It’s rather amusing when you think about all the silly ways people make money!
When I say “silly”, I think about the words: absurd, funny, and unconventional. Sometimes we get a little too serious with the topic of money, don’t you think? There’s apparently a market for everything. Here are a few that made me chuckle. 😉
Silly Ways People Make Money
Creator/Publisher of a Viral Video
Take for example the latest YouTube craze, Pen Pineapple Apple Pen. So simple, so catchy, and so profitable!
This guy, Daimaou Kosaka, hits a funny bone nerve with this one. The Top 3 YouTubers who shared this video have already racked up over 160 million views.
A simple calculation from YouTube Money Calculator estimates ad revenues from this one video to be $546,270 and counting! There are also hundreds of covers also collecting a nice chunk of change.
Find a trend and ride it for as long as you can!
The next silly way to make money is to snuggle up to a stranger and give them LOVE! No, not in a sexual way, but by cuddling or snuggling them like you’d expect from an affectionate pet.
Human beings are certainly social creatures and crave contact. For those missing that in their lives, I suppose there would be a market for such “therapy”.
These “professional” cuddlers can command up to $80/hr for their services (ref: Snuggle Buddies). Fascinating!
Virtual Farmer & Developer
Do you like playing video games? Do you have a knack for building up virtual real estate or objects?
Well, perhaps you can have a second job as a virtual farmer or developer. Virtual farmers and developers play video games in which they build up online assets. These assets are not only valuable in the game, but can command big dollars outside of the game as well.
Yes, people will pay for other people’s online assets for a hefty premium! I think that’s silly, but enough people unite to create a lucrative market for these digital entrepreneurs. Take, for example, Club Neverdie in Entropia Universe. Jon Jacobs sold it for $635,000!
Don’t like development or farming? Worry not. You can mine virtual gold for real cash too!
This next one is so silly, I’m crying!
Maybe I should try my hand at becoming a professional mourner! These savvy professionals are hired to mourn with you and your loved ones in a time of loss.
These actors of sorts can help to act as crowd fillers. I suppose you could call them extras on the set. They help to help create a solemn mood with their presence. Good professional mourners will do their homework on the deceased. They will even interact at a funeral to help spark good memories of the deceased.
*On second thought, this job isn’t for me. I can’t cry on demand unless I’m laughing uncontrollably.
Pet taxi driver
You’ve heard of the dog-walker, or surely a pet-sitter. Heck, you’ve probably heard about the pet-psychologist. But, how about the pet taxi driver?
These well-paid drivers pick up Spot and take them places like the groomers, a training lesson, or even to meet their owner for a quick lunch in the park!
I guess we’ll do just about anything for our furry little friends, won’t we?
And, just wait until we fuse pet taxis with automated cars. This will surely be a sight to see!
Selling used panties
I didn’t know if I wanted to mention these unmentionables. But, it’s too silly NOT to include it.
Apparently, the sale of used panties is a popular business in other parts of the world (eg. Japan).
An obvious characteristic of the commodity is that it must be used (ughhh)! Prices on used panties can skyrocket in price if it’s accompanied by a picture of the original owner dressed in them.
This business is anything but common scents!
What We Can Learn
Aside from being amused from these silly money makers. These examples hold some important lessons.
- Money doesn’t need to be earned conventionally. If you have a unique talent or quirk, maybe you can capitalize on it!
- People will pay for things they can’t have, or think they need
- Just because you or I think it’s silly doesn’t mean it can’t make loads of CASH!
- Nurture your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit together
- Don’t take your money too seriously
Readers, what’s the silliest way that you’ve ever made money? Any other silly ways to make money I should know about?