More Weird Jobs
By Steve Gillman - 2005
I know something about weird and uncommon jobs. In the past,
I have been a "skip-tracer" (one who tracks people
down - in this case to serve subpoenas), a repo man, and a newspaper
ad-inserter. I've even had a few unusual business projects, including
selling stuffed animals in jars ("Canned Critters"
- they never did catch on), and Ecuadorian earrings made from
fish scales (these sold better). The following are some weird
ways to make money that I haven't tried - and hopefully never
This is the person that walks the racehorses around after
a race. It is important, because if a horse doesn't cool down
before returning to his stall, the overheating can cause kidney
damage. Don't expect high wages, but you do get to work outdoors
and with animals.
Circus Elephant Tender
The job involves taking care of the elephants for a circus.
Mostly this means lots of shoveling of large piles of - well,
you get the point. Not only is this a dirty job, but it can be
Bird Poop Jewelry Business
I'm not making this up. There really was a man who had (has?)
a business selling jewelry made of bird poop. The various types
are encased in clear acrylic, and made into pendants and earrings.
(Having researched this again in 2011, it seems that most bird-poop
jewelry for sale now uses fake poop.)
You don't think politicians write their own pamphlets, brochures,
and other campaign materials? Really now - they hardly think
their own thoughts. One writer reports that she charges $25 to
$35 per hour for writing for politicians. Qualifications? Writing
skills, and perhaps an ability and willingness to lie.
Weird Restoration Business
Ever see an old merry-go-round still functioning. They need
to be restored if they are not thrown away. Someone has to do
it, and probably gets paid fairly for this highly specialized
field. At mycarousel.com they appear to focus not on the whole
machine as much as restoring the horses and other animals taken
Technical Manual Translator
Want to translate that technical manual or users guide for
the VCR from Japanese to English? Call someone who does this
type of work. It may be tedious, but the pay is above average.
Awful and Weird
I recently came across the story of a woman who worked as
an assembler of hypodermic needles. Her job was simply to attach
the needles to the syringes. Unfortunately, she was paid by the
piece, and made less than $6 on one shift, due to all the time
spent tending to her wounds.
Perhaps you don't want to be a sumo-wrestler's assistant,
or for that matter a proctologist (now there's a weird job),
or have any of the weird jobs listed here. At least they are
fun to read about.
You may want to also see one of our other pages on unusual
jobs or visit the section about the many odd
ways to make money on EveryWayToMakeMoney.com.
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