Believe us or not, there are so many ways you can make money. The problem is that many ideas simply sound too weird or wacky to ever be taken seriously. Never fear! Your friendly neighborhood money geeks have managed to find 8 ideas that might just be crazy enough to work for you!
Check out 8 Unusual ways by which people make money and you can try your hands on it too.
1. Selling Hair –
In Nagpur in central India, women move around slums collecting hair and exchanging them for balloons. So, when you see women combing their hair in the morning, collecting the hair that gets stuck in the comb, and rolling it into a small bundle it is to be exchanged later.
There is also a website, BuyAndSellHair.com, which buys Hair online. But the hair will have to comply with some ground rules specified. In general, healthy and long hair can fetch good money. If cash flow is really tight and there is no immediate source of income you can think of, sacrificing your hair could be a good option.
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2. Insurance For Ticket-less Traveling –
In Mumbai, India there is a group that runs an ‘Insurance’ service for ticket-less travel on local trains. Considering that there are millions of passengers being transported every day, the statistical chances of one being caught is very slim.
This is how this works: You pay a very small fee to the gang each month, Which is about 1/10th of the rate for a monthly railway pass. You never buy a ticket but keep travelling fearlessly in the trains. If you get caught, don’t argue. Pay the fine, come to your ‘agent’, hand over the receipt and get reimbursed.
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3. Professional Cuddling Service –
This is yet another trendy activity in modern society. The trend definitely cuts across the world and you can find this professional cuddling service in LA, Tokyo, London and many other cities. Rumors have it that some are so hot in demand that they easily make Inr 30,000/- a day or more.
A Graduate student named Jacqueline Samuel is charging $60 an hour for cuddling in N.Y. and her business is going so good that she had to hire additional snuggling professional.
Getting into close proximity with strangers has its own challenges and I would never fancy myself in this position. But if you find comfort in a familiar setup and you are convinced that you are actually doing good to those lonely souls out there, who could berate your effort to make a little more money this way!
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4. Get paid for your holiday photos –
Stock photos can get samey, so businesses are always looking for brand new images to buy. Why not cash in?
You don’t have to be a camera wizard to take photos worth paying for. If you have some digital snaps with decent resolution, consider selling them to online agencies such as Fotolia.com and 123rf.com. Every time someone buys one of your pictures you’ll get a royalty fee, and the subject matter can cover anything you want.
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5. Selling Used Panties –
There is a disturbing and dark market catering to everyone, including people with a fetish for used panties who are willing to pay top dollar for them. Some claim it is a lucrative market, but it’s hard to find concrete sources on the subject because buyers tend to prefer anonymity. After all, if someone told you they regularly bought used underwear, what would your reaction be?
If you wish, you can sell your underwear yourself via your local Craigslist, or you can join a site dedicated to panty fetishists myusedpantystore.com. One woman chronicled her fascination with selling her underwear online and the reaction she got. In large part, it seems she did it for the thrill, not for the profit.
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6. Friend rental service –
We all grew up being someone’s friend, but we never got paid for it. Well, today is an entirely different era. You can now get paid for being a friend. All you have to do is create your profile in RentAFriend.com, set your hourly rate, and wait for somebody who is interested in hanging out with you. It’s a win-win situation right there.
Rent A Friend allows you to create a free friendship profile, where you can charge up to $50 an hour to be rented for social events and activities such as weddings, sporting events, concerts, movies, operas, hiking, biking and dining.
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7. Providing personal paparazzi-
Celebrities aren’t the only ones that can have paparazzi all around them. Now, you can hire your personal paparazzi for a day! This is how Celeb4aday.com makes bucks—by giving you the ultimate celebrity experience. It can be for birthdays, gag gifts, parties, bachelor & bachelorette parties, or ANY other event that requires The Star Treatment. Celeb4aday.com believes that the everyday person deserves the attention as much, if not more, than the real celebrities.
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8. Selling Irish dirt –
Alan Jenkins, a Belfast entrepreneur, and Pat Burke, an agricultural scientist from Tipperary, have already shifted around $1m (£512,000) of Irish muck to the United States. Their company, called Official Irish Dirt, has also received online contacts from Irish people all over the world who are keen to get their hands on dirt from back home.
It was Jenkins who came up with the idea. During a visit to see friends in Florida he heard some Irish-Americans at a meeting of the Sons of Erin, a community organization for people with Irish ancestry, saying they would like to have some Irish sod placed on their funeral caskets. Soon afterward he met Burke, who worked at the Irish Department of Agriculture, at a dinner party and the business grew from there.
Since Auld Sod’s Web site, officialirishdirt.com, went online, Burke says he has shipped roughly $2 million worth to the United States, where about 40 million people claim Irish ancestry, and Enterprise Ireland estimates annual sales of Irish gifts at more than $200 million.
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