How to Make $200 Fast in Time for the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us, and the season of giving means a season of spending.  Here are some ideas on how to alleviate some stress by padding your wallet…how to make $100 or even $200 fast in time for the holidays.  I have included a mixture of things you can do that require you to get out and about, and others that you can do at from home in your pajamas.

Join the One Funnel Away Challenge

The One Funnel Away Challenge is a training program hosted by Russell Brunson, CEO of ClickFunnels. ClickFunnels is the fastest non-venture capital backed company to reach $100 Million in revenue. ClickFunnels (and The One Funnel Away Challenge) teaches you everything you need to know to start and grow an online business from scratch, even with NO technical ability, money, or knowledge. I’ve personally gone through this training and have used ClickFunnels for 5 years and have grown my online business to 6-figures per year. Click HERE to join the One Funnel Away Challenge.

Become a go-fer to earn $200 fast

Here’s another way to monetize you drive time.  Sign up with Postmates and deliver coffee, food or groceries.  Experience Postmates drives can earn up to $25 an hour.  Becoming a driver is pretty painless. You will need to register, pass a background check, attend a brief orientation and from there you set your own hours.

Run a Black Friday deal on your digital product(s)

Digital products that are any goods that can be sold virtually, or in digital form most often through a website.  Digital products arguably offer the least expensive and lowest barrier to entry for entrepreneurs looking to build a business online.

If you are just getting started, you will need a platform (website) to sell your products.  We always recommend Bluehost for your website hosting because they are robust, easy to use, inexpensive (can’t beat less than $3 per month) and scalable.

You will, of course, need a product to sell which can take many different forms.  You can sell anything ranging from an E-book, recipes (in digital format, of course), website designs, digital photographs, to diet plans.

Finally you will need a strategy to market and sell your product.  Our top recommendation is  Clickfunnels to build your sales funnel and landing page.  Once you have your product up, consider running a Black Friday deal to further incentive prospective buyers!

Sell your talents on Fiverr to make $200 in time for the holidays

Leverage the holidays to come up with something clever to offer for the holidays.  How about a customized Christmas or New Years Eve video greeting card?  The opportunities are endless on Fiverr, which happens to be the number one freelance marketplace on the web.  You can always search Fiverr for the keyword “holiday” to get some ideas.

If all else fails… get a personal loan

Holidays can be stressful.  If you need cash now, there’s no shame in just getting a person loan.  CashUSA will help you quickly and easily secure a personal loan (up to $10,000) to get you through.  You’ll need to complete a secure online form to receive funds in your account.  Get started here.

Sell your blood or plasma for quick cash

You can make around $30 for selling your blood.  Donate a few times over a few weeks and  you’ve got your $200.  Another option is to donate plasma which takes a bit longer per visit but you can donate twice a week for $40-60 a pop.  If  you’re not needle shy you can make $200 in a week an a half just from plasma donations alone.

Get a valet parking job for holiday parties

The average salary of a valet parking attendant is $65,000 a year.  For seasonal help, this is something you may also be able to offer and market on social media or Craigslist.  If you would consider pursuing this as a long-term career path, you may want to look at job sites like ZipRecruiter or inquire at local hotels and restaurants.

Get a temp job

Retailers are often in need of seasonal help so this is a great time to apply for a temp job.  The most in-demand temp jobs during the holidays are sure to be in retail but there are plenty of temp agencies that will help you find part time work.  Check out this article on Monster.com on how to find work with a temp agencies.

Create Amazon Gift Guides Using Affiliate Links

You’ll need to sign up for the Amazon Associates Program first but once you’re approved all you need is a platform (website) or social media to promote products.  To get an affiliate link, you’ll need to sign into your account, select a product and scroll to the top where it says “get link: text”.  You can now share this affiliate link to collect a commission on any friends that you refer to this product.

The best way to create money making lists like this is with a blog! With a blog you can make money from ads, affiliate marketing (like with Amazon), selling your own products, and a hundred other ways. To learn how to start a blog in 28 minutes read our easy to follow guide here.

Sign up as a moving billboard.

It is very simple to sign up.  You just need to complete the registration form to find out if you match an advertister’s criteria.  And then get paid to drive!  You can make up to $400 per month depending on the advertiser that you’re matched up with.

Sign up as an Uber or Lyft driver

While you’re at it, why not also sign up to ride-sharing services?  This is a great time of year to sign up because the demand for drivers during the holidays is high!  A lot of people opt to sign up as both Uber and Lyft drivers.  Oh, new drivers for Lyft can also earn a $300 sign up bonus after completing 100 rides in 30 days.  Cha-ching!

Participate in market research

There are a ton of market research companies out there that will pay you take surveys, watch videos, and generally just provide feedback on products and advertising campaigns.  These are easy jobs to do at home on your own schedule.  Here are my top picks:

Inbox Dollars

Survey Junkie

Pinecone Ressearch

Vindale Research



Survey Voices

Be sure to check out my post 12 Legit Survey Sites That Pay where I review several of these sites.

Shovel snow for your neighbors

Do you know there are people that actually travel to snowstorms just to make a killing shoveling snow?  If you live in a region of the country or world where you get significant snowfall this could be an excellent little side hustle in your neighborhood.  Snow blowing shoveling services usually charge $25-75 per hour, so you can easily charge $50 for a single visit modest snowfall.  If you have a truck and a snow plow, the numbers start getting really attractive.  You can charge hundreds of dollars for a seasonal snow plow service depending on the number of agreed upon visits.

Photograph for holiday events or for family holiday photos

If you are good with a camera, this is a great way to pick up some extra seasonal cash.  You can charge at least $100 per session.

Sell your photos for money

Again, if you are good with the camera you can also make some extra money selling your photos on Shutterstock.  Simply upload your photos on their platform, and get paid every time your image is downloaded by one of the worldwide Shutterstock visitors.

Install holiday decorations and lights

The average cost for professional installation of holiday lighting (just the labor) is typically between $150 to $400. Of course, there are extra costs associated with difficult roof-lines.  If you’re handy and stable on a ladder, this is a great side-gig for the holidays!

Bartend for holiday parties to make $200 fast in time for the holidays

If you know how to bartend, you can easily pick up a few hundred extra bucks in a weekend working holiday parties.  The best way to promote yourself and your services is probably on social media and/or Craigslist.

Help Amazon with holiday package deliveries

Did you know that as an Amazon Flex driver you can earn up to $25 per hour?   Flex is not currently offered in all markets but it’s worth looking into if you’re looking to make some fast cash in time for the holidays.

House sit for out-of-towners

Those travelling for the holidays may need someone to watch their home.  Some opportunities might be listed on Craigslist but you could also work through a company like MindAHome.com.

Winterize homes for neighbors

If you’re handy, you’ve got a drill and a caulk gun, now might be a great time to market a service for winterizing homes.   Offer services that people might be looking for in cooler climates this time of year like caulking on windows and doors and installing weather strips. You may want to promote your services on Craigslist or even print out some flyers with information to leave on doorsteps.

Offer organization services

I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have accumulated over the past year.  If you have a eye for organization, try offering holiday deep cleaning and organization for friends and family.  It’s also a great time to sell vintage or gently used items.  Part of your package could including selling  clothing that doesn’t get worn on Poshmark in addition to the closet clean-out.

Holiday party event planning

If parties are your thing, spread the word to friends and social media and see if you get any bites.  Be clear on ways that you can help and see if anyone might need your help.

Monetize your blog with affiliate marketing

If you have a blog or even a social media following, there are fast and easy ways to make cash with affiliate marketing.  Be sure to check out my post on 20 Surprising Affiliate Programs for Bloggers to get the low-down.

Sell handmade crafts on Etsy

How about something seasonal like holiday cards (digital or printed)?  Local and handmade items are gaining popularity so now is a great time to share your talents and earn some extra money in time for the holidays!  Setting up a shop on Etsy is free and very easy.  You will be charged twenty cents to publish a list that will last four months or until the item sells.

Pet sitting for the holidays

As you know, the holidays are the  busiest time of year for travel.  This means, there are a lot of pets to be cared for when their families are out of town. Now is a great time to offer your pet sitting services either as an independent contractor or through one of the popular sites like Rover.  Pet sitters that treat Rover like a part-time job, caring for 2-3 dogs for two weeks of the month can apparently earn about $1000 per month.

Sign up as a babysitter on Care.com

The holidays are busy with parties which means the demand for good childcare goes up.  Are you good with kids?  Now is the perfect time to sign up on care.com as a babysitter.

Become a Disney trip planner

Are you a Disney enthusiast or might I say expert?  People are willing to throw down some serious dough for you to plan their Disney vacation.  It is a popular time to start planning for spring break trips to Disneyland.  Planning a Disney vacation is very overwhelming for most, so you really need to know your stuff: all the tips, tricks, things to see, and ways to save money.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out.  A recent survey found that over 6/10 participants felt pressure to overspend on holiday travel, gifts, and social outings.  Instead of trying to stick to an unreasonable budget, try out these tips to pad your wallet and better enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.

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