From lemonade stands and mowing yards to babysitting and walking dogs, just about everyone has done some sort of “odd” job at least once in their lives. We’d all like more money and while the aforementioned activities are tried and true, there are actually quite a few ways to make money that you probably never thought of.
Especially considering the fact that there are some REALLY weird ones out there.
If you like going outside the box and being unique, we’ve found some strange ways you can make some extra money.
1. Sell Your Hair
Got a great head of hair? HairWork.com claims that one woman sold her hair for $4,000 on their site. You also sell it on eBay and other auction sites so before you chop off those locks and discard them, you may want to look into this money making opportunity.
2. Be a Lice Removal Technician
According to LiceDoctors, you can make up to $30 an hour plus travel expenses removing lice from unwilling hosts. They are willing to train independent contractors in their “all-natural 100-percent-effective” methods and you’ll have to make house calls but if you can handle creepy-crawlies, this could be a great side gig for you. You can apply here.
3. Be a Train Pusher
No, this isn’t a job in the train yard shoving locomotives back and forth. If you live in Tokyo, the “oshiya” is responsible for using brute force to push people into train and subway cars so that they are as loaded as possible. And I do mean as loaded as possible — check it out.
4. Start a Cuddle Business
According to Samantha Hess, owner of Cuddle Up to Me, you can make up to $300 a day simply by holding hands, spooning, and cuddling clients. No hanky-panky! Follow her lead… create a website, set your CLEAR rules, do a little marketing on message boards, and make some extra cash spending some quality time with new clients.
5. Buy a Venomous Snake
This is a VERY dangerous investment but you can make some not-so-easy side money by becoming a snake milker. A snake milker is responsible for “milking” venom from snakes and selling it to labs for the production of antivenin (aka antivenom). Of course, the more snakes you milk the more money you make, but you’ll want to check your city/state laws about their ownership and you may want to read the story about Jim Harrison before you start your venom dairy.
6. Become A Pee Farmer
Thanks to hunters and other’s wanting to attract or repeal various animals, selling urine from deer, bear, coyotes, and other animals can be a lucrative side job. Sam Collora has over 100 deer and he sells a two-ounce bottle of their urine for under $20.
7. Be a Condom Tester
While this opportunity may only come once in a while, there are indeed occasional opportunities to get paid, or at least get free merchandise, for testing out various brands of a prophylactics. However, if you really want to do this for a living, there are laboratory technician positions where the sole responsibility is quality control.
8. Divide Yourself into Shares
If you’re the gambling sort and good at promotion and/or marketing, you could take a cue from Mike Merrill and sell shares of yourself. Back in 2008, Mike “divided” himself into a 100,000 shares and put them up for sale for $1 each. He sold almost 1000 shares and shareholders get to decide various aspects of his life and share in any profits he makes outside of his regular job.
If you have a social media following, you can try the self-billed “human stock market” over at NewNew. With their Events, you can let your fans send bids with what they want you to do and how much they’ll pay you to do so, and you simply upload a video of you doing whatever the winning bid was. You can also run Super Polls where they bid on topics of your choice or you can set goals that they pool their bids to meet.
There are a lot of ways to make extra money or even start a new career but the above are some of the weirdest ways we’ve found in a long time. From selling urine to removing lice professionally and a good bit of weird in-between, you could start bring in more cash in ways you never considered.
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