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Side Hustles Bring In Holiday Spending Money

By Kyle Arnold
Orlando Sentinel

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “The holidays and tax-time, really any time there are significant outlays of cash there is a lot of interest in side jobs,” said Diane Mulcahy, author of “The Gig Economy” and an entrepreneurship lecturer at Babson College near Boston.

ORLANDO, Fla.

The holidays have become a hustle for Julie Wilder.

The DeLand-based restaurant consultant carves out as much time as she can between October and December for her side business, selling astronomy calendars she designs on Etsy, the online selling platform for handmade goods. The calendars track how planetary bodies and constellations interact.

“It’s my side hustle,” said Wilder, who said she made about $15,000 in 2016 selling calendars. “And this is my big season where I spend at least some part of every day packing and shipping.”

The holidays are the busiest time of the year for many of these side jobs and part-time gigs in the Orlando area. Companies say locals are looking for extra cash at a financially demanding time of year and businesses that offer contract work say there is also a need.

“The holidays and tax-time, really any time there are significant outlays of cash there is a lot of interest in side jobs,” said Diane Mulcahy, author of “The Gig Economy” and an entrepreneurship lecturer at Babson College near Boston.

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