Another idea for making extra money for the holidays involves getting registered at local Marketing and Research Firms. If you are local to the Indianapolis or Tampa area, one great one to register with is the Herron Group. For my Indianapolis friends, they are some current focus groups they are recruiting for. You can see if you qualify by answering some questions after getting registered. Many focus groups pay between $75-$150 and usually only take 1-2 hours of your time. To register go here: http://www.herron-research.com/research/. This is one that appeared for Indianapolis if you want to see if you qualify: http://projects.herron-research.com/arcspages/survey8323.asp.
It’s hard to believe it’s already October, but pretty soon the holidays will be upon us. I know some are already wondering how they will pay for many of the extras that come along with the holidays. Here’s a couple of ideas to get you started:
1) Consider working a seasonal job. Start contacting your local retailers as many retailers do need extra help for the holidays. For example, the Castleton Mall is having a Job Fair on Wednesday, October 16 from 5 pm – 7 pm. If you visit the Center Court, they will have on the spot interviews for both seasonal and permanent positions at some of the mall retailers. I would highly recommend bringing with you copies of your resume, but also copies of your references. I would recommend having three references names/contact information. It is often helpful to have the name of at least one supervisor reference. Often there are applications to be completed so bring with you details of your last employment (sometimes this will include the address, phone number, name of supervisors). Make sure to dress to impress since theses are potential employers and you only have one chance to make a first impression.
2) If you have baby/kids items to sell, consider registering for a Kids/Baby Consignment Sale if you have children and have items to get rid of. One national one is Just Between Friends. One upcoming sale is the Just Between Friends in North Indy, although other areas of the country may have their own. The North Indy Just Between Friends is having a holiday sale soon and now is the time to register: http://www.northindy.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp. For North Indy it is only $5 if you want to sell toys only. If you have any holiday decor, holiday outfits such as Halloween costumes, they are accepting these items as well.
3) Consider putting items on Ebay. For Ebay selling, do an inventory of what you have and what you want to get rid of. Look on Ebay and see what the going price is for an item you may have available for sell. I recently sold a toy on Ebay for $56.55. I will have to pay Ebay fees and Pay Pal fees were withdrawn, but I got a lot more for the toy on Ebay than I would have from a kids/consignment sale or a consignment store.
Have you ever wondered how you can make some extra money by doing the things that you normally do? The answer is Mystery Shopping! I am signed-up with a couple of Mystery Shopping Companies and on occasion, I participate in mystery shopping. The purpose is typically to give feedback to the companies on what type of service you are receiving. The mystery shopping varies from retail stores, to grocery stores, to apartments, car dealerships, restaurants, and even phone calls, etc. One reputable company I have personally used is The Service Excellence Group. They pay through Pay Pal. http://www.serviceexcellencegroup.com/shopper-headquarters/become-a-shopper/
Another company I get fairly frequent emails from is Bare International. If you would like to sign-up with them, here is their web site: http://www.bareinternational.com/
Once you see an assignment you are interested in, you apply for the mystery shop. If you are selected, you will receive further instructions on when your assignment is due, etc. There are very specific guidelines for each mystery shop which you must read in detail. After you complete the assignment, there is typically a form you need to complete and you may also need to upload a picture or receipt as proof of your visit (depending on the mystery shop). I have enjoyed picking up some assignments in my free time and have been able to earn some extra cash as well.