21 Really Weird and Wacky Ways to Earn Extra Money

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Have you ever had your hands clinging to a pair of inside-out turned pockets, and exclaimed, “There’s got to be something I can do to make some extra bucks?” We recently talked about “weird and wacky” ways to save money. But today it’s all about “weird and wacky” ways to earn extra money!

Almost all of us could use some extra money, but taking on a second job isn't very appealing. Here are 21 really weird and wacky ways to earn extra money that will help spark your imagination and get your cash flow moving.

Believe it or not, there are so many ways you can boost your income that it is almost unlimited. The problem is that many ideas simply sound just too weird or wacky to ever be taken seriously. Having done just a little exploring, I’ve found 21 ideas that might just be crazy enough to work. Yes, 21 weird and wacky ways out of literally dozens and dozens you can try to earn some extra money right now!

21 Weird and Wacky Ways to Earn Extra Money

1. Become a live model

You don’t need to have the body of an Adonis or goddess to become a work of art. Local colleges and universities cry out for body types of all shapes, sizes, and ages as subjects for their “Da Vinci’s” in their art classes. Models earn around $15 per hour, and you may even be able to keep a favorite drawing to take home! Check your home area or online to see such offers.

2. Trade in empty printer cartridges

If you’re a Staples rewards member and you buy your ink cartridges there, be sure to bring them back when they’re empty because each cartridge you recycle will earn you $2 in Staples rewards. It’s just like earning cash to buy your new ink cartridges and office supplies.

3. Get paid for your snapshots

Stock photos get boring so businesses are always looking for brand new images to buy and why not cash in? You don’t have to be a camera wizard to take photos worth paying for. If you have some digital snaps with decent resolution, consider selling them online to any of a dozen stock websites. Every time someone buys one of your pictures you’ll get a royalty fee. Subject matter can cover just about anything.

4. Sell old clothes for cash

Every year, tons of clothes are dumped in the trash and landfills. I’m talking dumped here, not donated. This is a real shame because as much as 95% of the clothes we throw away could be used again.

There are dozens of websites online collecting clothes of any brand, in any quality, and any condition. What’s more, they’ll give you cash for each item of your gently used items when you agree to the terms. Rules vary for each site but the bottom line is this: if you want to get rid of clothes you no longer need or want and are willing to accept their offer, it’s a done deal and cash in your pocket. Check out sites like ThredUp as an example of what you can do to make some money from your old stuff.

5. Rent out your back garden

If you live in a nice country-style rural area and have a large backyard, garden, or patch of land, here’s a clever way to make some quick cash while the sun’s shining: rent out your lawn to some happy campers!

Airbnb is an online hub that allows folks to list not only their home, but their back garden for camping. It’s free to list your garden as a potential camping spot, and you can even choose the amount you want to charge campers (you pay 3% upon a successful booking), so everyone wins!

6. Sell your hobby on Fiverr

Ever wonder how you can earn some money from your writing, acting, or drawing skills? Maybe you’d even be happy to wear someone’s logo painted on your face for a day. Fiverr lets you earn money by doing anything from writing a jingle to creating a custom cartoon character. You can net $4 each time you do one of a wide variety of small tasks. It won’t turn you into a millionaire overnight but it’s a great way to be creative and earn money in a pinch!

7. Take tourists sightseeing

You love where you live and you love to show it off when far-off friends or family come to visit. And you probably also hate falling into “tourist traps” when you yourself go on vacation, so why not help others avoid them too? You can set up a tour and charge a fair price on your own or through an agency like Rent a Local Friend.

Take visitors to that little-known local museum to check out. Who knows? You also may get a bonus of making new friends who can give you a tour around their hometown in return!

8. Sell your trees, plants, or shrubs

You can sell stuff from your property and garden on eBay. Selling your unwanted shrubbery makes total sense. Trees take ages—sometimes half a century—to grow into anything remotely impressive. If you’re debating taking a hacksaw to your trees, check first to see if someone’s willing to dig it up and cart it off for you. Better yet, they’ll pay you for that privilege. The same is true for smaller unwanted shrubbery and plantings.

You can also raise a crop of tomatoes or other fruit or veggies and sell them in season to friends and neighbors. Even selling them at half of store prices can be money per pound in your wallet and a great buy for friends.

9. Sell your hair

Since the dawn of time, long hair has been a hallmark of a woman’s beauty (and the occasional man too – like romance novel model Fabio). Hair extensions are more popular than ever, so if you have lovely long locks, you can cash in! Try Buy and Sell Hair or Hair Sellon. See exactly what you need to do to qualify and take advantage of this great way to get a payday!

You can also consider getting a haircut for free or have it shorn and actually get paid for it. It is worth contacting your local colleges and hair salons to see if they need “hair models” to fine tune their craft.

10. Refer a friend or be referred

You know how companies offer a bonus if you refer a friend? Well, Refer Me Happy lets you search for companies you use and refer strangers. Similarly if you want to use a company you haven’t used before, you can get referred by someone on the site. Either way, you win some kind of bonus whether it’s a gift card, loyalty points, or just plain cash!

11. Freelance mentoring

If you’re a person with some interesting and specific knowledge you could be a expert and work from home as a Udemy mentor. You set your own price and you are listed on the site to become a paid consultant. It couldn’t be simpler. Share your own knowledge one-on-one or with a group!

12. Rent out your parking space

Finding affordable parking can be a real pain in the neck in a lot of areas. If you have a private parking space lying empty, it’s possible that some frustrated commuter or neighbor would gladly pay to rent it off you. If you live in a heavily populated area, this may be just what you are looking for.

CurbFlip is just one site that will let you list your parking space and set your price for free, taking only a small cut from the rental fee you charge. Details are at the site so start making some money now!

13. Try stuff out before it hits the stores

Granted this won’t earn you cash per se, but it does mean that you can stock up on some goodies that you potentially would have had to buy…which is kind of the same thing, isn‘t it?

Set up a tester’s account on Toluna and they’ll send you all kinds of doodads to try out from kid’s shampoos and herbal teas to lip liners and Spiderman stationary kits. They also give out free vouchers for coffee shops, holidays, clothes and more.

14. Get paid to review new music

If you fancy yourself a bit of a music buff, Slicethepie is a nice little earner that’s sure to hit all the right notes!

There’s a gazillion unsigned bands out there, and they need you to listen to and review their tracks. Initially you won’t make much, but writing trustworthy reviews will increase your scout rating, earning you more and more. Interested? This great site is looking for you right now so get started!

15. Reclaim lost assets

Ever wondered if your eccentric great-uncle was really a famous explorer with a stash of pirate doubloons in his attic? How about an old employer’s pension that you have completely forgotten about? No? Well, maybe you should!

Billions and billions of unclaimed financial assets are collecting dust right now in U.S. banks, businesses, and government agencies accounts—yet most are easy to reclaim. Whether the account’s yours or a deceased relative’s, it’s worth searching through the net to find out how to reclaim lost assets you may be entitled to. Check out sites like www.usa.gov/unclaimed-money for starters or search the web for additional places.

16. Rent out your shed or garage

That lawnmower you haven’t touched since 2009, the old Christmas tree, that box of LPs you’re definitely going to take down to the flea market one of these days…they’re all pretty lonely! Find them some new friends by renting out available space in your garage or shed. You can’t help but notice the dozens of storage facilities all around, can you? Try craigslist to list your cheap available space!

17. Rent out a spare room to a student

Students come to colleges and universities near you and many are seeking cheaper places than the room and board they pay at school. Foreign students learning English are also looking for a personal experience too. Renting a spare room out to a student is a pretty easy way to earn some regular cash. Throw in extras such as laundry and meals and you can really bump up the rental fee and still be a lot cheaper than any school is offering these days! You can talk to local schools to find out how to locate interested parties.

18. Rent your T-shirt space

You can set up your own part time business on a website that you create and believe it or not companies will pay you to advertise their goods or services on your T-shirt! You get the T and wear it for whatever the agreed upon time and the exposure will earn you money. The going rate is about $10 per day and if you make some calls around town to local businesses, you’re sure to find some who are willing. It can even pay to do it for things like a local election candidate!

19. Get a tattoo? (just a temporary one but yeah it’s a tattoo)

Talk about extremes, here is a doozy. Companies are becoming really creative out there and so they are paying people to get a temporary tattoo with their logo or ad. In some cases the fee may be as much as $10,000, depending on the terms. It’s true. You can check this out at Lease Your Body (update: the Lease Your Body website is no longer active).

20. Advertising applied to your auto

There are many companies that offer to lease ad space on your car from anywhere from $100 to $600 per month, depending on the service you choose, where you live, and how much you drive. You generally have to have your own car that’s less than 10 years old, in good shape, have insurance, have a clean driving record, and be an active driver in an urban area. At Wrapify, for example, drivers are paid per mile and can make about $250-$450 per month with no upfront costs all over the U.S.

21. Help people move their stuff

If you have a van, truck, or other large vehicle, you can use it to help people move large items, such as their furniture. Try GoShare or BuddyTruk. Drivers take 80% of the total fee for the vehicle/driver rental, which is charged per hour with a minimum. Typical earnings are up to $40 an hour.

There are even more great ways

When I was in college way back when, I used to run a pizza delivery service at the school dorms buy taking orders and delivering them to kids for a fee and tips too. I made all my spending money for the week in just a few hours on a Friday night!

I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to earn a few extra dollars after I retired, but I was wrong about that. Whether it has been working at the polls each year, selling my unwanted things online or at the local flea market, or even blogging every week here at Super Saving Tips (check out my guide if you’d like to create a blog of your own), I have been able to boost my income and keep myself busy at the same time. Both things have been a blessing.

If you think that earning some extra cash is going to be difficult, well I am here to tell you that you are only limited by your attitude and imagination. There are literally dozens of unconventional, weird, and wacky ways to start earning some extra money right now. This list of 21 is really just the tip of the iceberg and you may have an idea of your own that is even better than any of these! If you do, I’d like to hear about it and share them!

What have you done that was weird or wacky to earn some extra money? Do you think you have a talent or special skill that someone will pay your for doing outside of you “real” job? Would earning a few extra bucks fit in nicely to your budget?


  1. Thanks for the unusual tips Gary. No real wacky stories for me. I have sold plenty of stuff on eBay and Craig’s list over the years. Before I part with something I consider if it has a resale value. The internet has certainly spawned many ways to make some extra cash these days.

  2. Great suggestions! It’s good to get side jobs where you don’t actually work but where it’s part of a hobby or just for fun or money out of “extras” – space, clothes, etc. I’m also a big fan of keeping/recycling used items. There’s always money out of trash so instead of throwing them, it’s a good idea to trade or sell them. Thanks for tips, Garry!

  3. Great tips, Gary. I love numbers 7 and 11. Never heard of Rent a Local Friend and Zeqr before. And number 1 really brings back memories. I had a girlfriend in college who took an art class. And I remember leafing through her sketch book one day and coming upon a drawing of an old fat naked man. And this was back in 1981. I was shocked. I had no idea that art schools paid anyone to model.

  4. Liz Web

    I used to get paid writing reviews until I ran out of products to review. Glad I learned blogging and now earning from it. Lots of online part time jobs to try as well. And did you know you can really make money by taking photos of your shopping receipts?

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