I’ve always been a hustler; it’s just in my blood. Since college, I’ve always had more than one job, whether it was working in special collections at my college library, selling scrapbooking supplies to crafty moms, or teaching ballet to little kids.
Sometimes I would drive from one job right to another one after being at school all day, which was great because I always had money in my pocket, and it set me up to work more than one job as an adult so I could eventually become fully self-employed.
However, I can’t say that I’ve done anything especially crazy to find ways to earn more money, unless you count working far more hours than I should have, staying up super late writing back in the early days of my blogging career.
There are, however, more unique ways to make money than just helping out on your college campus or walking your neighbor’s dog. Below are three crazy (but totally legal) ways you can earn more money that you might not realize exist.
Become a Professional Gamer
According to Business Insider, the world’s leading professional video game player made a whopping $519,000 from participating in numerous gaming tournaments. Professional gaming has become akin to professional poker.
People who are highly skilled at gaming can enter competitions and form teams to compete. Some of these competitions award millions of dollars to the winning team, which the players then get to split.
Now, to be honest, this isn’t something I would ever want to pursue personally, and it’s not something I’d want my kids to pursue, but I think it’s absolutely fascinating that technology has enabled these types of careers to exist.
I doubt anyone reading this will want to quit their jobs and go out and learn how to be the best video game player in the world, but it does make you think about what unique skill you might have that you can transform into a lucrative enterprise.
Become a Part Time Skydiving Instructor
I’ve never been skydiving, but it’s one of those things I wish I would have done before having children. Now, I wouldn’t take the risk something would go wrong, but if you love skydiving and want to get paid to jump out of planes you can become a skydiving instructor.
Luckily for all of us, there are actually some very strict guidelines to become a skydiving instructor, including completing 500 or more jumps yourself, which is good because you’ll be in charge of your life and the life of the person you’re attached to once you’re certified. Skydiving instructors get paid per jump, so once you’re certified you can speak with your local skydiving company about working part-time hours on the weekends.
If this is one of your favorite hobbies, it might be worth it to be an instructor so you can get paid to jump!
**Additional resource: Want more ways to make extra money? Here are 51 Great Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer.**
Ship Fall Leaves
This company has made a killing selling New England fall leaves to customers all over the country. This is the same entrepreneur who sold and shipped Boston snow last year, so clearly this man has a penchant for sharing his fun weather finds with the rest of the world.
You wouldn’t think that someone would pay money to have three fall leaves shipped to their house, but apparently people will pay for anything these days. Even if you don’t want to ship leaves specifically, business like these that are seasonal, fun, and profitable should get you excited and thinking about ways you can make extra money yourself.
Make Extra Money in Your Free Time
It doesn’t have to be crazy to make extra money. There are many other ways to make extra money, even in your free time. Think of it as monetizing your down time. One such way is through answering surveys or answering questions in your free time. You won’t get rich quick, but you can’t beat making extra money in your free time – often in doing things you’d already be doing anyway.
Some of them will even start you off with a free $5 in cash or gift cards to start and you build from there. Sign up for a few and increase your earning ability! If you’d rather spend time meeting new people, you can also drive for DoorDash and make money in your free time.
Make Extra Money Through Blogging
It’s not exactly passive, but another way to make money many don’t realize is through blogging. When I started this site years ago I never thought I could make money at it, but it has replaced the income from my day job. You may think it’s crazy to make money blogging, or that you’re not technical enough to do it. If I can do it, then I know anyone else can.
I know setting up a website may sound difficult, it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing is to get a hosting company that can help get you up and started. A hosting company, like Bluehost, can help you install and launch a WordPress website with one click.
If you sign up through our Bluehost link, you can start a website for $2.95 per month plus a free domain name for one year.
I know there are many more unique and crazy ways to make money. Off the top of my head I can think of a few, but really the important thing is to spread the message that if you need to make some extra money but you don’t know how, you can absolutely start a business on the side to bring in extra cash.
All you need is an entrepreneurial spirit, a lot of hustle, and perhaps some marketing know how. I definitely won’t be shipping snow to anyone anytime soon, but I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to diversify my business so that I have more ways to make money in the future.
What are some weird and crazy ways you’ve made money in the past? Who do you know who’s earning money in a creative way? What do you use the extra money you earn for? Come on; I know you have a story to tell!