Jackalope’s Guide to
Making Extra Cash for the Holidays
It’s the busiest time of year!
It’s the busiest time of year! People are traveling more, doing last-minute shopping, and getting their homes ready for the holidays. That means Lyft, Uber, Instacart, and Handy are all booming. You may have already noticed that every time you log on, your apps are going off with back-to-back requests.
Not only is the demand higher, but the customers are feeling the Christmas spirit. Reports have shown that 54% of Americans say they tip higher-than-normal during December!
Most gig apps will be offering surges, bonuses, and quests to get gig workers driving and earning more this month. And don't forget to check out our Jackalope promos as well!
You deserve a break! Christmas is a quiet time for gig workers as most stores and restaurants close early and many people stay in with their families. If you don’t get any notifications from your gig apps about incentives, peak pays, or other bonuses, that indicates that a holiday will be slow.
If you do want to earn more during Christmas, choose to pet sit, babysit, perform last-minute handywork, or rent out your unused space. Since holidays are a busy time for everyone, your time is more valuable and more in demand! You have the ability to double your typical rates for services and double your profits in December.
If you’re not sure how to set your rates, take a look at the holiday rates of other gig workers in your area.
Still considering food delivery during Christmas Day? Before you start, go on the customer side of the app you’re using and see what restaurants are open. If there are enough restaurants that are taking orders, then it could be worth it.
On New Year's––
Every rideshare driver knows that NYE is a profitable night, with profits ranging from $300-500 for the night!
As a rideshare or food delivery driver you’ll want to start around 7:00 PM in residential neighborhoods, where people will either be ordering their dinners or heading out into town.
Be prepared for rideshare pick-ups and drop-offs throughout the night, going until 3:00 AM. Stick to driving in the heart of the nightlife after midnight. Be strategic about which location you’re driving in using our Scheduling Tool.
And you know what goes hand in hand with a late night? Food! The top foods will be pizza, sushi, and Chinese as those are the restaurants that typically stay open late and on holidays.
Go to sleep then keep the deliveries going the next day too! All those hungover customers will need you on New Year’s Day. Doordash and Uber Eats drivers have reported earning as much as $400 on New Year’s Day alone!
And finally, happy holidays from the Jackalope Team––
We hope you have a profitable and joyous December! Keep hustling, but don't forget that you're your own boss too. Give yourself some much-need time off to spend time with your loved ones. Cheers to a prosperous 2023!