Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Weird Ways to Make Money Online

Have you ever went to Google and typed "I need money" in the search bar? I have. Numerous times. As a matter of fact, I did it today. Twice. Most of the results were red flags for me, so I disregarded them. Some, however, were interesting enough to take a look. That's when I realized that people do some really strange things to make money.

And that's what brings me to this blog post.

You, too, can do weird things to earn cash. Are you up for the challenge?

Sell Your Hair 

It's true. You can actually sell your hair online and earn cold, hard cash. What's even more interesting is that there are people willing to pay a hefty fee for your locks. There have been individuals who have sold their hair for $1,000 in a very short time.

To cut, or not to cut? That is the question.
"Who in the hell is buying my hair?" That's probably a good question to ask. You might imagine some creepy guy sniffing your locks and tucking them in next to him at night, but that's not always the case (although it is possible). Most people who purchase hair use it to make wigs. Not too weird, right?

Websites such as HairWork, Online Hair Affair, Great Manes, Buy and Sell Hair, and Sell Hair Store have clients eager to purchase those tresses.

Some of the websites listed require a small fee to post, whereas others allow you to post for free. You may also consider posting your hair on eBay or Craigslist, but your chances of selling are better on websites that specialize in hair sales.

So, what's the catch? Well, most clients prefer at least 10 inches of hair, and they are typically looking for "virgin" hair. That is, hair that has not been chemically treated or dyed, and is from a subject who does not smoke or do drugs. Healthy, shiny hair is usually worth more, same with hair that isn't washed regularly, as shampooing strips hair of its natural oils.

Before listing your hair for sale, take pictures that show the color, length, and true quality of your hair to increase your chances of success.

Write Letters

If you have a knack for writing, particularly letter writing, you could earn cash for your services. Sites like Letter Rep and Unsent Letters will pay you for your letter submissions if they are used. You can use letters that you've written that have never been sent or published, or you can simply come up with a letter off the top of your head.

Letter Rep will pay $10 each time your letter is purchased. Unsent Letters will make an offer for your letters if they are selected to be published in the print edition. Read through their submission guidelines to learn more.

A few years ago, I wrote a holiday business letter for Letter Rep and was paid $10 when it was purchased, so I know for a fact that they pay. I do not have experience with Unsent Letters, however.

Complete Strange Tasks 

Can you draw some really ugly cartoon characters? Are you willing to sing "Happy Birthday" to complete strangers over the phone? If so, you could earn $5 for each task you complete. Fiverr allows users to tell others what they will do for $5 and others may purchase their services. Some of the strangest things I have seen on that website include "I will be your loving girlfriend on Facebook for a week for $5," and "I will be the Ultimate Internet Stalker with a video of them in it for $5."

Do you think this drawing of an egg could catch $5?

Some of the tasks aren't so strange and can actually help people out. For example, "I will write a 100 word review of your website and post it on the homepage of my PAGERANK 5 Blog for $5."

Alternatively, you could post strange gigs and odd jobs that you're willing to do on Craiglists for free. Just be on the lookout for weirdos...err...wait...

Just Ask For Money 

If you're not too proud to beg, there are "cyber-begging" websites that allow you to plead your case to individuals who may have the means to help you out.

Some of the websites include BegsList, CyberBeg, and Outrageous Requests. The downside to many cyber begging websites is that they require a small fee to post. I don't know why a website made for begging would require people to pay, but I digress. Some people have been successful, whereas others blow it off as a scam.

There are other options, though, such as GoFundMe. Go Fund Me allows you to create your own page and promote it on your own time through social media, e-mail, and even offline. They take a percentage of each withdraw that you make, but you're guaranteed to get your money if others are willing to donate. Best of all, it's completely free.

Alternatively, you could create your own website, build backlinks, and help raise the page rank in order to plead your case to Internet surfers. You can simply post a PayPal donation button on the page and "Viola!" Your very own cyber-begging page.

If you know of any other strange ways to earn cash online, feel free to leave a comment.

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