Odd ways to make money as an employee, in business, in investments and more.
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Updated January 2020.
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99 odds ways to make money
Be a Poetry Whore – Cash in doing private readings of your poems.
A Cuddle Party Is Not an Orgy – But it is intimate and potentially profitable.
How to Sell Your Body – Seven different ways to cash in are looked at.
Profitable Friendships – Would you be somebody’s friend for $50 er hour?
How to Be a Human Guinea Pig – People have died doing this, but you can make money without taking big risks.
Unproven Ideas and Proven Businesses and Jobs – Some of these have worked and some are waiting to be tried…
Some of the Latest Weird Ways to Make Money – Making jewelry from dead bodies, homeless tours, and making everything taste like bacon are a few examples.
Still More Weird Ways to Make Money – Short bits about topics we might cover on future pages, including eyeball painting and porta-potty servicing.
Weird Money Videos and More – A few videos I found and a roundup of places you can find my writings and videos.
Make Money Without a Job – Posing for art classes and more.
The Weirdest Jobs – Preparing dead bodies and testing what?
Participating in Paid Studies – If you want to be a human guinea pig, read this true story.
Make Matzo for Money – Make crackers for the Jewish Passover? What you need to know.
How to Sell Sperm – It is said that 95% are rejected by the sperm banks, but you can make over $1,000 monthly if you are accepted.
Do a Cemetery Visit for Money – You visit people’s loved ones final resting places for pay.
Offer Crickets for Sale – You can start small at home and decide later if you want to grow your business.
Become a Sofer – Write, write, write, but not a creative word; a traditional Jewish scribe.
Become a “Shomer” – What’s that? It’s for Orthodox Jews, and it’s relatively easy work.
Serve on a Mock Jury – You get paid to decide their fate (but not much).
Ostrich Farming – Did you know that one ostrich can sell for $40,000?
The Business of Portable Restroom Rentals – Not a glamorous business, but definitely a potentially profitable one.
Body Advertising – Paid to have logos and other promotional pictures painted on your body.
Become a Bar Mitzvah Tutor – Without being Jewish? It’s possible…
Selling Hair – Growing your hair to sell is a slow way to go, but if it’s already long…
Coin Roll Hunting – It’s like a treasure hunt at the bank…
Donate Blood for Money – How to find places that pay, how much you can make.
Test Subject in Amsterdam – The writer’s experience participating in research studies.
Pen Repair as a Business – Yes, someone still does this odd job.
Weird Vending Machines – Beer, worms, plus a few ideas that may not have been tried yet.
Pet Detective – There is even a pet detective university to help you get ready.
Carnival Jobs – See the country with interesting people and make money in odd ways.
How to Surf for Money – If you love those waves and want to get paid for your surfing…
Roller Coaster Tester – This is one of the most odd and fun ways to make money.
Where to Find Gold – The basics of prospecting and how to get started for less than $100.
Be a Pollen Collector – You get to be a busy bee in the trees (no, really).
Become a Thereminist – Not sure what that is? Go read the page…
Be an Elvis Minister – Dress up, act like the famous singer, and marry people who are drunk.
Working as a Breath Odor Evaluator – How much would they have to pay you for this one?
Doing Canine Massage – See how much you can charge for some heavy petting of pets.
Becoming a Farrier – Working with huge nail clippers, metal shoes and 2,000-pound animals.
Be a Wig Maker – Help people look more beautiful.
Becoming a Fish Doctor – Yes, people pay plenty for fixing fishy friends.
Working as a Dog Food Tester – Click that link if you really want this taste-testing job.
How to be a Dice Inspector – Start by moving to Las Vegas or another town with a lot of casinos.
How to Make and Sell Paper Jewelry – It’s true: People pay for paper earrings and necklaces.
Finding Focus Group Jobs – Hang out with a group of people and express your opinion for pay.
How to Sell Stuffed Animals – For a decent profit, of course.
Political Speech Writing – If you are good at writing and at inspiring people…
Become a Pilot Car Driver – An unusual driving job.
Selling Attic Treasures – You never know what those old things might be worth.
How to Build Cat Condos – You can create your own odd designs (as long as the cats like them).
Wild Foods – Harvesting and selling crops you don’t even have to plant.
Make Money From Famous Gravesites – This one is really part of the “ideas” section, but there is a basis in reality.
Making Tips Without a Job – Serve drinks without getting hired.
Pet Rental – Renting out dogs (and possibly other animals) as a business.
Unusual Real Estate Options – Optioning hills for radio towers and other odd ways to use options to make money without investing as much in real estate.
Finding Lost Buried Treasure – A real life example of how treasures come to be.
The Business of Roadkill Cleanup – Someone has to do this dirty job.
Keeping Bees as a Business – Job and business opportunities in beekeeping.
Creating a Treasure Hunt as a Business – I have done this with limited success.
Selling Dog Mannequins – Sometimes the odd ways to make money can be more than just different — they can also be very profitable…Image by Elvet Barnes via Flickr