13 of the Strangest Ways to Make a Few Dollars

13 of the Strangest Ways to Make a Few Dollars

Everyone needs money–you have to pay your rent, for food, probably your college loans. Sometimes getting a job isn’t enough. Is there another way to earn some cash?

Thankfully, there are a ton of ways to make a few dollars that you’ve probably never heard of. We’re not talking about getting a second (or third) job here. We’re talking about the 13 most unusual ways to make money.

1. Rent your friendship.

Consider yourself a good friend? Why not get paid for it? Go to the website rentafriend.com, where you can literally do just that.

2. Become a customer service representative from home.

Some big companies are abandoning the call-centers half way around the world in favor of hiring people like you. All you’ll need is a headset and a phone.

customer service


3. Sell your hair.

It’s not as creepy as it sounds–those with 10 inches of hair to spare can sell it to make wigs. The nicer your hair is, the more money you can make. So get to growing!

4. Sell scrap metal.

There are many companies that will buy pretty much any scrap metal you have lying around. Since there’s pretty much no other purpose for it, why not make some cash?

5. Sign up for a clinical trial. 

Many universities and other organizations have research trials that you can get paid to participate in. Potential side effects aside, you can make some money while helping to solve problems.

6. Play video games.

This one you’re probably already doing, but now, take it to the next level. If you’re a great player, you can enter tournaments and play for cash. Otherwise, you can stream your playing on twitch.tv.

video games


7. Participate in a focus group.

You can sign up to be one of the first people to see a product or service, and get paid for giving your honest opinions. It’s basically a win-win.

8. Do housework…for other people. 

If you aren’t the type of person who hates housework, sign up on Zaarly.com to sell your housecleaning, gardening, or handyman services.

9. Teach English online.

You probably know someone who’s heading off to another country to teach English. But you can do it from the privacy of your home with an internet connection. Sign up to teach a video conference on italki.com.

10. Use your artistic talents.

Go to the website Fiverr.com right now and tell hundreds of people what your skills are. Whether it’s graphic design help, recording music tracks, designing a brand logo, or anything else, you’re likely to get a customer (or two) fairly quickly.

graphic design


11. Let your apps do it for you.

Download an app like Viggle to make money fast while doing basically nothing. On Viggle, you can earn points to redeem for gift cards while you do normal things like watch TV or listen to music.

12. Sell things you don’t want on Craigslist.

No need to keep the clutter–put it up on Craigslist and see who’s interested. Alternatively, you could have a garage sale to make some money.

13. House sit for someone. 

Thankfully, this isn’t just limited to your friends anymore. Now you can sign up at housesittersamerica.com and become a house sitter anywhere in the country. Road trip anyone?

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