Ways to Make Money over Winter Break

We all know how hard the holiday season can be — spending hours in the library to finish final papers, rushing to find your family & friends the perfect holiday gifts, &, of course, realizing your wallet is unfortunately emptier than usual. With a good a chunk of time off from school & all the work that comes along with it, Winter break is the perfect time to make some extra cash. Don't know how? Here are a few ways to quickly replenish your bank account before the start of next semester:

  1. 1. Outdoor Work

    Depending on where you call home, shoveling snow, cutting grass, gardening or doing yard work, etc. for your neighbors &/or family members is a super easy way to make a quick buck. While labor intensive, a couple of hours of outdoor work could mean a big payday!

  2. 2. Babysit, Pet-sit, or House-sit

    Families tend to be extremely busy during the holiday season, so why not offer to babysit, pet-sit, &/or house-sit for your neighbors if & when they are planning to travel?

  3. 3. Purge Your Closet

    You'd be surprised at the amount of never-worn or out-of-style clothing that you'll find in your closet at home once you start to really look. Pack up all of your unwanted pieces & take them to a nearby consignment shop or sell them online for instant cash!

  4. 4. Sell Your Old Textbooks

    Another thing you could easily sell: old textbooks! Some students find posting in their class Facebook groups with used, discounted textbooks to be a fruitful endeavor. But you could even sell your books back to companies like Chegg & third-party sites!

  5. 5. Call Up Your Summer Job

    Chances are your boss from the Summer is in need of an extra hand over the holidays & could use someone he/she won't have to spend time training. Give your old job a call & see if you can pick up some extra shifts while you're home!

  6. 6. Take Surveys

    Almost all companies look for customer feedback on current products, so why not get paid for it? If you fill out certain online surveys or forms for your specific demographic, you could make money just for giving companies your opinion! There are also hundreds of focus groups in the city that pay upwards of $200 just to have you attend an in-person session for a couple of hours & test a new product.

  7. 7. Become An Online Tutor

    Are you really well-versed in a particular subject? Register to become an online tutor & get paid the big bucks to help a fellow student over break — & you won't even have to leave your bed to do it!

It might seem silly, but trying these few things will definitely have you doing this by the end of break: