Hey everyone! Today I have an awesome post for you on making extra money by Barnabas from TheDadWallet.com. I've known him for a while, and he's legitimately one of the best side hustlers that I've come across. Some of these money makers are easy…and some are just weird haha. Enjoy! ~M$M
I have always loved developing new business strategies or ways to make money. Thinking back to my childhood, I can remember dozens of times I would make money in the weirdest ways!
I would purchase my peers’ fundraiser candy and then sell it for more, build birdhouses, or even sell the gold from video games that I played.
In fact, when I was in 7th grade, I started my first real business: a car detailing company. I had people working for me while I was in school during the day or playing video games (and selling gold from them… gotta learn to stack those incomes)!
Or the time I outsourced my high school homework to a friend so I could turn around and resell it to make a profit (ok no one said I was a perfect kid, but I have since changed)!
So, I thought I would compile a list of weird ways that you can make extra money without having to do illegal stuff. 🙂
1. Sell Your Old Apple Boxes Online
My day job is in technology, so I see tons of new computers in any given month! Who would have thought that you could make money by selling the boxes that the machine comes in?
Especially the ever so coveted apple boxes.
Could you do a side hustle where you collect boxes somehow? I think this could be a pretty interesting one if you were to team up with some local computer shops or Best Buy.
It saves them the hassle of breaking down all the boxes, and makes you some easy cash!
You can sell the boxes on eBay, or check out these websites that will actually pay you for boxes:
2. Sell Your Poop
Hear me out, this might be the craziest thing I have ever heard as well! But you actually are helping someone in the process. I originally saw this strategy mentioned by Alexis over at fitnancials.com!
An organization called OpenBiome is helping people recover from an illness called C. difficile infection.
From the OpenBiome site:
“We are seeking healthy volunteer donors to provide life-saving treatment for people with C. difficile infection. As a reimbursement for their commitment, donors are paid $40 per donation of stool.
Half a million Americans contract C. diff infections each year. 1 in 5 patients find that the infection comes back, even after they take antibiotics. For these patients, daily life gets hijacked by the disease. 30,000 people die from the infection or related causes every year.
Where antibiotics have failed, a new treatment called fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) made from donor stool cures 85% of patients after the first try.”
In order to sell your poop, you do have to pass a very rigorous test, and spots are limited. But if you can visit these cities in Massachusetts and meet these qualifications, you could apply:
- Can you visit our labs at the BU West T Stop (Boston), Central Square (Cambridge), or Sullivan Square (Somerville) at least 3 times a week for 60 days?
- Will you be 18-50 years old during the donation period?
- Is your Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 30?
How much do they pay?
They will pay you $40/sample with the minimum being 3 days a week that you have to drop it off.
It appears on their website that you can only do it for 120 days- the first 60 day period and then you have to get re-screen again to do it another 60 days!
Want to know more? Read the full story here.
3. Sell Your College Notes
Another way to make money in college!
If you are a great note taker and are gifted with good handwriting (aka you can read your own handwriting after class), this might be for you.
There are various companies that will buy your notes from you, but StudySoup seems to be one of the better ones!
Simply apply, upload your notes, and get paid to help others in your class achieve success as well.
4. Flip Small RV’s/Campers
I actually know a few people in my town that do this on the side, and they make some serious cash!
One person takes old teardrop style campers and customizes them into some sweet retro-style campers that sell for thousands!
The few other people I know who do this type of flipping typically make them more modern. But the concept is the same.
It’s not something that can happen overnight. However, if you can do this on the side and enjoy remodeling (but cannot afford a house flip), this type of side hustle might just be for you.
5. Create An Etsy Store That Sells Crazy Jewelry or Amazing Soaps
I used to know this guy that would sell jewelry made from deer teeth…you heard me right!
Even more impressive – people actually bought it.
Here is a whole store online that takes nature items and turns them into rings, necklaces, or pendants. They then sell them for a pretty hefty price.
Maybe you love playing video games or all the things that come with it. Here is a shop that sells soap transformed into various games controllers!
P.S. Did you know you could buy a denture ring for $100? Gross…but kinda cool too.
6. Be A Dorm Mom (or Dad)
If you are in college, you probably know that doing laundry is one of the worst things you have to do (at least it was for me).
If you live off campus or just really like folding clothes for some reason, this might be a great side hustle for you.
Go to your local colleges and ask if you can partner with them in order to offer services like this company does. Offer to do laundry, clean rooms after parties or before bi-monthly inspection days. You could even offer grocery delivery!
I know when I was in college I would have gladly paid someone to come pick up my laundry, clean and fold it, and then return it.
Heck, I would pay someone to do that now for me if I could find someone!
My room also always seemed to be a popular room to hang out in, so it was constantly trashed. I would have for sure paid someone to clean it for our bi-weekly inspection checks.
7. Window/Screen Cleaning
I actually helped start a company that did this! You can make BIG money if you do it correctly.
It is not hard to find a handful of local small business willing to pay you $25-$75 a week to keep their store windows clean.
Throughout the summer you can also find house gigs for $350-$700+ depending on house size and the number of windows!
While it might not be the most glamorous job, you can listen to podcasts or music while you work. It can easily be done as a side hustle or full-time income. You can even outsource more to other friends while you take a cut!
While I am not sure all of these ideas are scalable, I think they show various ways you can make some side money with a little work.
If you can do a few of these, all while working your day job, you can pay down that student loan debt or save for a nice vacation with the family!