Six easy ways to make cash before Christmas
The Christmas day countdown is on, and everyone from our mothers to our bosses to our entire social media feed is telling us: there’s only six weeks to Christmas!
Well, next year we’d like to petition for a countdown before the countdown. Wouldn’t it be handy to have someone tell you that it’s six weeks before everyone starts telling you that there’s six weeks to Christmas?
That way, you’d have some to prepare for these frantic weeks before the 25th of December. Perhaps so you could start a pre-Christmas side hustle? Have extra time to make some quick cash before Christmas. Because isn’t it true that this is the busy time?
This is the time when we’ve got all the parties to go to, and presents to buy for our families, our children, our children’s teachers, the neighbour, the mother-in-law. It’s a time of socialising and celebrating. A time of reflecting, of eating and drinking, and being with family. But really, (maybe most of all) it’s a time of spending money.
So yes, there’s six weeks to Christmas but we’re here to tell you, don’t fret. We’ve got six ideas for how to make money as a stay at home mum before Christmas, and how to make it quickly!
Perhaps you want to buy a new dress for Christmas day? Or you’re finally going to have a holiday after what feels like 75 years in lockdown? We’ve collated some of the best ways for stay at home mums to make money; from home, while the kids are at school and in between all the other important work you do.
Be a product tester
Your opinion matters – in all circumstances, but never more so than when you can also make money providing it. One of the easiest ways to make money from home in Australia is to write product reviews online. Remember mystery shopping? It’s like that, but for the digital age.
There are plenty of sites where you can review products and make quick cash before Christmas. We love Tell Me Baby – it’s focused on baby and children’s products and the site loves the opinions of real parents; so much so that they’ll pay for them!
Claiming to be Australia’s biggest product review website, Tell Me Baby is open to all product reviewers – but as a parent, your opinion is the most valuable to them. It’s free to join and as you leave reviews you collate points. Once you have enough points you can turn them into vouchers to use for groceries, nappies, a bottle of wine or a pair of new shoes (you deserve all of the above). Whatever you spend them on, it’s a great way to make money as a stay at home mum in Australia.
Sell your old jewellery online
Did your most recent spring clean unearth some pieces of jewellery you thought were long gone? Perhaps some gold jewellery that you don’t like anymore or that was given to you by someone who is no longer in your life? As it is sitting in your bathroom cupboard gathering dust, have you asked yourself, where do I sell my gold? And then forgotten to investigate further? Well, we’ve got you.
It’s surprisingly easy to sell gold online in Australia and make money from home! Yes, you heard us – from home. Gold Buyers online have a free (we know! free!) Mail In service for you to sell your unwanted gold jewellery and get some Christmas money fast.
It’s a simple, three-step process to sell your jewellery for cash with Gold Buyers online. Firstly, you request a free Mail-In pack. Then you pop your old gold in the bag and post it. Lastly, you get paid, within 24 hours! You can get all the details and order your mail in pack here.
Become a brand affiliate marketer
Getting paid to spend time online talking about products you love seems too good to be true. However there’s plenty of brands out there who would love for you to become part of their brand ambassador program.
If you’ve asked yourself, how do I make money as a stay at home mum this could be the answer you’ve been looking for. It’s more involved than other ideas in this blog – to be really successful you need a website. But maybe this is a Christmas side-hustle that becomes a year round. An easy way for you to make money from home.
The first step is to figure out which products or brands (ones that offer affiliate marketing programs) you’d like to align yourself with – this is your niche. Once you have that, you can start to promote their products!
You can find everything you need to know online, and here’s a useful place to start.
Do Virtual Assistant work
Believe it or not, we think we’ve found an upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even better – we’ve got a way for you to make quick cash before Christmas as a result of it!
When the world shut down and we all became intimately familiar with the four walls of our homes, companies learnt that working from home isn’t just an excuse for employees not to put on pants with a waistband, but a viable and productive alternative to the office.
And that’s where you come in – becoming a Virtual Assistant is one of our favourite ways for stay at home mums to make money in the lead up to Christmas.
Becoming a Virtual Assistant is sort of like being a freelancer, except you don’t need to step foot in an office and sometimes you don’t even need to turn your camera on. Virtual Assistants work remotely on tasks like; answering emails and phone enquiries, creating online content, data entry, bookkeeping or research.
Being a Virtual Assistant is a great Christmas side hustle that might just become an all year round side hustle. It’s also a good opportunity to use any qualifications or experience you’ve got – perhaps you were a pro project manager or social media guru prior to babies? Well jump online and use those skills to make some money from home.Some websites we think are great for this are Airtasker, Freelancer, Upwork and Fiverr.
Complete online surveys
This is another way you can make your opinion work for you and get some Christmas money fast! Market research is a valuable tool that companies use to shape their products and branding. People like you complete online surveys and then that information is used by market research companies to improve their offering.
The key part is that you are paid for completing surveys – this is a great way to make money from home, on your terms (without the added time pressure that sometimes come with Virtual Assistant work). You can work when it suits you and absolutely up the ante on how much you work in the lead up to the end of the year and make quick cash before Christmas.It’s worth investing some time in researching companies that pay well, and that offer money if you refer friends (you know your mother’s group is going to love this!) A few good places to start are: Octopus Group, Swagbucks, Triaba and Prizerebel.
Sell your unwanted jewellery at a shopping centre
We’ve given you five ways for Australian stay at home mums to make money from home and our final suggestion for how you can make quick cash before Christmas is also designed to fit in to your busy life as a parent; you can sell your unwanted gold jewellery at a shopping centre, in between doing the groceries and going to the bank!
While you can sell gold online in Australia (see above!), it’s just as easy to sell your unwanted jewellery in stores. You can find out where to sell your gold on Gold Buyer’s website – there are three conveniently located store locations.
Once you’ve found the one closest to you and dug out that old gold necklace from your bedside table, the process of selling jewellery for cash is easy with Gold Buyers. Bring your jewellery to the store, where it will be evaluated and you will be provided with an obligation free valuation. If you accept the quote, you get your cash then and there. How’s that for a great way to get Christmas money fast!So there you have it, six totally achievable ways to make quick cash before Christmas, most of them from the comfort of your home, and all of them totally doable amongst the chaos of the countdown.