Working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday is a standard workweek for most employers. And normally, those jobs pay just enough to get by. But that’s assuming you can find a decent one, considering 44 percent of college graduates in their 20s are stuck in non-professional jobs that have nothing to do with their degree.
It doesn’t help that most of the entry-level jobs for graduates require experience, something proving harder and harder to acquire for a stressed-out student to get on top of their coursework. But who needs a 9-to-5? There are plenty of other ways out there to make a decent living — one that pays better than a typical office job. Instead of wasting my time endlessly job hunting, I’m going to commit to trying one of these in 2018.
- Filming Myself Playing Video Games
The highest-earning YouTuber of 2017 made a cool $16.5 million by posting videos of himself playing through video games. I’m already on my couch a significant portion of the day anyway, so why shouldn’t I get paid for it?
And if video games don’t work out, I can always fall back on doing pranks, stunts and other random stuff and filming it, which is all the other top 10 YouTube earners seem to be doing to rake in their cash.
People playing video games, singing and doing pretty much nothing are making millions on YouTube, even more than some typically high moneymaking jobs we can think of, like doctors and lawyers. And they definitely make a lot more than the underpaid teachers and social workers who are working hard to make the world and future a better place.
Why would anyone want to put themselves through years of schooling and a ton of debt for a profession? If I can read my audience right and keep posting trending content, I’m set for a hilltop mansion in Beverly Hills.
- Getting Hurt
If you want to make more than a year’s salary in one go, all you have to do is slip and fall at a major retailer and you’re probably set. I’m not suggesting you go out and intentionally break your leg in a Target parking lot, but people have made some significant dough from lawsuits after mishaps at stores and restaurants.
Whether it’s merchandise falling on customers or the trusty slip-and-fall accident, personal injury lawsuits have often reached into the tens of thousands of dollars — some have even hit over a million. So the next time you knock an entire display over racing in shopping carts with your friends, contact legal counsel and see if you can make some money off all those boxes falling on your head.
- Create Something So Stupid That It Sells Itself
The next fascinating fad can come from just about anywhere. And it doesn’t even have to be anything big or important — just something popular enough to get a solid following. Remember the dude who “invented” the pet rock who became a millionaire? And if something that dumb can make somebody millions, there’s no low bar for stupid things people will buy. People have also made bank selling glitter bombs, website pixels and antenna balls.
I figure if I come up with enough products and services, I’m bound to hit on something people will take to. Whoever came up with fidget spinners is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Virtually no one can afford a one-bedroom rental working minimum wage 40 hours a week, so even a modestly selling idea would be an improvement on that. At least it might be livable.
- Pretend to Be Someone’s Friend
RentAFriend.com is exactly what it sounds like. You can make a profile and people can choose to rent you as a friend for certain outings. If they want a workout buddy, someone to show them around town or have an extra ticket to a game and don’t want to go alone, that’s what RentAFriend is for. If you’re decently social, it’s a pretty sweet gig.
And you can charge your own rates, with most starting around $10/hour. That’s more than minimum wage in a lot of states. If you continuously find people to do activities with, you could make a pretty good income. Plus, you’ll get to accompany people to concerts and other fun activities. Unless you get someone weird, it’s basically a dream job for a social butterfly.
One of these could be a winner. I’ll probably just try all of them at the same time to be safe. That’s one way to guarantee I beat the job-search struggle.