While the holiday season is officially known as the biggest time of the year, for the majority of American consumers, it is also the most stressful.
While the holiday season is officially known as the most wonderful time of the year, for the majority of American consumers, it can be the most stressful time. The American Psychiatric Association, the Healthline, the People's Science, and the Highbush Blueberry Council (yes, we were surprised by the others, but they did a legitimate study on the subject), all agree that stress is real – especially by women – And happiness during the holiday season.
It even has a name: festive stress.
It starts to rise from moderate to severe between December 18 and December 25, when it peaks at 2:05 pm.
"The holiday season can be wonderful and completely magical – but it can drain the noise and noise. Unfortunately, relying on caffeine and a lot of unhealthy treatments will eventually cool down energy, "said Christie Preset, a spokeswoman for the Highbush Blueberry Council.
Surprisingly, Preset recommends eating more blue berries as a possible way to overcome stress.
But in a world where consumers face weeks of shopping, cleaning, covering, cooking and more cleaning, entertaining and sharing news of comfort and joy, we are not sure that wild grapes come to the task of beating the stress of their own.
Fortunately, in the era of the economy gig, the digital market is helping and click away.
Sometimes, he wears the old uniform.
Holiday Gigging: Large, small and quaint
A brief and informal study of the PYMNTS team found that 100 percent of people love the gift of adhesion, and 0 percent of people want to be charged. Perhaps this is why gift wrapping is the first task to be seen on the holiday services list in TaskRabbit.
Administrators can also set up Christmas lights, cook a holiday meal or prepare for the event. The site also notes that its ceremonial services extend beyond Christmas.
"Everyone is afraid of the end of the holiday season." "Fun and fun is over, and now you have to deal with the daunting consequences of the holidays that are coming to an end … Let TaskRabbit deal with these tasks for you and escape from the post-holiday hurdles!"
The post-holiday services include game collection, disassembly and re-lighting of lights and even disposal of Christmas trees.
But if TaskRabbit feels impersonal – or if you're looking to delegate a range of Christmas services to a dedicated team of professionals – there are other options … provided you live in New York, where the Christmas request can be made available by a variety Of contractors. .
Rent-a-Christmas offers a range of services ranging from a $ 185 ($ 15,000) floral wreath to a $ 15,000 home decoration package covering every square inch of a person's home with decorations and lights. The most popular consumer package, according to co-founder Christine Barnes, is the "Like Home" package for $ 500, which includes a 6.5 foot artificial tree, lights, a tree skirt, flair, decorations and stars, along with a team of elves to set it up.
And yes, the "elves" who come to set up Christmas in customer houses in costume – sing Christmas songs and they do it.
"You have no idea what joy you will bring," said Sarah, who is one of the company elves Fox.
And Rent-a-Christmas is far from the only game in town. The House of Holiday in Queens and The Christmas Decorators on Staten Island offer similar services.
The founder of Christmas decorations, Vincent Nikastro, pointed out that his work began at the Christmas party on the weekend and after school when he was a sophomore in high school, to raise money to buy Christmas gifts. Now, it works for 12 hours throughout the holiday season.
"It's 40 days of torture," he said in an interview.
But profitable, torture is fun.
"I enjoy it," he said. "Lots of green spaces and businesses come and go. We always see growth of 20 percent annually.
If gift wrapping, hanging lighting and chanting Christmas songs in fashion look like tedious tasks, you should note that these are the most sought after vehicles in the holiday season.
This is also the rare time of year when the Saudi economy also offers some truly unique expectations in the short term.
For example, a concert worker with something really different in mind can always carve ice castles in New Hampshire for the festive season.
The most interesting and unusual seasonal work prize is likely to go to Rich Farano, a professional sand artist (a work already in place) that was dedicated to carving the birth scene of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Of 270 tons of sand. The final work will be 18 feet wide and 52 feet wide.
"What distinguishes us from the professionals and the ordinary man who plays on the beach is that we understand how to make the sand stick together," Farano, a white attendant, told Reuters. He explained that special river sand should be used for the project, as ordinary beach sand is not suitable for the creation of art on this scale.
Some vehicles are more specialized than others.
But while Farano and his team may be most interested in the holiday season in 2018, the big party – and generally the most desirable temporary work of the season – is the most important Christmas function.
Play Santa Claus.
Santa Said Hustle
In shopping malls, late breakfasts, and countless holiday season events, Santa Claus is a fixture. What most people do not know is that there is a division of Santas in the world – among ordinary workers in Santas and the elite class of "Prime Minister Santas" who, they say, earn tens of thousands of dollars annually.
What separates Prime Santa from Santa regular? Difficult to identify.
"There are two types of Santas: there are professional Santas and there are men wearing red suits.The difference for me is that there are those who want to improve themselves, learn them and master the trade, and there are others," said Santa Rick, Santa's official for both Atlanta Hawks and Courage, for Fox.
Rick has mastered his business since he was 16, but has moved to Santa professionally for eight years. He now runs his own training academy for Santas who want to be elite: Northern Lights Santa Academy.
"Many Santa Claus, if not most, will agree with me: do not choose [becoming] Santa. "Santa picks you up," he said.
Rick is not the only one who trains others to do the job. Santa has worked as a professional in Santa for 15 years and got her start by attending an open call to get a paid wedding as a business center in Santa Fe, Los Angeles. Since 2013, he has run the Santa Claus Conservatory, an online training program for more than 2,300 ambitious people in Santas around the world. Topics include specialty beard whitening and care as well as search engine optimization.
While the first-rate Santas channel can charge hundreds of dollars per hour for appearance, Santas Ed and Rick have indicated that those who go to the party are likely to be disappointed. Although Santas receives an average of about $ 7,000 a year, (with the success of Santas in bringing about $ 25,000), the cost of using Santa will be high. Among the wardrobe needs (a high quality Santa suit circulates around $ 1200), transportation costs and various cosmetic needs, most Santas are lucky to break even during one season.
But most Santa Claus, as it turns out, is not actually for money.
"Many men do it without pay," said Santa Ed. "The men who do it for pay, some of whom really need money and change their lifestyle to earn an extra $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 a year, but many of them are like," I just love to be Santa! I can not wait until Christmas comes again. ""
New Year's Economy Happy?
Given the realities of stress and the special needs of the season, the fact that vacations are a happy time for a gig economy is not surprising.
But the outlook for the new year in a troubled economy seems less certain – especially in light of a study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute, which indicated that the average monthly wage of transport workers fell 53 percent from a year earlier to $ 783. In 2017.
"Regardless of whether the decline in profits is due to lower wages or hours of work or both, it indicates that leadership has become less and less likely to replace a full-time job over the past five years, as more drivers joined the market, the study reads.
The landing was seen in most modes of transport sharply, but also observed in other sectors, according to Chase. The average monthly income of "sale" businesses declined by 9.4 per cent year-on-year in 2017 to $ 608, while other non-related earnings decreased by 1.9 per cent to $ 741.
Not all the bad news, though: the rental concert saw a 69 percent annualized increase in monthly profits in 2017 to $ 1,736.
Although the report has sounded alarm bells among some, it is likely that the Saudi economy will contract, as supply and demand laws fall in the evening, and the PYMNTS Gig Index of Economics indicates that the picture is somewhat more complex. Even if workers do not give up full-time employment for a gigantic economy, it is clear that many workers are no less than them. According to the index, nearly 40 per cent of the US workforce now earns at least 40 per cent of its income through the concert.
What's more, the increasing majority of full-time party workers (75.7%) say they will not leave the independent work behind them to work full-time – especially as they are able to give more privileges to employment, such as flexibility and health benefits. Additional income and creative fulfillment. The index also found that 85 per cent of party workers would often work if their wages could be paid faster.
This appeal is being heard for faster payments throughout the gig economy – recently by Postmates, who share with Visa to offer 200,000 workers delivered instantaneous access to their wages for a small fee.
Which means that the next step for the battered economy – after the holiday breaks – is still in the air in 2019.
We will keep you posted as it unfolds.
Until then, we recommend eating some cranberries. We hear they can help people relax away from holiday stress. We bet that TaskRabbit can even send a gig to bring you some of them.