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45 Weird Ways to Make Money Online [Some of These May Surprise You]

By Jennifer Leach |

If you're searching for weird ways to make money online, this article will share 45 ideas you may not have heard of. There are plenty of creative and interesting ways to earn an income online and make a few bucks.

Whether you're wanting to start a side hustle for some extra cash or possibly create a full-time income, there is no shortage of income opportunities on the web.

In this article, we're going to cover 45 weird ways to make money online.

Let's get started.

45 Weird Ways to Make Money Online

1. Lose weight

Making money online is a nice side effect of losing weight. People might not know there are weight loss bet companies that will pay you for dropping weight.

Sherri Shepherd won $1,300 for hitting her goal weight with HealthyWage!

If you want to lose weight, it's worth looking into this as a nice incentive for getting healthy.

2. Be a friend

You can make money online by being a friend to someone. This is a gig many Fiverr sellers offer. Take a look…

To get started, you'd set up a Fiverr account as a seller and list your online friend gig. The work you perform might include:

Here are some other ideas for how to make money on Fiverr.

Post a gig on Fiverr

3. Become a mukbanger

A mukbanger is someone that eats a large quantity of food for an audience, like an eating show. This trend originated in South Korea within the last 10 years or so and has quickly caught fire on a global scale.

Today, mukbangers are producing these eating shows around the world.

Commonly, they'll eat on a video platform like YouTube, sitting down and feasting or talking to the audience while eating. This is something you can do part-time for a few hours a week and make a nice side income.

You can make money with mukbangs through:

One example of earning through advertising is with YouTube's partner program. 

How long it takes to make money on YouTube can vary from channel to channel.

4. Try video ASMR

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response and it's the tingly feeling some people get when watching or hearing something. The experience is calming and pleasant, often making you drowsy and falling asleep. 

It's become quite popular with over 5 million ASMR videos floating around YouTube.

To get started, you can join a video platform like YouTube, set up your channel, and then begin filming. The equipment you'll need might include a microphone and camera or webcam for filming.

Top ASMRtists make good money, earning up to millions per year.

5. Flip items around the house

Flipping items around the house can be a surprisingly effective way to raise cash. Go around your home and collect items that you no longer need, that can be sold. Here are some examples:

Sell through consignment shops like Swap and ThredUp. Other websites for selling include eBay and Amazon, to name a few.

6. Paid online surveys

Did you know you can get paid to share your opinion with online surveys? Tons of legit paid online survey sites will pay you cash and rewards for sharing your opinion.

Some examples include:

This won't earn you a full-time income but, it's an easy, fun way to make some extra cash in your spare time.

Check out Swagbucks

7. Test products

Product testing is another option for making money online. You can make money with this by having companies ship your products to test out and share your opinion.

Here are some companies you can check out for product testing opportunities:

8. Blogging

Blogging is about writing online on a topic (called a niche) to an audience.

For example, you could write about the best strollers for premature babies or share your experience of paying down $100,000 in student loans. 

There are tons of different topics you can blog about. Here are some different ways to make money blogging: 

Michael Donovan earns $20K/month from a tech niche blog!

Check out our guide on how to start a blog.

9. Social media influencer

Social media influencers make money through their social influence. They can sell to their audience and earn a part-time or full-time income.

First, start a social media account then, choose a niche, and start creating content. You can make money with:

Read our guide on how to become an influencer.

10. UGC content creator

UGC (user-generated) content creators play the same role as a social media influencer. They get paid to create content except, they don't need to have a social following.

Imagine if you had the skills to create TikTok videos to sell brands' products but, you didn't have to post them to your social media account. That's what UGC content creators do!

Find UGC content creator jobs on Fiverr and Upwork as well as social media sites like Linkedin or Twitter.

Check Out Upwork

11. Paid online studies

Paid online studies are similar to paid online surveys. You get paid to share your opinion individually or in a group setting, like a focus group but studies are more time-intensive and better paying.

Paid online studies can pay between $20 to $400+ per study and you can find them at these sites:

12. Sell breast milk

This is one of the weirdest ways to make money on this list. It's selling breast milk.

For lactating mothers, most milk banks call it milk donation but you do get paid, it's about $1 per ounce.

Places like the Human Milk Banking Association of North America are where you can go to learn more information.

13. Sell feet pics

This is just what it sounds like. Snap pictures of your feet and make money. Here are some sites where you can make this happen:

This might sound kind of odd but, it's lucrative.

This woman makes over $70,000/year selling pictures of her feet!

14. Create a faceless Instagram account

This is about how to earn cash through the social network, Instagram.

You can pursue the same path as a social media influencer, but you won't have to show your face.

Faceless Instagram accounts are accounts that post content that does not show the creator in the social media post. If you're introverted, camera-shy, or don't want friends or family to find you online, this is a solution.

Here are some examples of faceless Instagram accounts:

15. Virtual babysitter

A virtual babysitter is an online babysitter that entertains children from a computer screen.

You could work for a company like Virtual Babysitters Club to perform online to entertain kids:

If you enjoy being around kids and you're a performer, then this could be a cool way to make money online.

16. Book flipping

Book flipping involves buying books at a low price and selling them at a high price, profiting from the difference.

For example, you could find a used textbook for $50 on eBay and sell it on Amazon for $150, making a $100 profit (before fees).

This is book flipping and flippers like Jarry Lew are making a full-time income doing this.

17. Domain flipping

Working on laptop

Domain flipping works like any other kind of flipping. You can buy a domain at a low price and sell it at a high price.

For example, Aquipsy.com is currently for sale for $0.01 for the first year from GoDaddy and has a current appraisal value is $1,234.

You could potentially make a $1,200 profit from this domain flip!

That's how it works.

You can buy domains from a domain auction and domain purchase websites like GoDaddy, Sedo, JustDropped, and others, then sell them online for a profit.

18. Sell low content and no content books

Low content books are books like crossword puzzles and activity books. No content books are notebooks or journals.

These are both incredibly easy to create and although they sell at a lower price point, selling a large volume of these books can make you part-time or full-time income online passively.

Creating these books is easy with a tool like Book Bolt.

Read more about it in our Book Bolt review to see how it works.

19. Teach piano

If you're a skilled musician, consider monetizing your skills to teach music lessons like piano to others.

You could do this as an online course or you can work one-on-one or in a group setting to teach music lessons live, in real time.

20. Virtual bridesmaid

A virtual bridesmaid is probably one of the most unique side hustles on this list.



Virtual weddings are a thing and having a virtual bridesmaid can be a great complement to the wedding party. You can charge to cover:

Wedding Wire shares that the average cost a bridesmaid spends is about $1,200. You could charge a similar cost, making around $1,000 or so per wedding!

21. Flip NFTs

NFTs (or non-fungible tokens) are digital art that you can buy and sell.

There's a lot that goes into buying and flipping NFTs but, if you do it right, you can make a nice profit. 

To learn more about it, find out how to make money with NFTs.

22. Vlogging

Engage with your followers regularly to build trust and increase your engagement!

Vlogging or video blogging is about documenting the things around you to share with the world. Many vloggers document their daily life, pulling the curtain back on their day-to-day.

Most vloggers create and publish content using YouTube and monetize with:

23. Pinterest manager

How to Make Money With Ecommerce

A Pinterest manager is a social media manager for Pinterest. If you run your Pinterest account and you know how to post pins, create boards, and check the analytics, this could be the side hustle for you.

Find clients, run their Pinterest accounts, and report the results to them.

24. Mock online juror

Mock online jurors can play a big role in helping attorneys get prepared for a real court case through a mock trial. They will hear testimony, get jury instructions, and deliberate to provide a guilty/not guilty decision, like a jury focus group.

Here are some online mock juror companies to check out:

25. Gamer

Gamers are people that play video games. This can be computer-based video games or gaming using a console like an Xbox or PlayStation.

Gaming can make you money through:

26. Mystery shopping

Mystery shopping is a way for companies to get unbiased feedback about their products and employees.

As a mystery shopper, you'll be an undercover shopper, sharing your shopping experience and opinion on the products you buy.

Mystery shops can pay up to $50+ each and there are in-person and online opportunities. Here are some companies to check out to find mystery shops:

27. Ethical hacking

This is one of the weird ways to make money online for tech geeks. It's perfect for people that can do computer hacking.

Hacking is when someone gains unauthorized access to a system or computer.

Ethical hacking is when you purposely hack a company's website to uncover vulnerabilities that you can alert them to. You can make money with this through:

Here are some examples of company bug bounties:

28. Beekeeping

Beekeepers help take care of bees, providing hives for shelter, medication, etc. Bees are a critical part of the ecosystem, helping support the growth of nature like trees and flowers, and helping support the existence of many species, so this is a very important job.

29. Sell your hair

Human hair selling is a market you probably didn't know existed and sites like Hairsellon are helping consumers sell their beautiful, healthy hair for cash. This marketplace has been in existence since 2012 and it is one of the largest websites for human hair selling.

Human hair can sell for $150 to $1,000 or more!

To get started on this site, you will set up a listing that involves registering for the site, posting photos of your hair along with pricing, and waiting for offers to come in.

30. Professional cuddler

A professional cuddler makes money cuddling others. Someone in need of cuddling will book an appointment and then meet the professional cuddler for their cuddling session.

Cuddling can provide comfort, encouragement, happiness, and other positive feelings. It's called cuddle therapy and it can pay up to $80/hour or more.

Here are some websites you can check out to learn more about becoming a pro cuddler:

31. Professional line waiter

A line waiter is someone that gets paid to stand in line for their client. This could be line standing for events like:

Professional line sitters can make as much as $1,000/week.

To do this yourself, you can set up gigs on marketplace sites like TaskRabbit or Fiverr. You can also turn to local sites where you can use sites like Craigslist to list your services.

32. Sell plasma

Looking for weird ways to make money online without any work?

Well, while this isn't technically 100% online, you can start the process online, by registering for the plasma donation site and setting an appointment.

Selling plasma is an opportunity for anyone to make money that's at least 18 years old. You'll visit a plasma center, register, and then give plasma. If you've ever donated blood, it's a similar experience.

You can earn between $50 to $75 per appointment with some companies paying up to $1,000 to $1,200 for first-time sellers, like CSL Plasma.

33. Play games

Companies like Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars are where you can go to make money playing games. This is low-paying but, it's a way to monetize your time and is perfect for people who enjoy playing games. 

Once you register for the site, you can get started playing games. The money you earn will accumulate in your balance and then once you meet the minimum balance requirement, you can cash out.

34. Watch TV

How about weird ways to make money online for TV lovers? We've got you covered. In this side gig, you can make money watching TV and movies. Here are some websites to check out for this:

35. Taste-testing

Taste-testing opportunities can help you monetize your tastebuds.

This is a market research opportunity where you'll taste food and drinks and then share your opinion about your experience. 

Here are some websites to check out for this opportunity:

36. Answer text messages

McMoney is one app that pays you to answer text messages. Others to check out include 1Q.

This is one of the top weird ways to make money online using your phone!

The requirements will vary from app to app but, in general, you'll download the app, register, and then receive text messages. Some texts you receive will be questions users are asking and you'll make money by providing an answer.

37. Rent your pool

If you have a backyard pool, you can rent it out short-term for as much as $100+ per hour! The company to check out for this is Swimply. It's like Airbnb but for pools.

Short-term renters can rent out your pool, earning you money passively.

38. Rent your backyard for campers

Airbnb your backyard for campers! If you have the perfect backyard setup to accommodate campers, list your space on Airbnb for short-term rental income.

This is a cool way to earn passive income and you can outsource the maintenance and cleaning to a cleaning team who will clean and fix up the space in between guest stays.

39. Sell photos

This is for creatives who are looking for weird ways to make money online. It's stock photo selling.

For amateur and pro photographers, selling photos can be a fun and lucrative way to make extra money. Snap photos of people, places, and things around you, then sell them on a stock photo site. Here are some examples:

40. Modeling

Working as a fashion model can bring tons of perks including high pay, travel, and exposure to TV and film opportunities. This can be runway modeling, hand modeling, body part modeling, hair modeling, etc.

Models can earn up to $100/hour or more.

To find opportunities, start by getting headshots taken, then you can join modeling websites like Model Mayhem to get connected with opportunities.

Being active on social media can also help you get opportunities to model as well as joining gig marketplace sites like Fiverr or Upwork.

41. Claim lost mail

Mail that has been lost can be purchased by consumers. The idea is to claim lost mail, purchase it, and then resell it, just like flipping. This can be an incredibly fun way to make money. Every mail package is like a mystery box and you don't know what you're getting.

This will require some upfront capital as you'll need to buy the lost mail packages before you can resell them. But, those costs can be covered as long as you sell the packages for a high enough price to cover your purchase plus profit.

42. Remove photo backgrounds

Make money removing photo backgrounds. You don't need photo editing experience thanks to background eraser tools and software that exist.

All you need is to find clients that need this kind of work done, which you can find in places like:

43. Rent your closet

Neighbor.com is a short-term rental company that can help in renting space in your home, like your closet.

For people that need storage space, this can be cheaper than going to a storage facility, and for hosts like yourself, it's a passive way to earn money.

You can rent your closet, bedroom, attic, garage, etc. This is a short-term storage rental that involves storing things, not hosting guests like Airbnb rentals.

44. Sell digital templates on Etsy

Selling digital templates on Etsy is a smart way to make passive income. Here are some examples of digital templates you can sell:

Check Out Etsy

45. Website flipping

writing for textbroker full time

Today, you can flip just about anything for a profit. This includes flipping websites.

This is one of the weird ways to make money online, but website flipping is a flexible side gig and it can be very lucrative. You will build or buy a website, renovate it by adding content, ranking for keywords, and monetizing it, then sell it (the flip) for profit. 

Check Out Motion Invest

Final Thoughts on Weird Ways to Make Money Online

This wraps up our roundup on weird ways to make money online. If you're searching for a side gig that's out of the box and maybe even a little strange, these money-making ideas fit the bill.

Not all opportunities are equal. If you're wanting to make a million dollars, for example, stick to ideas that revolve around starting an actual business like:

For those that just want a little extra pocket money, the quick earners tend to be lower-paying but can make you some money like:

For more on ways to make money, check out how to make money online without surveys.




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By Jennifer Leach

Jenn Leach is an entrepreneur & content creator, educating millennials on how to achieve their financial dreams through smart money choices. Sharing tips and advice for wealth building and income growth through saving strategies, investing, entrepreneurship and side hustles. She blogs at Millennial Nextdoor and has reached thousands of readers and students looking to transform their money situation and take action in their finances.

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