Make it Rain! 10 Weird Ways to Make Money
We can go on and on about the state of American finances, but you get the gist. It’s a lot harder now to make ends meet, much less have extra pocket money.
That doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it anymore. There are plenty of ways to rake in cash, and not only through the usual 9 to 5 job.
Granted, these are weird ways to make money, but they’re legit and some can even be fun! So, if you’re in a bit of a pinch, or you simply want to save up for a one-of-a-kind holiday, give these odd strategies a try!
1. Share Your Plasma
Here’s one of the strangest ways to make money for one of the strangest human disorders.
Hemophilia may be rare, only affecting about 400,000 people worldwide. But it can be life-threatening since people who have it bleed easily and a lot. That’s why there’s a market for plasma, which is vital for the treatment of this disease.
If you’re in good health, consider sharing your plasma while also making some money on the side. Note that the process can take about an hour and a half to two, so come prepared.
2. Got (Breast) Milk? Sell It
You read that right. There’s a market for breast milk, and it’s 100% legal. After all, breastfeeding has always been the recommended method for infant nourishment.
The problem is, some moms have a hard time producing it. Plus, researchers have linked formula milk to certain diseases like obesity and diabetes.
Selling breast milk to online sites can get you $1 to $2 per ounce. Make sure you do your research on the most reputable sites though!
3. Sacrifice Your Virgin Hair
Got a crown that can put Rapunzel to shame? If so, and you’ve never had it dyed, consider selling it.
The hair buy-and-sell market doesn’t only offer one of the most unusual ways to make money. This hair affair also gives you the chance to help others feel better about themselves!
That’s because many hair buyers use actual human hair to make wigs. These wigs then go to people suffering from hair loss. That includes cancer patients who went through chemo.
4. Strike a Pose as a Human Statue
Got what it takes to stand still for long periods of time? If so, then you can make some money working as a human statue!
Millions of street corners await your performance. You’d need costumes, makeup, and body paint though. But the fun you’ll get out of it may be worth all the effort.
If you want bigger (and guaranteed bucks), work for entertainment companies. Some of these firms pay performance artists to act as living statues.
5. Invest in the Cannabis Industry
If you’re new to the world of weed, you’ve got quite a lot of cannabis terms to get accustomed to. Make sure you add “cannabis stocks” to your vocabulary.
We’re not talking about your own personal supply. We’re referring to cannabis company stocks you can invest in and make money from!
Keep in mind that medical marijuana is now legal in 33 U.S. states as well as DC. Recreational marijuana is also legal in 10 states (and also in DC). This means you won’t have a hard time finding companies you can be a stock owner of.
6. Invest in the Future
Speaking of investing, managed futures is another unusual platform you should consider. Sounds weird and funny, right? But “futures” are actually a thing, and if you speculate right, you can profit quite a lot.
In essence, investing in managed futures involve predicting the movements of securities. When you buy a futures contract, you get the right to buy a financial instrument or commodity in the future. When that day comes around, that right becomes ownership.
Wisdom Trading has more info on this out-of-the-box investment platform. If you’re not interested in the traditional stocks or bonds, managed futures may be your future (sorry).
7. Get Paid Sampling Beer
Americans love beer, and the fact that an average consumer spends about $1,270 on it a year proves that. With that kind of expenditure, wouldn’t it be awesome if you get paid instead to drink it?
Good news for you, because some beer companies now offer exactly that! Best of all, some of them are craft brewers. You get to sample beers, give your honest opinions, and even do some traveling on the side.
8. Sign Up for Clinical Trials
This may sound a bit scary, but don’t worry. Not all clinical trials involve taking drugs with serious side effects. Plus, you get to be part of something that has the potential of saving lives.
As for availability, there are hundreds of thousands to choose from. ClinicalTrials.gov alone has a current listing of 291,628 active studies. There are also private facilities and research organizations that hold these trials.
9. Model for Artists
If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to be a star, then this one is for you. No, you don’t have to be a celebrity nor a Hollywood icon, but you can pose for artists. Many art schools and institutions offering art classes often pay people for this job.
You need to be comfortable striking a pose with and without clothes though. If you’re up for that, then you can earn some money literally sitting prettily.
10. Cash in Trash
The average home in the U.S. contains about 300,000 items. A lot are junk that no longer has any use.
But what’s trash for you may be treasure for others. Especially objects that contain metal parts.
Sell as many of these as you can, and they can fetch you a good sum of money. You’re also doing yourself a favor by getting at least some of the clutter out of your home.
Set Up a Savings Account With These Weird Ways to Make Money
There are plenty other weird ways to make money, but you may be most comfortable with the 10 above. Try as many of them as you want, so you can figure out which one works for you the most. As a final advice, set aside some of the cash you make and put it in a savings account!
Craving for more unusual ways to make money? Check out this list we have on unconventional money-making strategies in real estate!
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