Black Friday doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet. Take a page from retailers’ books and turn the shopping extravaganza into a source of income. While others are out blowing their savings on Black Friday deals, you can accumulate some cash instead with these ways to maximize your earning potential over the shopping weekend and through the holiday season.
Work Part-Time at a Major Retailer
Every year, stores hire an influx of part-time employees to manage the growing crowds during the holiday season. In 2014, companies including Target, Walmart, GameStop and UPS plan to hire more seasonal workers than in years past. Approximately 800,000 temporary employees are expected to be hired this season, the highest expected figure since 1999.
If you’re looking for cash and can work an extra 10 to 15 hours a week, consider applying at a retailer or delivery service near you. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door, and you may have the opportunity to secure a permanent job.
Sell Refreshments to Consumers
The crowds camping out in front of stores are there for the deals, but they may have some extra cash for you, if you use a little business savvy to figure out what to sell them. Some great options include snacks. Stock up on discounted Halloween candy and other prepackaged snacks you can buy in bulk. Be aware that there may be regulations on selling food without a permit.
You could also sell cold-weather wear. You’re likely to get some buyers if you sell scarves, gloves and hats to people shivering in line. Find inexpensive items or, with a little know-how, knit or crochet them yourself.
Babysit During Shopping Trips
Families with children are among the most likely consumers to take advantage of Black Friday sales. Dragging a child along on a shopping trip can be a recipe for disaster, not to mention the possibility of ruining a holiday gift surprise. Do your part to reduce everyone’s stress level by offering your babysitting services to families looking to shop without their children. Spread the word well before Black Friday to make sure potential clients can book you in time. To maximize your earnings, ask some friends with childcare experience to pitch in and turn your home into a temporary daycare center for multiple children.
Help With Deliveries
If you’ve got a truck or car with ample storage space, offer chauffeur services to shoppers looking to buy large items. Instead of posting your ad on Craigslist, where it’s hard to prove you aren’t a serial killer, advertise to the perfect audience – your neighbors. Use local networks like Nextdoor. This way, you won’t be getting in a car with a complete stranger and you’ll avoid offending your friends by asking them for money. You can, however, ask them to spread the word to their friends and family.
Sell Holiday Items
Sell handmade holiday gifts and cards to your social network. Use your imagination to create handmade stocking stuffers, cards and decorations and rescue those around you scrambling for last-minute gifts. If you have a knack for sewing or knitting, consider making scarves, gloves or something as simple as a potpourri sachet. You can find ideas on Pinterest or ask prospective customers for custom orders.
Written by Melinda Szell
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