10 Savvy Ways to Earn Extra Money During the Holidays

Happy Holidays!

Well, it might not be that happy if you’re sitting around pinching pennies trying to make ends meet – especially if you have kids. Kids want the world and all you feel like you can give is a piece of Pluto. And is Pluto still a planet??? 

News flash: life doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many opportunities you can take advantage of during the holiday season.

Need help? Sign up for a 1-hour strategy session or join the Career Goddess Academy mentoring program so that we can get your creative juices going and the money flowing.

Are you ready to make some extra cash while you dash towards your life-long dreams? Get your resume, headshot, and speaking voice ready so you can take advantage of these fun holiday gigs!

1.Represent a Brand 

There are companies that need help spreading the holiday cheer – and they’ll pay you to do it!

Brand ambassadors are needed for concerts, wine samplings, special events, in-store demonstrations, nightclub events, holiday parties, tech promos, sporting events, and the list goes on and on. 

So what do you need to get the gig? A brand new resume that sweeps recruiters off their feet is always a good start! With a brand ambassador resume, you can apply for multiple opportunities and make AT LEAST $500 in one month! You can accumulate some fun holiday cash just by working a few hours on the weekend. 

Ready to turn your resume from invisible to irresistible and fill your agenda with more income opportunities? Send me an email at charlene@charlenerhinehart.com and put “RESUME MAKEOVER” in the subject of the email. Let me know what you need and let’s make it happen! 

Note: Since you are most likely going to be an independent contractor instead of a full-blown employee, you’ll have to complete a W-9. At the end of the year (beginning of next year), you’ll receive a Form 1099-Misc in the mail from the company you worked with if you made more than $600 from  They should have sent you a Form 1099-Misc if you made more than $600 from any one company. That will be taxable income.

2. Create a Website 

In order for greater opportunities to come knocking at your door, you have to be grateful what you have. You also have to be willing to give away what you have. 

Have you ever thought about creating a website? You can create your own site using Bluehost. This is a web hosting service for your new site.

If you sign up for Bluehost using my link, you can schedule a 30-minute complimentary strategy session to discuss your plan/strategy for your new business. How does that sound?  Just email me at charlene@charlenerhinehart.com to schedule your session. 

Why should you invest in a website? It’s a one-stop shop where you can showcase your products and services. 

Let’s say you want to sell your holiday attire that you wore last year? Yes, you can put your clothes on any of the social marketplace sites such as Poshmark but creating your own site gives you an additional way to brand your products and personalize the selling experience. 

And if you are a speaker, you definitely want a website to share your work with your audience. 

So the real question is not “should I have a website?”

Ask yourself, “why don’t I have a website?”

If you want to think through the website idea or any other career/money related goals, you can sign up for a one-hour strategy session for the holiday special price of $197. There is no doubt that you will take away some valuable information that will allow you to jumpstart your ambitions. 

After all, you have to get started now or you’ll look around and see someone else repping your brilliant idea all over social media. 

It happened to me. Don’t let it happen to you. 

3. Multiply Your Money in the Markets 

Learn how to invest. Investing will pay dividends beyond the holiday season. 

Do you invest in the stock market? Have you heard of the cryptocurrency market? How does your personal balance sheet look?

If you want to learn how to invest and multiply your money while you do what you love, sign up for an upcoming wealth webinar.

Are you ready for a year long investing journey? Join the 2018 Great Wealth Transfer Challenge.

4. Download the Latest & Greatest Shopping Apps 

More than likely, you’re going to be in and out of a lot of stores during the holidays, right? 

Take advantage. A true career goddess knows how to use her time wisely and capitalize on the moment. 

Why not earn rewards while you shop or stare at the products in the stores? 


It’s an app that you can download to your phone and earn free rewards cards just for walking into stores. 

Did you see that? 

All you have to do is walk into stores. You don’t have to purchase anything. You accumulate points for walking into stores and you qualify for different store gift cards after receiving a certain amount of points. 

So here’s how it works:

Download the ShopKick App. Click here to access my unique link.

Add the requested information.kick app when you walk into the store to earn your points. Check out “Dear Career Goddess: Here’s How to Earn Free Gift Cards During Your Lunch Break” for more information. 

I would love to hear your experience with the app. Tell me if you love it, like it, or hate it by emailing me at charlene@charlenerhinehart.com.

5. Teach a Fitness Class  

You don’t always have to be in a fancy studio to teach a class. You can do it in your basement, church, or in a mall. Just get the appropriate certifications and liability waivers to make it happen!

Think about it: people are getting ready for the new year and they want a fresh start. They not only want to shed pounds but they want to shed the fears, doubts, and insecurities inside of them. Dance and fitness has a way of releasing all of the negatives that reside within you. 

So while everyone is promoting new year fitness events, change the game and promote an end of the year fitness party. All you need is an event name, price, location, and desire to make it happen. If you need help, let’s sit down and discuss during a one-hour strategy session.

I am a Certified Zumba instructor, POUND Pro, WERQ fitness instructor, and SCW personal trainer. I’ve also planned many events and can help you get started as soon as possible.

6. Become an InstaCart Shopper 

Don’t be selfish.

While you’re checking out the latest products or grocery items in the store, shop for someone else.

It pays.

All you have to do is become an instacart shopper. I haven’t tried this yet but I would love to try it one day so that I can write an entire blog post about it. Stay tuned!

If you want to try it, just go online and apply. Make sure you include my referral code in your application.


And the application process is sooooo easy! Just follow the steps to get in the instacart system and you’ll receive an instacart card in the mail within 7-10 days. Then activate the card and you’ll be ready to start shopping!

You get paid by Friday every week! You’ll get the money you need to start investing! Woohoo!

7. Organize a Vision Board Party 

Everyone is talking about “New Year, New Me”. 

Why not help others jumpstart their goals and bring it to life through a vision board party.

Not sure how to start? Try this.

  1. Create a fabulous name for your party (or it can just be “A Better Me Vision Board Party”. Ok, I know that’s not the best name. But you get the idea.
  2. Name your price and set up an account on a payment platform where people can order tickets.
  3. Create a Facebook Invite to promote your party.

You’re good to go! Just don’t forget to secure a location. Let me know how it goes or if you want to have a strategy session to discussion.

8. Dive Into Social Media Management 

I’m sure you already know how hot and powerful social media is. So I’m going to save my fingers and just get straight to the point.

If you can’t stay away from instagram, twitter, or facebook, here’s your chance to profit from your passion.

First, you want to change your profile on social media to show the world that you are a “Social Media Manager”. Claim it! You’ve managed your social media accounts, right?

Now you need supporting documentation. You need to prove why you should be a social media manager for a week. Highlight your strengths. Understand the needs of your target audience. Determine how much time you are willing to give to this endeavor.

If you want to grab testimonials first, manage someone’s social media account for FREE for a week. This will give you tons of experience with social media management. Also, make sure you are aware of the tools and resources that will allow you to be an effective social media and save the organization some valuable time

9. Become a Vision Board Strategist  

Ok, I know this may sound a little crazy but please hear me out. I’m actually on to something.

Question: Are you a vision board pro? Do you create fancy vision boards every year to help you achieve your goals and live a life that is better than your dreams? If you have had success with vision boards, you are the right person for the job!

Now ask yourself, “do you know anyone who wants to achieve goals next year?”

Of course you do! And if the people you know don’t have goals or a vision of something greater, maybe you need to find new friends (and family members!). LOL. Just kidding. Partially. 

If you’re more of a one on one person and partying is not really your thing, host sessions at the end and beginning of the year to help people create their very first vision board. Vision Boards are powerful success tools that can change the direction of someone’s entire life. You can help them achieve their dream life through a vision board. Wow!!

Contact me if you need help getting started. I’m here for you!

10. Lead An Etiquette Workshop Over a Delicious Meal 

Do you know anyone attending a holiday party?

We all do!

And I’m sure they don’t want to look a hot mess stuffing an entire roll of bread in their mouth while wiping the sweat off their face with the table napkin, right?

Show them how it works.

Develop a crafty name for your workshop, identify your learning objectives, create a fancy flyer, and share your skills with the world.

Just. Like. That.

Need help? Sign up for a 1-Hour strategy session by emailing me at charlene@charlenerhinehart.com.

If you need an etiquette refresher, check out some of my holiday party etiquette articles below.

Office Holiday Party Tips for Introverts

Don’t Get Caught Making These 3 Dining Etiquette Mistakes  

Do any of these ideas set your soul on fire? Let me know! Leave a comment and let me know if you plan to try any of these holiday cash ventures. You might be featured in an upcoming Career Goddess Academy article.

Charlene Rhinehart

I’m Charlene - International Speaker, Published Writer, & Career Strategist. I help women skip the most common career mistakes, move from fear to confidence, and enhance their professional profile so that they can create a life that is better than their dreams.

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