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Throughout FFL we’ve shared many different ways to make money such as selling your stuff, getting a side hustle, work microtasks, and many more. If you’ve already depleted these avenues or are just looking for something completely different – this post is for you.
Today I’ll cover unusual ways to earn money – some take no work at all, others may need more strategy and training, but altogether it’s certainly not “typical” work.
So, let’s get to it! Ten unusual ways to make money:
1. Watch TV
Who wouldn’t love to make some money just for watching all our favorite television shows?
A lot of different sites pay writers to review or recap television shows for them. The “tone” of the review all depends on their requirements, but here are a few sites to get you started:
Be sure to read their writing guidelines and send in your pitch idea and go from there. Pay can be anywhere from $18 – $100 a post.
2. Play Video Games
Are you a video game addict and think you’re good? Try making some money at it.
One main way to make money playing video games is on Twitch. This is a live streaming platform where you film yourself playing video games. There are three ways to make money streaming on Twitch – fans tipping, ad revenue, and member subscriptions.
Top Twitch streamers can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per month.
Not only can you make money streaming on Twitch, but by playing games on different apps such as:
How much you can make on these apps depends on the site, but you can also make money with their signup bonus and friend referrals too.
3. Check your Currency
You can make money going through your wallet and your change “jar”. I don’t mean by collecting it all and depositing it into your account. I mean going through them and looking for specific currency that can make more money than it’s worth.
Some unique coins that may be in your jar can be a 2005 “In God we Rust” Kansas state quarter. It was the result of grease buildup in the die cast, but is worth about $2 – $5, not bad for just 25¢.
Not only antique collectible coins can make you money, but dollar bills as well. Look at your bills for unique serial numbers and check them on Cool Serial Numbers for their worth. For example, a $1 bill with the serial number “K 44444444 A” is being sold for $1,250!
4. Hang out with Dogs
If you’re not a people-person like me, you can make quite a bit of money just for hanging out with dogs. Sign up to work with Rover and make roughly $1,000 a month.
You simply create your profile, list what kind of dogs you want to care for, fill out your availability on the calendar, and then begin accepting requests.
The kind of services you can provide are:
- Dog Boarding – Care for a dog in your home overnight. This is the highest earning potential.
- Dog Walking – Pick up dogs and take them for walks any time during your schedule.
- Doggy Daycare – An ideal work-from-home opportunity.
- House-sitting/Drop-ins – Stay at their place, or drop in and check on the dogs.
The Rover app allows messaging to the pet owners you’re working with which I think is a great bonus for those who are introverted, have anxiety, or have communication barriers. Work with pets who don’t need to talk (or argue) with you.
5. Drink Beer
Yep, you can make money just for drinking craft beer.
Just sign up at Secret Hopper which is a mystery shopping site, fill out as much information as you can and accept assignments at local breweries and bars. The only requirement is to be 21 years old and older.
The site did not list specifics on pay but one member has reported that they went to a brewery and bought $16 of craft beers and then answered a short survey, they were reimbursed $20 to their PayPal account. just after a few days.
6. Be a Mock Juror
There are many people that dread receiving a letter calling them for Jury Duty at their local courthouse. Not only do you need to spend a lot of time away from work, and your family if you’re sequestered, but the pay is very minimal – $50 a day for Federal court and roughly $15 a day for State courts.
You do need to be 18 years and older, a US citizen, and have no felony convictions. You get paid roughly $5 – $60 per case and most cases are 30 minute to an hour long.
7. Be a Wrestler
Yeah, I’m being serious, you can earn money as a Luchador – a masked Mexican wrestler. Remember Jack Black’s movie “Nacho Libre”?
A San Diego Luchador says he makes about $200 – $300 for 3 matches on the weekend, and that doesn’t count merchandise sales – masks, T-shirts, buttons, and extras that can make an extra $200 – $500.
Here’s how to become one:
- Create a name – a fierce fighting name
- Get a mask – always keep your true identity a secret
- Head to Mexico and train – Go to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, or Estado de Mexico and find a training school.
- Enter some fights and win most of them – self-explanatory there.
Making up to $800 a weekend and expending some energy (or anger) seems like a fun side hustle doesn’t it?
8. Become a Mermaid
I know some ladies reading #7 will be going “What about us?” No problem, here’s an unusual job for you – become a mermaid.
Of course, this job has a few qualifications – must be over 18 years old and able to swim 400 yards in under 15 minutes. If you pass this, you will receive training on underwater routines, and how to use buoyancy to your advantage as well as get your own mermaid fins.
Check out the show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and keep an eye on their job openings. Mermaids get paid $10 an hour.
9. Participate in Clinical Trials
You don’t even need to be sick to earn money in different medical trials.
Just head to ClinicalTrials.gov and do a search in the database – by location, condition or disease, or drug and see who is recruiting. They have over 300,000 research studies in all 50 states and in 210 other countries.
Some examples of trials I checked out in Oklahoma are:
- Perceptions of Cigarette Smoking in Young Adults
- E-Cigarette & Cigarette Nicotine Delivery and Abuse Liability
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia
- A New Measure of Body Image in Eating Disorders
- Clinical Utility of Resistance Training for Improving Cardiovascular Risk in Post-Menopausal Women
- Adherence to Antidepressant Treatment in Subjects with Depression
I left out many with long medical names and terms, but you get the idea – there’s something for everyone.
How much you can make depends on the trial of course, but it’s anywhere between $50 to $300 a day/per visit, plus extra depending on what’s involved.
10. Create your Idea
Have a dream job, idea, or company in mind? But, don’t want to work “forever” until you have enough resources to start it? Ask people for the funds!
What if you don’t have a great idea? You can check out this business idea generator to get started. Now you may be thinking, but people aren’t going to fund my idea, here’s a few examples I found online:
- A solar cooler that stays cold without ice – over $500,000 raised
- All-in-One charger for all Apple Devices – over $40,000 raised
- A Photography book featuring reptiles and amphibians – over $36,000 raised
- Affordable, full-feature cargo e-Bike – over $250,000 raised
No idea is stupid really, just remember that someone came up with the pool noodle!
There are many unusual jobs out there that range from mundane to squeamish, it’s all up to you and your personality type.
Frugal for Less has a few more articles with unusual jobs, check these out: