Odd jobs can make you rich! Ever since the crash in 2008, people have been racking their brains to figure out how to make extra money. Here is a carefully compiled list of odd jobs that most likely never occurred to you. If you like sleeping, watching TV and eating ice cream, guess what? You can get paid for it. Others have turned to these means of income:
1. Cheese Sprayer: $50–75K A person who sprays cheese or butter on popcorn. Responsibilities include inspection of flow, viscosity and quality; stop and start machines via levers or buttons; turn dials to regulate speeds and temperature, making adjustments when necessary. No special education required. Hopefully you’ll get movie discounts as a job perk.
2. Video Game Tester: $50–75K
Need good writing and communication skills, experience in creating and maintaining databases of information, and knowledge of graphic design. Education requirements vary, but you’ll have a competitive edge with a degree in computer science, computer programming or graphic design. If your spouse comes home and starts to give you static for playing video games again, say, “Honey, I’m working.”
3. Ice Cream Taster: $35–50K
Create new flavors, develop products and perform quality assurance tests. You will review the appearance, flavor and texture in order to develop or select a product. Education requirement: a degree in chemistry or food science. You may be promoted from ice cream taster to marketing rep. Hey, you never know.
4. Professional Sleeper: $25–30K
Snooze for sleep research projects to help scientists and doctors research and treat sleep disorders. No specialized education required. Think of all those days you were a no-show so you could catch up on sleep. Now you’ll be rewarded for that type of behavior.
5. TV Watcher: $25–30K
Watch TV shows and key in captions for the hearing impaired. Media researchers watch hours of television every day. No special education required. If you watch TV that much anyway, why not let somebody pay you?
6. Furniture Tester: $25–35K
Chairs, recliners, mattresses and sofa beds must be tested for safety and comfort. Companies hire you to lean on, sit in, lie down on and jiggle around their furniture pieces. Your job is to grade each piece of furniture for comfort. No special education required. Oh wait, forgot to mention another option: become a safety inspector. Some laboratory work experience will go a long way toward landing those gigs. So, lie down, put your feet up and relax.
7. Spa Critic: $35–50K
Travel the world and test back massages, pedicures, aromatherapy and hot tubs. Freelance writers and editors sit in saunas, get their feetsies rubbed, and then they’re paid to write reviews. Be sure to tell the staff you’re a reviewer and you’ll be the recipient of disgusting boatloads of sucking up. Ahhhh, can you rub my toes again?
8. Waterslide Tester: $35–50K
Check the speed, ease and comfort, along with safety aspects, like landing, on water rides. Hotel chains and travel companies hire you to travel on planes, going from hotel to hotel and zipping down the waterslides. Weeeeeeee. You take multiple trips down slides, report back to your employer or to the hotel manager, then hop on a plane and find new slides to play on. Your kids will be so jealous.
9. Dog Walker: $50–75K
Let’s do the math together. If you charge $15 per walk and rustle up, say, seven customers, you’ll bring in $150 per day. That’s $1,050 per week. Okay, this is fun. So that is $4,200 per month. Woo-hoo! You’re already up to $50K per year. What’re you waiting for? Go run and play with your new furry friends.
10. Snake Milker: $30K
Universities, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies continue to research and test snake venom for its healing qualities. A variety of snake venoms can be used for medicinal purposes, for example, helping stroke victims or treating tumors. Snake milkers use a thin material that they stretch over a glass or container. The milker has the snake bite into the stretched material. When it is punctured, the milker applies pressure to the snake’s venom glands. This releases the venom, which is then saved and tested. Education: requires a degree in biology, biochemistry, or herpetology. Herpetophobics need not apply.