LV Magazine November 2020 - Denise Grant - Page 8

Initially, this would be a list for teenagers, but some of these ideas are better suited for adults with a valid driver's license and a bit of know-how. Some of these take a bit of planning and organizing, but most of them could be done on a somewhat spur of the moment case by case basis. The great thing about many of these ideas is that you're spreading holiday cheer by helping to make someone else's otherwise stressful and overwhelming to-do list a little bit easier.

Who wouldn't pay to have someone do a few of these things for you? Mostly, what's important is that you remember to provide a quality item or service to the buyer with a smile. Have fun with these!

1. Babysit for people who need to do some Christmas shopping without their little ones tagging along. Anyone trustworthy who is over the age of about thirteen or fourteen can do this one. It's hectic enough to get in and out of the malls and shopping centers without having to drag toddlers along. Contact friends, family, coworkers, and members of your spiritual community to let them know that you're available for holiday babysitting. This can include the time that the parents need to get away for office parties, charity events, and volunteering to help the elderly and less fortunate community members.

2. Grab a ladder and offer to clean leaves out of your neighbors' gutters. Many people are so busy during the summer months that they completely forget to clean all of the debris from their gutters when the sun is out, and it's dry outside. It's cold and yucky outside now, and many people are too busy to get to it themselves. They'll probably be glad that you offered, and they can check it off of their to-do lists. This isn't one for the younger kids. However, they can contribute to rake up the leaves in their neighbors' yards. Adults could offer both the gutters and the yard as one big project for a friendly, reasonable price. It could also be a father & son side business that you do together - while dad cleans the neighbor's gutters, junior rakes up the leaves in the lawn.