I was browsing Youtube for some interesting videos showing
people making a living in unusual ways, and I found a few good
ones. The first of these videos not just a weird way to make
money, but a dangerous one as well. I'll have a few things to
say about that following the video here on alligator wrestling...
You've heard the "do not try this at home" warning
on television programs before, when supposed "professionals"
are doing crazy and dangerous things. I would add to that; "Do
not try this as a job!" Or if you do, take a few more precautions
than this guy did. An airboat captain near here (we live in Naples,
Florida at the moment) recently had his hand bitten off by an
alligator he was feeding and taunting.
I have seen another video where a man had his head bit as
he put it in an alligator's mouth as part of a show. It was a
drop of sweat hitting the alligator's tongue that triggered the
bite reflex. In the video above a drop of sweat, a momentary
twitch, or a piece of dirt falling from the guy's fingernail
could have meant losing his hand or worse. There have got to
be better ways to make a living.
Acrobatics, Street Performing and Sand Sculptures
This video shows three more weird ways to make money, at least
if you live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico...
Swinging from that pole might be dangerous, but I would do
that for a job before I ever considered putting my hand in an
alligator's mouth. The sand sculpting might not be a bad way
to make some cash, and I have seen this done on the beaches in
In the video here Mr. Drain Biz offers you the opportunity
to clean out people's drains and septic systems, with his help
and business plan...
He's not quite as polished as the people in those late-night
infomercials, but he does make this dirty job sound lucrative.
And it can be! One of the things about a business like this is
that you do not have to do all the dirty work yourself forever.
If you grow large enough you can hire employees to do the jobs
while you run the business.
I wrote about the business of septic system pumping in my
book, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money. The title of the chapter,
"Pumping Poop," does not make the business sound very
appealing, but my research showed that, "A single septic
pumping truck can easily produce more than $1,000 daily in revenue,
and dozens of multitruck companies exceed $5 million in annual
revenues." I'm not sure that you can do as well with cleaning
of drain lines, but as the man in the video says, a clogged sewer
line is one repair that people cannot put off for very long.
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