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7 Weird Ways to Make Money

HerMoney Staff  |  November 4, 2018

Sometimes working hard isn’t enough to make ends meet. Here's seven weird ways to make money, from selling breast milk to turning your car into a billboard.

Sometimes, working hard at your job isn’t quite enough to make ends meet. You could go the conventional route of taking on more hours or getting a second job, or you could try something a bit … unexpected. Here are seven bizarre ways to make money.

1. Sell Your Hair

You can make a bundle on your hair, especially if it’s virgin (i.e., never dyed). Depending on length, thickness and color, you can get hundreds of dollars. Run your stats through a hair price calculator to learn what you could potentially earn for your locks.

2. Take Selfies

If you’re feeling your look and want to document it with a selfie, you can upload it to Stylinity and tag your clothes. When people buy the clothes you’re wearing, you get rewards points that can be redeemed for cash or products.

3. Become a Test Subject

Research studies are an easy way to make money. Check out local universities for postings. Additionally, you can find listings online for focus groups, or even medical studies (which really pay, but can be invasive, time consuming, and pose potential health risks). Pro tip: Business school studies are awesome. No needles or weird medicine, just an hour of computer games.

4. Sell Breast Milk

You can earn $1-2 per ounce selling your extra breast milk online, depending on to whom you’re selling. Check out this breast milk marketplace, and this breast milk bank (which also takes donations).

5. Put Ads on Your Car

You can make money by simply driving your car as usual, provided you’re willing to wrap the whole thing in one giant ad. You can make anywhere from $300 to $900 per month.

6. Sell Old Electronics

Cell phones, tablets, laptops, video game equipment and other personal electronics all have value, even if they’re collecting dust in some closet. You can try to sell them on Craigslist, or sites specifically designed to buy old electronics. Depending on how old your item is and the condition it’s in, you can walk away with hundreds in your pocket.

7. Sell Plasma

You can bring in $20 to $50 per donation by selling your plasma, a liquid filtered from human blood that’s used to treat rare diseases. Head to a consumer plasma donation center, where you’ll have blood drawn, filtered for plasma and returned to your body in about an hour.

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