It’s not easy to find a job that not only pays you big bucks, but is also something you enjoy. Not all of us are lucky enough to be able to achieve that. However, there are many who actually manage to make a living with the simplest of things they can find around them. It might come as a surprise but some of these “dream jobs” require no special skills or a lot of expensive equipment. Here, we have collected a list of some interesting and weird jobs that you can actually get paid to do.
1. You can become a “Netflix tagger” and get paid for simply watching Netflix shows all day.
“Netflix tagger” is a position offered by Netflix to those who love to watch TV shows, movies, and specials. The main goal of a “Netflix tagger” is to watch shows, movies, and specials (up to about 20 hours a week) and tag each item with relevant metadata that makes everything easier to search and categorize. As of now, there are only around 30 people who are lucky enough to land this job in the US. The team of 30 are also responsible for filling additional info like whether a show has any form of violence and who’s in the cast.
2. You can become a Bingo Manager and earn an average salary of $59,322 per year.
Bingo is a popular game among the elderly. Most churches and retirement centers hold Bingo tournaments to promote interactions between the elderly. Not only does it provide them with a fun filled game, it helps cope with loneliness when they are surrounded by hundreds of people. And if you are someone looking to help spread some smiles and happiness, then Bingo Manager is the right job for you. They’re responsible for the day-to-day activities of the bingo department, ensuring jackpots and payouts are approved and appropriate forms are completed. Apart from that, the managers are also responsible for ensuring that all games comply with the state and federal gaming regulations. They also earn an average salary of $59,322 per year as of January 2015.
3. You can be a water slide tester and check to see if the water slides in hotels are both fun and safe.
Who doesn’t love to play on the water slide? And who wouldn’t love to play and get paid at the same time? Water slide testers are indeed a real job where the person is responsible for ensuring that a specific water slide is both fun and safe for everyone. Official water slide testers are constantly traveling around the country, which is a perk of the job, and upon arrival at a new hotel or theme park, they change into their swimsuit and dive straight into business.
Water slide testers take multiple trips down the slide, observe how much water it uses per slide, and how fast it takes to reach the bottom of the slide. Once a safety hazard is detected, the tester has to report it to the engineers or owner so that they can perform maintenance and make sufficient adjustments. An average water slide tester makes approximately $30,000 per year, along with allowance to travel and stay at different hotels and resorts.
4. You can become somebody’s temporary friend or family member.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have friends or family members who care. There are groups such as Rent-A-Friend, that allows people to find friends to hang out with every now and then. Such groups encourages its users to interact with one another and fight anxiety and depression by using their service. The service does come with a small price tag and each user is also charged every month. However, if someone rents you as a friend, you get paid by your newly found friend for the day.
In Japan however, there are companies that allow people to hire an entire family. Those who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a wife or a grandson. The family members are all professional actors and they will play along with the renter’s story.
5. You can become a professional sleeper.
A professional sleeper is someone who gets paid to sleep. Scientists usually require professional sleepers as part of scientific research to analyze sleep patterns or to evaluate the quality of various sleep-related products. Some professional sleepers have to test mattresses, pillows and quilts, then write detailed reports on comfort. Sometimes, they have to take sleep aids that will help them fall asleep faster for medical trials. One of the biggest requirements of becoming a professional sleeper is the ability to sleep in new surroundings, away from home, for long periods of time; all while wires are attached to you with a couple of people staring at you.
6. You can be a professional bridesmaid or mourner.
For those who have a knack for being a professional guest, Bridesmaids for Hire is the perfect position. Not only can professional bridesmaids attend expensive weddings, they can earn a five figure salary per wedding. Bridesmaids have to fulfill certain requirements, such as the strength to walk down the aisle with a complete stranger, dance with the guests, as well as help brides who have cold feet.
If you are more of a sitting down person who is good at events such as funerals, then you can be a professional mourner. Professional mourners, also called moirologists, are actors hired by family members to grieve at funerals and wakes. The intention is to increase the number of funeral participants, provide new faces, show support for the deceased, and help people deal with a tragedy through other’s expressions of grief. The job has been gaining popularity recently, especially in Japan.
7. You can grocery shop for those who have no time or are unable to leave their house.
Starting your own business can be expensive, however, a grocery shopping business is something that only requires you to have a dependable vehicle, a few hundred dollars and a cell phone. There are two groups of people that need help with grocery shopping: Those who are too busy to do their own grocery shopping or others who are unable to leave their houses due to health concerns. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a small yet dependable business that also helps improve your customer’s lives, then this is it.
Most personal grocery shoppers charge a shopping/delivery fee based on the size of the grocery order. Usually, the fee is around $20 for a $100 grocery order while the average hourly earnings work out to about $27 an hour, or $216 for an 8-hour day.
8. You can be a professional chocolate tester.
Did you know that there is such a thing as a “professional chocolate taster”? This job does, however, require you to be a pro when it comes to chocolate. You should be able to differentiate even the smallest textures and tastes from samples. Professional chocolate testers have to drink water and eat a cracker to cleanse their palate between each sample. Having a good sense of smell is also a requirement since they have to be able to establish the flavor just by the aroma.
9. You can be a gumologist and try new flavors of gum.
Chewing gum companies require experts who can taste gum and review their new products and developments. Gumologists play a vital role in the gum industry since they have the daunting task of designing new flavors. After analyzing a new product, the gumologist has to review the product, distinguish over 70 ingredients from a pack of gum and then add additional items to make it more flavorful. Depending on their experience, a gumologist can make approximately $37,400 – $107,500 a year.
10. You can stick to a daily workout routine to help various studies on weight loss.
Staying in shape is easier said than done. Most people can’t find time to workout and stay in shape. However, if you are someone who is looking to workout, stay in shape and also get paid to do so, there are groups who study various weight loss methods to help their clients. Groups such as HealthyWage and Dietbet, pay you to lose weight and stay in shape so that they can analyze the techniques and help others.
11. You can be a Professional snuggler and get paid as much as $1 per minute or $1.5 per minute for experienced snugglers.
Professional snugglers are a real job and it usually takes place in a studio. Lonely people can hire a pro snuggler, interact with them, play board games or have a meal as long as it stays platonic. Professional snugglers can earn up to $1.5 per minute, depending on how good they are at snuggling and making their partners comfortable. Janet Treviño is a full-time snuggler working in San Antonio, U.S., where she charges clients $80 per hour and spends around 20 hours a week cuddling people.