Not too fussed about whether your cash comes crisp and clean or slightly dingy and dirty?
Then your best bet for making a quick buck might be investigating those jobs that need to be done but that the majority of people are not brave enough to do.
Here’s a list of our favourites!
1. Roadkill cleaners
There are few things you can count on when embarking on a motorway journey but two are certain: 1. the traffic will be terrible and 2. you will have to do some serious swerving to avoid mushing a poor dead animal even further into the tarmac.
Yes, roadkill is a serious problem and happens far more often that we would like to admit but the reason that it’s not so obvious is because it’s someone’s job to clear up the carcasses and wipe up the roads.
Roadkill collectors find, remove and dispose of the motorway’s unlucky victims and provide a service to the more squeamish among us (me!), dealing with the tragedies of dead badgers, deer and even dogs.
While roadkill collectors in the UK are lucky as it is rare to find a moose or a bison on the side of the road like in the US, they do have to enjoy driving as they spend the majority of their days combing roads for collisions.
While some cleaners are paid per hour they work, others are paid per animal removed.
In Farnham, 2016, the role of a road kill cleaner was advertised at £7 an hour, with the proviso that the successful applicant would be able to work in all weather conditions and have a strong stomach.
Look on the bright side: at least you won’t be competing with many people for the job!
2. Google Sensitive content checker
The internet is a minefield and no one knows that better than a Google Sensitive content checker who spends their working hours trawling through disturbing YouTube videos and blocking the worst from being seen on social media.
Responding to complaints about content ranging from pornography to extreme violence, content checkers are tasked with removing the material within 24 hours and reporting it to government authorities.
Writing on Buzzfeed.com, one former content checker revealed that he was reviewing over 15000 images a day from Google platforms including Google Images and Picasa.
Working at Google for over 9 months without any kind of psychological or emotional support, however, this anonymous techie asserts that he needed to search out serious therapy before he could continue and even then, Google made him redundant.
This highlighted the need for proper mental health and technical support for those doing such jobs but unfortunately not much has changed.
It might be worth remembering that your mental well-being is priceless before considering this kind of dirty work.
3. Selling your body
Having read the above sub heading, you may be wondering how much you could get for a kidney or even a lung and I’m sorry to break it to you, but that kind of thing is illegal and also seriously dangerous.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t make money selling your body! Here are a few totally legal and potentially lucrative body shop ideas:
Companies such as HairHarvest will pay up to £200 for your flowing locks and WigsUK pay by the ounce, offering between £3-£5 depending on how long your hair is.
Sounds slightly strange but in 2012 mothers were selling their breast milk at £1 an ounce on Facebook!
Don’t mind a needle? Then trials4us offer £60 per 600 mls of blood (or pay at a proportionate rate) and they even cough up for travel expenses.
Clinics around the UK will also offer money in return for sperm and egg donations and in some places, it also pays well to be a surrogate mother.
While the money might seem nice at first, though, remember that such work could have potentially life changing consequences so don’t make the decision lightly. Read on here to find out more.
4. Clinical trials
Don’t mind going further than a little haircut for some money? Then why not look into clinical trials where you can get your whole body involved and you can get paid £100 per day for your trouble!
One of the most difficult parts of the process is finding a clinical trial to take part in. What you can do is ask your doctor or a patient organisation if they know of any clinical trials that you may be eligible to join. You can also sign up to some websites such as:
- UK Clinical Trials Gateway
- WHO International Clinical Trials
- Cancer Research UK
- Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Parkinson’s UK
- Arthritis Research UK
As suggested above, clinical trials are open to both those lucky enough to be in full health and those suffering from a particular disease.
Clinical trials can actually be a great way to contribute to medical research and, if you take part in one that addresses your particular condition, can mean that you benefit from a cutting edge new treatment.
However, there is the risk that the treatment can be no better or even worse than the standard treatment you normally receive.
It’s also important to remember that clinical trials may be very time consuming and may also require you to restrict certain aspects of your lifestyle such as alcohol consumption.
While a 13 day trial may translate into £1300 in total, it may also mean you have to put your day job on hold.
There is also the risk that the drugs used in a clinical trial will have unexpected side effects on you and so it is important that you are sure of what the compensation mechanisms are if something does go wrong.
5. Headstone cleaning
Don’t mind spending some time getting to know some spooks?
Well headstone cleaning could be for you and, as well as being a unique way to make money, will give you the chance to help grieving families keep the memories of their loved ones alive.
Although cemeteries do a great job of maintaining their sites, headstone cleaners are still needed because they don’t have time to give every grave the attention it needs.
The key to headstone cleaning is knowing your stone and having too much time and cleaning equipment on your hands.
Headstones are made from a variety of materials which all require different cleaning methods. Limestone, granite and marble are commonly used but older ones made from shale or sand may stump you.
Do a little research, however, and you’ll find that there are lots of specialist tools and detergents available to you.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can also always expand your service to include flower planting and placement, watering, repainting and basic landscaping.
You could charge per the hour or offer a package with tri-annual upkeep visits.
At The Headstone Cleaning Company, for example, prices for a full professional clean start at £80.00, and their annual care starts at £55.00.
It might not be as grave a job as you think!
6. Dog food tester
Ever wondered what dog food actually tastes like?
OK, maybe not, but would you think otherwise if I told you you could get paid for it?
Sitting in the comfort of your own home, all you would have to do would be to open a few tins of quality dog food a day, smell them and sample them.
As quoted in The Guardian, Phillip Wells, the chief taster for Lily’s Kitchen pet food, says that “although dogs’ palates are different to ours, taste is an important quality check to ensure each different ingredient is perfectly balanced in just the right way”.
He adds that “trying the food is also a good way to pick up on the nuances of the cooking; this works especially well on the dry kibbles!”
Wells reveals that £20,000 is an average starting salary for an entry level job in his department but that £50,000 or more is “easily achievable” for a technical director with experience who, as well tasting products, will also be dreaming up new doggy delights.
While you might turn your nose up at your plate if you were offered dog food for dinner, the Animal Feed Regulations 2010 says that the meat is safe for people to eat as it must be derived from animals passed as fit for human consumption.
You never know, you might find out you like it!
7. Dog poop cleaner
“Struggling to find time to clean your garden? Feeling the strain of an injury/health issue? Or maybe you’re just tired of the constant family arguments about whose turn it is, whose pet it is, etc?”
So opens PAWServices page on professional poo scooping and already there is not much more they need to say to lead me on.
Offering weekly, fortnightly or monthly deals, this canine loving company will clean up your garden and will sanitize and deodorize wherever your pets have been making a mess. They’ll also just do it on the one off.
If you love dogs and you like getting down and dirty with nature, then this could be the job for you.
Dog poop is a breeding ground for nasty diseases such as Salmonellosis and is also a nightmare to clean off the carpet so its one of those services that will never go out of business.
PAWServices’ prices start at £10.00 a week but, as reported by the Express in 2014, setting your own prices for your own area can pay off as Tim Stone, 54, managed to earn an incredible £56,000 a year by charging £28 per month for four visits!
8. Make money mourning
Funerals are horrible affairs in many ways, but they do provide one of the strangest ways to make money – you can get paid to show up as a professional mourner.
This might sound weird and, perhaps, even vulgar, but professional mourners – or moirologists to give them their official title – have been in practice for well over 2,000 years.
Sometimes people die without many family members or friends left, and people will pay for you to come along as a respectful way of ‘making up the numbers’.
It’s a job that’s not for everyone, you’ll be around people at their lowest moments after all, but if you have the social decorum and the spirit to hack it, you could be making £60-90 a day.
Any other ideas about how to make money in a strange or disturbing way? Let us know in the comments section below!