For most Canadians, your primary income source is either a day job or a small business. So when you try earning a little extra cash, you might think of getting a second job or starting a side business.
But there are a lot of alternate money-making ways that don’t fit neatly into those conventional boxes.
Sticking with convention isn’t always the most interesting thing to do, so if you are looking for some weird and interesting ways to make money online, this article might help you out.
They might not be big-earners, but they might feel like a breath of fresh air after always going through the motions to make money.
Did you know that in 2019, about 1.09 million Canadians held two or more jobs simultaneously?
21 Weird Ways to Make Money in Canada
There are a bunch of weird and interesting ways you can make money online, and they are a refreshing replacement for the conventional Remote Jobs in Canada.
1. Take Selfies
If you have a fashion sense and you are addicted to taking selfies (still) than Stylinity offers you a unique way to make money. You can post your selfies, showcasing a product from Stylinity partner retailers. If these products are purchases, you will get a commission. The website/app doesn’t have a huge visitor-base yet.
2. Become a Matchmaker
Connecting the right people together is a rewarding endeavor. And it can reward you in more than gratitude and inner satisfaction if you work as a matchmaker with Tawkify or a relationship coach at Relationship Hero (it’s a bit different). It requires you to be a people person, empathetic, and passionate about matchmaking.
From live streaming on Twitch to becoming a pro gamer, there are several ways of making money online by gaming. You can play games on Swagbucks and apps like Mistplay or Lucktastic, to make a little online money, or get rewarded in gift cards. Some websites can help you earn money through online competitions. You can also become a game tester.
Not professional photography and covering events.At Foap, you can upload the photos you take, and whenever one of it sells, you get $5 in your Paypal account. But a more interesting way is to complete Foam missions. Currently, six missions are available on the Foap website, and two of them will pay you $500 if you win. Scoopshot is another one you can try.
5. Lending Money
If investing in the stock market is too dull or too complicated for you, give Lending Loop a try – A peer-to-peer lending site. You can start with just $200, and by investing in small Canadian businesses, you can earn returns up to 7.9%. It carries the inherent risk of lending that the lender might default, but you can minimize that risk by lending out to low-risk borrowers.
6. Lose Weight
If you need to lose some weight and good health by itself isn’t enough incentive for you, a bit of extra cash might be. HealthyWage offers you money to lose weight. You enter your current physical stats on the website, along with your weight loss goals. And then you put your own money on the balance. The calculator shows you how much return you can expect if you achieve your weight loss goal, over how much you invest.
7. Amazon mTurk
Though Amazon mTurk is not as interesting or as “refreshing” as other options on the lists, the tasks you find here might be different from typical online money making ways. On average, it’s found that you can earn about $2 an hour performing tasks that computers can’t do yet.
It’s an unorthodox way, but it works, and you usually only have to text. The wage is based on dollars per message. Websites like Flirt Bucks or Lip Service hire people to message, communicated, and flirt with people online. Since it’s a message service, it can’t get creepy beyond a certain point, but you might still field some weird requests.
9. Home Campers
Airbnb is too mainstream for you? Why not rent out your garden or backyard to campers. The concept is simple enough – If you have a garden, backyard, or free land, you can rent it out to campers. Travelers across the world use home campers to find desirable places to camp, and homeowners/landowners can earn a bit of cash, renting out space.
10. Bridesmaid/Groomsman for Hire
Some people can’t handle weddings, while others thrive in them. If you are one of the people who love weddings, you can start your own bridesmaid or groomsman for hire business. In the same vein, you can even start a virtual consultation and planning business. You may need some firsthand experience and testimonials to get the word out, but when you develop a reputation, you can develop a purely online gig.
11. Watching Videos
Most of us spend several hours a week watching videos. If you watch videos on the right platforms, you can generate a little cash from this activity. Swag Bucks, Daily rewards, and Quick rewards can help you earn some cash by watching videos and other online activities.
12. Focus Groups
Focus groups are an efficient way for companies to conduct controlled market studies and improve their products or services. Companies like JMRS arrange paid focus group sessions for companies, where participants are chosen/recruited according to a set criterion, and they are paid for their time and feedback.
13. “Lend” Your Computing Power
You can use your computer to “mine” cryptocurrency, but there is another way where you can simply earn money by keeping your computer running. Basically, you share your computing power (RAM, GPU, CPU) to a distributed network like Golem, and earn money.
14. Selling Your Hair
Once the lockdown is over, many people may actually have too much hair. Selling some of it is another way you can make money. And this is a very mature business. Websites like Hair Sellon allow you to sell your hair globally. The price is calculated based on length, thickness, color, and whether your hair is chemically processed or not.
15. Selling Plasma
Since you can’t get paid to donate sperm and eggs (you might, but it’s not exactly legal), you can donate plasma. Giveplasma.ca will give you up to $50 for donating plasma. Qualified donors can donate plasma twice every seven days, but no more than that.
Human intimacy has unfortunately gotten scarce enough for some people that they are willing to pay for it. Professional cuddling is an actual business in Canada (not so much during the pandemic), where people pay just to cuddle with another human being. Websites like Cuddlist offer it as a therapeutic service.
17. Go To Cinema
Becoming a certified field associate with market forces can let you earn money by going to the movies and gauging/recording the reactions of the audience. You will get paid for watching movies in theatres, and the assignments are usually only for weekends.
18. Mystery Shopper
Mystery shopping is a way to gather information about a product or service of an establishment. It’s used by marketing research companies, and sometimes by the product manufacturers themselves to get some firsthand marketing data. Shoppers Confidential is a good first option you can look into.
19. Become a Friend
Rentafriend.com allows you to make a free profile with the website and start offering your services as a friend (whoever said friendship could not be bought). People use this service to find people just to hang out with, talk to, or help them with everyday activities.
20. Clinical Trial
It’s nobody’s ambition to become the guinea pig for a science experiment (unless it’s a cool mutation experiment). Still, clinical trials usually pay very well, and they are usually very safe. People conducting the medical trial are about ten times more afraid of hurting you, then you are of getting hurt. Centerwatch’s list might be a good place to start.
People who travel usually worry about leaving their homes empty and their pets alone. Fortunately, services like housesitterscanada.com, housesitmatch.com, and petbacker.com provide them with a solution, and you with an interesting new way to make money. But make sure you are comfortable with animals.
This list is evidence that if you are truly motivated to make money, there are a plethora of options out there, both conventional and unconventional. And sometimes, it’s a good idea to break convention, even if the payout isn’t that great.
Sometimes, it’s more important that you just have fun making money. But make sure that you are not doing something illegal.
If you want more fascinating ideas on ways to earn cash, check out this ultimate guide on how to make money online in Canada.