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The holiday season may be the most expensive time of the year, but it's also the best time to pick up seasonal jobs to earn some extra money. Jobs in retail are abundant in the months just before Christmas, and if you're feeling festive, you can even work at a christmas pop-up or other holiday themed temporary business. Whatever you like to spend your time doing, there are plenty of options for part time seasonal jobs.

Gift Shopper

Some people have plenty of money but not enough time. This is where you come in, to help alleviate people's holiday stress as a gift shopper. There are lots of companies, like Shipt, looking for seasonal shoppers to shop for orders from local stores and deliver them to customers' homes, for part- or full-time hours.

Babysitter

You may be surprised to know that babysitting is especially lucrative during the festive season. Between holiday parties and other adult festivities, lots of families are in need of more frequent child care than usual. According to Rachel Charlupski, founder of The Babysitting Company, "We go on a hiring spree before the holidays because of the increase of business during that time in all of our markets, sitters make between $15 and $30 per hour, and some even get perks like first-class travel to Aspen, Europe, and even private islands."

Retail Worker

If you think you can brave the sweater-clad crowds, retail is a dependable choice for a seasonal gig. Since many stores just don't have the staff to handle the holiday influx of shoppers, they hire workers to help out. For example, Target recently announced that they'll be hiring 120,000 seasonal employees nationwide, with compensation starting at $12 an hour.

Delivery Service Worker

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Online shopping is quickly overtaking in-store shopping as the most popular way to purchase gifts for your loved ones. Because of this, services that focus on delivery often hire seasonal workers to help absorb some of the extra holiday work. For example, Fedex is hiring seasonal couriers with compensation of $19.95 an hour, as well as temporary admins, for 12-week employment.

Photographer

Most families are pretty intent on capturing memories of all their holiday joy, and many go so far as to hire a professional photographer. If you dabble in photography and own a decent camera, a fun and easy way to make some quick cash is to offer to take christmas card photos for interested families. You may have to deal with some screaming kids and cringey poses, but you can likely charge a pretty high rate for a small time commitment.


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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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