25 Odd Jobs that Make Good Money

by Krantcents · 51 comments

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Ever wondered how people end up in most unusual jobs? The reasons for taking up odd jobs could be many, such as making quick money, realizing passion or yearning to do something new and different. Sometimes these seemingly odd endeavors turn out to be great platforms for building personally rewarding professions.  Not all such odd jobs can be good, some of them might leave you broke.

However, your willingness to take the chances will help you succeed in the long run. This infographic presents a list of 25 odd jobs that help in making good money. The best thing about going for odd jobs is that, they have very less competition. These jobs give the opportunity to make big bucks by offering services which no one else does. Read on to know about peculiar jobs and how much you can earn.

Pearl Diver – A risky job but you can earn $1,300 a day in Australia and at least $500 in America.

Voice-over Work – By lending your striking voice for commercials or cartoons, you can earn up to $80,000 per year.

Lipstick Reader – This lady can tell the personality and future of women by reading their lip prints in high-end tea parties. Yes, such a job exists! And they can make $25 to $50 every year.

Live Mannequin – This is the latest trend which requires parading with an outfit of your choice in stores. You get to live your modeling dream as well as earn $50 an hour.

TV Watcher – Watching TV and giving viewer ratings is not only an entertaining job, but also pays you $25,000 as initial salary.

25 Odd Jobs that Make Good Money

Final Thoughts

The typical route to wealth is a college degree and a good job. We have seen that this may be a myth in the last few years.  Just look at all the new college graduates who can not find work in their particular career choice. I am not suggesting that a college degree is not worthwhile, but it may not be worthwhile for every career. Here are just twenty-five (25) jobs that do not require a degree. It may require post secondary training or even specialized skills, but no degree! Some of you may even want to perform these jobs while you  pursue your college degree.

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Some of you may even want to perform these jobs while you  pursue your college degree.

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Pauline September 3, 2013 at 12:50 am

Some nice ideas. I could never do the lipstick read, sounds too shady, but I did the focus group and it was really good money. Didn’t know sperm donation paid THAT well too!

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

I did the focus groups too a long time ago.

Liquid September 3, 2013 at 2:05 am

TV watcher sounds like the perfect job for someone lazy like me lol. I didn’t know the human reproductive industry can pay that well. It’s too bad at least in my country, Canada, where it’s illegal to buy or sell sperm and eggs. So many people up here have to buy their eggs from fertility clinics in the US.

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

There are a number of jobs I did not know even existed! I was a little surprised with the shot girl numbers because it starts out so low.

Holly@ClubThrifty September 3, 2013 at 5:17 am

Getting paid to watch TV would probably be the dream job of a lifetime for many. I would certainly sign up for that!

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 6:55 am

They probably want extensive reports. I was a restaurant secret shopper a long time ago and the paperwork is ridiculous.

Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide September 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

It sounds awful to me, but I associate heavy TV watching with being sick!

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I agree! The only time I watch a lot of TV is when I am sick too.

Michelle September 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

This is definitely an interesting list of jobs. Paid to watch TV? Sign me up!

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

I have a feeling the reporting is much more than I liked the show! The probably test you whether really watched it and you don’t get to watch what you like.

Mr. Utopia @ Personal Finance Utopia September 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

Many of these certainly are odd jobs. It seems you’ve either got to have a unique passion that leads to these types of jobs or just happen to fall into them. It’d probably be a bit difficult to actually seek them out (I’ve never seen a job listing for tv watcher!).

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

It is probably something from the Neilsen rating company! I was a secret restaurant participant a while back. It seems like it is more fun than it is. You fill out reports and and your meal is paid for in addition to a fee.

Andy Hough September 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I’ve done some of these. I’ve participated in focus groups, been a movie extra, and mystery shopped. The pay was generally less than what was listed here. Even when the pay was okay the jobs are very short-term so it would be tough to make a living from any of these.

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I did focus groups and restaurant mystery shopper too. The pay was okay, but more work with the reporting than I realized.

charles@gettingarichlife September 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hi Krantcents,
Luxury house sitter is like the unicorn of odd jobs. Here in Hawaii there a ton of second homes that wealthy people own that are vacant. Craigslist is full of people wanting to house sit so they can stay in Hawaii for free. I’ve only met one person that nabbed a job like that. If I was a rich person I wouldn’t want a stranger to stay there.

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I agree! In the past, myson has house sit for us. Occasionally,we had friends stay at our house when we left on vacation.

Bryce @ Save and Conquer September 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I’ve done focus groups, but the work was very spotty.

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I have done focus groups and mystery shopping (restaurants). It always seemed very little money per hour.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor September 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I had no idea “shot girls” made that kind of money. Looks like I’m in the wrong line of work, or maybe I need to moonlight in bars? 😉

Krantcents September 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

It seems the successful ones would have to be good as flirting. I guess it adds up pretty fast!

maria@moneyprinciple September 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

There are certainy fun things on this list; and some that are simply weird (crime scene cleaner, for instance). When I was young(er) I did the movie extra thing – it was much less fun than I expected it to be :).

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

Everybody in Los Angles is a wanna be actor so I probably ran into an extra all the time. The crime scene cleaner is pretty cool, if the work doesn’t bother you.

Rita P September 4, 2013 at 3:49 am

These are really good odd jobs for money. Lipstick reading is very new to me

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

It sounds a little gender specific!

Andrew @ She Thinks I'm Cheap September 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I would love to do voice over work in my spare time, what little I have anyway. How great would it be if your voice ended up on the telephone answer service for a major government or company!

Do Pearl Divers only dive in warm turquoise waters in relaxing tropical settings? If so, then sign me up for that too 🙂

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Do you think that pearl divers would have shrivelled up skin? You know how that happens if you stay in the bath tub too long. I wonder if doing audio books are the same as voice over work? I would love to just read books aloud for money or is that acting?

Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide September 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I’m a SCUBA diver. You can only stay under a certain number of hours per day due to dissolved nitrogen or else you risk decompression sickness. A good part of the day would be spent getting out to the dive site.

Most pearls are farmed these days. There probably aren’t many pearl diver jobs anymore.

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Are you saying that perl diver re probably not the commercial divers? It is probably like treasure hunters.

Tie the Money Knot September 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Interesting ideas….the lipstick reader is one that seems especially out there, but apparently there is a market for crazy stuff. Goes to show that one can earn some income in many different ways, if resourceful and open to different ideas.

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

You’re right! It is similar to “the millionaire next door.” Routine careers such as tradesmen who are millionaires are not what expect!

Janine @ MoneySmartGuides September 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

This gets my brain going on what other odd jobs can make extra money on the side. Especially something I really enjoy to do, but others may not….hmmm!

Krantcents September 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Often, people earn money from their hobbies such as baseball crd collections or other collectibles.

Anne Golden September 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Voice-actors can indeed make a good living, if they are well-trained and well-established, but since my husband is a professional voice actor, I can tell you that it is far from easy to make anywhere near the $80,000/year mentioned in this post. And it is not an easy field to break into.

Krantcents September 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Averages can be very is misleading!

Sicorra September 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Voice over is great work, and I’ve seen Live Mannequins in the expensive malls on the Vegas Strip and enjoy watching them.

Krantcents September 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I saw some street entertainers in Barcelona who were live mannequins! I am sure their earnings was different from the averages too.

Buck Inspire September 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

I always wondered about that voice over guy you hear at the movies. I don’t know the exact number, but I think he makes a killing. I did focus groups and was an extra. Who knew a sub cook makes that much. Fun list!

Krantcents September 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

All it takes is a good voice and some acting ability. That probably leaves out quite a few people. Animation has become it’s own industry and needs a lot of voice over people.

Jack @ Enwealthen September 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Interesting jobs, not quite what I was expecting.

I think I’d prefer Norm’s dream job – professional beer taster…

Krantcents September 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I heard that if you do something often enough, it becomes old! 🙂

Martin September 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Wow… nice list and nice graphic. I want to be a TV watcher! If they can hire me part time, I will watch TV for them the whole afternoon, evening and night LOL.

Krantcents September 11, 2013 at 6:53 am

It probably is not as easy as it looks. I used to evaluate restaurants as a secret shopper. The paperwork is much more in depth than you would think.

Mike Collins September 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

Great list! The only one I’ve done is the focus group and I got paid $60 to eat some French Fries.

Krantcents September 12, 2013 at 6:55 am

I remember doing focus groups too. I think the rates have increased.

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