10 Craziest Ways People Are Making Money


It can pay to think outside the box when it comes to making money. Especially when you find out there’s actually a niche for your crazy idea. Here are the ten craziest ways people are making money, Wall Street wizardry excluded:

1. The Hair Trader


Jacalyn Elise co-founded this online company that lets users post ads selling their hair to the highest bidder. Recently, a bidder paid more than $2,600 for someone’s luscious locks.

2. The Hound About Dog Stroller


Never underestimate people’s ability to fawn over their pets and look ridiculous while doing it. The fine folks that make the ‘Hound About’ sell pet strollers in two different colors and sizes, at a retail price of $199. Crucially, each stroller includes a cup holder for your $5 coffee. Everyone knows that dogs just don’t lie to walk, right?

3. Bag Borrow or Steal


Why should women have to endure the emotional and financial sacrifices that accompany the endless search for the “right” accessory for every event, wedding, and dinner party? They shouldn’t. Now, you can join over 250,000 others who don’t. Also known as the “Netflix for handbags,” Bag Borrow or Steal allows women to borrow luxury rather than forking out hard-earned funds to buy it.

4. Celeb 4 a Day


Tired of hearing George Clooney and other Hollywood superstars whine about jarring run-ins with the paparazzi? Well, now you can find out for yourself exactly what it feels like–and maybe have your servants buy you a few free drinks along the way. Celeb 4 A Day founder Tania Cowher thought it would be fun to provide the everyday person the experience of being famous. As a result of her efforts, you, too, can indulge in low-grade complaining while sipping chocotinis in your limousine.

5. Gum Busters of New York


Featured on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, these bastions of bubblegum are dedicated to eradicating the dirge that is Doublemint from cities throughout the United States. Gross? Yes. Necessary? If you’ve ever sat on a bench or rode the subway in New York, you know the answer.

6. Sarah’s Smash Shack


Remember the days when your mom would ground you for breaking a plate? Sarah Lavely realized that the sound and experience of throwing a plate at the wall not only tintillates the way only breaking a taboo can, but allows people to safely vent pent-up emotions. So, she opened Sarah’s Smash Shack in San Diego. Take a break and break something!

7. I Want to Cheer Up Limited (Rent a Relative)


Tokyo’s I Want to Cheer Up agency dispatches “relatives” for weddings and funerals when actual family members cannot attend. They also hire out “fathers” to help single women with their parenting duties and “husbands” to help women practice the routine of married life (except for sex).

8. Auld Sod Export Co.


Someone had to do it, right? Two Irishmen started selling dirt a few years ago and are now raking in millions. Their website opens with “Welcome to the Home of Official Irish Dirt.” This is so legitimate that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its seal of approval.

9. Mrs. Doe’s Pee Buck Lures


Who knew there was such a thing as Attractant Hunting Scents? Mrs. Doe’s Pee, voted the best buy in attractant hunting scents by Inside Archery magazine, boasts some of the best deer pee on the market. With scents like Fresh Buck in Rut Urine and Female in Estrus Urine, you can’t go wrong. (In case fresh is too gross for your tastes, they also have “High Powered Freeze Dried Scents” for sale.)

10. Clothing Optional Dinners


The restaurant business must really be hurting when shops start resorting to specialty gimmicks such as Casino Nights and Prix Fixe at Five. But this service “strips” away all of the artifice and lays ”bare” the essence of dining…in the nude. Check please!

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  1. Rodney's Gravatar Comment by Rodney on February 18th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I’ll bet number 10 boasts patrons that are dumpy, overweight, and would otherwise make other patrons lose their dinner they just paid a pretty penny for.

  2. slym's Gravatar Comment by slym on February 20th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    This article is really cool and demonstrates the power of out of box thinking.

  3. Robootto's Gravatar Comment by Robootto on February 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Gum Busters of New York is the best x)

  4. MyBabyNurseryBedding's Gravatar Comment by MyBabyNurseryBedding on February 28th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Such funny and unique ways people are making money. I like the hair one because I have very long hair, but I think I’ll keep mine! The naked restaurant…eww. I would love to smash plates to get out frustrations, cool idea. Gum busters is a good idea too. I stepped in gum yesterday, yuck. I think dog poop busters would be good idea too because that is one thing that drives me crazy, when dog owners do not clean up after their pets.

  5. Nathan's Gravatar Comment by Nathan on March 1st, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Wow, I wouldn’t want to sit in those chairs.

  6. Entrepreneur's Gravatar Comment by Entrepreneur on March 1st, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Definitive an odd bunch! Celebrity for a day would be on my to do list!

  7. Terry's Gravatar Comment by Terry on March 10th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Rent a Relative? Now, that’s genius.

  8. Hangelbel's Gravatar Comment by Hangelbel on March 10th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Me too, I don’t want to sit on those chairs…LOL!

  9. Perky's Gravatar Comment by Perky on March 28th, 2009 at 4:29 am

    hahha,,darn..the # 10

  10. Randy's Gravatar Comment by Randy on April 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    How can you not like this article? Thinking outside the box at its finest. This is awesome.

  11. JeD Chan's Gravatar Comment by JeD Chan on June 13th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I like it.

    Though it’s indeed crazy, they’re making a lot of money from their crazy ideas!

    Way to go!

    God Bless!

    JeD Chan

  12. Paul Cheung's Gravatar Comment by Paul Cheung on June 14th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Business Pundits,

    While this isn’t a crazy way to earn some income, I just launched http://www.TheWiserHomeBuyer.com which provides a detailed breakdown of the home buying process and plan to rely on advertising income from relevant companies such as ADT home alarm system. Is this a good direction to take or does anyone have any suggestions to offer? Thank you, I really appreciate it!

  13. Baby nursery bedding's Gravatar Comment by Baby nursery bedding on July 18th, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Impressive ways of making money. I really like the one with gum busters. It is very useful. Thanks for sharing!

  14. zolar's Gravatar Comment by zolar on July 28th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    10. Clothing Optional Dinners

    I won’t go to that bar..

  15. Megan's Gravatar Comment by Megan on August 10th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Nice list! While they may seem “out there”, its those unique and creative businesses that often find the most success!

  16. Nits's Gravatar Comment by Nits on August 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    They are really business pundit if they had succeded.

  17. Travis's Gravatar Comment by Travis on September 1st, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Lol, quite a few of these had me laughing! (in a good way)

    Especially the “rent a relative” one.

  18. Patrick's Gravatar Comment by Patrick on September 12th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Very interesting list. It’s amazing how people make money!

  19. Gary's Gravatar Comment by Gary on September 26th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    haha, these are some crazy funny ways to make some money. I like number 10 lol.

  20. Donna's Gravatar Comment by Donna on October 13th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Nice to think this way, anything is possible.

  21. Mary's Gravatar Comment by Mary on October 26th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Whew! Smashing plates is the best. Clothing Optional Dinner, LOL that’s gross –atleast that one on the photo. But really if that’s what I’d find there, never mind. :-))

  22. Earringgoround's Gravatar Comment by Earringgoround on March 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Unbelievable items, the “Irish Dirt” & “family member rental”. Very interesting, thanks for posting . . .

  23. courses's Gravatar Comment by courses on July 12th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Outlines the mistakes you need to avoid when setting up a business and the best ways to get funding

  24. Aaron's Gravatar Comment by Aaron on September 29th, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Here’s one for ya. You’ve all had a Blizzard at DQ right? Well where do you think all those pieces of candy come from? There’s a company in Pueblo Colorado that buys various types of candy from the manufacturer, freezes is really hard, smashes it into pieces and sells it back to DQ. How’s that for finding a niche?

  25. Danny Michau's Gravatar Comment by Danny Michau on December 21st, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Absolutely stimulating everyone of these ten supersatrs needs to be congratulated.. Nothing more inspiring than doers I am sure some dood was heard saying why would branson think he could start a magazine… Or Billy Gates hell never make it. Joe morton hes adreamer hell never get a company up and running

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