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!

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“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.”

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