For those outside of Scotland, it might be hard to believe that there’s more to the country than haggis, kilts and Nessie. You’d be forgetting, of course, world-renowned festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe, the best party in the world at Hogmanay, the rest of Scotland’s cultural delights and money-making opportunities.
- Edinburgh Fringe
- Become a tour guide
- Lead whiskey tours
- Check out Facebook’s odd-job groups
Whether you live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kilmarnock or on the Outer Hebrides, there are plenty of ways to boost your income.
This weird word, reminiscent of JK Rowling’s Hogwarts, quite simply refers to New Year’s Eve, the night of the mother of all shindigs. Scots are famous for their partying prowess, and rightfully so. Tens of thousands flock to Edinburgh every year to:
- Process with torches around the city’s streets before joining in with a huge Street Party
- Rave the night away at the Concert in the Gardens, the Symphonic Ibiza or the Ceilidh under the Castle
- Gape at the fireworks exploding over Edinburgh Castle
- Join with over 75,000 people to sing Auld Lang Syne
- To cure the hangover and raise money for charity, ‘Loony Dookers’ wearing fancy dress jump into the freezing Firth of Forth river to finish off the New Year celebrations
So that all sounds amazing, but before you rush off to buy tickets, consider – what if you could be there and take part in it all for free? Or even better – get paid for it?
The huge volume of people means that bars, restaurants and hotels will all be hauling in temporary staff like there’s no tomorrow. As well as all the typical places to find work, the event organiser Underbelly is looking for employees too. You can find positions such as:
- Ambassador Supervisors (Street Party)
- Hogmanay Queue Managers
- Hogmanay Artist Liaison
- Loony Dook Staff
- Hogmanay Staff
- Torchlight Staff
- Hogmanay Bar Staff
As well as Edinburgh, Hogmanay celebrations happen all over Scotland, and they too often require extra employees:
- Red Hot Highland Fling, Inverness
- Ashton Lane Street Party, Glasgow
- Drams in Dufftown, Speyside
- Traditional Hogmanay, Aberdeen
- Stonehaven Fireballs, Aberdeenshire
- Comrie Flambeaux, Perthshire
This is for many the cultural highlight of Scotland’s annual run of festivals, an entire month of comedy, music, poetry and exhibitions.
Although it doesn’t employ temporary staff in the same way as Edinburgh Hogmanay, there are hundreds of opportunities for making money.
The top three are:
- Putting on your own show – whatever it might be, check out the official guide for how to organise a venue, ticketing, registration, advice on finances and anything else you might need to know.
- Fringe street events – not quite on the level of having your own official show just yet? Never fear, the festival streets are the perfect place for buskers, jugglers, caricaturists, street performers, living statues, or whatever it is you do best.
- Running a market stall – The famously eclectic street markets heave with originality and creativity. If you’re looking for a new market for your handmade, unique, high-quality goods, then this could be perfect for you.
For those further south in the UK, an awareness of Scotland as a cultural power is only just beginning to settle. Holidays in the highlands are becoming more popular, as are visits to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, to name a few.
Scottish cities have a fascinating history, and the tourists want to find out more about this – especially English tourists, who enjoy hearing familiar tales told from the opposite point of view.
So why not jump on this wave and become a tour guide? For those free in the summer and around the Christmas holidays, it’s the perfect, fun way to earn some extra cash.
You need to be:
- Knowledgeable (or willing to learn)
- A good public speaker
Tour guides are typically either self-employed or part of a larger company that advertises their services for them. Interested? You can learn more about it at this link here.
Whiskey to the Scottish, it has been said, is like tea to the English. Whether this is true or not, they certainly have plenty of distilleries and plenty of tourists who love to be shown round them.
This is rather more niche than the more common type of tour guide mentioned above.
The distilleries are everywhere in Scotland, such as:
- Strathisla, Glenlivet amd Cragganmore in Speyside
- Glenmorangie and Oban in the Highlands
- Auchentoshan and Clydeside in Glasgow
- Jura distillery on the Isle of Jura
- Raasay, on the Isle of Raasay (yep, imaginative names)
Some tourists want day trips, others want full fortnight-long itineraries, but either way, we’re sure you can provide.
For more information, check out this company here for ideas.
There are Facebook group pages and chats covering everything from Flemish cats to Star Wars to Donald Trump’s latest adventure in the White House. Search for almost anything and you will probably get a few hits.
In relation to making money, many neighbourhoods have set up odd-job groups, where they ask around to see if anyone local is willing to come and give them a hand. This could be anything from doing the shopping to painting the fence, and the amount of money they offer will vary as much as the tasks.
Nevertheless, it’s a nice way to earn quick money and meet the neighbours while you’re at it. Just search for something like ‘Aberdeen community group’ and see what the internet throws your way.
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