week that it’s hiring 120,000 temporary employees to work in fulfillment centers across 33 states. Such jobs at Amazon pay $12 to $13, according to Glassdoor.

The company has also listed seasonal work-from-home jobs that pay $10 to provide virtual customer service. To apply, you must live in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah or West Virginia.

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s

Despite all the bad news for department stores in recent years, Macy’s Inc. is still planning to add 80,000 seasonal jobs at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers. They’ll also hire more than 1,000 people to assist with the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events. Macy’s sales associates make about $9 an hour.

Apply in person or online at macys-JOBS.com and bloomingdalesJOBS.com.

Michael’s

The crafty retailer is adding 15,000 seasonal jobs in its stores and distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada this year. The hourly rate for cashiers and sales associates is about $9, according to Glassdoor, plus a 30-percent employee discount. If you’re hoping your holiday gig can turn full-time, Michael’s is a good choice—last year, more than half of the company’s seasonal workers stayed on after the holidays.

Apply online at Michaels.com/storejobs.

Target

In September, the retailer announced it’d be hiring 100,000 workers for its 1,816 U.S. stores, plus another 4,500 people in its distribution center and fulfillment facilities. The positions include customer service, inventory management and order fulfillment.

Whatever you do, you can expect to earn at least $11 an hour since Target just raised its minimum wage. Plus, you get a 10-percent merchandise discount and a 20-percent wellness discount on fruits and veggies, Simply Balanced brand foods and C9 athletic gear.

Apply online at jobs.target.com.

Toys R Us

Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy isn’t putting a damper on the company’s holiday hiring spirit. On top of its typical needs for associates in its distribution centers and stores, Toys R Us is creating a new job this season: toy demonstrator. That’s right; in select stores, you can get paid for playing with toys. Based on Glassdoor data, you can expect these positions to pay $8 to $9 an hour.

Apply online here: toysrusinc.com/holidayjobs.

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UPS and FedEx

UPS expects to hire about 95,000 package handlers, drivers, driver-helpers and other positions for both full- and part-time hours this season, and FedEx plans to take on more than 50,000 seasonal workers. According to Glassdoor, you can expect to earn about $11 an hour with UPS; package handlers at FedEx report making about $12 an hour.

For UPS jobs, apply here: UPSjobs.com. The company will also be recruiting at NCAA football games this fall. For FedEx, go to careers.fedex.com.

Williams Sonoma

You can find seasonal work at Williams Sonoma stores as a cashier, stock associate or gift wrapper. You can apply in stores or by emailing wsretailrecruiting@wsgc.com.

The retailer is also hiring work-at-home customer service representatives for the holidays. Though you can work remotely, the listings do specify locations because you must live within a certain distance of a customer care center in order to attend meetings and training. The pay is $11 or $11.50 an hour, depending on your location, plus a 40-percent discount on most merchandise. Apply via the Williams Sonoma career site.