For many Americans, inflating the 1.80m-long Frosty the Snowman, unraveling fairy lights, and putting up reindeer displays on the turf is just an endless holiday to-do list.
It is an effort large enough to trigger a trend for residents and businesses alike: leave the decoration of another person.
For you, an entrepreneurial thinker, this means job opportunities – perhaps the most festive appearances of the season.
Here are some ways to find decoration jobs for the holidays.
Find Christmas decorator jobs locally as a freelancer
Helping neighbors with tasks they do not want to do is the foundation of side gigs. The door-to-door approach is always an option. However, be sure to look at these locally targeted online platforms that make it a little easier to connect with people in your area.
Craigslist is synonymous with online classifieds and an invaluable resource to find and list local odd jobs. For holiday decorators, three functions are particularly helpful: "Performances", "Jobs" and "Services".
The search for local work is free via the functions "Jobs" and "Gigs". Just click on the appropriate section on the home page and a list of local fundraising opportunities will be displayed. (The site uses your IP address to automatically match the search to your locale.) The difference between the two features is that an appearance can be a unique offer from a neighbor, while a job ad can be published by a nearby business ,
The Services feature, which is basically a search ad, is about a little money. Typical listings in this section cost $ 5, but it's a pretty cheap way to get the ball rolling.
When you spend money on an ad, be sure to include the most important details. What specific decorating services do you offer? What is your hourly rate? Do you provide supplies or decorations?
Unless otherwise stated, all communication through Craigslist is anonymous. When creating an entry, you can specify in the description when and how people can contact you (at your own risk).
Nextdoor is a social media site for entire neighborhoods. Locals can chat about the hustle and bustle of the city, buy and sell tchotchkes, and get recommendations for nearby businesses or services. This last feature is especially useful for disseminating information about your company for the decoration of holidays.
To Join NextdoorYou need to check your street and use your full name. Do not worry. Your address is not publicly available. It is used to categorize you in the right general environment on the website.
Before you post about your decorating skills, you should know the rules. You can not offer your services in the "For Sale & Free" section. Only goods can be sold there. Instead, you can promote locals who are looking for business recommendations.
If you have some money left, you should think about making money a business page and booking in section "Local Offers". While creating a business account is free, posting in local deals is not possible. This is the only area where you can share unwanted information about your business or service. Prices start at $ 3, but vary depending on the duration of the ad and the size of your neighborhood. An average ad costs $ 75 nextdoor, according to Nextdoor estimates.
TaskRabbit works like most freelance Web sites, except that it focuses on "helping around the house", including personal help, errands, cleaning – and, yes, Bloating Frosty.
Taskeris free. During the sign up process, you will be asked to create a profile, explain your services in detail, set your rates, and create a routing. Once your profile is up and running, locals can view it, book it, or ask questions.
Potential customers will be able to see your reviews and completed tasks as they appear clearly in the search results and in your profile, next to your name. New users may find it difficult to get an initial Christmas decorator job because these two distinctions are missing.
To combat this problem, make sure your profile is well written and you are offering your services at competitive prices. If you have any feedback or recommendations elsewhere, include them in your profile description until you receive reviews on TaskRabbit.
Since TaskRabbit is a relatively small freelance platform, it can be worthwhile to extend your services to include other holiday-related tasks.
There are no fees for listing services on the platform, but TaskRabbit reduces revenue for all completed tasks by 20%.
The company was founded in 2008 in Boston. It has since expanded to more than 140,000 taskers in 50 major US metropolitan areas. Before registering, make sure your city is on the list of registered available locations,
Work for a company that hires Holiday Decorators
If you prefer not to fish for clients as a freelancer, consider working for a local company that offers decorating services around the holidays.
With a typical part- or full-time decoration job you probably earn less than a freelancer, but you benefit from predictable schedules and revenues. And considering that decorating can be dangerous – the government estimates there are about 200 decorations a day during the holidays – it could be a welcome deal if workers receive compensation.
As with most job searches, getting an overview of your local job market when you start at Indeed or Glassdoor is a good idea. Check your local vacancies on Craigslist for fixed term positions.
If you do not see ads for temporary or seasonal decorating appearances in traditional job boards, contact a local company directly. One way to do this is to search for holiday decorating services Angie's listthat summarizes local business recommendations. The website will create a list of nearby businesses offering Christmas decoration services. Then you can contact them to find out if they need help.
Start your own Christmas decorations business
J Hang Trees, owner of We Hang Christmas Lights, started to tow a tiny house across the country to teach people how to become a professional Christmas light installer. Aileen Perilla / The Penny Hoarder
Maybe you are ahead of the curve and have already amassed a pool of funny customers. The next natural step can be to scale it into a business. There is a market for it. And there is support along the way.
Just ask Josh Trees, the owner of We hang Christmas lights, (And yes, that's his real name.)
In 1997, Trees launched its efforts to hang Christmas lights. In the year 2000 he achieved – despite many problems – a profit of nearly 140,000 US dollars per year. Today he travels the country with a tiny house in tow to teach entrepreneurs how to set up their own shops to hang lights.
"When we started, people said, 'Oh, that's a cute little business,' Trees told The Penny Hoarder. 'We said,' Yeah, sweet '- you do not know people are giving us $ 3,500 pay to light their homes. "
And on the 26th of December …
We can imagine a more ungrateful task than to raise Christmas decorations: to take them off.
After the holidays have passed and the tinsel is slowly starting to fade (and maybe your stomach too), be sure to call on your customers decorating Christmas and offer to come back and cool the lights, defrost Frosty and do everything for pack the next year.
Adam Hardy is a member of The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in opportunities to earn money without being a complicated company office. Read hislatest article here, or say hello on Twitter @hardyjournalism,
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