Sometimes when you make a bunch of bad money decisions you’re forced into doing some pretty crazy things to earn money.
For instance, I saw this luxury car the other day out delivering sandwiches and couldn’t help but think that this poor guy is working nights and weekends earning $2.50/hour + tips so he can make his car payment.
That’s probably presumptuous of me. It may even be a little judgmental.
It’s possible this was the owner of the restaurant, or maybe a college student that got a full ride scholarship and his parents bought him this car as a graduation gift. Maybe his delivery car broke down so he had to borrow this one… maybe.
But when I know that 84.5% of all vehicles purchased this year are financed and over 45% of the vehicles on the road right now have a lien on the title it’s kind of a logical conclusion for me to make.
So call me jaded if you’d like, but I see it all too often to think anything differently.
75% of people are living paycheck to paycheck and the vast majority of Americans have less than $500 in savings. One of the large reasons why… silly decisions like financing a luxury car we can’t afford, and then needing to deliver sandwiches to make the payments.
But I’m not immune. I have done some crazy things to earn money in the past to pay for my poor decisions.
Crazy Things I’ve Done For Money.
- Donate Plasma – In college I learned that it was possible to donate plasma for cash. As a broke college student that had a $200 car payment and $80 cell phone bill to pay each month, because I was a spoiled brat who wanted everything immediately, this became a bi-weekly place for me to visit. If you’ve never donated plasma before it takes about an hour. You sit in a waiting room with all kinds of interesting people waiting for a machine to open up. Then they hook you up to the machine and you get to watch 10 year old movies for free. When you’re done they pay you $30 cash. When you come back for the 2nd time in the same week they pay you $40. So for about 3 hours a week I was able to earn $280/month.
- Fences – When I was 12 years old I helped my dad put up a section of a fence in our backyard. This made me an expert in fence repair. When Sara and I both lost our jobs I posted ads on Craigslist bragging about my awesome fence repair skills. Most calls I got were for replacing a broken wooden post. I averaged $100/job and found out I never wanted to dig out fence posts ever again.
- Janitor – This is a hard job. I have tremendous respect for men and women that can do this all day, every day. I didn’t last very long. I went from a 6-figure job to this one. But when we needed cash to keep digging out of our money hole, the 20 hours a week at $8/hour was a nice addition. Again, I learned I never want to clean toilets or mop floors for a living again.
- Fence Staining – I went back to the Craigslist well. When we bought our house I learned that you can stain a fence by using one of those pressurized pesticide sprayers. This naturally made me an expert so I posted ads online bragging about how awesome I was. This was a messy job. If there was any wind I got covered in wood stain that wouldn’t come off for days. But at an average profit of $100 it was some nice cash for a few hours of work.
- Handyman – When you buy a house and decide to install ceiling fans and faucets and wood trim, you hop on YouTube to learn how. I painted our whole house and installed ceiling fans in the first month of owning our home. This made me a master handyman. To Craigslist we go! Anytime someone asked how to install a sink faucet, there I was with my toolbox. I made anywhere from $20-$300/job.
- Wreath Crafting – This one was all my wife. She learned how to make Christmas wreaths somewhere, probably Pinterest or whatever was online before Pinterest. Being the awesome frugal wife she is, she found a way to make our home look awesome at Christmas even as we were going through financial struggles. She was so good at these wreaths that we setup a free little website for her, she posted them on Facebook and sold them for $50-$75 each.
- Pizza Delivery – One day, when we were really broke and I had some free time, I walked into a local pizza shop at 3:00pm on a Tuesday. It was just after the lunch rush and prior to dinner time on their slowest day of the week. The only person in the store at the time was the General Manager. I asked if he had any delivery driver openings. He asked if I could pass a background check and if I had a clean driving record. I said, “yup,” and started delivering pizzas on Thursday night. Working just 15 hours a week I was able to earn about $1,600/month.
I know I’m not the only one out there that’s done crazy things for money. Tell me about your crazy jobs in the comments below.