Best And Worst Side Jobs For Extra Holiday Cash

By Andrew Lisa

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The holiday season can be a great time to make some extra cash with a side gig. The important thing here is to LOOK before you leap!

The holidays are a time for giving, but giving can be expensive. The season can put tremendous financial pressure and stress on average families.

The good news, however, is that it’s also a great time to make some extra cash and pad your annual income with a seasonal side job during the holidays.

Be warned, however, that not all holiday jobs are the same. Some are cheerful, lucrative and rewarding. Others are so bad they’ll make you loathe the mere thought of the holidays for the rest of your life.

Delivery Driver
Estimated pay: $140 per day or at least $800 per week

The holiday season is the season of packages, especially now with the dominance of online shopping. Major carriers like UPS and the U.S. Postal Service increase their workforces to meet the holiday demand.

These jobs come with strict requirements regarding driving history. Physical work and lifting are involved, and you’ll probably have to pass a drug test. But if you can score a seasonal job with one of the big companies, you’re likely to be guaranteed secure, full-time work with good pay. FedEx, for example, is currently hiring seasonal drivers for $140 per day in Minnesota and at least $800 per week in New Jersey.

Retail/Sales Associate
Estimated pay: $9 to $10 per hour

One of the things that makes the annual surge in retail positions great is the sheer volume of jobs. The National Retail Federation reports that stores across the country look to fill up to 690,000 positions during the holidays. Some of these employees stock inventory, others manage stores, and others work as clerks or distribution managers. Either way, they might have the opportunity to become a permanent part of the team after the holidays pass.

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