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Why fall is a great time to get a side gig

As we head into the final few months of the year, it can be helpful to consider how a side gig might help you out with some upcoming, end-of-year expenses.

Here are a few of the reasons why fall is a great time to get a side gig, whatever stage of your career you are in:

You might have more time on your hands

If you’re a parent and your kids are heading back to school, you might find that you’ve got a little bit of extra time on your hands. Watching reruns of your favorite shows on Netflix is one way to spend that precious time (and really, there’s nothing wrong with that, on occasion), but using some of that time to take on a side project or two can really help boost your income, which leads us to the next point …

Fall and winter months can get expensive

If back-to-school shopping didn’t already drain your bank account, then hosting Thanksgiving, buying gifts, traveling, or attending holiday parties just might. With all the added expenses that are bound to crop up in these final few months of the year, taking on a side job is a great way to help cover them so you don’t drain your bank account.

Companies might be more willing to hire

As most people look to take some time off during the holiday season, you might find that companies are eager to hire part-time or temp people to pick up some of the slack. Check around with former colleagues and friends in your field of work to see if their companies could use a little extra help—you might be surprised with what you find.

It’s a great time of year to be active and social

Let’s face it, there’s just something about the crisp fall air and the impending holiday season that seems to make people happy. That means now is a great time to pick up a side job that involves being outside or working with people.

It can help make up for your own slow periods of work

If you work a freelance or remote gig, the upcoming holiday season may be a slow time period for your own personal projects. That means that you’ll have a little extra time on your hands to pick up a side gig, which can help you cover any gaps you have in income during slow periods, as well.

This article first appeared on FlexJobs.

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