With Christmas around the corner, many of us are getting more than a little stressed about finances. If this sounds like you, I have some great tips to help you ensure you can get through the holiday season without the stress of an empty bank account. Here are a few ways to make some extra money:

Take a second job

Most of us have more hours in the day than we think. Even if you’re working a normal full-time job, you can often easily add in a part-time job a few nights a week or on weekends. Sure, it will be tiring in the short-term, but it’s a great way to get yourself back on your feet.

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Get a side hustle

So many people have side hustles these days that it’s becoming more common than just having a 9-5. These side hustle can range from driving for Uber or Lyft to freelancing. Freelancing is a great way to earn extra money with the skills you already have- and it’s not uncommon for people to realise that they much prefer to work for themselves and quit their day job altogether. The first step is to get some clients. If you use certain skills in your day job like writing, designing, coding, or anything else online, you can easily begin marketing yourself by building a website and portfolio, reaching out to people you know and cold pitching.

Sell your diamonds

Bet this one didn’t occur to you! Most of us have jewellery passed down from relatives or even with “bad juju” (do you really want to hang on to an engagement ring from a failed marriage?) You’d be surprised at how much money you can get for second-hand diamonds, so now may just be the perfect time to hunt through your jewellery box, sell diamonds and other jewellery, and restock your savings account.

Launch a business

Have you always wanted to be a business owner? Maybe you’ve longed to be your own boss or you simply have an incredible idea for a product that could revolutionise a certain industry? If you wait, someone else is guaranteed to go to market with your idea- it happens all the time. Instead, why not finally begin working towards your business dreams in your free time- you’ll never know until you try.

As you can see there are many different ways you can make some extra money. What are your favourite ways to make some extra cash? Leave a comment below and let me know.