Five Great Jobs for Quick Holiday Cash

Quick Holiday Cash

It’s the most-expensive time of the year. Whether it involves buying presents or paying for travel, the holidays can cost a lot of money. Here are five jobs that don’t require much training but still pay good money to help you cover those extra holiday expenses.

  1. Amusement and recreation attendants

Families typically get together during the holidays and they need things to do besides sit around and annoy each other. Take advantage of the increase in holiday entertainment options and find a part-time job as an amusement or recreation attendant. A job like this might pay $9.60 an hour- and possibly get your family in at a discounted rate.

  1. Ushers, lobby attendants, or ticket takers

I don’t know about you but one of my family’s Holiday traditions is to go see a movie while we are together. I don’t think my family is alone- Hollywood seems to save all the great movies for the month of December (I’m so excited to see the first installment of “The Hobbit”- aren’t you?). Getting a job at the movie theatre (or even the local stage theatre for their annual Christmas shows) can be a great way to earn around $9.69 an hour (and maybe get a free show in, too).

  1. Cashier

The reason we all need a little extra cash during the Holidays is because we are spending a lot of it ourselves. Getting on the other side of the counter can be a good way to earn some money- and possibly a little discount at the store as well. Cashiers could expect to make around $9.73 per hour.

  1. Garment or textile pressers

This might sound like an undesirable job- I know I picture someone in a sweatshop somewhere in Chinatown- but a good, blue collar job like this can be a great way to make a little extra cash for the Holidays. The nice thing about jobs like this is that they are stable and predictable and you don’t have to deal with the stress that comes with serving customers. Working as a presser could pay as much as $9.87 an hour.

  1. Personal and home care aides

So much of a focus of the Holidays is a drive to serve people in need. Why not combine your desire to be helpful with a job as a personal care aide? Although this might sound a little intimidating, basically this job is about helping someone with some chores around the house or offering a little company. This can be a very important job around the holidays when families might be traveling and simply needing someone to help “check-in” on a loved-one while they are away. Home or personal care aides might expect to make about $9.88 an hour.

There probably a few more jobs that could qualify- for example in a previous blog post I wrote that waiting tables, working in food prep and recreational protective service workers (think lifeguards) as the top 5 highest-paying, lowest training jobs. Each of the jobs could qualify as a “great jobs for quick Holiday cash” as well although my more recent data shows that those jobs don’t pay as well as they once have.

You have lots of options when looking for a good job for some extra Holiday money.No matter which option you choose, I hope you find enough to really deck the halls and have a happy Holidays.

David Zimmerman is the developer of which is dedicated to help people consider their career options and make an informed decision about their current career (or find a completely new occupation.

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