More Odd Ways to Make Money
By Steve Gillman
Ways to Make Money
I have always been fascinated by the more unusual ways to
make money. My own list of jobs and businesses Ive had
in my life includes selling rocks, tracking people down to serve
court papers, and writing about carpet stains.
Here are some other odd things that people have done to make
money. A few might be worth trying, and the others, well
they will entertain us if nothing else.
This is not just an invention for the sake of a Jim Carrey
movie (or two). There really are pet detectives out there that
will track down lost cats and dogs and otherwise investigate
animal-related mysteries. There is even a pet detective
university to help you get credentials.
Breath Odor Evaluator
The bad news is that only a few people are needed in the whole
country to sniff other peoples exhalations. Well maybe thats
not such bad news. In any case, the job involves testing the
effectiveness of various breath-freshening products ranging from
chewing gum to mouthwash.
Dog Food Tester
I just recently saw this one in a book of odd jobs. There
was a nice photo of a woman biting into a juicy chunk of dog
food. Im not sure how humans can tell what a dog will like,
but I suppose there are worse jobs (its a tossup between
this and sniffing bad breath).
Pond Treasure Scavenging
When they emptied the pond in a local park here in our town,
there were coins all over. I found two old pennies and a nickel
while talking to a man who was searching the mud with his metal
detector. His pockets were bulging with his discoveries. Apparently
the pond had not been emptied in eighty years, and along with
the bread people threw into it for the ducks, they also tossed
in coins for good luck. It was good luck for that treasure hunter.
Look for any ponds or lakes being emptied near you.
Focus Group Jobs
People get paid to sit around and watch videos, talk about
products, and express their opinions. It used to be tough to
find these temporary jobs, but now there are a few websites online
that list openings or give information on who to contact.
Yes, people buy dog mannequins. In fact, there are two distinct
markets here. Some are sold to pet stores and other businesses
that need puppies to display products. Then there are the ones
that are used for veterinary and emergency responder training.
The latter are very realistic (organs and veins even), and they
sell for up to thousands of dollars each.
Human Guinea Pig Jobs
Of all the weird ways to make money listed here, this is perhaps
the most dangerous. Then again, not all research volunteers have
to try new medicines. Some get paid hundreds of dollars just
to eat a different diet for a five or six weeks. Of course even
those positions involve having your blood drawn a few times,
so skip this one of you are afraid of needles.