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15+ People Who Won At Life For Doing Nothing

Dan 6 Sep 2019

We all want to get paid to do nothing. But if you don't have a trust fund, this doesn't seem like a realistic possibility. Or does it? In 2019, nearly anything is possible.

1. Sleep.

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It's the dream, isn't it? Clinical sleep trials actually pay off pretty well, considering all you need to do is...sleep. If you're accepted for a week-long study, you could make up to six grand.

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2. Sell ad space.

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Everyone does this on the internet. But not many site runners are as committed as Alex Tew, who made The Million Dollar Webpage, where he sold an astounding amount of ad space. Somehow, he made a million dollars.

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3. Wear shirts.

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Many of us are walking billboards already, so it makes sense to try to make money doing this. One entrepreneur started his own business called I Wear Your Shirt, which sees companies paying him to wear their shirts.

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4. (Fake) friendship.

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Most of us make zero dollars from our friendships. But if you're willing to fake being a friend with someone, you could stand to make $50 an hour with the "Rent a Friend" service. Hey, for that price, I'll be there for you.

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5. Staying at someone's home.

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Trusted House Sitters offers a deal almost too good to be true: become a trusted house sitter, then be paid to live in people's awesome mansions when they aren't staying there.

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6. Take boring photos.

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These photos don't need to be artistic. They just need to show "Help Wanted" signs. Job Spotter offers points that can be converted into Amazon gift cards, all for photographing signs offering work.

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7. Poop donor.

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Yes, poop donor. An MIT research assistant made an impressive $1,000 a month selling his excrement to labs for use in fecal transplants. This is a legit medical thing, even if it sounds a bit gross.

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8. Have people over for dinner.

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If you've made too much food, or if you always make too much food, there are services available which pay you for inviting people over to share your dinner with.

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9. Crying.

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If you cry easily, or you're just good at acting, professional crying might be for you. This guy will cry at funerals for costs ranging from $50 (for a normal cry) to $1,000 to literally jump into the grave.

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10. Downloading an app you'll never use.

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If you're willing to let an app monitor your phone use, you should check out MobileXpression. It just sits on your phone and monitors what you do. You never need to open it, and it'll pay you money for the privilege.

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11. Watch videos online.

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There are all kinds of media companies willing to pay out just for people to watch their stuff. A full list can be found here. It's like being a secret shopper, but you never need to leave your house.

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12. Eat dog food.

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You might think you couldn't be paid enough to do this, but everyone has their price, right? If your price is in the £20,000 to £50,000 range, you just might have what it takes to be a dog food taste tester. And I'm not too ashamed to admit this might be the right price for me to get down with with doggy chow.

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13. Turn Washingtons into Benjamins.

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Dollar bills are basically worthless, right? Not so fast. If you take the time to look up serial numbers, you can sell dollar bills with weird serial numbers for big bucks.

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14. Sell video game stuff.

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If you're the type of gamer who's good at accumulating virtual goods, there's (real) money to be made. Games like World of Warcraft and Second Life are full of this, with one Second Life player saying he made millions of dollars.

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15. Read emails.

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If you work an office job, you're already paid to do this, in a sense. But some companies allow you to freelance, paying out money to do the busy work of reading company emails.

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16. Snuggle.

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Yes, professional snuggling is a thing. It's like sex work, without the sex. Lots of companies offer professional cuddling services. If you want to take them up on their services, it'll cost $80 to $100 an hour.

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17. Rent out your forehead.

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Andrew Fischer decided to put his forehead real estate to good use by selling it to the highest bidding advertiser. In the end, he made three grand. Now he just has to go around with "SnoreStop" on his forehead. Was it worth it? Tough call, especially because I don't actually even recognize the name SnoreStop. Hopefully they made it big though?

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18. Selling old baggage.

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When luggage goes unclaimed at airports, they'll sell it to the highest (and usually only) bidder. Some companies specialize in buying these bags, which they then resell for a tidy profit.

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19. Playing the lottery.

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I know, lottery tickets cost money. But as with so many things, there's an app for that. Lucktastic provides lottery cards for free, so you don't lose anything but your time, with the possibility of winning some cash.

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20. Fake an illness.

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You don't even have to try to convince your manager, just a med student. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals need to practice their skills, so fake patients get hired to come in and act out symptoms for students to diagnose.

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21. Bing it.

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Everybody uses Google, but you can earn yourself free stuff just by searching through Bing instead. Yeah, Microsoft will actually compensate you for Binging things, as long as you're signed up for Microsoft Rewards.

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22. A so-called "art" auction.

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What is art these days? Who even knows? And that was the whole premise behind this bold sale of an image of a 4chan post that reads "Art used to be something to cherish. Now literally anything could be art. This post is art." Within a day of that being posted on eBay, it had bids of up to $600.

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23. Find things that look like other things.

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When someone noticed that their blob of glue looked a bit like Homer Simpson, they threw it up on eBay to see what would happen. He didn't think anything would come of it, but in the end, it sold for £152,200 (almost $240,000 U.S.).

A cornflake shaped like Illinois also went for $1,350, and another piece of cereal that looked like E.T. sold for over $1,000.

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24. Give a thing you're selling a good story.

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For example, someone trying to unload a rubber duck on eBay suggested that the bath toy in question was haunted and capable of possessing children. It sold for $107.50.

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25. Sell your story.

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Remember that person who sold the E.T.-shaped cereal on eBay for $1,000? Well, he managed to turn the tale of his finding and selling that breakfast bit into $3,000 from A Current Affair.

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26. Get religion.

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It sounds pretty cynical, but then you see the evidence. If it wasn't the Dorito shaped like the Pope's Miter that raked in $1,209 on eBay, then the grilled cheese featuring the image of the Virgin Mary that fetched $28,000 ought to convince you that religion can pay.

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27. Share the air with celebs.

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Some enterprising fans who went out to see Kanye West on his 'Yeezus' tour put bags of air supposedly from the concert up for sale on eBay, where they fetched bids of up to $60,000.

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28. A cosmetic solution.

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Many makeup companies need people to test their new, prototype products on, and they're willing to pay.

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29. Kickstart your heart.

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Well, your potato salad, anyway. One guy decided to put his project — making potato salad for the first time in his life — onto Kickstarter, asking for a whole $10 as a goal. Backers ponied up a whopping $55,492 for this guy to make potato salad.

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30. Sell your underwear.

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Just in case you were wondering if indeed there was a market for everything, yes, there's a market for used underwear. If you don't care what happens to it when you're done with it, you can probably find a buyer online.

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31. Play cupid.

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Some apps out there, like Tawkify, pay people to play matchmaker for their users, basically like screening Tinder for people to make better matches more likely.

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32. Collecting dog poop.

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This is an unfortunate reality of dog ownership, and no one really wants to do it. But if you were paid — in some cases, $45 an hour, you might change your tune.

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33. Carry on a conversation.

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People trying to learn English are often helped by carrying on normal, everyday conversations as practice, but to do that, they need a partner. Some will pay for the practice, which you can easily do online.

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34. Sell stuff other people don't want.

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One person's trash is another person's treasure, right? And if you're not shelling out for it, every sale you make is pure profit. Sometimes people don't even realize how valuable the stuff they leave on the curb is.

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35. Eating food.

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We do it every day, and, like fools, we get paid nothing for it. But various YouTube channels have turned this into a business. Korean YouTuber HyuneeEats has racks up tens of thousands of dollars every month, and has nearly 1.5 million subscribers, all just for filming themselves eating.

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36. Referrals.

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Word of mouth can be so lucrative to some businesses that they'll reward you for referring customers to them. If you're happy with the job they do for you, you can always ask if they compensate for referring business to them.

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37. Sell your fluids.

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You are your own self-replenishing supply of resources that you can sell. If you qualify as a sperm donor, you're in the money. Plasma works, too.

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38. Buy up URLs.

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You never know what the next big thing will be, and one clever fellow made a fortune off his foresight when he bought the URL pizza.com back in 1994. His initial $20 investment turned into $2.6 million in 2008.

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39. Test beds.

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It's not quite the same as sleeping for a living, but testing beds is a real job that Workopolis says pays about $53,000 a year.

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40. Line up.

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One enterprising fellow in Italy rents his services out standing in line for people. He charges $14 an hour to hold a place in line for people with better places to be.

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