There’s nothing quite as agonizing as looking at your credit card bill for December.
Between the holiday gifts, parties and get-togethers with friends you haven’t seen in a while, expenses can start to pile up in a big way. The holidays shouldn’t make you feel stressed about money, but somehow they always do.
Why not take matters into your own hands and make a little extra cash this holiday season? As a stay-at-home mom, you won’t even have to leave your living room with many of these easy side gigs, or you can take your kids with you.
Check out these nine ways to make extra cash, and your bank account will thank you come January.
1. Sell Your Stuff
When the weather keeps you indoors, consider cleaning out your closet and other storage spaces—some of your old stuff may be worth cash. Got a holiday dress from last season that you probably won’t wear again? Consign it.
Get your kids involved, too. Stay-at-home-mom Odelle Wells consigned her children’s clothing and sports gear and made $450, according to The Penny Hoarder.
Maybe you’ve got a 2009 Hallmark “Cousin Eddie’s RV” Christmas ornament in storage. Would you believe that today people will pay $300 for one on eBay?
2. Do Other People’s Laundry
Laundry Care provides a platform for stay-at-home-moms to make extra money on the side while doing other people’s laundry. If you’re organized, have daytime availability, and access to a washer and dryer, you can get paid weekly for this service.
3. Become a Pet Sitter
If you love dogs and you’re going to be home anyway, why not make a little extra money on the side as a pet sitter? It’s easy when you sign up as a sitter through sites such as DogVacay.com and Rover.com. They help you find and screen potential clients.
As a pet sitter, you can set your own rates and take as many dogs as you can handle, so the income possibilities are basically endless. The good news is that you do a meet-and-greet with the dogs first, which would be an extra-important step if you have little kids at home.
4. Flip Furniture
Hit up garage sales and scour Craiglist for funky pieces of furniture. Then make them sing with a little creativity and elbow grease.
There’s a market for vintage, shabby chic and refurbished furniture just waiting for you to tap into it, says Heather Eigler, the brains behind the blog Home To Heather.
“The best pieces of furniture to flip are in good and sturdy condition, need very little work and can serve a purpose in someone’s home,” she writes. “Check your local thrift shops, garage sales and classifieds.”
5. Sell Your Photos
There are lots of companies looking for stock photos of people, places and things. If you’ve got a camera, you can start uploading today!
According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, companies such as Foap are looking for fresh stock images that don’t necessarily look like stock photos. Each time someone downloads one of your photos, you get $5. That could really add up, especially if you’ve uploaded dozens of pictures.
6. Run Errands For Other People
If you’re a parent, chances are you’re a pro at running errands. Did you know someone will pay you for that specialty?
Sign up for TaskRabbit and start taking odd jobs such as delivering packages, working as a personal assistant, cleaning and other easy gigs. There are busy people out there who just don’t have time for some of their personal errands—and they’re willing to pay for your help. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
“We’ve been living in this house for four years, but this last year really felt like home, and that has a lot to do with our family and the memories that we’ve built. It might not be something that you can hold or touch, but has more to do with all of us being in the house, together. Because my husband and I both work full-time and long-hours, we try to outsource chores every two weeks, so we can plan day trips or watch movies with our kids.” – Rati, #WeAreHome
7. Become A Tutor
As a parent, you’re already super-experienced at helping kids with their homework. Sites like Tutor.com can help you monetize that skill.
You just need to be available to tutor at least five hours per week, according to The Krazy Coupon Lady. Pay ranges from $10 to $16 per hour.
8. Give Your Feedback To Attorneys
Attorneys are always looking for feedback on their cases. They’re willing to pay you to look at local cases through the eyes of a potential juror and tell them what you think.
Sign up using a service such as OnlineVerdict.com, and you could get paid between $20 and $60 per case. You’ll get a check in the mail once a month and there are no right or wrong answers—just be honest!