The world we live in is a fast-paced, expensive one. With inflation driving prices sky high on many products and services, it can be difficult to make ends meet.
Consider yourself lucky if you don’t want for anything and can live comfortably by working only one job. Doubly so if you are able to do this alone and without a spouse or partner’s income to contribute to your financial safety.
Side hustles and multiple avenues of income are a reality for many Americans and others worldwide here in 2023. But competition can be fierce. It’s good to think outside of the box.
I thought of a number of side hustles that most people are capable of doing that perhaps get overlooked by the masses. Check out these five ideas and perhaps one or more will help keep a roof over your head and food on the table.
Be a Cuddle Buddy
There are a lot of lonely people on this planet. God did not bless everyone with stunning good looks and a winning personality. Some were raised by people who had no business even taking care of pets, let alone, children.
For those who do not have the attractiveness or social skills to find a spouse or significant other for years or decades at a time, life can be lonely. You can only kiss your dog or attempt to hug a cat so many times before you long for a good solid hug from another human being.
That’s where Cuddle-Buddies come into the equation. For $40 to $50 an hour, you could arrange a cuddling session with a professional. Nothing weird, nothing sexual. Just a nice, warm body to hold you and tell you that everything is going to be all right. Even though it probably won’t be.
I’d rather be lied to and comfortable for an hour than alone with my horrible thoughts and scenarios of doom playing out in my head. Even if there’s a bodyguard hovering above my hugging of a stranger for 60 minutes.
Start an Alcohol or Weed Delivery Business
Most people enjoy getting fucked up. Assuming you live in a place where both are legal, why not offer delivery services for alcohol and/or weed? You can talk a drunk or high person into almost anything that makes even a shred of sense. Especially when they’re in the middle of “Party Mode”.
You could market your services around colleges, online to sketchy-looking people, and to Wine Moms from the suburbs. Have a menu of sorts that you can promote, market, and send to anyone needing the refresh button hit on their social gathering or a solo pity party.
Just be sure to pack a stun gun with you, in case you walk into a rager and people are out of control. And keep it professional. Not beer bong shots at the frat house when you’re on duty. DUIs are bad.
Be an Escort, But Without the Sex
Let’s be real: It’s not easy to bring a smokin’ hot date to every party, wedding, or family reunion. Some folks want to impress by having the most handsome man or beautiful woman on their arm at a get-together or shindig.
This is where you come in. By marketing yourself as The World’s Most Handsome, Interesting Man, or The Most Sophisticated, Stunning Woman, you can earn significant side hustle money by hanging out and pretending to be something you’re not.
This is where you can get creative. Acting skills and the ability to pull off convincing accents can be fun. Fake mustaches, wigs, a roll of quarters down your drawers, or a stuffed bra can further accentuate your lead role.
Earnings may vary depending on your personal fitness level and god-given good looks. Plastic surgery and cosmetic dental procedures are optional but recommended if you want to be in the elite tier of earners.
Scoop Up Dog Shit
There’s a local company in my area that has taken this idea and run with it. So much so, that I’ve seen them buy new Jeeps and had them wrapped with “Turd Nerd” graphics, or some such shit.
This is a great business idea that not many people are willing to do. However, think about how many folks allow their dogs to just shit in their backyard and wait to clean it until it’s unbearable. Unless they have children they can threaten by withholding their kids’ electronics, they’re stuck with a shitty yard.
This business could thrive in the winter when the logs are nice and frozen and it’s too cold to go outside. You wouldn’t even have to bend and pick up anything by hand (gloves on, of course). You could get a retractable scooper and voila, a clean yard for $25-$30 in less than an hour.
Just verify the size of the yard prior to agreeing to the job. Nobody wants to have to clean a horse corral or pasture for thirty bucks.
Become a Bad News Delivery Person
This side hustle has the potential to be a big earner. Who doesn’t hate having to be the bearer of bad news? There are many people in our society that hate to be the asshole when it comes to breaking bad news.
Some categories of news to break that you could charge varying amounts for would be, giving results of tests related to one’s health, impending lawsuits, getting fired from a job, deaths of a loved one or pet, or breakups and divorces.
If you’re willing to travel for work, you could even break the news to writers that their book drafts are total crap, or that the country they live in doesn’t allow the Medium Partner Program.
You Don’t Want to Live With Your Parents Forever
Or maybe you do? Perhaps you’re just waiting for the clock to strike midnight before inheriting the family home. That could be the greatest side hustle of them all.
However, if they are renters, you better get to work. Try one or all of these proven methods for earning extra income and let me know how it goes.
A random envelope with 20% to 25% of your earnings tells me that you appreciate my wisdom and business sense. 30% to 35% gets you on my mailing list for future side hustle ideas. Just be sure the envelope isn’t light. Marone! &:^)