7 Completely Bizarre Ways to Make Money You Haven’t Considered

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The Information Age that we live in is a strange era. On the one hand it’s become easier than ever to connect with long-lost friends and meet people across the world. Yet on the other, we’ve created a bizarre alternate reality where sneezing pandas and once-forgotten Rick Astley music videos become pop culture legends thanks to the internet.

When it comes to making money, sometimes it’s better just to accept that the world is a weird place and capitalize on this reality. Here I’ve compiled a list of seven bizarre ways to make money you may not have considered.

Go to Church For Money

There’s lots of good reasons to go to church- such as a desire to connect with a Higher Power and give back to your community. “Making money” doesn’t come up as the first reason someone might want to go to church, but one company allows you to do just that. With Faith Perceptions, you can get paid to go to church and evaluate your experience in a similar way that a mystery shopper might evaluate a business.

Churches contract with Faith Perceptions as a way to figure out what the experience of first time visitors is like when they come through their doors. I’ve written about Faith Perceptions more extensively in a separate blog post which you can read here.

Become a Mystery Guest with Faith Perceptions here

Become a (Medical) Marijuana Delivery Driver

I’ve done delivery for Postmates and GrubHub and have written various blog posts about my experiences. While there’s lots of great companies to check out if you’re interested in becoming a delivery driver (many of which you can find here), one such company that I haven’t covered quite yet is Eaze.

Eaze is a company that lets drivers deliver medical marijuana to patients in California. Operating within the boundaries of state law where pot is legal for medical purposes, contract workers are given completely flexible schedules and can expect to make at least $16/hr. The drivers get to keep 100% of their tips, so long as the patients aren’t too baked to forget to tip them…

Apply with Eaze here

Pull Pranks on People For Money

The website Fivver is a digital marketplace that allows sellers to list their services for various endeavors from graphic design to computer programming. Buried within their listings, however, are lesser-known categories such as those offering “Pranks and Stunts.”

Here you’ll find people willing to make a prank phone call for $5, send a prank email, or even pose as your gay boyfriend in a video to prank your friends. It’s easy to get set up with Fivver, but if that isn’t your thing you can always film your own pranks and upload them to YouTube. Prank videos are a popular YouTube genre, and its possible to make money from ad revenue if you get enough views.

You check out my video on making money from YouTube here.

Become a seller on Fivver here

Sell Your Poop For Science

Yes, you read that correctly. You can get paid to sell your poop! Through OpenBiome, who describe themselves as a “nonprofit stool bank,” you can make stool donations for $40 a dump at their Massachusetts-based labs. Not only that- they actually encourage you to come in more than once per week so you could be getting paid THOUSANDS of dollars per year just to poop.

There is some fine print to consider, however. You have to be really healthy and they are very selective. According to a 2015 Washington Post article, only about 4 percent of applicants pass the extensive health screening because of the important nature of how the donated samples are used.. These medical treatments are no laughing matter. In fact they could save lives for people living with C. difficile infection.

Start the donation process with OpenBiome here

Give People Massages On-Demand

We’re all familiar with spas where clients can get massages, but have you heard about massage therapists that provide services on-demand, wherever the customer is currently located? Soothe allows customers to summon a massage therapist to their home, office, or school any time from 8:00AM until midnight, seven days a week.

To become a massage therapist with Soothe, you must be certified with your own massage table, and reliable transportation. You get flexible hours and they promise pay that is 3 to 4 times larger than the industry standard.

Become a Soothe therapist here

Sell Ad Space on Your Car (Or Your Forehead)

Do you normally drive a long commute for work? If you are used to driving long distances in your normal day-to-day routine, then Carvertise can help you make some extra income. What they do is send out a crew to professionally install a removable wrap to your vehicle with an advertisement for a brand. You need a car from 2008 or newer and a commute of at least 30 miles per day.

Once you start driving with the advertisement on your car, you can expect to make about $100/month, but certain campaigns may pay more. Of course, if you want an advertisement that’s even more splashy you can do what this guy did in 2005 and sell a temporary tattoo on your forehead (there’s even a website to list your offer to potential buyers).

You can become a Cartertise driver here

Get Paid to Be In An Audience

You may not realize this, but many live events such as TV shows, political rallies, and press conferences will actually PAY people just to sit in the bleachers. In politics, there have been various controversies in the press surrounding campaigns that paid audience members to be at rallies. It’s not to say that hiring audiences isn’t an effective strategy- one candidate that used paid audiences may or may not have become President.

While there are various companies that hire paid audiences such as Crowds on Demand and Crowds for Rent, they typically don’t list their paid gigs on their websites. For that you will need to look for local listings on Craigslist, talent casting sites, or job listings from temp agencies.

To read more about my personal experience as a seat filler, click here

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5 Work From Home Gigs To Make Money in Your Pajamas!

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When it comes to side gigs, sure there’s always Uber driving or food delivery. But doesn’t it sound nice to make some money on the side while you sit at home in your pajamas? Here I’ve compiled a list of five work-from-home gigs that you can sign up for to make money from the comfort of your living room!

Appen

This website lets people from all over the world apply for contract gigs. A big focus of theirs is on search engine evaluation- so you’ll be testing out search terms and seeing what comes up to evaluate your satisfaction with the results. This helps them improve their algorithms and develop software that makes for more effective search engines.

Other projects they have focus on social media evaluation and improving text-to-speech software. If you are an avid internet user with some light technical knowledge this gig may be right for you! Many of their projects require a set number of hours you must work each week (four hours for five days a week, one hour for six days a week, etc.) so you need to be able to commit to some regularity with scheduling. Pay is hourly and varies by project.

Check our Appen right here

Blogmutt

If you have experience writing or blogging, then Blogmutt might be worth checking out. Many businesses and internet companies will create blogs as a way to promote their brand and engage with the web community, but they might not necessarily have professional writers on their staff. Blogmutt helps fix that by enabling businesses to crowdsource in writers who are willing to write blog posts for them.

You’ll need to pass a grammar test and submit a writing sample before officially becoming a member of Blogmutt, but once you do you’ll be able to log in and see a list of available blogs to write for. You can submit your blog entries and if the client likes it you’ll get paid.

Check out Blogmutt here

Cambly

If you are reading this blog post, you are likely an English speaker. This could help you score a gig at Cambly. What Cambly does is connect people from across the world that are trying to learn English with tutors who can mentor them via webcam. They don’t require any previous tutoring experience so it’s okay if you haven’t previously worked in a teaching position.

Cambly does require certain minimum requirements for your internet connection speed and browser, which they’ll test for in the application process. Once you get set up with them, you are paid $0.17 per minute of tutoring, or roughly $10.20 per hour (although the tutoring sessions might not last a full hour). There’s no set requirements for the number of hours you must work so it’s completely flexible around your schedule.

Check out Cambly here

Rev.com

Rev is a company that provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses related to audio transcription, captioning, and translation. You can work as a freelancer in any of those areas from home after passing a test to make sure you’re a good fit for the gig. Once you’re signed up and online, you’ll see a homepage with a list of available jobs to take on and you are paid on a per-job basis.

For example, an available job might be to transcribe 10 minutes of audio at $0.50 per minute. After you complete that job you would get $5 added to your balance, which they pay out weekly via PayPal. These gigs require that you have a sharp attention to detail and good ears to pick up on audio that could be hard to understand. If you are a detail-oriented person that is a fast typer then Rev might be worth taking a look at!

Check out Rev here

I also made a YouTube video that goes into more depth on Rev here

Fivver

This website is a marketplace for various freelancers of all varieties to sell their services. They have over 100 different categories ranging from web design to virtual assistants to some jobs that are a little bizarre like this man that will create a photoshopped image of your face on a pizza for $5.

There’s no fee to list your services on Fivver, and you get to keep 80% of the money that the customers pay out for your services. If you are just beginning to branch out into a specific area of professional service, then Fivver could be a good way for your to get your feet wet and meet some potential clients.

Check out Fivver here

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How I Made Money By Being a “Seat Filler” in the Audience of a TV Show

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You might not realize this, but the audiences you see on television for TV shows, sporting events, press conferences, and political rallies often include PAID audience members. These paid audience members work as “seat fillers” who help fill in empty seats and assist with the optics of the event when the organizers want the appearance of a full crowd.

While it can be a little off-putting when you first hear about this, realize that there are many reasons why someone might pay people to be in the audience. It DOES NOT necessarily mean that the general public doesn’t want to attend. There could be unforeseen circumstances that might prevent unpaid audience members from attending the event like weather or traffic, for instance, and paying audience members ensures they have a minimum number of people at the event.

The TV show I attended films outside after dark (they film after dark because it works best with their lighting setup) so to keep their schedule as tight as possible they film overnight. As a result of the schedule, audience members can sometimes trickle out in the wee hours of the morning so they compensate by hiring people to fill in the gaps in the bleachers if necessary.

I found out about this gig via Craigslist and will admit I was fully expecting to get to see the entire show. I was a little disappointed to discover that the audience wasn’t empty enough, so the other seat fillers and I ended up waiting outside the filming area on the sidewalk while they waited to see if enough people trickled out. Watching the stage managers and other crew run back and forth with walkie talkies, monitoring the audience to see if they could let more people in was an interesting glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of TV shows that I hadn’t considered before.

The first night I was there during my entire scheduled time, which lasted several hours, but only got to see 45 minutes of the actual taping from the bleachers with the other audience members. The second night they cancelled because of rain so it ended up being a very small amount of time that I actually attended the show. The good news, however, is that I got paid for the entire time I was there, whether I was in the audience or not.

If you see an opportunity like this come up, it can be an interesting thing to try out if you want to pick up some extra money. Be aware that the pay isn’t extravagant (think $10-$12/hr), and also be aware that you will see little, if any, of the actual taping of the show. If you’re just looking to attend a show, it’s better to go for the real tickets where you are guaranteed a spot in the audience for the entire taping.

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