Bounty hunt, chase geese and 10 other weird jobs to make money from
- Bicycle-taxi driver: A one-person, fare-only operation can yield upwards of $62,000 a year, not to mention your quad and calf muscles will be the envy of all you meet; startup costs are $2,000-$4,000 for your ride, liability insurance, city permits, etc.
- Cricket farmer: Apparently a cricket paralysis virus may send prices of the insects sky-high so this could be your meal ticket; it’s estimated that cricket farms can make anywhere from $1 million to $20 million per year, depending on the size of the operation.
- Crime-scene cleaner: Bit of a neat freak? Why not use those housekeeping skills at the scene of a crime. Depending on the city and amount of crime, expect to make anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000. Be prepared to wear a biohazard suit and have a strong stomach.
- Online review writing: You can get paid for testing or investigating products and telling people what you think. Startup costs are minimal, with your requirements being to setup a blog and run it. You may have to develop multiple niche sites for specific categories (like workout equipment, makeup, hats, whatever else …) but all these little endeavors can add up to big bucks — income of $80,000 is not out of the question.
- Voice-over actor: Been told your voice is liquid gold and that Barry White may not hold a candle to you? Try lending your audible talent to radio or television commercials, which on average makes $27,500 but can lead up to $75,000+ a year.
- Surveillance worker: Bit of a voyeur, are you? You may get a kick out of this gig that pays you to watch people. Gaming surveillance officers average $32,500 annually, with higher wages in government offices or office buildings of some corporations.
- English teacher abroad: Get paid to travel and speak English. What could be better? While some employers don’t require a college degree, some do and most require a TESL certificate. Pay varies based on the location you’re teaching in and how high the demand is. Currently, Japan is huge for these types of jobs.
The great part of Gillman’s books is that even if you’re already employed, you can use some of his ideas for side-jobs that can just supplement your current income. Truly for people with entrepreneurial spirits, he gives readers links to and advice on how to get started in each business, the opportunity for scalability and how much money you can make.
Justin Thompson is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.
WEIRD SIDE JOBS, BUT IF THE MONEY IS RIGHT, I JUST MIGHT. LOL