5 Best Seasonal Jobs

photographer-1029391_1920Now that the holiday season is here, it’s the perfect time to get back establish more flexible ways to earn extra money. Your spending will most likely increase over these next few weeks so it’s important to make sure you can afford the impulse and avoid getting into debt.

Earning extra money through a seasonal job is a good idea if you are worried about stretching your budget for the holidays.

Seasonal jobs tend to provide a consistent income (even though it’s temporary) because business usually picks up during the fall and holiday seasons.

If you’re interested in seasonal work in order to make some extra money for the holidays or any other financial need you have, consider looking into one of these seasonal jobs.

1. Brand Ambassador

Brand ambassadors are paid to represent different brands in a positive light by promoting their products and service at events or by performing in-store demonstrations. If you don’t mind walking up to people and engaging them in conversation to discuss a product or service, you’ll do well with this job.

I’m actually an introvert and I’ve been working as a brand ambassador on and off on the side for years and I love it. The shifts are short and flexible and the hourly rate is pretty good ($16-$20/hr). There are many different types of gigs to choose from so if you’re not a big people person, you can still enjoy the job by doing in-store food and drink demonstrations.

With this type of work, it’s easy because you prepare something delicious and most people are willing to walk up to you and try it which allows you to tell them some of your selling points for the product.

If the product tastes great, it practically sells itself. Brand ambassadors are always in high demand around the holiday since most companies are trying to raise brand awareness and promote their best products. However, most companies hire brand ambassadors year-round so this could be a nice second job if you find that you like it.

You can search for jobs on sites like Indeed and Career Builder.

2. Online Customer Service

Many businesses like Amazon.com will be looking for online customer service reps this holiday season to assist shoppers and answer questions about purchases, shipping inquiries, and more. This position with Amazon range from $12 – $15 per hour on average and can last up to 6 months or longer if you leave a lasting impression and they need to take on a regular employee.

One of the best aspects of this job is that you can work from home and enjoy flexible hours.

3. Photographer

If you like to take pictures and have a professional website or portfolio, you may be able to land a job at a portrait studio so you can take holiday photos of families, couples, and more. Many families take Christmas card photos in November and December so business will be booming around this time of year.

I always thought it sounded fun to take photos of people as a side job and wish I had photography skills of my own to market.

You can even see who is in charge of the holiday photos that are often taken at shopping malls and see if you can help out or assist the head photographer for an hourly rate.

4. Merchandisers / Decorators

If you have an eye for detail and interior design, you may be able to work as a seasonal merchandiser or holiday decorator this year.

American Christmas, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest commercial Christmas decorating companies and they are currently hiring visual merchandisers and decorators to decorate other retail stores for the holidays.

In terms of merchandising, many companies will be hiring seasonal employees to set up certain displays in the store to showcase features products and other sales. These jobs tend to pay around $15 per hour.

5. Social Media Assistant/ Coordinator

Given the digital society we now live in, social media jobs can be in high demand and very profitable. Since most stores will be offering many sales and promotions toward the end of the year, they’ll need to promote these campaigns on social media as well.

Larger national retailers may do all this in-house, but smaller companies, local shops, and entrepreneurs with a small team may be looking to hire a social media assistant or coordinator for the holidays. Positions pay around $15-$17+ per hour which isn’t bad for scheduling Facebook and Twitter posts.

You can search for positions on job boards like Indeed and SimplyHired or even Craigslist which will help you find smaller companies and businesses in need of social media assistance.

Have you ever done any seasonal work to earn extra money for the holidays? Which one of these jobs sounds most interesting to you?

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