Unusual Ways To Make Money

Sometimes people need a side hustle to earn some extra cash. Instead of opting for a more traditional gig, such as freelance graphic design, there are other more interesting ways to fatten your bank account.

Become A Rent-A-Friend

Sometimes people need a pal to hang out with, and you can be that person. Meet new people and take them to a party, the movies or a restaurant. Maybe they are new to town and just want to learn the ins and outs of the area. Either way, these friendships are strictly platonic. Check it out at RentAFriend.com.

Join a Competitive Eating Competition

This may take a bit of practice, but you can have a lot of fun and earn a bit of cash if you are able to eat a lot of food and keep it down. Start locally and then work your way up. How much can you earn? The first-place winner at the famous Nathan’s hot dog eating contest in Coney Island takes home $10,000.

Collect scrap metal

People and businesses throw out all sorts of things, some of which may be worth money. With a little bit of research, you can find out what types of scrap material are valuable and where to find them. All you need is a truck and/or trailer and the right eye for the job.

Join a clinical trial

Researchers are always on the hunt for human guinea pigs who can test treatments for a variety of medical conditions. They often also need healthy individuals to use as part of a control group. If you’re interested in making some money and helping others in the process, visit CenterWatch for a list of clinical trials.

Take Online Surveys or Participate in a Focus Group

Focus Groups are available in cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Halifax and Victoria. Surveys cover a variety of topics, such as new or existing products or a movie trailer. Participants are paid in cash, merchandise, gift certificates, or in other ways. Go here to learn more.

Enter a Sweepstakes, Contest or Giveaway

Check out this list of sweepstakes that are open to Canadian residents. They’re all free to enter, and some of the prizes include a $3,000 Perigold gift card, cash, a recreational vehicle, Disney cruise, and notebook computer.

Be a Mystery Shopper

Mystery shoppers are tasked with researching businesses and reporting on things such as their customer service. It’s an opportunity to earn some cash and get a free meal or two. If you’re a decent writer and can quickly submit details about your shopping experiences, this may be the gig for you.

Become A House Sitter or Pet Sitter

Homeowners who travel for extended periods of time often seek reliable people to watch their properties and/or pets while they’re gone. Often, you’re allowed to stay in the home for free, and you may receive compensation as well. It’s a good gig if you find a local home that needs minimal care. Check out websites such as House Sitters Canada.

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