We’re living in tough economic times.
To make extra cash these Australian women are decorating people’s Christmas trees and they’re coining it!
Veronika Gentile (30) and her sister Giovanna Avati (40) from Melbourne charge those who are too busy to decorate their own trees R374 an hour.
According to the Mirror, the sisters have already banked R4 084 from 1 December and they’re still counting.
“It started out as a kind favour for a friend, but when more and more requests to help people with their decorations flooded in, Veronika realised she could make some money from her hobby,” Giovanna said.
The money they’re making will fund their own Christmas festivities and family lunch.
As little girls, the siblings used to watch their mom, Pina, make an “extravagant and colour-coordinated Christmas tree every year – and weren't allowed to help”, Daily Mail online reported.
The tradition grew on them when they started having their own families.
And four years ago Veronika told her husband that she “decked out” their house for Christmas.
“I started getting a lot of attention from friends, they loved my ornaments, and one of them even asked if I’d set up their tree for them,” Veronika said.
And since then she and Giovanna have been helping other families with embellishments, using the clients’ material.
The stay-at-home moms are planning to expand their side hustle.
“It’s all about positioning,” Veronika was quoted as saying by New York Post. “For my own tree, I place my ornament, stand back and figure out if it works in that space. I do the same thing for other people.”
Tips from the sisters on how to make your tree beautiful:
· “Go with what you love. If you want to go out there with a bright orange tree with green ornaments, do it. You're the one that will have to look at it every day.”
· “We always take some string ribbon to help the ornaments sit nicely.”
· “When we put a star on a tree, we use a small wooden or metal bar to make it stay up on the top.”
· “We tend to steer away from tinsel and instead opt for oversized flowers and classic colours of gold, silver, red and green.”