Ex­tra hol­i­day cash!

From cre­at­ing gift bas­kets to help­ing peo­ple set up their trees, these women have found unique ways to earn ex­tra cash while mak­ing the sea­son merry and bright! Read on for their se­crets

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“I make 6 fig­ures spread­ing Christ­mas joy all year long!”

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved Christ­mas.

In fact, when I was grow­ing up, my mom had a room in our home that was set up for Christ­mas all year, com­plete with a tree, faux fire­place, can­dles, an­gels and nut­crack­ers. I won­dered if there were other peo­ple who did the same, so I con­ducted some re­search and re­al­ized there was a big mar­ket of women ages 30 to 60 who of­ten keep their Christ­mas trees up, leave trin­kets out or use a Christ­mas mug through­out the year. That’s when I launched My Christ­mas Crate (MyChrist­masCrate.com), a monthly sub­scrip­tion box that in­cludes Christ­mas-themed items.

“To get the busi­ness off the ground, I set up a web­site us­ing a tem­plate and searched for Christ­mas items and whole­salers to cre­ate crates. To­day my boxes con­tain four to five items, like Christ­mas-scented soy can­dles, pep­per­mint cake mix, pic­ture frames and or­na­ments. I also of­fer a no-sub­scrip­tion op­tion for one-time buy­ers.

“To get the word out, I used so­cial me­dia and Face­book and In­sta­gram ads. I also sent crates to so­cial-me­dia in­flu­encers—peo­ple who have a big fol­low­ing on­line—who then spread the word. When a cus­tomer re­ceives their box, they can take a pic­ture of it, post it on so­cial me­dia and tag us for a chance to win a free crate.

“I started small, send­ing 25 boxes a month, but to­day I ship about 500 a month. I have two peo­ple who help me send the crates from my garage, but we’re grow­ing, so I’m look­ing for out­side ven­dors.

“I love that I can work from home and be avail­able for my fam­ily. The money I make, a six­fig­ure in­come, cov­ers the bills, goes back into the busi­ness and pays for ex­tras, like a Hawaii trip!”

Kelli Girsch, 42, Sacra­mento, CA

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