How to Make Money From Home For The Holidays

The holidays is such an expensive time, you want to spoil the people you love (and yourself) but that comes with a pretty big price tag. Last year I had my first holiday season being self employed. I realized that this was a great thing because it allowed me to make extra money when I needed it the most.

Now you do not need to be self employed to make money from home for the holidays. In fact it is probably equally as easy not to be self employed. I am going to give what I think are the best ways to make money from home for the holidays, but I am also going to include some of the ways that you can save money this holiday season. 

My background

 I first started blogging  because I wanted to be self employed, and be able to travel, put myself through college, and buy a house. I heard from every source that it was going to take a long time, and I was going to need hundreds of thousands of page views to start earning a real income. I loved blogging and helping bloggers. I was determined to make Smart and Simplistic (now  successful fast to prove to myself and bloggers everywhere that you can follow your dreams without investing years of your time with no return.

The thing I get the most emails, questions, messages and comments about is making money. That is the reason that I now try and talk about how people can make money for all kinds of reasons from home, or from a job they love. In fact I recently just wrote a whole e-book about how anyone can start to make money from home in 30 Days. It is called "30 Days to Blog Success" it is currently 50% off for my readers until  December 21st at 11:59 CST if you use the code: HOLIDAZE at checkout.  you can learn more about the e-book, or get it for yourself by clicking here.

This is your last chance to grab my book before I take it offline, so I can focus on helping my readers who have purchased the money maker package of my book (they get free consulting with the purches). Me and my money makers are gonna do great things in 2018. So go grab this offer and become a money maker before Its gone for good

I started making hundreds of dollars my first month  (you can read about how I earned $300 my first month blogging here) because I broke outside of the norm, you can do this too. Everyone can do this. Every blogger can achieve their goals if they work with motivation and passion. I am here to help you!!

I make a full time income from home while being a college student, this is a dream come true but anyone with a little dedication can make a full time income from home. 

Now lets get into how you can make money from home for the holidays!


Blogging is a great way to make money because it gives you a chance to connect a few of the things on this list if you want: .

  • Photography
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Freelance writing
  • Selling products / services

So it has the greatest chance to earn you the most money. I earned over $300 my first month blogging and I had no idea what I was doing back then, so if I could do it anyone can do it. I wrote a whole post about how I made money my first month blogging which you can find here: How I Made $300+ My First Month Blogging.

I know many people are looking to start a blog even if not just to make money before the holidays. If you want to start a blog in less than 20 minutes for $3 a month I have a whole series of blog posts explaining, how anyone can start a blog. There are pictures. The whole process is so easy a baby could do it! It has a special link in the post so you can get an extra 50% off the hosting costs for starting a blog, plus some really helpful info. 

Here is a link to the how to start a blog series: How To Start A Blog

If you are looking to make money blogging before the holidays I reccomend two things

  1.  30 Days to Blog Success it will give you a great preview of affiliate marketing, how to build a passive income stream that will continue to make you money after the holidays. It is currently 50% off to the readers of this post until December 21st at 11:59 PM CST with promo code: HOLIDAZE you can learn more about that by Clicking here.
  2.  My FREE monetization checklist, it gives a brief overview of a few things you should start doing to make money with a blog. You can get it by clicking here and getting from this blog post all about blog monetization. 


2.Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money. However making money through affiliate marketing may not be as cut and dry as it seems. Affiliate marketing is how I started to make money and the way I continue to make a a large portion of money.  I wrote a whole e-book about how to get started with affiliate marketing when you are just getting started making money online. 

The e-book is called 30 Days to Blog Success, but don't get me wrong if you don't have a blog this is still a great resource because the purchase of the book comes with a workbook, and 1-on-1 coaching from me via email if you purchaes the highest level (which is currently 50% off with code HOLIDAZE until December 21st) If you are interested in my e-book you can find out more about it by clicking here.

Here is a graph of my affiliate income since I implemented what it says in 30 Days to Blog Success:

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And my income has continued to increase since March! if you are interested in increasing your income with Affiliate Marketing I highly reccomend you check out the e-book 30 Days to Blog Success, and don't forget it  is currently 50% off with code HOLIDAZE until December 21st if you are interested in you can find out more about it by clicking here.

3. Take Online Surveys

Taking online surveys is actually what got me into blogging, I was looking for ways to make money and started coming across blogs. This lead me to starting my blog, and now we are here!

  This to me is one of the easiest ways to make money from home this holiday season. There are very few good sites to earn money through surveys with. This is the list of ones that I believe is the best. They are all FREE:

  • Swagbucks which pays you in points, then lets you cash in the points you have earned for e-gift cards which you can use to buy gifts! The cool thing about Swagbucks is that you can earn points in many ways not just surveys. You can earn points googling things, posting links, doing surveys, writing posts! its great. You can click here to sign up.
  • American Consumer Opinion
  • Inbox Dollars
  • Survey Junkie
  • One Opinion
  • Opinion Outpost

Almost all the survey companies pay per survey in points, then when you get to a point threshold you can request your money.


Photography is a great way to earn money. It is much easier than you think I helped a client that gave me this idea. She said that when she was on vacation she took some time out of the vacation to make money as a photographer. 

She would post on Facebook Marketplace in the place that she was going advertising that she would take pictures for people, or companies for a good deal. Then during the vacation she would take 1-2 clients and take photos for them.

You can do this even if you aren't on vacation, there are other great places to post about doing freelance photography:

  • Craigslist
  • Fiverr
  • Posters at your school / college
  • Posters at your work place.
  • If you want more ideas feel free to contact me!

To learn more about photography and how to make money with it check out this great post I found: ShrimpSaladCircus Photography

5.Rebates / deals

Rebates are not excatly making money for the holidays, but it is a way to get money back, and save money for the holidays. This past year using Ebates I have saved, and received almost $500 which will pay for some seriously great gifts this year.


Ebates is great because if you go to their website It shows you how much total you can save with coupon codes, and after cash back, you can use the Ebates plug in if you use google chrome so it will alert you when online shopping so you can get a great deal and cash back.

Ebates has cash back for almost every website out there, and if there is no cash back the plug in will pop up and tell you where you can get a better deal with a coupon, or cash back.

It works by signing up for a free account on Ebates, connecting your PayPal or giving your address. Once you have done that you can begin looking for any online deals, including holiday flight deals, or really any gifts. 

on average I would say I save 10-20% off almost all my purchases by shopping with  ebates, and then get another 10% back in cash. So it is definitely worth looking into if you want to earn a little money.

6. Become A Virtual Assistant

Being a virtual assistant is another one of the great online jobs for anyone If you aren’t ready to jump straight into blogging, and starting your own business right now then I recommend getting your feet wet by becoming a virtual assistant.

As a virtual assistant you do things such as schedule social media accounts, filter emails, draft blog posts, help come up with ideas, answer emails, and collect information for your boss.

You will work as a contractor with specific tasks most of the time. Which makes it easier for you and them both when it comes to doing your taxes.

There are many ways that you can become a virtual assistant such as starting your own website where you advertise and offer your services, however that is a little more difficult and almost like starting your own blog.

I reccomend heading to one of these websites below, creating a profile and looking for the virtual assistant job that fits you.

7. Social Media Manager

As an adult in today's society Im gonna guess you have a social media account and are great at running it. This already makes you qualified to have a job. Crazy right?

What a time we live in. You can work from home just by managing someones social media accounts. Running social media is one of my favorite online jobs for college students.

To become a social media manager, I would start by contacting local small companies by email and offering to run their social media accounts for however much you see fair ($1 per quality post, $100 a week, whatever you see is fair for the amount of work you would do) , or offer a trial run where you run their accounts for a month and if they like it they will pay you.

This is great because you set your hours, choose who you work for, and get to set your pay.

Start by looking at small companies in your town that you care about, then see if they have a social media presence.

If they do but they post maybe once a month, or you see room for improvement make notes about exactly how you think you could improve it, and what ideas you have for the future.

8.Freelance Writer

Have you taken an english class? Do you enjoy talking about many things? Do you enjoy writing about many things? Wow you are qualified for this online job already.

Maybe you should think about becoming a freelance writer. At the beginning the pay might not be astronomical however once you build up a little experience  (which can be created in a short amount of time) you can start making $100+ per article, or paper written.

Now that will for sure pay for some gifts this season.

Freelance writing jobs can be found all over the internet but after checking into it myself I have found that these are your best bet at actually finding work and not wasting your time.

All of these website ask you to write about a specific topic, and offer a set amount of pay. You offer them details or a draft and they accept or decline to work with you.

If you want tips on how to be a top notch freelance writer you can check out this board on Pinterest: click here.

It is all about freelance writing resources and tips.


Well if you landed on this blog post somehow I am assuming that you can type. Which makes you a great candidate for this online job for college students.

If so I might have found the perfect work from home job for you.

Transcribing things.

A transcriptionist listens to a video, sound clip, or something of the sort and types exactly what they hear.

You can make anywhere from $.10 a minute to $.50 a minute which is pretty good more for every hour that you work.

You can work from anywhere at any time, wearing anything you please and without an an annoying boss.

I reccomend checking out the sites below they all are reputable and offer honest and good pay.

10. Sell Your Own Products

Do you have a talent for design? Do you have a way with words? 

You can sell your own products or services. I have an e-book which brings in a good income. I reccomend  if you have a writing talent to create an e-book and sell it on a Digital marketplace (Itunes, Amazon) for a good price you can create your e-book by writing it in a document then saving it as a PDF then uploading it to Amazon or Itunes.

If you need help. Email me:

There are so many great ways to earn money before the holidays. You can do this!

how to make money from home before the holidays
Hi guys! I am Taylor Williams (Stanford is my maiden last name) I am a college student by morning and a full time blogger / business owner by the afternoon. I love helping bloggers, photography, and traveling. I hope you that I can help you in some way.    

Hi guys! I am Taylor Williams (Stanford is my maiden last name) I am a college student by morning and a full time blogger / business owner by the afternoon. I love helping bloggers, photography, and traveling. I hope you that I can help you in some way. 


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