The holidays are here and many people are looking for ways to make some extra money fast! Whether you need to finish up your Christmas shopping, travel or pay bills, we’ve put together a list of things (some are a little strange) that you can do if you need some quick holiday cash. Here are 7 fast and legitimate ways you can earn some extra Christmas cash in seven days or less.
December 18th – Sign up with Task Rabbit and get paid to complete holiday help tasks. The malls are insanely crowded this week and many people don’t want to lose their whole day to picking up a specific gift item. People will pay you to do their shopping for them, especially around this time of year. Holiday gift shopping is just one example of the various tasks that are posted on Task Rabbit this week. Other examples include last minute party planning, gift wrapping, catering and more. Visit TaskRabbit.com for more details.
December 19th – Do you have a second car that you don’t drive often? Turo is a service that allows you to rent your car when you’re not using it. Renters pay up to $50/day or more (depending on the year, make and model) to drive your car when you’re not using it. Sounds too risky? Keep in mind your car is covered up to $1 million for each trip, and each traveler is pre-screened through Turo. The payment is made directly to your bank account and usually takes 1-2 business days to clear. Visit turo.com for more details.
December 20th – Babysit. Somewhere in America there’s a mom who is home watching cartoons with the kids tonight instead of attending her company’s holiday party all because she couldn’t find a sitter. If you are an experienced nanny or caregiver consider listing your services on care.com or sittercity.com You can even set your own hourly rate.
December 21st – Whether you’re going away for the holidays or if you have an extra room to rent, consider listing your extra space on Airbnb. Every eligible booking on Airbnb is covered by their $1,000,000 host guarantee, renters are pre-screened and money is deposited in your bank account 24 hours after guests check in. Visit Airbnb.com for details.
December 22nd – Complete an online survey. Many popular online survey panels reward you with gift cards or coupons, however there are some survey panels that pay in cash. For example, Pinecone Research pays up to $3 per completed survey paid via check or Paypal and they usually pay within a 1-2 business days. Visit PineconeResearch.com for more details.
December 23rd – Get paid to clean out your closet. Platos Closet buys gently used clothing and accessory items and they pay in cash on the spot. Typically they buy trendy or designer items that aren’t more than a few seasons old (have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months) and are current young adult styles. Items must be clean and in good condition. Visit platoscloset.com to find a drop off location near you.
December 24th – List your garage sale items on 5 Miles. The 5miles app is a free mobile marketplace to buy, sell used/secondhand offers all within 5 miles of where you are. It’s like a having a garage sale, but without the hassle. Transactions are usually completed the same day and customers can pay in cash upon pick up or delivery of the item.