Holiday festivities and weather changes are two of the hallmarks that make the winter season unique. However, just because people are spending time with their family or indoors doesn’t mean that your gig work should experience a slowdown. To put it another way, many gig economy platforms will help you boost your sales during this time of the year by catering to people’s changing shopping habits and needs.
In this article, we highlight the main types of holiday gigs and winter side hustles that are currently in high demand. We also go over the top-performing gig apps with high seasonal demand to help you boost your holiday earnings over the next few weeks and months.
Finally, ways to relieve financial stress during the winter holidays – ready to dig in? We’ve selected 14 gig apps that can help you make extra money over Christmas and into the New Year:
Many people are busy with planning family holiday events and hosting relatives from out of town. Plenty of college students will also be returning home to spend Christmas break with their families.
As a result, a lot of consumers will need their yards and driveways to be cleared of snow. Even if a family doesn’t plan on hosting any visitors or will leave town for the holidays, many states’ laws still require them to shovel and remove the snow from their driveways.
All of this makes snow removal a necessary service. Rates typically start at $50 per project for simple tasks but could go as high as $500 when the job entails plowing snow and snow removal from roofs.
If you want to make money from this type of work, consider the following apps:
Many consumers need help with shopping for holiday items like food, decorations, and gifts. In the same vein, plenty of shoppers are avoiding public places (like grocery stores and malls) due to the ongoing pandemic.
Consequently, this creates new and unique freelance work opportunities in the shopping and delivery space.
First of all, here are some apps for finding personal shopping gigs:
Secondly, if you, yourself, prefer to avoid public places, Roadie is one of the best apps for independent contractors who want to focus on delivery gigs. After picking up a package from a mailing location or the sender, you deliver it to the receiver’s doorstep. The pay ranges between $8 and $20 per job. However, you can also earn more money by taking on long-distance deliveries. These apps make some of the best places for seasonal gigs.
Whether or not you live in an area that gets snowy winters, many people still need different types of help during the busy winter holiday season. The most prominent examples include hanging up (and removing) Christmas decorations and cleaning the house for family events (both before and after).
Just as importantly, travelers will probably need someone to watch their home and take care of their pets while they’re away.
We’ve selected two platforms to complete your next holiday side gig:
Needless to say, you could also rely on larger platforms to find seasonal winter household gigs, including Facebook and Craigslist.
This service is certainly in high demand during the winter. When the weather gets cold, drivers are much more likely to get a flat tire or have issues with their car battery.
In fact, the American Automobile Association (AAA) receives more roadside assistance requests in the winter than they do during any other season. The summer is the only exception. Meanwhile, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, more than 80% of U.S drivers don’t know how to change a flat tire.
Simply put, these gigs are both available and largely needed, even more so during the winter. The two best apps for roadside assistance jobs are HONK and Urgently. Both platforms can connect freelancers with millions of users who need help. Moreover, the two apps offer instant payments. It should be noted that freelance operators will need their own vehicles/tow trucks to complete the job.
The boom in online shopping is increasing the need for customer service and sales representatives to assist buyers.
For these types of gigs, all you need is a reliable phone and a quiet location to make/receive calls. Many companies will provide you with their own sales scripts and training methods.
Furthermore, finding customer service jobs is relatively easy. Firms will hire freelancers on frequently used platforms, such as Upwork. However, Workana and We Work Remotely are two prominent apps for gigs in the sales and customer service fields. Within the comforts of your own home, this is a surefire way to make a little extra money during the holidays when you have some downtime.
Whether you prefer to work in residential settings, on the road, or even on the phone, there are many opportunities out there for you to make extra cash this winter. Perhaps most importantly, these apps may not only show you how to make money over the holidays, but it can guide you to find long-term work that goes beyond this winter. Outdoor/lawn care, roadside assistance, and customer service are noteworthy examples.
Money should be one less thing you need to worry about during the holidays! If you enjoyed what you read, sign up for our newsletter for more valuable gig economy resources!
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