Looking to earn some extra cash this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck, because it’s easier than ever before.

In the past, many Americans picked up seasonal work at a department store or other retailer bracing for the holiday rush of customers and business. As Amazon’s holiday hiring slump shows, the days of seasonal retail jobs may be winding down. But today, there are even more employment options, because the 21st century gig economy is in full swing.

During the 2018 holiday season, all you need is an internet connection and a smartphone to get started. Uber and Lyft drivers are the proud standard bearers of the gig economy, and that’s great – if you have a car. If you don’t…

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is a platform to connect those looking for work with odd jobs posted by folks who live in their communities. Learn more here.

Upwork

Upwork connects professional freelancers with employers who need their expertise. If you’re a web or mobile developer, a designer, writer, or creative, Upwork could be for you. Sales and marketing experts, as well as accountants and consultants, can also find well-paying freelance work on Upwork. Learn more here.

Freelancer

Like Upwork, Freelancer focuses on jobs in the digital economy. Internet marketers, web and mobile developers, and graphic designers can find a bevy of freelance employment options on Freelancer. Learn more here.

Fiverr

Fiverr provides opportunities for work in business, tech, and digital marketing – but it also offers more offbeat services like viral videos, relationship advice, and even celebrity impersonators! If you’ve been looking for a way to monetize your spot-on Jack Nicholson bit, Fiverr is the freelance service you’ll want to check out. Learn more here.

These are just a few examples of the gig economy startups that can help you earn some extra cash this holiday season. These services offer an abundance of opportunity, but they also take fees that cut into your take-home pay – so always be sure to determine the terms of employment before making a commitment.

As the future of work begins to come into focus, the gig economy looks sure to play a major role. Traditional employment is on the wane, and many young people are searching for lifestyles with more flexibility. But this flexibility can bring with it uncertainty – about employment stability and adequate benefits. Social Security and Medicare are heading toward insolvency, and Americans must now consider what a 21st century safety net will look like. With this challenge in mind, portable benefit accounts could be the solution. Learn more about PBAs here.

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