Forget driving for Uber or Lyft for extra spending money, because assuming you have the right body type, you could earn a killing during future holiday seasons working as Santa Claus.
According to HireSanta LLC, a firm that “hires” Santas to work at malls and homes across the country every holiday season, a burly man dressed as Santa can earn up to $15,000 per season.
“Most make $3,000 to $7,000, but it really varies based on how much Santa wants to work and the type of work he wants to do,” HireSanta’s founder Mitch Allen recently revealed to Fox Business.
Allen’s company caught the nation’s attention earlier this month when he appeared on the reality show “Shark Tank” in search of a $200,000 investment. He wound up securing a deal with multimillionaire investor Barbara Corcoran in exchange for 10 percent of his company.
Technically, HireSanta doesn’t really hire Santas. It simply connects them with clients.
“Clients (individuals, agencies, casting directors, etc.) pay us a set fee upfront to connect them with a Santa Claus that can fill their need. We then locate the perfect Santa for them and connect the client to Santa,” the firm’s Web Page explains.
“We ensure that the handoff is smooth and that both parties are happy. The client pays the Santa Claus directly according to our guidelines and experience levels.”
According to a number of Santas, the pay is certainly better than the minimum wage.
“[I typically charge] $150 to $250 an hour depending on the day and time. On Christmas Eve, I charge $300 an hour and as much as $500 for Christmas Day,” Walt Frasier, a New York-based Santa, told Fox last year, adding that he made $7,000 during the 2017 Christmas season alone.
The work schedule is nice as well.
“I work about five days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Lynn Allen from the Dallas-Fort Worth area said. “The number of hours varies greatly, from more than 12 hours on Saturdays to just a few on the weekdays.”
“My ideal client is an event that needs a performing Santa, a larger-than-life Santa with a magical look. I work with many large event planning companies that use Santa in their productions.”
HireSanta’s Santas rarely just work at a mall. Some avoid the mall altogether, as mall gigs tend to pay poorly. A Payscale survey conducted last year reportedly found that mall Santas earn as little as $30 to $75 an hour versus Frasier’s $150 to $250 an hour.
But there’s a catch: Starting out as a Santa can be expensive.
“Good off-the-rack [Santa] suits are $300 to $500 while custom suits are $700 to $1,200-plus,” Mitch Allen (the firm’s CEO) said. “Most good Santas have a custom belt and buckle that are $200 to $300 and boots are around $100 to $1,000, so it can be expensive.”
The good news is you’d recoup your losses quickly, especially in the current economic environment.
Founded in 2012, Allen’s company is reportedly slated to earn over a million in sales this year: “We have seen a dramatic influx of requests this year than last year,” he said.
And the requests keep pouring in as Christmas steadily approaches:
YWCA Preschoolers came to the County Building today, to see the Christmas trees put up by all of the County Departments and in the Mayor’s Office lobby. Lots of happy excited kids waiting for Santa to arrive. pic.twitter.com/fVbLImQZlW
— Mayor Harry Kim (@MayorHarryKim) December 20, 2018
— Lt Kevin Ruggiero (@LtRuggiero) December 20, 2018
Excited for Christmas? Not quite as excited as this gal! She’s already waiting for Santa and there’s still more than a week until the big day! This adorable, impatient dog still makes our #12dogsofChristmas list at number 5. pic.twitter.com/0r3lzacROV
— Embark Dog DNA Test (@embarkvet) December 18, 2018
— Justin M. Beard (@clevebeard) December 17, 2018
— Nick Smith (@realawesomenick) December 16, 2018
— Denise Parnell (@DrDCajonValley) December 15, 2018
— SWP Taff (@SWPTaff) December 14, 2018
Wow I seen more people at the mall waiting for Santa
— Gab.ai/Sgt (@CoffeeMug547) December 2, 2018
People are literally waiting for Santa here at the mall
— kels? (@kelsnwind) December 1, 2018
Want to be their Santa? Well, what’re you waiting for!?
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