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5 Ways to Profit from Black Friday

Oct. 29, 2013
Black Friday, Shopping
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Who says that retail giants are the only ones that can benefit from Black Friday? If you’re looking to make a few extra bucks over the holidays, then you’re in luck! There are tons of opportunities for the average person to profit from holiday shoppers as they wait in line for sweet deals. We’ve got five top-notch, creative ways for you to profit from Black Friday this holiday season.

1. Offer extra holiday help to families in your community

It’s hard for parents to juggle Black Friday shopping on top of everything else they have to do during the busy holiday season. Some great ways to make extra money and help a stressed-out mom include: holiday letter writing, photographing holiday portraits, gift-wrapping and baking pies. To get started, tally-up the cost of supplies and labor and broadcast your services for a reasonable price over the Internet. You can also use sites like Taskrabbit to advertise your services or look up holiday projects you’d like to work on.

2. Cash in on Caroling

If you can play a musical instrument or have a good singing voice, consider putting together an impromptu caroling group and singing for those waiting in line for doorbusters. This is a fun way to make money and bring stressed out shoppers some holiday cheer.

3. Sell unique, handmade creations

If you are a crafty type, you can sell handmade holiday-themed gifts that are one-of-a-kind. As folks walk out of retail stores, offer them handmade greeting cards, gift tags, and holiday gift baskets. If you don’t sell all of your products during Black Friday, take advantage of Craigslist, eBay and Etsy to sell remaining items. Be sure to post quality photos online and write descriptive summaries of your exclusive creations.

4. Shovel snow

This may not be the most unusual way to make money, however, if you live in an area prone to seasons, this is a fantastic way to make a little extra dough. Many folks will have to wake up super early to make it to their shopping destinations on time. Considering how busy everyone will be during Thanksgiving, most people will surely be grateful if you offer to knock a chore off their list. The benefits will be two-fold, since you get to clear the path to their shopping stores and work off that extra helping of stuffing at Thanksgiving!

5. Sell hot cocoa, ginger cookies and mistletoe

This is a great way to take advantage of the cold, famished crowds waiting in shopping lines. Set up a small stand at the corner of a major store and offer cocoa, ginger cookies and mistletoe. You will certainly profit from those who need a little pick-me-up while camped out waiting for the sale to start! Stay safe by informing the local police department of your intentions and check in with stores ahead of time to make sure it’s kosher to set up shop.

As we approach the holidays, do take advantage of the many ways to earn a quick buck, but always be safe and use your best judgment. If you decide to vend on the streets, make sure you keep safe and stay informed of potential hazards in your area. Check with your local police department and inform them of any event or idea you have planned so that you will be safe. Most importantly, have fun bringing joy to others while increasing your income!