6 Super Weird Side Hustles That Are Making People Cash
Everything is getting more expensive these days and shockingly, wages aren't being adjusted for inflation, so we've put together a handy list of things that you can do as a side hustle to start raking in some serious cash.
Selling Used Panties
That's right folks, it's not just for Piper on OITNB with her online store "Felonious Spunk", people pay a premium for used knickers because it's "sexy".
A woman who goes by the name of #KandiKane has made more than $82,000 selling used knickers among other weird *used* personal items to men and is now financially independent (#goals)!
According to PantyDeal.com you can "sell your smell" to buyers while remaining completely anonymous and there is no shortage of people wanting to snap up your goods either -- there are over 570,000 people listed as "buyers" on the website.
A note for the gents though -- at this stage, it looks like only ladies can sell their goods on that site, so maybe there's a gap in the market guys.
No, this one isn't about watching your mate's cake while they go on holiday.
Cake sitting is a sexual fetish where people sit on cakes for sexual pleasure and for those who are willing to share their work, it can make you a solid buck or two.
Lindsay Dye is a cake sitter who has made a career -- not just a side hustle, out of her art form, squishing the frosted treats between her bum, sometimes while singing Spice Girls tracks.
We don't know about you guys, but that just looks like a waste of perfectly good cake to us.
Eating In Front Of A Webcam
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably been on the Internet and seen the term "mukbang" -- the word itself comes from the Korean words for "eating" (먹는; meokneun) and "broadcast" (방송; bangsong) -- and that's the best way to explain it: an eating broadcast.
It's been popular since 2010, and involves people eating lots of food in one sitting and then communicating with their audience while they chow down.
"The Diva" aka Park Seo-yeon reportedly earned $9,300 a month in donations in 2014.
"The Fitness Fairy" can make up to $4,000 a week TO EAT FOOD.
Reportedly though, the reasoning behind mukbang may be sadder than it seems with some suggesting that the whole practice emerged as a cure for loneliness among people in South Korea.
It's not just South Korean BJs (Broadcast Jockeys) that are posting mukbangs to the interwebs now though, American Youtuber Trisha Paytas aka blndsundoll4mj has developed a HUGE following -- on top of her existing Youtube fame, after starting her eating shows in 2015.
No, it's not a sex thing.
A woman in the U.S. has started a company called "Cuddle Up To Me" where people can pay up to US$80 (AU$107) per hour to cuddle.
It is actually very wholesome and the service they provide is "fully clothed, completely platonic cuddle sessions of 15 minutes to 5 hours" where you "can hug, sit, lie, dance, sing, read, or play games. This is your time to receive the love and attention that you deserve."
Still can't decide if this is cute or creepy.
Sell Your Holiday Snaps
Could your picture become the next stock photo to be turned into a meme?
On sites like Adobe Stock, you can upload your photos to be sold as stock images -- there's even a handy guide on how to maximise your profit including tips like post seasonal pictures, and post really weirdly specific graphics.
Get snapping guys, the cash is bound to start rolling in.
Bring In The Balloons
Following along the same vein as cake sitting -- "looners" are people who with a sexual fetish that involves balloons. For some, that might involve popping balloons, sitting or lying on them, or even inflating them.
Now in case you're wondering where the money aspect comes in, looners can't use regular party balloons for a lot of the stuff that they use them for, so there are specific materials used by online outlets that make them "robust, sturdy and durable, so you can even use them more than once".
Alternatively, you can sell your wares (i.e. appear on webcam) online and it can be as innocent as popping the balloons, with all your clothes on