*You know it’s hard out here for a pimp. When he tryin’ to get his money for the rent. No truer words have ever been spoken and no one said it better than Three 6 Mafia and Cedric Coleman, who wrote the song featured in the 2005 film, “Hustle and Flow.” The movie may have made stars of Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, but the rest of us are more likely to live the truth of those lyrics more often than we’d like to admit.
Dare I assume its minus the ‘pimp’ status?
But with a new year headed our way comes a bevy of creative ways to solve that potential problem that can linger over our heads: are we going to be able to make rent next month?
This pesky, frightening and frustrating thought could manifest no matter what you’re doing, no matter where you are. Even standing in line at the store.
Wait! Even STANDING IN LINE AT THE STORE?
Hey, if I’ve gotta stand in line, why not get paid for it?
Yes. You read that right. People are getting paid for standing in line. Of course the “job” is known as Line Sitter but what’s in a word? It’s the green aka the moulalah that it can bring that counts. Be it standing in line to get tickets for a popular event, a “Black Friday” sale, or the latest Apple product — sometimes people without the worry of how they are going to make rent want to be out doing something else. And it doesn’t include standing in line.
So they are looking to pay someone like YOU to stand in line for them.
But hey, don’t take my word for it.
Check out Samuel’s true story.
He got creative and created a company out of necessity after losing his sales position at AT&T in 2012. He placed an ad on Craigslist (where, as creepy as the site can be, it actually has a lot of really creative jobs), and offered to stand in line for the iPhone 5 for $100. And you KNOW how crazy those lines for iPhones can be! Anyway, someone took him up on it and although the original buyer cancelled, he still paid Samuel.
And Samuel was really smart. He re-invested that money quickly. Instead of leaving, he re-sold his spot, and invited friends to come down and stand in line, too. He also brought egg crates for people to sit on, renting them for $5 apiece. The following morning dude counted the $325 he had made from his efforts.
Cha-ching! went his brain. I think I’ll start a business! And he did. Now he charges $25 for the first hour, and $10 for every additional half hour. And since he lives in New York City, and keeps up with current trends in the neighborhood, he makes a nice living.
Remember when the cronut craze hit New York hard in 2013? Samuel does. He used his new line-sitting “skills” and personally delivered two of the tasty pastries for $60.
Still think you’re too cute to do something like this? Read on.
Samuel’s friend (he has since recruited several) stood in line for 43 straight hours (DaYUM! That’s a bit much and I’m sure when he had to pee he got some unsuspecting person to hold his spot). He was waiting in line at a Shark Tank audition in Denver. Guess how much money the company made from that?
And with the use of social media and word of mouth, Samuels business continues to grow. He also puts his company out there by talking to people standing in line and gets his line standers to post pictures on Facebook and Twitter.
Line Sitter is just one of several creative “jobs” you might consider.
Want to know about other creative job ideas? Check them out here.