How to Make Money During and in Time for the Festive Season
You may not be ready to say goodbye to summer; however, it’s pretty much packed up and left for another year. Fall is arriving, which means the following season will be filled with festivities, and added cost to your family life.
It’s always a smart idea to have savings in place for important future plans, unexpected challenges, or just for a rainy day, but the festive season falls at the same time each year. While it can get expensive with all the festivities, it is also a great time to make extra money.
If you’re wise enough to start squirrelling extra pennies away now, you’ll enjoy a fun-filled, stress-free, family festive season. And you’ll appreciate your early efforts to save.
The following are some tips and ideas for those who are ready to get stuck into making more this fall so that they can relax during winter and the cold months ahead.
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1. Fall And Festive Markets
The seasons ahead will be full of markets and artisan events, which are perfect for small businesses to show off and sell their wares. People will be attending these markets with the intention to buy decorations, food, and gifts; making them a wise investment.
Make sure you prepare enough marketing material, like business cards and flyers, to take with you so that you can continue to encourage shoppers to buy after the market has come to a close. You could run a giveaway where shoppers sign up to your email list for a special prize. This way, after the market you can contact them with special offers too.
Be flexible with payment options. Hardly anyone carries cash and ATM’s at markets charge hefty fees. Use other options for customers to pay. The easier it is to pay, the more likely they are to buy.
Ensure that you’re networking enough, so that your small brand will get an online boost, and you can continue to sell when you’re not there in person. A market or organized event, is as much of a chance to promote and network, as it is to sell.
2. Push Your Brand Online
After so much effort in self-promotion and drawing traffic to your website or social media; you’ll need to ensure that there’s something there for them to see and engage with. Therefore, make an effort to create a clear and simple landing page for your website, where people can potentially shop, or contact you to place an order.
If you don’t have a website; you can sell items through your social media platforms, so post something fresh every day, and let your followers know what’s available and how much it will cost. Setting everything up now will ensure that you have a steady flow of extra cash coming through in time for December, not forgetting the boost to your income you’ll receive at those organized markets and events.
3. Rent Rooms
Many people travel to see family this time of year but not everyone wants to stay with family. Renting out a room or rooms can bring in a nice chunk of change between now and Christmas. Be sure to stick to the rules in your area so you don’t end up with any trouble.
4. Market Research and Online Surveys
If you’ve been doing them throughout the year, plan when to cash them out so you get the money in time for when you want to spend it. Market research options include mystery shopping, doing focus groups or sometimes answering a bunch of questions on a phone call. These are usually fairly easy.
5. Domestic Duties for Others
Cleaning, yard work, babysitting, all of those domestic chores we seem to run out of time for or get stressed about are outsourced more this time of year. Advertise on Facebook, in community groups, on community noticeboards and let others know what you are offering.
Be sure to check sites such as Airtasker, Craigslist and Task Rabbit for people wanting odd jobs done too. Some even pay others to put up their various decorations this time of year which can be a lot of fun.