If you’ve hit a financial rough patch and don’t have enough money to bridge the gap, you’re likely seeking ways to make some quick cash. When your back is against the wall, you have to get creative. Here are some unusual jobs that could give you some ideas about how to make money in a pinch.
1. Professional cuddler
Touch is powerful. In fact, it’s so powerful that some people will even pay you for it (we’re talking about legal jobs, of course). If you like holding people and being held, a gig as a professional cuddler might be right for you. You can make an average of $60 to $80 an hour just by snuggling up to someone and cuddling their stress away.
2. Live mannequin
Do you love wearing the latest fashions? Get ready to inherit a few not-so-talkative, but stylish, co-workers when you apply to become a live mannequin. If you have what it takes to get this job, you can make a decent amount of money. Live mannequins can earn an average salary of up to $100 per hour. Just make sure you don’t knock over the real mannequins while you twirl around in your new outfit.
3. Human scarecrow
If you’ve ever had hopes of being a character in The Wizard of Oz, here’s a chance to live out your dreams. Some farmers need extra help keeping birds off their property, so they hire people to dress up as scarecrows and scare the little critters away. If you choose to take on this job, you can expect to earn roughly $10 to $15 an hour.
4. Armpit sniffer
If you’re intrigued by body odors and you have a keen sense of smell, you can make some money smelling the armpits of strangers. Armpit sniffers can find employment at deodorant companies. In this role you’ll sniff underarms and rate the effectiveness of odor-fighting products. Salaries generally range from $19,000 to $52,000 annually. Other careers in the field of odor judging are halitosis judges and paper towel sniffers.
5. Worm farmer
If you think worms are cute and cuddly, you can earn some quick money by becoming a worm farmer. Worm farmers harvest worms and then sell them as fertilizer. You can earn roughly $20 for one pound of worms. It’s a relatively simple job and you don’t have to worry about some of the details involved in other kinds of farm work, said author Abigail Gehring in Odd Jobs: How to Have Fun and Make Money in a Bad Economy. “Worms are the easiest pets/employees you’ll ever have. You don’t have to walk them, litter box train them, brush them, milk them, or buy them food (they’re perfectly happy to eat your scraps. They’ll work all day for you, eating and making babies, and they won’t complain a bit!” said Gehring.
6. Christmas tree farm worker
If worms aren’t your cup of tea, you can also consider working on a Christmas tree farm. This job will require you to help farmers with pruning the trees and taking care of general farm upkeep. Jobs on a Christmas tree farm include loggers, truck drivers, and processors. In addition, Christmas tree farm workers go through the supply of trees and mark the ones that are ready to be cut down and sold. If you don’t have a background in forestry or related area, you’ll likely be paid minimum wage for your labor.