The 12 Weirdest Places You Can Earn Money

Leah Bourne
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Sometimes earning money means being a little creative. Now, we aren’t suggest you think of doing anything illegal, of course, but thinking outside of the box can be a good thing.

We’ve rounded up the 12 strangest places you can earn money, whether it is on the toilet or in the junk yard. Hey, cash is cash, no matter where you earn it.

1. On The Toilet

If you can make money on the toilet, you can make money pretty much anywhere, and we are here to tell you that yes, you can actually make money on the toilet. Bring your phone to the toilet, and you can earn money doing online surveys, all while doing your other business. Here are the best ways to earn money doing online surveys!

2. A Doctor’s Office

There are actually a few ways that you can earn money in a doctor’s offie. You can earn money donating sperm (yes, we went there) if you are a guy (we are talking about a few hundred bucks), or you can make money as a test subject, earning cash participating in a clinical trail. You can find clinical trials near you by going to ClinicalTrials.gov.

3. Outside A Dumpster (Literally)

There is such a thing as dumpster painters, so if you like working outdoors and don’t mind working at a dumpster, this could be the side hustle for you. Industrial painters like Noll’s Dumpster Painting in Pennsylvania and Container Painting Repair in Maryland are just a few of the companies hiring, but do a search on Craigslist and you might find something in your exact area.

4. In Bed

If your favorite place in the world is bed (and honestly, whose isn’t) you might want to find a few ways to earn money while lazing about. Since you probably already spend your weekend mornings watching Youtube clips, why not watch movie trailers and ads, and make a few extra bucks on the side. Bonus: This is the kind of job you can do in your PJs.

5. A Scrap Metal Yard

Collect metal items around your house, and in your neighborhood, and then head to your local scrap yard and cash in. For people who know what they are doing, and know the kind items to look for, this can be a pretty lucrative side hustle.

6. Somebody Else’s House

So you’ve tried babysitting, but what about babysitting someone’s house? Sounds easy right? Homeowners look for house sitters to water their plants and take care of their pets, and it can be an easy gig to cash in on.Websites including Rover and Thumbtack connect sitters and homeowners, making this an easy side hustle to find.

7. At the End of a Party

Go to a lot of parties? Why not turn your love of hanging out with friends into a way to make some extra cash, by offering to clean up bottles and cans at the end of events, and then making money recycling said cans and bottles? The going rate ranges from $0.05 for a can to $0.15 for a larger liquor bottles, so this is one instance where attending an all night rager could be a big personal win.

8. Traveling The World

If you are someone who travels the world and loves to take photos, why not cash in on the photos you take. Consider selling your snaps to online agencies including Fotolia, iStockPhoto, Depositphotos and 123rf, and every time someone buys one of your photos you’ll get a cut.

9. In Your Car

A very lucrative side hustle is ride sharing, and all you need is a car and some spare time (but literally any spare time will do the trick, you can drive from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. if you want to). Sign-up for Lyft to get started!

10. A Movie Set

Want to get paid just for standing or walking around a movie set? You can earn a few hundred dollars a day just by becoming an extra on a TV show or movie. Bonus: You’ll have bragging rights for life.

11. Your Favorite Stores

If you love to shop, why not make some extra cash on the side by becoming a mystery shopper. This side hustle usually entails gathering information about a store’s employees and their customer service. It’s not just stores that pay mystery shoppers, you can also get paid by restaurants to eat and then report back on what the experience was like.

12. Your Backyard

Oftentimes people are wary of listing their house for rent, but what about renting your backyard? AirBnb actually allows you to rent your back garden for camping. It’s free to list your garden, and then you’ll pay 3% of a successful booking.

Illustration: Laura Caseley For The Money Manual

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