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12 Unique Ways to Earn Money Before Christmas

Updated on November 23, 2014

Christmas... Here? Again?

Omg! I can not believe it's here again, already. So soon. If you are ready, I sincerely applaud you. But if you are like me, then you feel a bit of my anxiety when I say in all seriousness, "I'm so unprepared." But aside from being extremely scatter brained and and over worked, I'm still short on cash. If you happen to be that way as well, you'll appreciate these ideas I've researched to earn a little more cash for the holidays.

Now I got to tell you, when I first started researching this myself I got a bit frustrated. I wanted to earn cash without giving fainting from giving plasma (nothing at all wrong with this by the way) and selling everything I have. I don't mind sacrificing some time for a little more dough but anything else, ummm... Let's just say there's got to be a better way.

So friends let's explore and by all means, please provide more ideas for those still searching. We're on a quest together for a wonderful memorable and hopefully joyful Christmas holiday. Let's begin.

1. Short Tasks

Have you ever heard of a micro job? Well the name actually is the description and the pay. I know what you're thinking. How can I break the bank with a micro job? Well, you probably won't. But doing enough of these will add up. Examples of a micro job would be like a FaceBook page, or writing a forum / blog post on a website. It could also be reviewing a product or making a follow up call to a client. These would be companies like Amazon mTurk and FancyHands. Here is a massive list of sites that offer micro jobs as well.

2. Upload Coupons.... Get Paid

Do you use coupons? If you do, did you know you could upload coupons you use to Coupon Chef and get paid to do it. I think it's a pretty novel idea. You will receive 2% of the sales every time someone uploads your coupon.

3. Become an Industry Expert

We may not all know everything but we all know something, right? So why not earn a little extra pay for what you know. Companies like Honeit pays industry experts to conduct interviews while sites like WebAnswers pays it's contributors to answer questions. What you decide to go for will depend on your expertise, your time, and rate of pay. Here are some additional companies you can check out.

Live Person - You set your own price and work with your client through one-on-one chat.

Ingenio - Create a free listing of your expertise. Receive a free personal website as well as a toll free number and extension.

Just Answer - Once you are approved you can set your hours and work as little or as much as you'd like.

Maven - Become a consultant with the Maven and set an hourly consulting rate to get paid.

Directly - Do you know a company inside out? If so, then become an expert, help industry professionals, and get paid.

4. Get Artsy!

Do you draw, sketch, sew, knit, make jewelry or crafts? Have you ever though about selling it on sites like Etsy or Amazon. Now is the perfect time to create jewelry, frames, wreaths, ornaments, and other amazing crafts for the holidays. You can even earn profit by partnering up with small gift shops in your area or attending arts and craft fairs. Leave your information at a local library for others to contact you for awesome homemade crafts and gifts. Here's a list of 250+ places to promote and sell your creations online. Happy Homemaking!

5. Merchandise Baby... Merchandise

Have you ever been walking through a store and saw someone giving out free samples of sausage, or a drink of some kind? Well you've just met a merchandiser. Merchandisers have all sorts of grocery related tasks. From inventory, stocking, performing demos, to marketing, resets, evaluations, and more. The tasks can be quick or long, lucrative, or average. It depends on the company and the task. Why not check out Volition for their huge list of Merchandising companies as well as their forum which lists company reviews and information in detail.

6. Wait. My Phone's Breaking Up. Can You Hear Me Now?

We all make calls. It's the main way we communicate. Did you know that you could get paid for reviewing calls? Here are a couple sites that will pay you to be a call reviewer.

Humanic - Choose the type of calls you want to review, the category, and rack up on the earnings.

Reynolds - With this company, you can listen to recorded conversations between clients and customers and evaluate the calls.

7. Get Paid for Your Creativity

Have a knack for thinking of cool names and slogans? Picky Domains pays you for suggesting website domains and slogans for their clients. Try it.

8. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas

Can you play an awesome Santa? Well it's time to get your Claus on and earn some holiday cash. Make Believe Labs is paying $25 an hour + $1.50 per every call you take. You are also free to set your own schedule. Go on... time's ticking. Give it a shot.

9. Become a TicketPuller

If you have fast hands then maybe you can earn a good stash of cash being a ticket puller. It only takes a few minutes per session and it's easy to learn and fun as well. Ticket Puller and Pull Tickets are the main websites that offer ticket pullers the most profit.

10. Become a Typo Hunter

Be a typo hunter and earn money. Find typos on websites and earn $2.00 for each one. The potential to find typos are huge. Click here to find out more.

11. Mystery Shopping

Mystery Shoppers are everywhere. The pay may not be the best but the assignments are super easy. You basically get paid to do what you normally do anyway; eat, shop, browse, and more. Browse MommyBiz's mystery shop company list with 200+ companies.

12. Rent Out Your Car

Let your idle car work for you by renting it out with Relay Rides. List your car for free. You decide who and when and get paid for it.

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    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for the fun hub. I found it helpful and interesting :)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hiya, what great ideas! I took a sneaky peak at the different sites you mentioned and some of them are really interesting! I may just go and give them a try, thanks!