There are many different ways to make a side income. You can make money at a part-time job, a full-time job, online, offline, and so on.
I believe that making extra income will completely change a person’s life for the better. By making extra income you can stop living paycheck to paycheck, you can pay off debt, and more.
In fact, because of extra income I was able to pay off $38,000 in student loans within 7 months, I was able to leave my day job to pursue my passion, travel full-time, and more!
Below are nine odd and/or interesting ways to make extra income.
1. Sell your life.
Of course, I have to talk about the most interesting way to make extra income first. If you don’t know who Ian Usher is, let me tell you all about him. In 2008, he put his life up for sale on eBay.
He sold everything as a package, which included his car, job, home, and friends. Someone actually paid for it too!
Another interesting take on this is from Mike Merrill. He offered 100,000 shares of himself to investors at a price of $1 a share. Each investor has a voting share and gets to decide how he lives his life.
2. Deliver RVs to dealerships.
RVs are huge, and the majority of the time they can’t be transported by semi-trucks because of their large size. Due to that, someone has to drive them from the manufacturer to the RV dealership.
We recently met a couple who do this for a living, and they both loved what they did. They were able to travel a lot, earn a living, and got to see new RVs all the time.
To make extra income doing this, you can try contacting transport companies in your area, RV manufacturers, RV dealerships, and more.
3. Participate in medical research studies.
As I mentioned in 4 Interesting Ways To Make Side Income Including Sleeping and Selling Your Poop, you may be able to participate in medical research studies that include sleeping and selling your poop. There are many other medical research studies to participate in as well!
Medical studies exist to allow you to help with the research and study of diseases, medicine, treatment, and more. Depending on what is being studied, studies ask for certain types people for the different tasks needed to be performed.
To find paid medical research studies, I recommend checking out your local Craigslist listings, contacting universities in your area, and seeing if there are any medical testing companies in your area. Most cities have these options, and you just have to look for them.
When my husband was younger he actually participated in a few medical research studies to help us earn more money. He was usually paid around $1,000 for a week’s worth of time.
4. Donate your eggs or sperm.
There are some things that you may be able to sell for a good deal of money, and this includes selling your eggs or sperm.
For eggs, women can earn anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $10,000 or more, depending on their characteristics. Egg donors are typically under the age of 30 and healthy. African American women and Asian American women usually earn the most money as there is a larger need for their eggs. This is not super easy money, though. There are a number of doctor’s visits, and extracting the eggs requires a medical procedure.
For sperm, the average donation pays anywhere from $50 to $100. It can be quite easy to donate, and some men donate as much as 2-3 times each week.
5. Cuddle with strangers to make extra income.
There are many cuddling companies that currently exist. You can sell cuddles to strangers, and some people even make a few hundred dollars a day by cuddling with others.
Check this out if you don’t believe me – Jackie Samuel, ‘Professional Cuddler’ Charges £35 Per Hour Of Snuggling.
6. Sell breast milk.
Only recently did I realize that some women make extra money doing this. If you are breastfeeding, you may be able to sell your breast milk and make extra income. Breast milk often goes for $1 to $2.50 per ounce, and sometimes it sells for as much as $4 per ounce.
There are many people who are looking to buy breast milk – not just mothers. Athletes, and those looking to boost their immune systems, are buyers as well.
Recommended reading: CNN’s With breast milk online, it’s buyer beware.
7. Clean up poop.
One of my dad’s very first jobs as a teenager was cleaning up dog and bird poop at retail stores that didn’t like customers to see the mess.
You may be able to make extra income completing this task too, as it’s not something many people are waiting in line to do. But, it does need to be done!
8. Join a focus group.
There are many companies willing to pay for your opinions on their products. They want to know what you think of the product, how much you think it should sell for, who their target market is, and more.
Focus groups usually pay by check, free items, gift cards, or by PayPal. You might be able to earn $100 or more for one day in a focus group by just giving your opinions.
Something related to joining a focus group is taking surveys. Survey companies I recommend include Survey Junkie, VIP Voice, American Consumer Opinion, Opinion Outpost, Survey Spot, Swagbucks, Clear Voice Surveys, ProOpinion, YouGov, Pinecone Research, SaySo4Profit, PanelBucks, PaidSurveys, and Harris Poll Online. They’re free to join and free to use! You get paid to answer surveys and to test products. It’s best to sign up for as many as you can in order to receive the most surveys and make the most money.
9. Become a mystery shopper.
A few years ago, I mystery shopped a lot to make extra income. I made anywhere from $150 to $200 a month mystery shopping and received free meals, makeup, and more.
I only used Bestmark for mystery shopping, so I know that they are a 100% legitimate company. There are other legitimate mystery shopping companies that exist, but you do want to do your research.
Related: Mystery Shopping – Make Extra Money
What other ways are there to make extra income?