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