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Dudes, I have worked a lot of jobs over the years. Seriously…a lot. I thought I’d amuse myself the other day, so I decided to count them all up. I came up with a quick count of 27 different jobs that I can remember working since I was about 10 years old. From delivering newspapers to being a mortician, I’ve pretty much done it all at one point or another.
Of course, most of these jobs were part-time gigs that I worked back in my high school and college days. That being said, a bunch of them would make for a great side gig if you’re looking to make extra money. I thought you’d get a kick out of taking a stroll down memory lane with me and discussing 4 of the most interesting side hustles I’ve ever had.
Farmhand at a Pheasant Farm
When I was about 13 years-old, I spent a few weeks during my summer break working as a farmhand on a pheasant farm. The man who owned the farm happened to be my 7th grade history teacher…and the father of my aunt (by marriage). Basically, I spent 8-12 hours a day inside of a giant pole barn. My job to catch the baby pheasants running around inside the barn with a fishing net. We’d then shove a plastic “blinder” through their beak so that they didn’t peck each other to death. Good times.
While the temperature outside of the barn hovered in the mid to upper 80’s, the temps soared somewhere close to 100 degrees. Besides that, we had to wear jeans, T-shirts, and workboots. Plus, there was no breeze, so it was ridonkulously hot. The strong smell of ammonia in the barn also made the conditions a bit more brutal. I learned how to work hard and was happy to make some money, but I was glad when the summer was over. I definitely wouldn’t want to do it full-time, but it was definitely one of the most interesting side hustles I’ve ever worked.
When Holly and I decided to start a blog a few years ago, we did it mainly as a way to have fun. Of course, we always hoped that our hobby would make us a bit of extra money in the future. We quickly realized that we enjoyed blogging, but it took a lot more work than we ever imagined. We pressed on, continuing to bust our butts to grow the website, and it eventually started making money.
Starting a blog was the best thing we ever did. After putting a lot of blood sweat and tears into the project, we started to generate some actual revenue. Holly was eventually able to quit her job, and I followed in her footsteps about two years later.
One of my favorite jobs I ever held was while I was in college. Almost every weekend for about 2 years, I traveled around the state and worked as a disc jockey at wedding receptions, company parties, and special events. It paid fairly well and it was a ton of fun. I got to meet a lot of people, be a part of their special day, and MC the party at one of the most important events in many of their lives.
I got the job through a radio station in the town. Basically, they booked all the gigs and then sent me out to perform. There was a group of about 5 or 6 of us who worked there, although the shows were all solo gigs. Plus, they were very accomodating to my school schedule, so that was good. Since the shows were almost always on the weekends, this was really a perfect side gig.
Did you know that you can get paid to referee your favorite sport? It’s true. I used to officiate both hockey and baseball games. Not only is this a great way to make a few extra bucks, but it is also a great way to stay involved with your favorite sports long after you’ve quit playing.
The cool thing about officiating is that schools and organizations are almost always looking to hire officials. Games are typically held during the evenings and weekends, which makes this another perfect side hustle. Depending which levels you wish to officiate at, you may need to complete a 1-day training course and pass a rules test. Generally, this is required to officiate at the high school varsity level or higher. If you’re looking for some legit side income, it is almost always worth it to complete these certifications because you can make more money at the higher levels. There is no way to get there without completing the certifications.
I still can’t believe how many different jobs I’ve tried over the years. Of course, I haven’t loved every job (see the pheasant farm above…), but each and every job has taught me something that I still use today. I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me, and maybe you’ve even picked up an idea for an interesting side hustle or two. Until next time, Seacrest out!
What are some interesting jobs that you’ve worked? Do any of my jobs remind you of your past gigs? What kind of questions do you have about pheasant blinders? Fire away in the comments below!