So far in the Make Money Monday series, I've focused on things you can do from home. If you're really eager to bring in extra income, it's worth considering taking a temporary part-time job. The holiday season gives you many opportunities to work a seasonal temp job near your home:
Where can you work?
With most industries increasing business during the holidays, you should have a few options. Obviously, retail stores (such as in a mall or a free-standing store) need extra workers, but also consider inquiring at hotels, florists, shippers (like FedEx and UPS), and at local theme parks/attractions offering holiday events. One thing to consider as you're looking is what kind of hours you'll actually be able to work. Most often, seasonal employment is nights, weekends, and even overnight hours as stockers/merchandisers.
Where can you find job listings?
If there's a particular store or location you're interested in, be sure and go in or call and ask directly. I've seen signs up at mall stores, shopping centers, and other locations advertising for seasonal workers. Craigslist is also a great source of seasonal part-time jobs. In my area, Craigslist currently has ads for places like Bath & Body Works, The Container Store, and Sports Authority, as well as “seasonal job fairs” for malls in the area.
What are the pros and cons?
I know a few moms who have had great success working nights and weekends through the holiday season. They liked the time away from young children, either chatting with adults (both coworkers and customers) or time alone wrapping presents. Many enjoy the discount provided by the store, but be careful that it doesn't negate your earnings. Seasonal part-time jobs do not offer benefits like regular full-time jobs, and you should be aware of the laws regarding overtime and pay; read the Department of Labor's FAQ for Seasonal Employment.
Have you worked a temporary seasonal job?
We'd love to hear your experience!
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