Gig Economy Holiday Side Hustles That Will Pay For Your Presents

Christmas Presents

Are you already stressing about having to pay for all of those holiday necessities? Decorations, gifts, dinner parties: you name it, you probably have to pay for it. According to Nasdaq, the average American will spend approximately $1,463 this year on holiday shopping alone. That’s quite a bit of extra cash you’ll need on hand!

As a strong advocate of the gig economy and the ability for people to empower themselves through side work, I’ve outlined 7 side gigs and ways to start a side hustle that you can do now to help offset those holiday bills:

1. Become an Instacart or Shipt Shopper

During the holiday season, people have less time to complete all of their day-to-day responsibilities, including weekly grocery shopping. Luckily, grocery delivery services like Instacart and Shipt can offer some much-needed assistance. Tons of people have grown accustomed to having their groceries delivered especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, it’s become a way of life for consumers and has created new income opportunities for go-getters like you.

Sign up for Instacart or Shipt and become a full-time or part-time Shopper; you’ll be able to go shopping for groceries and even get paid to shop. The best part about these gigs is that you can work on your own time, accept only the orders you want right from your smartphone and you keep 100% of the tips you earn. Your wallet will thank you and you’ll be paying for all those gifts in no time.

2. Rent out your empty space for storage on Neighbor

What if I told you that you can make money storing other people’s belongings in your spare room, closet, or attic crawl space? If this sounds like it could work for you, then I highly recommend becoming a host on Neighbor. The platform is designed to connect you with other people in your community who are looking for space to store their extra belongings, as an alternative to storage units. For example, renting out a small closet on Neighbor can cost $25-50 per month in some cases. So instead of someone paying $100-200 per month for a small storage unit, you bank an extra $25-50 per month storing their belongings while they save $75-150 per month; it’s a win-win situation!

3. Rent your vehicle on Turo

With Turo, you can make your car work for you. If you have a spare vehicle or you just don’t use your primary vehicle too often, then this is the gig for you. The peer-to-peer car-sharing platform allows you to rent out your vehicle for as long or as short of a period as you want, on your terms. You set the days the car will be available, the daily rental price, and any rules for the use of your vehicle. You’ll just have to make sure your vehicle is cleaned and sanitized before each new renter. All in all, this is another easy passive income opportunity. Sign up to rent your car on Turo and start making passive income!

4. Deliver food with Uber Eats or GrubHub

If you’re a foodie, then this could be a fun gig for you! As an UberEats courier or GrubHub driver, you can choose your hours and work on your own time. Depending on your metro area you may even be able to do this gig without a car and instead deliver with a bike or a scooter! All you’ll have to do is pass a quick background check and you’ll be ready to start accepting orders in your area right from your smartphone. Sign up for UberEats or GrubHub and get earning now!

5. Use your digital skills to make a few extra bucks on Fivver or Upwork

So, you already have a full-time job. But, you can take your applicable skills and do some freelance work too. If you have digital skills like copywriting, marketing, graphic design, photography, or digital marketing, you can easily make money online in your downtime by putting your skills to work on digital freelance platforms like Fivver and Upwork.

6. Scan your grocery receipts on Ibotta or Fetch

A crucial part of the holiday season is of course grocery shopping. You need to get that turkey for the 20-person Thanksgiving you’ll be hosting once again and don’t forget about the spiral ham for Christmas Day. Indeed, those holiday food expenses can certainly add up. But you can start to earn cash back for many of those items by scanning your grocery receipts with apps like Ibotta and Fetch. You’ll quickly earn $1.00 back on those extra cans of cranberry sauce or 25 points for that last-minute grocery run an hour before the relatives arrive. Once you reach a $20 minimum on Ibotta, you’ll be able to cash out directly to your PayPal account. On Fetch, all you need is a minimum of 3,000 points ($3) and you’ll be able to cash out for a gift card to a retailer of your choice!

7. Take lots of surveys

So you don’t have time to go do extra work outside of the house but you could use those extra dollars before the end of the year. Luckily, it’s not hard to take some online surveys at home, right from your computer or smartphone. Within hours, you can earn points to redeem for real money which you can cash out via PayPal or for gift cards to pay for those gifts you’re already going to buy anyway.

8. Rent out your spare room on Airbnb

Do you have a spare room in your house or apartment that you scarcely use or that’s already set up as a guest bedroom for when the in-laws come to visit? Well, this holiday you can earn passive income by renting out your extra space on your terms. You’ll make extra income in advance of the holidays and earn more money to pay off those pesky December credit card bills and buy all those presents. Sign up to become an Airbnb host today!

9. Try TaskRabbit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And guess what? The floors need to be vacuumed and mopped, the bathroom needs to sparkle, piles of laundry need to be washed and folded, you need to clean out the hall closet, and even the leaves from this fall need to be cleaned up! But let’s be honest: who’s got the time for all this between working a full-time job, taking care of the kids, and all the other obligations in life?

If you find yourself with some spare time and you’re handy around the house, we recommend that you sign up to become a Tasker on TaskRabbit. The platform connects you to people in your town or city who need help doing everyday tasks for themselves and their families that they just don’t have the time for. Taskers on Reddit say that they’ve been able to earn up to 15K per month completing odd jobs for people.

Just imagine how much cash you could make with just a few hours of work before the holidays!