How to use the holiday season to make money

6 ways to make money online during the holiday season — Hustl Works —  Toronto, Canada

The way the days have been flying by, the holidays seems like they’re right around the corner. The holiday season can be stressful by nature because of all the financial spend. So, why don't you make money during the holidays instead? 

Regardless of why you need the extra cash or if you’ve just been thinking about starting your side hustle, read the 6 ways you can make money over the holidays. It's already October so let's dive in!

6 ways to make money online during the holiday season

  1. Freelance: People are constantly looking for professional services

    • Freelance Writing

      Imagine sitting on your couch and sipping hot chocolate over the holidays and using your craft to generate income. Copywriting is a highly sought after skill and Upwork made it easier than ever for you to make money if you have a knack for writing great content.

    • Freelance Graphic Designer

      With platforms like Fiverr, you bring the skill and they'll make earning easy. Post or find a job posting that you can take on and complete in no time.

    • Shopify eCommerce store developer

      You can build eCommerce stores for people. The good thing is that Shopify already has the infrastructure and all the plugins needed to build with ease. You also get a commission once the site you build is live! 

  2. Design & Dropshipping (Fulfillment)

    If you’re a designer, possibilities are endless for what you can design and offer to your audience, all without lifting a finger when it comes to shipping and fulfillment. Here are some options for hot items you can design and sell, while using Printful to take care of the rest:

    • Beanies (Hats)

      Hundreds of thousands of customers search for fashionable headwear to add to their winter holiday fashion. Give the gift of keeping your audience’s ears warm this holiday.

    • Ugly sweater/hoodies

      Winter holiday screams for cozy fashion, so your store needs to provide customers with clothing that fits in with the Winter Wonderland imagery.

    • Mug

      Sipping hot chocolate (don't forget the whipped cream and marshmallows) and listening to holiday music will be filling everyone's imagination and social media feed.

  3. Niche Blog

    If there’s a niche you’re interested in and you can build a decent audience around it, start a blog. One of the ways your blog can generate profit is through sponsored posts; you can earn $1,000s per month with your blog and no previous experience is required. We know first-hand that learning how to start a blog (let alone make money from it) can be a massive undertaking. So see what trends are out there and if they match your interest, get to writing!

  4. Affiliate Marketing

    MakUNF money while you sleep is the mantra of affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing allows you to make money online, all without the need to have any products of your own. Your main task will always be traffic generation (i.e. driving prospects to the merchant’s website via your unique “affiliate” link). You’re a click away from cash!

  5. Become an Amazon Associate (Fulfilled-by-Amazon (FBA)):

    You could start selling on the largest online store in the world and not spend the time to build out your infrastructure or worry about traffic. Keep in mind that you will need to pay a commission (or monthly fee if you start selling a lot), but most of the other processes will be automated for you.

  6. Start an online coaching business

    Similar to selling your services via freelancing, coach others how to do it too. Start selling your knowledge and advice in an area you specialize in as a coach or consultant. If you see yourself as an expert, there are tons of people out there willing to pay for your time.


Now that you know what you can do to make money over the holiday season, the next step is to start targeting your audience or defining your target audience ASAP if you haven’t already. 

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