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Odd Jobs That Can Actually Make You Money

Job market news doesn’t always have to be stuffy and pessimistic, does it? Absolutely not! In fact, there are a lot of things going on in our job market right now that should give you a reason to smile- if only a little bit. For one, it seems as though more workers are going on vacation this year. This is a small sign that there is growth in our market and more people feel secure in the jobs and their finances to take some time off for fun. There’s also a good deal of companies reshoring and bringing their manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. These are all good things and should brighten up our view of the market a bit. So, in the interest of optimism and since it’s Friday- and who doesn’t like to have fun on Friday? -Spark News is taking a look at really odd jobs that can make you some money.

Remember when we covered the topic of higher education just earlier this week? A lot of young adults are starting to think that college isn’t really the best option for them right now. What’s more is that a lot of influential people, such as Mitt Romney, agree that college isn’t the end all-be all for young adults. While college is still a really important factor in the lives of young adults, it’s true that you can make it in life without it.

On top of that, you can find out-of-the-box jobs that don’t require a college degree and can actually make you a good deal of money. The Huffington Post recently highlighted a number of these jobs and Spark News thought it would be fun and interesting to share them with you here as well. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Lipstick Reader
This is perhaps one of the oddest jobs out of the bunch. It takes palm reading and telling your future to a whole new level. A lipstick reader is someone who can take a look at the imprint that lipstick-clad lips leave on a piece of paper to tell you a bit about yourself and perhaps even your future. As Abigail Gehring for the Post states, lipstick reading is a form of physiognomy. That’s the science of deciphering certain characteristics of a person based on physical features. Apparently this is a new hit for small parties and social gatherings. If you can master the craft, you can earn $25 to $30 doing this.

Human Scarecrow
These days, crows are a bit smarter than they used to be. Or perhaps the old scarecrows have lost their touch, but if you live in the country then being a human scarecrow can earn you some extra change. In fact, those working as a human scarecrow can earn up to $15 an hour. Not too shabby for running around trying to scare crows off of farms.

Film Extra

Those people standing around in the background of movies and shows have to be paid. That person could be you and you could earn $100 to $200 a day for the sheer presence of your body. You can sign up with an agency for these kinds of jobs or you can just look for advertisements in the paper. Of course, a lot of this work is waiting and then just standing, but for wouldn’t you wait around, stand and do nothing for $200? Thank you!

Human Statue
So, you know those odd people that paint themselves completely silver or gold and stand around hot attractions while people stand around usually waiting in line? Or you’ll find them in the city posted up on the sidewalk along a busy street to gain attention. When they get a tip, they change their pose and continue to stand there as if they were a statue. With a little bit of body paint and a relevant clothing, that could be you! You’d be surprised at how many people will tip you for your efforts and for your entertainment. On top of that, if you are actually hired for an event to do this you could make as much as $100 an hour. Of course, standing still for hours is harder than it looks, but again- $100 an hour for standing around? Thank you!

This is just a glimpse of some of the oddest jobs that can actually earn you some cash. There are so many other jobs you could do that are interesting and can earn you a good amount of money. Being creative and willing to step outside of the box is definitely something that is needed in order to do these kinds of jobs.

SOURCE: The Huffington Post
IMAGE: Courtesy of Atkielski

Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter

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