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Has your boss ever said to you that ‘you don’t make money standing around doing nothing?’
Well, we have found a money-making opportunity that pays you to do just that – you can make money standing around…or rather, standing in line!
There’s potential money to be paid for just that – queuing for things – whether it be for the latest iPhone, concert tickets, sales bargains or a celebrity meet and greet.
Then read on to find out how you can make money queuing.
Think about the queue of roughly a thousand people which stood outside the Covent Garden and Regent Street Apple stores waiting to get their hands on an iPhone 6.
They queued throughout the night, even though it was raining, so they could be one of the first to get their hands on a product.
Chances are at least a few of them would have been happy to pay for someone else to take their place in the queue.
That’s where you come in.
You can make money standing around by offering to stand in the queue and get paid at an hourly agreed rate (this is known as ‘line sitting’).
And it’s not just people who don’t want to stand in the queue who will be glad of your service, a lot of people can’t stand in line because they’ve got work and family commitments preventing them.
These kind of people would be very grateful for the service you would be providing.
‘How do I make money as a line sitter?’ Admittedly this isn’t a normal or popular way of earning money but it is catching on.
Robert Samuels, a U.S. entrepreneur, created the website Same Ol Line Dudes, which offers this particular service to their customers.
Samuels started down this path when he was sacked from a job and was looking for new and original ways to make money.
Interestingly the customer changed their mind and decided they’d buy the product online, but they let Samuels keep the money.
Samuels then sold his slot in the queue to another customer, so he made even more money. On top of that he sold milk crates to the people in the queue who were feeling too tired to stand – he had found a great way to earn some extra cash.
He now, as mentioned, has his own company which has several employees – they charge $45 for the first two hours queuing and then $10 for every half an hour after that. It soon all adds up!
You may be wondering how to make money standing in line. Well, there’s now a UK site that offers these professional queuer jobs.
It’s all thanks to London-based startup Bidvine.com. They are a professional queuing service, hooking up people who needs someone to stand in line for them at the January sales, the ticket queue for the O2, the latest offering at the Apple store and much, much more.
You can register your interest in becoming a professional ‘queuer’ by selecting the right service category here:
Consumers will be able to visit the link and request quotes from their list of queuers across the country. It’s expected bids will be around £15 p/h but, it’s up to you what you want to quote per hour, or per job.
Queuers are apparently equipped with energy bars, water and personal toilet facilities to ensure they can stay in line as long as necessary.
One of the biggest quality you’re going to need if you want to make money standing in line is, unsurprisingly, patience.
As I said earlier, line sitting is not something commonly heard of in the UK (had you ever heard of it?) which has both its advantage and disadvantages. If you want to make money as a line sitter there are a few things you need to do.
It’s not going to be easy, particularly at first, but there is genuinely a lot of money-making potential once you get yourself going.
As with many of the unusual money making opportunities we find, this isn’t one you’re going to be able to make a living from, at least at first (although you may be able to set up the first successful line sitting business in the UK so you never know!)
There are, obviously, no standard prices for this kind of thing so how much you charge is going to depend on how much you think your time is worth. You’ll have to decide whether to charge a flat fee for queuing, for example £100 for the whole time, or if you’re going to charge per the hour.
If you followed the example of Robert Samuels or Bidvine you could be charging £15 for the first hour, and £6 for each following half hour. So, if you’re standing in a queue for just five hours, for example, you could be making nearly £40. Not a bad professional queuer salary, aye!
Obviously some queues last a lot longer so you could be making some serious extra money!
Had you ever heard of being paid to queue before? Is it something you’d be interested in giving a go? Let us know in the comments below.