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Get Rich Quick: 6 Ways to Make Some Extra Cash in Time for Christmas

By Amanda Sheppard 22 November 2018
With only one pay day standing between now and December 25, picking up an odd job or two can really help you stretch your budget when it comes to ticking off your Christmas gift list. Here are just some of the ways you can make a quick buck in the run-up to Christmas.

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1. Become an Extra for a Day

If you’ve got time on your hands and a flexible schedule, working as an extra on a film set for a day is a fun and easy way to earn some additional spending money. It’s not the most regular of work, but Hong Kong has seen a number of Hollywood blockbusters filming in its quarters in recent years, including Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Dark Knight, Snowden and most recently, Skyscraper. If you fancy sitting in the background of a pinnacle scene, then keep an eye out for casting calls on websites like Face Productions and Project Casting.
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2. Sell Your Stuff

Space is at a premium in most Hong Kong homes, so why not do yourself two favours at once and clear out the clutter while earning a few dollars? Facebook Classifieds offers an easy way to list your items and organise pick-ups and deliveries directly between buyers and sellers. You can buy and sell everything from old clothing to video consoles and bulky furniture. So if you've been meaning to have a spring clean, then this is the perfect time to finally do it.
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3. Be a Professional Pet Sitter

If you’re a dog lover, but can't commit to having one of your own, then you can always opt for the next best thing and offer your services as a pet sitter. Pawshake allows you to register for an account and advertise your services online – you can set yourself up as a dog walker, pet sitter, and even house sitter, depending on your availability. What better way to make some extra cash than by hanging out with your new four-legged friend? Just make sure you are confident with dogs and live in a pet-friendly flat.
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4. Get Quizzical

The city’s pub quizzes are not only a great way of flexing those general knowledge muscles, but they often come with a fairly hefty prize attached. Rather than a cold, hard cash takeaway, prizes normally come in the form of a bar tab, making for an easy way to curb your spending come Christmas time. Luckily, we've sussed out Hong Kong’s best quiz nights each week, so you can sign up now and put your clever mind to good use.
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5. Host an Airbnb Experience

Do you know the city like the back of your hand, or consider yourself an expert on Hong Kong’s best hidden gems? Perhaps you're a pro with a camera? Well, why not put your knowledge to good use and host an Airbnb experience for visitors to Hong Kong. These are great ways to meet people and share your passions, while earning a buck or two along the way. As an Airbnb experience host, you can organise a unique tour of the city based on your availability, allowing you to pick and choose dates that suit your schedule.
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6. Try Your Luck

If you’re willing to leave it to lady luck, then head down to your nearest Jockey Club and purchase a lucky pick Mark Six ticket. With the highest ever jackpot totalling over $90 million and a standard ticket costing just $10, you and your loved ones could be in for a seriously good Christmas this year – and for every year going forward.
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Amanda Sheppard

Senior editor

Following a brief and bitterly cold stint in Scotland, Amanda returned to Hong Kong—a place she’s called home for over 18 years—to begin her career as a writer. She can often be found getting lost somewhere very familiar, planning her next holiday, and enjoying a cup (or three) of good, strong coffee.