When it comes to making some extra cash, many gigs that are considered turn to traditional part-time jobs such as working at a retail store or fast-food chain. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of bizarre side hustles you might want to try this year! And when we say unusual, we mean to point out these are bizarre, weird and perhaps striking side hustles that you’ve probably not considered.
Don’t Do Normal Side Hustles
Of course, you’re going to need to consider where you live and how you want to make cash. Some bizarre side hustle gigs aren’t for everyone (or anyone for that matter.) However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the weirder the side hustle, the less competition and the bigger the cash pile.
Another concern you need to consider is bizarre side hustles will have people looking at you. And that’s not something for the faint of heart. If you don’t mind being the center of attention, then these gigs might be your jam. If you’re thinking that you want to be as noticeable as wallpaper, abort immediately.
6 Best Bizarre Hustles to Consider:
1. Become a professional mourner: Yes, you read that right! In many cultures, funeral processions require “wailers.” I looked this up in the dictionary and it’s described as people who will cry and express grief for the deceased. Professional mourners is a real side hustle and it can honor people who have passed. Depending on where you live, you can charge per event, per location or as agreed upon, depending on the clientele. Just be prepared to put on your most convincing display of sadness!
2. Sell your hair: Believe it or not, many women are willing to pay top dollar for human hair extensions! You can sell your long locks to wig makers or directly to individual buyers.
Typically the hair needs to be at least 6 inches or longer. While I’ve never personally sold hair, I have donated it to worthy causes. You could do both, and still get a new style. Ask your hairdresser about this next time you are in the chair. Don’t forget to make sure to check reviews and do some research before choosing a buyer.
3. Become a professional bridesmaid: For those with experience in wedding planning or just a charming personality, becoming a professional bridesmaid may be the perfect side gig! Don’t laugh at this gig and don’t think you couldn’t be a groom in a pinch as both are needed.
Brides often need assistance coordinating errands, helping with last-minute details, and managing guests on the big day. Consider reaching out to area bridal shops or pitching yourself as a package deal alongside bouquets or photography. I’ve seen a number of pro bridesmaids in larger towns do well. But in smaller towns, you could hang out near the courthouse and get clients there too!
4. Create art out of bugs: Believe it or not, insects can be quite popular among collectors! Scour flea markets, garage sales, and anywhere else where you might stumble across dead specimens. Mount them in shadow boxes or decorative frames, then market them as unique pieces of taxidermy art. Some artists have turned this idea into full-fledged Etsy stores!
And if bugs aren’t your thing (we understand) consider any number of recycled products. We known someone who sells bottle cap at the Venice Boardwalk in California. She has amazing art and visitors walk on vacation and buy it when they are drawn to her art.
5. Offer your name for naming rights: Okay, so technically you wouldn’t really be selling anything physical here. But consider how many baby boomers named after celebrities we know today – why not market your own name to parents-to-be? Imagine landing a spot on birth certificates all over America! While success likely won’t come overnight, building a strong internet presence through social media or personal website.
6. Get a Tattoo of Someone Else’s Choice: OK, before you suggest this bizarre side hustle is just too bizarre, let me tell you that a designed patch of skin goes for thousands of dollars. Don’t believe me? Take a peek online and see all the ingenious people who sell inch by inch tattoos for cash.
I remember seeing this idea for the first time on eBay. It was repulsive (I wasn’t broke at the time) and I thought it was insane. Then I met a pal who sells the same concept on private message services. Well, she does go a step further with actually recording a video of the tattoo artist at work. Anyway, people love this type of thing and it’s a great side hustle.
If these are not the best bizarre side hustles, then tell me what is in the comments below. I know that we all must make some green and we all do it a little differently. My hope is that you find your best way to make money and enjoy doing what you do. Unless, of course, you are a professional wailer, then you will need to be a little bit sad during your work.