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Here’s how you can earn an extra stream of income in time for Christmas

As fall begins, it won’t be too long until the twinkling lights of Christmas are shining brightly upon us
There are so many ways you can start your own side hustle and start earning extra income with the help of these online courses and tools.

As fall begins, it won’t be too long until the twinkling lights of Christmas are shining brightly upon us. Not only is it an expensive time of year for most, but it is also the time of year when we tend to be a little more spend-happy which makes it an ideal time for you to earn a little extra cash. Here’s how you can make some extra money from the comfort of your own home, just in time for Christmas.

Learn a new skill

Whether you’re fine-tuning an expertise you haven’t utilized in a while or taking a whole new course in something you’ve always been interested in, Udemy has you covered. An online-only, video skill-share platform that expands your career opportunities has never been simpler or more convenient. Choose from 155,000 courses ranging from subjects such as technology, design and marketing to finance and accounting, there really is something for everyone. All courses are designed to teach you in a professional capacity which makes the skills you use easily transferable into your career or new business. Take the course in your own time and for as long as you need. Try one of their free courses, or upgrade to a more in-depth class.

Utilize your expertise

Do you have a skill set that’s useful to others? Maybe you have years of knowledge and experience that you could be sharing with the world. With Thinkific you can create, market and sell your very own online course. Start making cash from your experience and help others to do the same. There are currently over 100 million courses being taken by students on Thinkific and the possibilities for the types of courses are endless. Thinkific will let you fully customize your syllabus, create a fully functioning website and market and sell your course with the aid of a full suite of business tools. If you get started now you could be earning a new income in no time.

Start a new business

For many people, the idea of starting a business can be a daunting prospect. Registering the company, incorporating the business, creating legal agreements, hiring employees, it’s a lot to think about. Unfortunately, this initial setup challenge stops many would-be entrepreneurs from ever getting out of the gate. That’s where Ownr comes in. It’s a fully-fledged platform that simplifies the whole process of getting started and running a business. Since Ownr is a Canadian company, they have all our local laws and regulations already figured out, something that’s often missing with US-based software.

Open an online store

So, you have a product or service, but you have no idea how to get it to market? With over 1.7 million global businesses already utilizing the platform, Shopify is the leading platform for setting up and running an online store. Fully customizable, quick and easy step-by-step processes to create your store from scratch, including 24/7 expert support and the ability to manage your store from the app, Shopify has everything you need to get your business off the ground.

Managing your customers

Once your business is up and running, your next step is to keep track and manage your customers, emails, marketing and websites. Hubspot can handle all of that and more. A one-stop-shop for marketing, optimization, and productivity, Hubspot is used by more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes and shapes and has a free plan to get you started.

Getting paid

Another vital, but perhaps a little less exciting element to owning and operating a business, is making sure your books are in order. While accounting may seem like a tedious and complex task for many entrepreneurs, getting paid is what keeps the lights on. Canadian-based FreshBooks takes care of all your accounting needs from invoicing to taxes and payroll. Whether you’re a freelancer or a business with several employees, take the pressure off so that you can focus on everything else.

There are so many ways you can start your own side hustle and start earning extra income just in time for the holidays. Launch your own course, learn a new skill, start a business, it’s all possible right now with easy to access, and often free, tools at your disposal.

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