We all have that one friend who’s always cooking up a new money-making scheme. You know the one, right? Typically, we listen to them with one ear, roll our eyes and then go on with our day.
But, you know what? Someday one of those money-making schemes is going to work out and then they will be getting the last laugh!
Don’t believe us? Here are 8 crazy money-making schemes that have actually paid off:
If you pride yourself on your ability to connect almost effortlessly with other women, you might do well earning some extra cash by being an undercover bridesmaid.
We all know how weddings tend to come with their fair share of drama, which means that sometimes a bridesmaid can drop out at the last minute. Or perhaps, the bride in question has no close friends or family members to be part of her big day. You never know what the story might be!
Point is, you can fill that empty space for a woman in need, offer some extra support and make some money while at it.
In 2016, Tiffany Wright became the UK’s first Undercover Bridesmaid and has been running her own flourishing business ever since. She offers different packages, including virtual assistance, maid-of-honour support and a comprehensive deal where she helps pre-wedding and on the day.
Her packages are priced from £250 upward.
Do you often shake your head at the way your friends get tensed up about their online dating lives? If so, you probably know a few things they don’t! A money-making scheme that would suit you perfectly is training other people to be better at playing the digital field.
Although you could probably offer your services privately, you may want to gain some experience first by doing it through BidVine.
The freelance site recently added ‘Tinder Coach’ as a job and that people who meet the criteria can start bidding to help people develop their online dating game.
Depending on both of your schedules, the client will be able to opt for coaching sessions once a week, 2-3 times per week, or 47 times per week. BidVine recommends at least 3 sessions for clients to see the benefits of the coaching service.
The site recommends that you charge around £30 per hour. This means if you do three sessions with a client, that’s a cool £90 for simply sharing your dating app knowledge.
If you’re a self-confessed hugger, you may want to consider putting your tactile generosity to good use by offering professional cuddling services.
We know it sounds a bit weird, but hear us out. We live in an era where loneliness is one of our most lethal epidemics. And it’s not at all strange for single people living in an urban environment to go without a meaningful conversation for days on end, let alone the comfort of being touched by a loved one.
Bearing this in mind, it’s probably not entirely surprising that touch has become something of a commodity. Which means, your warm hugs could be making you some money!
Because you wouldn’t want to expose yourself to weirdos on Gumtree right away, we suggest you sign up with an agency like Cuddle Professionals. They also offer training and set up appointments between you and clients.
While rates may differ, you can expect to make £30 per hour session. The more experience you gain, the more you can charge.
As the name suggests, a Facebook girlfriend is someone who conducts a relationship with a significant other entirely online. However, unlike traditional online dating, the whole idea is to keep the relationship purely virtual, without the promise of ever meeting in-person.
Also, there’s no need for anything even slightly sexy. Many Facebook girlfriends focus their business on providing emotional support services rather than sexual satisfaction.
A woman who calls herself Hayley shared her story about being a Facebook girlfriend on Reddit. This is what she charges:
Daily: $15 (recommended if you just want to chat for a day)
Weekly: $40 (recommended for those who want to chat on and off)
Monthly: $130 (recommended for those want to chat consecutively)
She requires first-time clients to pay upfront to ensure that she doesn’t lose out. All payments are made through PayPal.
Love them or hate them, at some point in your life you’re going to have to wear a pair of tights. An you know what’s pretty weird? There are actually people out there who will pay good money to get their hands on a pair that’s been thoroughly worn!
Yup, that’s right. There’s a whole world of used tights fetishists out there, whom you can find in various corners of the internet.
The easiest place to start your dirty little business is on eBay, but you can also try Craigslist, Reddit or even start your own shop.
With the average price on eBay being about £12 for a pair of used tights, you’re probably not going to make a killing. However, if you really are desperate for cash and have a few pairs of well-worn tights lying around, it’s probably worth a try.
While most of us might toss the little brown tube at the end of the toilet roll into the recycling bin without a second thought, a lot of people actually treasure them for the infinite DIY possibilities they hold.
The thing is, most crafters would need more toilet rolls than they can produce to see a project through and therefore welcome the opportunity to invest in a few extra wherever they can. Once again, your go-to spots for making the most of this money-making scheme will be eBay, Facebook groups or Gumtree.
Now, look, you aren’t going to make loads of money from this, but it could be an effortless way to start a little savings fund for something special. You can make an average of £7 a pop (for a bulk package of 50 rolls), which isn’t bad at all!
If you have some time on your hands and enjoy good old people watching, you may be the perfect candidate for substitute queueing.
Bidvine.com now offers a queuing service for anyone who needs someone to stand in line for them.
Once you’ve signed up as a line queuer, people will start bidding on your services. It’s expected bids will be around £15 p/h but, it’s up to you what you want to quote per hour, or per job.