Getting involved with the pet-sitting service Rover is always a top side hustle, but pet sitting and dog walking can be particularly profitable during the holidays. "It's not that difficult to make money with Rover dog sitting," noted the frugal blog Dollar Sprout. "Pet sitters and walkers typically charge between $20-$40 per night and $20-$30 per walk, taking home 80% while Rover collects a 20% service fee. Rover holds your earnings until the services are complete. You can then redeem payment fee-free via PayPal or by mailed check for a $2 fee."
You'll make your best Rover money if you're able to board pets at your home, so consider getting that lined up before peak pet boarding demand for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Even if you can't keep the animals at your own house, you can try a holiday side hustle of taking care of dogs, cats, reptiles and other pets at other people's places.
Write back from Santa
This isn't going to make you millions, but it will score enough income to subsidize some cute gifts or a little black dress for a New Year's Eve party. According to the Penny Hoarder, one woman made $300 at Christmas replying to letters to Santa, and you can, too.
Here's Julie Engelhardt's readily duplicated method: She gets customers from word of mouth and through Facebook, charging about $10 per letter. "Engelhardt sends the parents a list of roughly 20 questions about their child, their family and their pets," Penny Hoarder said. "She asks about activities the child is involved in, if the family took any vacations during the year, the child's favorite subject in school and their favorite movies and books." She also sends the personalized letters in a sack to North Pole, Alaska, to get a postmark that makes a kid's day.
Get hired as a seasonal employee
Atlanta-area businesses from caterers to Target to amusement parks hire extra help for the holidays. Just remember you'll need to have weekends free in most cases.