In this economy people are looking for any kind of job to bring in the bacon. Most people hear about the typical jobs - secretary, manager of a restaurant or a store clerk. Thinking outside of the box though might score a job sooner. Following are 30 weird jobs that still bring in money, according to "Odd Jobs: How to have fun and make money in a bad economy" by Abigail R. Gehring
Businesses have found live mannequins attract more attention than plastic ones, according to the book.
Being a live mannequin enables you to practice your model pose while wearing the latest fashions.
Pay: $25 to $100 per hour
Being a human scarecrow would be like living your dreams of being in Wizard of OZ. Job requirements are to scare off birds that go after crops. Ability to wave arms around and yell is required.
Pay: $10 to $15 per hour
Ever been to a dance party where everyone seems uncomfortable to dance? A dance host is the icebreaker on the dance floor.
Who wouldn't want to get paid for dancing, attending parties and eating free food?
Pay: $25 to $100 per hour
Being able to hide things and make up clues is a skill needed to be a treasure hunt coordinator.
Treasure hunt coordinators can be found at parties, summer camps, team building activities.
Pay: $25 to $50 per hour (if working for a scavenger hunt company)
Skip reading from tarot cards or crystal balls, reading lipstick is the way to find out someone's personality. Lipstick readers can be found at bridal showers, charity events or other parties.
Pay: $25 to $50 per hour
Bicycle rickshaw operators is a great job for those that want to meet new people while exercising for hours. Weaving in between cars with a carriage attached to your bike is an important skill for rickshaw operators.
Pay: $200 a day with tips and fees
Fire lookouts get to scan the area for signs of fire. Unfortunately, not all days are beautiful days. Best fire starter days are lightening storms.
Pay: $7 to $10 per hour
A face-to-face fundraiser needs to be quick on their feet as they try to stop a passerby about donating to an organization. Persistence is key when trying to stop people in high traffic areas.
Pay: $350 to $550 per week
For those that have hair, this is a job that can keep the money rolling in. It may be a slow process to get a foot or feet of hair to chop off, but if the plans are to cut it might as well get money from it.
Pay: $8 per ounce
If picking up poop doesn't gross you out this might be the job for you. Picking up a dog's mess is actually a growing market, according to Gehring.
Pay: $7.50 to $15 once a week with one dog
As a worm farmer one gets to harvest worms and sell it as a good fertilizer or to tackle shops. Worm populations can quadruple in about six months, according to Gehring.
Pay: $20 for a pound of worms
With a little research, this job can reward quite a bit of cash.
A virtual head hunter finds employers that are offering a reward for a job they've posted online. If you're able to find someone and the company hires them you get a reward for your findings.
Pay: $250 to $10,00 a reward
This job brings memories for every child. During Christmastime the workplaces are endless, whether you choose the mall setting or private parties.
Job requirements for Santa or Mrs. Claus is to enjoy kids and being photographed.
Pay: $10 to $20 per hour at the mall, $50 to $100 per hour for private parties
Snowmakers hit the slopes day and night setting up, tearing down and fixing snow making equipment.
Muscles and a love for the cold are required for this job.
Pay: $8 to $10 per hour
Scavenging at Kauai beaches on your knees is important to find Kaheleani shells.
These valuable pink shells are used for jewelry and can only be found in Kauai.
Pay: $100 for a film canister filled with Kaheleani shells
Be a guinea pig for doctors or scientists. By participating in studies you may have the privilege of staying up for hours, being stuck by a needle or respond to various questions. As a participant you'll be closely watched and taken care of.
Pay: Price ranges depending on the study, it could be as low as $12 to $3,850 for two weeks
The ultimate fantasy for a gamer may be this job. A video game tester gets to test all the newest games that have yet to be released on the market. This job isn't just fun and games, it requires checking spelling errors, glitches and possibly playing a level multiple times.
Pay: $9 to $12 per hour for part-time or $30,000 a year for full-time
Being paid to sleep sounds easy, but some may see it as a challenge to test a different bed each night for a hotel. Sleeping isn't the only criteria for this job, checking out the decor of the room and if it's adequately soundproof is important too.
Pay: In the United Kingdom one man earns $100,000 a year, according to Gehring.
Mascots don't have to be in major league sporting events doing crazy flips. Mascots can be at elementary schools entertaining children, or outside of stores handing out flyers.
Pay: $20 to a six-figure salary for professional mascots
A furniture tester is the ultimate dream job for the couch potato. Sitting, wiggling around and leaning back are all part of the job requirements.
Some furniture testers are asked to test up to 200 pieces of furniture a day.
Pay: $6 to $10 per hour
Find yourself staring at a fish tank for hours? Fish sampling might be just the job.
Requirements for a fish sampler is to watch fish near a dam and push a button each time a fish swims up the ladder. Occasional catching and tagging the fish is also a job duty.
Pay: $8 to $15 per hour
Addicted to shopping? This job is perfect for those that love to shop but don't have the money to do so. Granted, a personal shopper means shopping for someone else, but you are seen as a shopping guru.
This job could span from shopping for clothes to furniture to makeup.
Pay: $25,000 to $100,000 per year
Getting paid to eat ice cream is probably like entering heaven's buffet bar.
Some ice cream tasters help in inventing new ice cream, others may test up to 60 packages of ice cream a day.
Pay: $56,000 is the average salary for a food scientist, according to the book
Thank goodness for websites such as amazon.com or eBay that allows people to work from home. Collecting and selling used books on those websites or on your own is a way to earn money.
Pay: Depends on what book you're selling, the condition and how many copies you have.
A closet exorcist helps a client redeem his or her closet. Deciding what needs to stay and what needs to go can be great if you inherit some items. Or it can be a struggle if the client is a pack rat.
Pay: $25 to $75 per hour
Holidays are especially great for those that are skilled with wrapping paper, tape and bows. The only downside is papercuts.
Pay: $3 to $10 per present
Christmas tree decorators are typically hired for offices, stores, restaurants or individuals who don't have the time to decorate. As a Christmas tree decorator be prepared for some people expecting you to provide the tree and decorations.
Pay: $25 to $100 per hour to only decorate a medium sized tree, rates are higher for installing and disposing of the tree
A virtual assistant gets the luxury of working for an administrative company from home. Duties such as booking flights, data entry, sending payroll and other clerical duties are required.
Pay: $20 to $45 per hour
Become a dogs best friend by feeding, grooming and performing other duties for the huskies. Dog handlers work May through September assisting in dog sled tours.
Pay: $12 to $15 per hour
Become a furniture salesperson by perusing the streets. When furniture is out for the garbage, snatch it up, perform necessary repairs and sell it off on eBay.
Pay: depends on what items are collected and how much it auctions for