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A few months ago, we were at a friend’s house playing cards when someone mentioned getting a part-time job for the holidays. “What kind of part-time job would you get if you needed one?” my friend asked.
I listed off all the things I have been known to do to make some quick cash in the past- babysitting, selling things on craigslist, cleaning houses, and painting. Hey, I’m not above any of those things. I used to clean houses part-time and made more than $25/hour most of the time. For a part-time job, that was a pretty sweet gig.
But then things got weird…and fast. Why? Because my friend asked me if I would be willing to cuddle with strangers for money.
Yes, Cuddling is a Real Business
I thought that was a really strange question until he told me about a business that offers “cuddle therapy” in our area. After that, a quick Google search turned up IndyCuddles.com, a service that provides cuddles and affection for anyone willing to fork over 60 an hour. But cuddling? Really?
According to their website, many people are lacking the personal connection and physical touch they so desperately need, and IndyCuddles.com simply fills that void for them.
“Human touch has an amazing power to comfort us when we are sad, heal us when we are sick, guide us when we feel lost, and above all else, allow us to accept that we are never alone,” reads their website.
The Benefits of Cuddling for Cash
First of all, I think “cuddle therapy” is a genius business idea. Think about it. Little to no start-up costs, no licensing fees (at least none that I can think of), and no formal education required. All you would need to get started is a simple website and a willingness to cuddle up with strangers who might have intentions you cannot truly understand.
And for every weird pervert you came across, you would probably get a handful of people who truly need some type of human interaction – even if that means they have to pay for it. A one-hour cuddle session starts at $60, which seems like a lot to me. Then again, I’m not sure what the going rate is or should be. Still, $60? That’s a pretty sweet hourly rate if you ask me.
Of course, when I heard about this, the first thing that popped into my mind was the logistics of it all. For starters, where would they cuddle? And how do they make sure they don’t end up cuddling with a creepy stalker? And what about hygiene? Who spoons who? What do they wear? So….many….questions……
The good news is, those questions and many others are answered on the business FAQ page. If you have time, read it! It is pretty funny.
Would You Cuddle For Cash?
We talked about it with our friends for a while and decided that none of us would be willing to cuddle strangers for cash. I just can’t imagine wanting to cuddle someone other than my husband at this point, even if they were willing to pay me. I might not earn $60 an hour cleaning houses, but that seems like a much better option if I ever needed a part-time job.
But who am I to judge? I think it’s an interesting idea and a great way to make money if you don’t mind getting close and personal with strangers. And as far as I’m concerned, two consenting adults should be able to do just about anything without government interference or excessive regulation.
What do you think? Would you cuddle a stranger for $60 an hour?
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