| Hi Taylor
- I'm thinking about picking up part-time work around the holidays
and wondered if you had any suggestions. I'm not looking for a new
career, just hoping to make a few extra dollars to help cover gifts
and travel and such. Thanks! - Brooke
Hi Brooke - First off, I think seasonal work is a great way
to bring in a little extra money. People often ask about how to find
a side hustle, and jobs that are dependent on holidays or weather
are a great place to start.
As far as what work you should look for around the holidays, there
are almost too many options to mention. I'd start by thinking about
the hours you can realistically keep open, as you don't want to get
halfway through the interview process and realize a job won't work
with your schedule. Decide if you're willing to give up weekends,
or if you need to limit the work to weekdays and weeknights.
Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, look at the local
industries and figure out what positions are created by the holiday
rush. There are a lot of additional delivery services around Christmas
time, so that's something you can look into. Companies like UPS and
FedEx often bring on seasonal workers to deal with the all the extra
Customer support is another option. Right after the turn of the year,
companies experience a surge in customers needing help operating devices
and using new services. This rush doesn't last through the year, so
a lot of online companies bring on seasonal help in January to make
it through the busy time. It won't help you bring in extra money before
Christmas, but this type of work also conflicts less with most holiday
In mid-December you could look at a part-time retail job, as outlet
stores and malls get hit the hardest in the weeks leading up to December
25th. If you already have retail experience, you could land a pretty
good gig. If you don't have any retail experience, this is a good
opportunity to get some.
Lastly, you can look to get catering work for holiday parties. Businesses
across the globe will be throwing annual holiday parties and bringing
on teams to cater and prep for those events, and you can expect small
catering companies to hire more staff as the parties start to pile
up. Working just a few events can do a lot to pad your wallet.
If you have the time, I think picking up extra work on a seasonal
basis is a smart move. Think about your schedule and the types of
industries hiring, and I'm sure you'll find something that works for
you. Good luck, Brooke!
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