Whether you’re searching for extra money this season to help out with upcoming Christmas expenses, or are just wanting to make some extra money to help out with after-Christmas expenses, a good seasonal part-time job might be the solution. Finding one, however, may be a bit difficult. But rest assured, there are jobs to be found.

Whether you’re searching for extra money this season to help out with upcoming Christmas expenses, or are just wanting to make some extra money to help out with after-Christmas expenses, a good seasonal part-time job might be the solution. Finding one, however, may be a bit difficult. But rest assured, there are jobs to be found.

Here is The Examiner’s Top 10 list of some jobs that might help you out this season.


10 Pet watching.
Some of those chores you used to do as a kid might come in handy during the holiday season. First check local newspapers or Web sites like Craigslist and you might find want ads for people looking for someone to walk their dog or feed them. After all, many people travel during December. Actually, there are several chores you could be responsible for, not just pet watching. Remember to have a list of references, though; those in need won’t – and should not, if they’re smart – hire just anyone. A typical hourly rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, can range from minimum wage to $21.

9 Tax worker.
Tax season is fast approaching, and tax preparation service companies begin hiring people in December. If you’re feeling a bit unqualified for such a job, many such service companies make you go through tax school. Don’t worry, though: the training is timeless and, in some cases, the companies reimburse you if you complete the program. The average hourly wage for tax preparers is about $16.78.

8 Inventory services.
Type these words into any Internet search engine, along with the city and state in which you live. Many stores contract with inventory service companies, who send workers into stores during off hours to count inventory. You’ll need a reliable car, though. The only drawback is that the heavy season for stores is in January and February, so any extra money that can be had in this area can be used for after-holiday expenses – or used for next year. Wages range from as little as $10 to as much as $16.

7 Food service.
Everyone eats, and many people during the holiday season eat out. This gives the part-timer plenty of options to choose from, including fast-food restaurants. Many are open 24 hours, and that’s good for you. A typical wage at fast food restaurants is about $8 per hour.

6 Retail helper.
Large retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, as well as convenient stores and dollar stores are hiring heavily for December. There are many positions available, including greeter, cashier and stock person. Sales staff are needed, too. Depending on where you live, there may be dozens of such openings. Wages range from $8 for cashier to $13 for sales staff.

5 Satellite installers.
Last year was a banner year for satellite television installers. With the conversion to digital, millions of home owners had to make the switch. But business remains brisk still for companies like DirectTV and Dish Network, two companies that provide training. What’s especially attractive is that the work can vary and you’re always on the move. And who knows... it could turn out to be a full time job, a career. The average wage is about $16 per hour.

4 Delivery driver.
Along with fast-food restaurants, another sector is popular this time of year: pizza shops. If you have a reliable car and know your local area well, delivering pizzas is a great way to earn extra money. Two pizza shops in Independence and one in Blue Springs confirmed they are actively searching for drivers, who can make as much as $20 per hour. Some shops even compensate for mileage on top of tips!

3 Packer.
If you’re a physical person or just plain hyperactive, consider working for a shipping company like FedEX or UPS, who hire all year round shippers and packers for distribution centers. The pay is pretty good ($14 per hour) and the shifts are short (five hours), but the work is fast-paced and tough. Even better is the fact that some companies offer benefits and tuition assistance. Competition is fierce, though.

2 Instructor.
Write a list of all your specific talents and/or abilities and turn them into extra cash. Are you a good piano player? Can you play a musical instrument? What about computers? Are you get at repairing them, designing Web pages? Take a notice out of a local paper (The Examiner, for instance!) and advertise your abilities. Many people want their children to learn an instrument, and many people have Web sites they want to perfect. It could be a hidden gold mine for you – and not just during the holiday season.

1 Temp services.
If you don’t know what to do, consult with any one of the many temp agencies in the area. During the initial visit, you’ll take a test to determine skill levels and interview with someone who will point you in the right direction. Many companies already have the inside route into local companies, and they have a trust between them. Many companies hire temp workers from temp agencies exclusively. Simply type “temp agencies” into Google, along with the city in which you live, and get started.

Honorable mention:
Other seasonal jobs include gift wrapper at the local mall, playing Santa Claus or one of his helpers, janitorial and cleaning work, delivering newspapers, seasonal staff at gyms and health clubs and sporting goods stores. If you don’t want to work, you could always give plasma. At area donation centers, donors can make up to $240 per month – and help save lives in the process.