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Depending on your location, it could even be a downpayment on a new home for your family to live in or rent out for profit (see #6).
No matter how you slice it, having $10,000 to spend would be nice. But it’s a lot of money to save!
So we’ve gathered 17 weird ways you could earn that extra cash… and how much effort you’d need to put into each to do so.
1. Start a Cricket Farm
Not afraid of things that hop, crawl and scuttle?
You could try cricket farming. No, follow me here for a second.
It’s pretty easy to get started, and there’s actually more demand for them than you might think.
You basically just need a fish tank, some egg cartons and dirt to get your habitat set up, and once you start breeding them, they can sell for up to $12 for 250. By the way, the females lay five to 10 eggs… per day.
Check out our full-blown guide to cricket farming to get started. Reptile owners have to feed their pets, and hey, if the business falls through, you’ve got a home-grown source of protein for yourself!
You said you were brave, right?
How many crickets you’d have to sell: 208,333 1/3 crickets. Wonder which third of the last one you’ll get…
2.Help a Business Professional Organize Their Day
If you have a knack for organization and communication, there are people who will pay you to help organize their day!
You don’t have to be the busy corporate assistant you see in old movies or TV — now you can be a virtual assistant right from your couch. VA gigs vary in pay, hours and workload.
You might help people and businesses with data entry, social media management, website maintenance, research and customer service. And you could earn up to $60 an hour doing it!
Find virtual assistant jobs through these sites:
How many hours you’d have to work: 167 hours at $60 an hour.
3. Test Websites Drunk
Like surfing the Internet? Like drinking?
You could take a page out of Richard Littauer’s book and charge website owners to browse their sites… while tipsy.
Why, you may ask?
Well, by testing how navigable a website is while you’re drunk, you can give the creator valuable information about how to make the interface foolproof and the experience so user-friendly.
The idea is a site should be so easy to navigate, someone should be able to use it while drunk. And flask-proof.
Littauer’s a user experience professional and an engineer — what you might call a professional web-surfer. So your mileage in this business may vary… but man, what a sweet gig if you can land it.
How many beers you’d have to drink: To make $10,000, you’d have to test 200 websites at Littauer’s original price of $50. If it takes you three beers to work up a sufficient buzz, that’s 600 beers!
4. Tell Companies How You Really Feel About Their Products
If you don’t mind filling out surveys while you’re vegging out on the couch, you could reap rewards for your efforts.
Plus, you get a chance to make your voice heard. It’s like writing a Yelp review… that might win you a free vacation!
Check out Vip Voice. This company will reward you for sharing your opinion to help marketers figure out how to make their products better.
Surveys range in how — and how much — is rewarded, and you’ll have to be part of an eligible demographic.
But if you’re just hanging out in front of Netflix… why not?
How many opinions you’d have to share: If you only made $1 per survey — a lowball estimate — you’d have to tell 10,000 companies how you feel about their goods!
6. Drive for Uber
If you find solace on the road and enjoy finding the best route across town, driving with Uber is a great way to do it.
As an Uber contractor, you’re responsible for setting your schedule and motivating yourself to work.
Your earnings will be calculated by adding a base fare, plus time and distance traveled after your pickup, and Uber charges a service fee.
If you want to give it a try here are a few of the things to keep in mind: You must be at least 21 years old, have at least one year of licensed driving experience in the U.S. (three years if you are under 23 years old), have a valid US driver’s license and pass a background check.
Finally, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and be covered by in-state insurance.
Here’s a link to apply with Uber.
6. Open Credit Cards
If you’ve been following The Penny Hoarder for a while, you know we love making our credit cards work for us.
Not only do we take advantage of their awesome rewards, we also go in for sweet signup bonuses.
Heck, this guy’s accumulated 1,500 credit cards over the years. He started collecting them after making a bet with a friend… but if he picked the right cards, that could be a lot of extra cash in his pocket!
As long as you’re responsible, cash-back credit cards are an easy way to make some extra money without ever having to think about it.
Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $150 bonus.
There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)
Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.
Our advice is to set your rewards card to automatically pay your monthly bills: You’ll earn rewards and keep everything paid on time, without giving either a second thought.
How many points you’d have to earn: 1,000,000. That’s just over $660,000 in groceries, gas, utilities and more.
7. Cook Dinner in Your Own Kitchen
Can’t get enough of shows like Chopped or Cutthroat Kitchen? Itching to recreate some of the inventive meals you see chefs whip up?
Well, don’t just sit there.
How many meals you’d have to prepare: If you charged $10 per meal, you’d have to make 1,000 meals to earn $10,000.
8. Sell Pine Cones
Or K-Cups. Or instruction manuals. Or the cartons your eggs come in. People buy so much random stuff on eBay.
How many pine cones you’d have to sell: 16,667.
9. Scare Your Friends and Family
Obsessed with Halloween?
If you regularly pull out all the stops on your costume and decorations, you might be a good candidate to start your very own haunted house.
This team of brothers made not just $10,000, but $200,000 — in one month.
Granted, if you had the $200,000 startup cost handy, you might not be reading this post. But if you do, it’s a scary smart way to double your money.
How many people you’d have to scare: 400. Totally doable. You might even have more Facebook friends than that!
10. Shovel Your Driveway
Hurry, before winter’s out!
Although you may not have quite as much supply as Kyle Waring did in the famous Boston snowstorm of 2015, it turns out people in sunny locales will actually buy boxes of snow.
Because it’s exotic or they’re masochists or something.
How many boxes of snow you’d have to sell: 112 ? six-pound boxes — or 500 ½ 16.9-ouncers!
11. Pour Drinks
If you can open a bottle and your spill rate is less than, say, 15%, you can land a sweet gig as a brand ambassador (read: the smiling girl pouring the samples of Malibu coconut rum at the liquor store).
One of our writers earned between $20-$30 per hour for this kind of work (and wrote us a sweet article about it, along with 20 other ways to make money at the bar). Not bad!
How many shots you’d have to pour: Say you do one a minute. To get to $10,000, you’d have to pour 24,000 shots and make $25 an hour!
12. Sell Your Poop
No, that’s not a typo.
In fact, some people earn up to $13,000 a year for their… deposits.
There is one catch: You have to live in the vicinity of Medford, Massachusetts, where OpenBiome uses the poop to help physicians around the country treat infections of a nasty bacterial infection.
And you also have to be OK with the fact you’re selling your poop.
How many “samples” you’d have to provide: 250. Hope you’re regular!
13. Find a Red Paperclip
I mean, it worked for Montreal’sKyle MacDonald.
Although he was never handed $10,000 in cash, he was able to barter his way up from a humble red paper clip until he owned a house.
Significant stops along the way included a snowmobile, a recording-studio contract and an afternoon hanging out with Alice Cooper.
But he traded all of these items until he was offered a home in Kipling, Saskatchewan. His home is almost definitely worth more than $10,000.
How’s that for a weird way to make money?
How many red paperclips you’d need: if you’re as lucky as MacDonald, just one!
14. Give Fluffy a Massage
Your faithful companion needs spa days, too.
If you adore animals and have strong hands, consider becoming a pet massage therapist. You could earn up to $120 an hour
How many pets you’d need to massage: 286 half-hour pet massages at $35 each.
15. Play Video Games
Yep, it’s actually possible.
But you have to really like video games. I’m not talking about your Candy Crush “obsession.”
How many hours you’d need to play: A lot.
To keep on top of their game — literally — the men play up to 14 hours per day… and they had to invest the time to get that good in the first place.
16. Get in Shape
Picture this: You step on the scale and finally see your goal weight.
Congratulations! But it gets even better.
You’re about to receive a generous check to spend on a celebratory dress in your new size, stock up on household necessities, or to wisely stick into savings — all just for losing weight!
It’s not a fantasy. If you wager on your own commitment with HealthyWage, this could very well happen for you… if you stick to your guns and lose the weight.
It’s simple. Sign up for HealthyWage, and then define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it. Place a monetary bet on yourself ranging from $20 to $500 a month.
Depending on how much you have to lose, how long you give yourself to do it and how much money you put on the table, you could win up to $10,000!
How many pounds you’d need to lose: This will vary based on your wager. Check out their calculator to find out!
17. Share Stories About Your Kids on Scary Mommy
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got automatic story generators.
From pregnancy fashion choices to dealing with finding your tween daughter’s dating profile, there’s lots to say about parenthood. And on Scary Mommy, it’s “real talk” only — no sanitized, TV-commercial family frolicking in a white-picket-fenced yard.
As long as you have a way with words, you can generate some cash off those face-palm parenting snafus. Here are eight parenting magazines and blogs that pay contributors, averaging about $100 per submission.
How many stories you’d have to share: 100. Good thing your kid’s full of antics — and young…
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