Five Crazy Ways to Make Money
By Steve Gillman - May 25, 2013
Here are four high-paying jobs you may not have considered,
and a scheme to make money from your wedding. We start with something
similar to a position I had when younger, then move on to pearl
diving and other crazy ways to make money.
Airplane Repo Agent
I was a auto repossession agent when I was younger, and had
a gun pulled on me more than once, so I know it can get a bit
crazy. Now, you might think that repossessing airplanes instead
of cars would be a more civilized affair, but this isn't necessarily
true. According to an article on Forbes.com, airplane repo man Nick
Popovich has, in the course of his work, spent time in a Haitian
jail, and has had guns pointed at him more than once
How much can you make in this exciting/dangerous position?
That, of course, depends on how good you are at it (and perhaps
on how long you survive). The article from Forbes says that when
working for banks that specialize in aircraft loans, and helping
to resell the airplanes taken back, the profit can exceed $600,000
per plane. Perhaps the strategy here is to get good fast, make
a few juicy repossessions, and then quit while you are ahead.
All of the diving careers require some training and certifications,
but a career in pearl diving can be worth the time and money
invested. According to the Australian
company TUCF, their divers (who might be diving for pearls,
working on oil rigs, or in any number of other positions) are
covered by union rules, and so the pay is determined by previous
agreements. It is about AUD $250 per day for "onshore casual
pay rates," and much higher for offshore work. They say
that pay starts around US $500 per day for overseas jobs.
This is not a sexist title, but merely a description of the
reality. You just don't see many men selling shots in night clubs.
If you are a pretty woman in your 20s or so (and again this is
just the reality of who gets hired and who makes the tips), you
might excel at this job. Some places simply pay you your regular
hourly wage while you collect tips from the customers. Other
arrangements I have read about include a payment per shot sold,
usually something like 25 cents each. These are not the usual
shots you order at the bar, but things like Jello shots or other
fancy concoctions (sometimes in test tubes) that typically sell
for $2 to $4. Smile, sell the shots several at a time to groups
of young men, and rake in the tips. Short shorts and revealing
tops help. Some shot girls make hundreds of dollars per night
A recent article
in the Daily Telegraph reports that in Australia the top
cook on a submarine can make as much as $200,000 per year. Though
the base pay is just under $60,000 annually, that's not the end
of the matter. Because they are categorized as "individuals
critical to the navy" the cooks get $50,000 annually just
for showing up for work. Then there are the capability bonuses
(up to $40,000) seagoing allowances (as much as $22,000) and
submarine service allowances (around $26,000).
You'll have to cook three meals a day for as many as 60 people,
and you'll be living in tight quarters for long stretches. This
is another of the jobs you might work for a few years as a way
to save some money before quitting.
This is a new trend in the making; having a company sponsor
your wedding in order to save or make money. It might seem like
a crazy idea, but your wedding, especially if it is large, provides
a great marketing opportunity, and there are companies who want
to promote their products and services to your wedding guests.
Now you could try to get sponsors on your own, but unless you
know how to do it, this could be very difficult. Fortunately
there are intermediaries who will set it all up for you.
For example, WeddingSponsorships.com has "ready-and-waiting
sponsors," and says that "Our customers are getting
free engagement rings, wedding dresses, wedding invitations,
wedding cakes, and so much more." Advertisers might have
their logo on various things at the wedding, or provide their
products in order to promote them (providing free coffee to get
their name in front of the guests on cups, for example). Some
might even ask that there be a "Thank You" toast to
them from the bride and groom, but the details of each sponsorship
can be negotiated for each wedding.
This is more of a way to spend less than to make money, but
who knows? Perhaps if your wedding is large enough and you get
enough different sponsors you can find ways to actually net some
cash from the deal.
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