While we continue to be shocked by the ridiculous amount of money that reality starts get paid to have little to no talent and to do nothing but…well…be famous, us normal folks can find solace in knowing there’s some pretty unique jobs out there from which we too can get paid.
Check out this list of things you probably do (or don’t do) in your normal lives that you didn’t know can provide you with a decent amount of extra cash (except maybe the chicken thing which I still don’t get).
1. Snake Milker
While most of us probably don’t ever want to be anywhere near anything that hisses, there are some brave souls out there that capture snakes, such as the deadly cobra and extract their venom, selling it to laboratories so that they can use it to create antivenom for hospital use to save those who get bit. Scary as it is, if you aren’t killed in the process and you love adventure (or playing with you life) you can make about $40,000 a year doing this.
2. Professional Bridesmaid
If you have the patience of a saint, this could be the perfect side gig for you. You basically work “undercover” as a bridesmaid on the day of the wedding, helping to ensure that all last minute details are taken care of for the bride and that her day flows as smoothly as possible. In the process, you can make up to $1,000 for the day.
3. Professional Luggage Packer
I hate packing just as much as everyone else, but there is a rare few among us that actually don’t mind and even take joy in this frustrating task. If you are one of these “chosen ones” you will go to your client’s house and pack their and their family’s bags for anything from summer vacation to a weekend trip. For your troubles, you can make a whopping $250/hr, which you probably more than deserve.
4. Professional Sleeper
This is one I cannot imagine ANYONE saying no to as it’s the most amazing job ever. Just as the title says, hotels pay you to stay overnight in their rooms, sleep on their beds and rate their levels of comfort. Doing this can actually net you an extra $15,000 a year.
5. Paint Drying Watchers
First of all, please tell me you find this picture as funny as I do…it’s the only thing funny about this job. This actually sounds painfully boring and actually worse than milking snakes, but this is an actual job. You sit and stare at a wall, watching the paint dry and noting how the color changes as it dries. You also probably go insane from talking to yourself and end up institutionalized, but in the process you can make around $40,000 – $60,000 which isn’t bad at all.
6. Professional Hitchhikers
Ever been stuck alone in traffic and look over longingly at the swift moving HOV lane, where the drivers are all smiling and looking carefree and looking down at you as you’re stuck in the same spot for an hour? Well now, you can capitalize on the sadness of angry driver by working as a professional hitchhiker, volunteering to sit in someone’s car so they can ride in the carpool lane. It’s worth mentioning that this job is illegal in some areas, so maybeee not the best idea.
7. Professional Cuddler
I’m not 100% sure about this one, because it does sound dangerously close to things that rhyme with schmostitution and schmescorts, but apparently this is 100% legit. You keep your clothes on and serve as a big spoon (or little) confidant, cuddling someone who may be having a bad day and just need some PG-13 loving. You can cheer up someone’s day and make an easy $80/hr.
8. Dog Food Taster
I will be the first to admit I have an unhealthy love of food that makes me fantasize about swimming in a pool of mozzarella sticks, but this is where I draw the line. For those of you who don’t, you can make around $40,000 a year testing the quality and taste of pet food. Just know that if the food is responsible for how my dog’s breath smells, you will have NO friends.
9. Chicken Sex Determiners (I Kid You Not… This Is Real)
Your guess is as good as mine, but this is a pretty popular job in China and the UK, where you can make up to $60,000 a year to determine the sex of a chick. I have no idea how hard of a task this is or why it needs to be known so badly. I have a lot of questions and concerns about this one and am a little worried that they make so much.
10. Human Scarecrow
As birds continue to get smarter and bolder (seriously NYC pigeons don’t even run away from me if I stomp at them anymore), farmers are forced to take more drastic measure to ensure the safety of their crops. They now hire humans to wear a bright orange coat and sit in the middle of their farm with a cowbell and an accordion (do not ask me why it’s an accordion, but the sound that comes out of it makes most organisms with ears leave so that’s probably why) and scare away any looming pests. This is more of a part time gig, but you can bring in around $16,000 a year to be a bird bully.
11. Fortune Cookie Writer
The amount I eat Chinese food is probably insanely terrible, so I don’t stop to think about it because I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. Yet it has led me to a lot of fortune cookies, which I now know, are filled with fortunes written by actual human beings who make around $40,000 a year. Call me bougie, but I know I am not alone in my thoughts that half these people don’t write fortunes and literally write things that make no sense such as “You are about to feel a fullness in your life”…i know…i just ate my weight in General Tso Chicken.
12. Professional Line Stander
As humans, we have little to no patience with, well…everything. A new indulgence in which we can partake is paying someone to stand in line for us, giving us more time in a day to stay indoors and binge watch shows. If you are one of those gems who still possess the elusive ability to actually wait, you can make a great living off of this to the tune of $1,000/week. You will wait in line for things such as cronuts, Black Friday Sales (bring a suit of armor to stay alive) or even Jordan sneakers or new Apple products.