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Strange Careers That Pay Surprisingly Decent Money

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Anyone can be an accountant or a real estate agent. All you have to do is work hard and study hard and you’ll soon be raking in the money. But what about people who want to do something a little more peculiar? Well, they’re covered too. Check out these strange careers which may or may not be right up your alley.

Cuddle People For Cash

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There are a surprising number of businesses out there that offer cuddles to lonely people for cash. The going rate is between $60 and $80 an hour!

Queue Up For Coins

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Want the latest iPhone but can’t be bothered to stand outside the Apple store all night? No problem, hire yourself a professional queuing assistant to do the waiting for you. Barriers to entry to this career are very low.

There’s Gold In Golf Ball Diving

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Those who love a bit of outdoor fun and scuba diving can clean up by diving for golf balls. They make their money by selling the balls, which aren’t cheap.

Get Paid For Pet Food Tasting

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This is, apparently, a job done by real human beings. It’s the only way pet food companies can be sure that their treats taste consistently correct.

Bed Testers Get Money While They Sleep

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Bed testing is normally done by large purchasers of beds, such as hotel chains. They learn to lay on a bed in a very specific way to ensure that the mattress is completely undamaged.

Pick Up Some Notes As A Professional Mermaid

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You have to be young, female, and pretty, but other than that, this has to be one of the easiest jobs ever. Dress up as a mermaid and sit around for money.

Filthy Lucre For Face Feelers

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A face feeler works for a cosmetics company. Their job is to touch the faces of people who test makeup and to see if things are any better or worse than without the makeup.

Get A Nice Wedgie From Water Slide Testing

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We want this job. You go to theme parks all day and ride water slides over and over again to make sure they are getting enough water. Awesome.

Make Some Bread-Picking Worms

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It’s not a very pleasant job unless you like worms, but digging up worms for fishermen is an honest and reasonably well-paid career.

Earn Scratch For Sniffing Armpits

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We are not making this one up. Deodorant manufacturers employ people to sniff under deodorant tester’s arms. They may have to sniff 60 armpits an hour to make bank. Yuck.

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