Make extra $$ for the holidays
This time of year, most of us spend, spend, spend, but these women are raking in cash as Santa’s helpers—and you can too!
“I make $500 a season selling chocolate!”
“I work full-time, but I was wanting to make extra cash, especially during the holidays when money is tight. I’ve always loved serving chocolatecovered strawberries for my kids’ birthday parties, but they’re expensive, so I decided to make them myself. Then my friends started asking me to make them for their events and I realized it could be a great side business.
“So I created a logo and made business card, then purchased a few molds, boxes and tissue paper and started making strawberries dipped in or drizzled with chocolate, topped with glitter or infused with liquor. I also make chocolate-dipped pretzels, chocolate bouquets and lollipops, which people order for holiday parties or gifts. Most people find me through word-ofmouth, but I also promote my business on Facebook. All my customers are local, so I deliver the treats to them.
“My prices vary from $20 for a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries to $120 for a more elaborate arrangement. During the holidays, I earn about $500.
“I love making chocolate treats because it gives me a creative outlet, and the money I earn is used for fun things like vacation or to buy something for our house—like a gazebo for the backyard.”