most bizarre freelance jobs

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Bret @ Hope to Prosper January 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I’m thinking most of these jobs would probably suck, unless you are like Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs), making millions on TV.

I’ll tell you who has it made, a backflow tester. Since every backflow valve has to be tested annually by law, they are never out of work. They hit the same customers every year, whether there is a recession or not.

Last year, we had our backflow valve inspected. The inspector pulled up in a shiny new Corvette wearing a pair of shorts. He hooked up a meter, turned a couple of vales, signed a certificate and charged us $250. It took about 30 minutes and that’s only because he was in slo-mo. I’ll bet he works about 20 hours a week and pulls down over $100K.

20 and Engaged January 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Those are insane! I’ll definitely stick to blogging and Internet marketing hahaha.

Sandy @ yesiamcheap February 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

As long as the body wasn’t there, I think that I could deal with the crime scene one. You get the whole hazmat suit thing going and don’t tell me what happened. I can pay for therapy with my enormous pay check.

Jane Sanders February 15, 2011 at 8:03 am

I worked as a Medical Transcriptionist before and I really don’t think it’s bizarre. It’s just so tiring and I knew at that time that I couldn’t do it for a long time.

Lindy Mint February 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

The skull cleaning wasn’t sounding so bad until the beetles came into the picture. Ick. And I’m pretty sure turkey insemenators don’t get paid enough.

Marc Chase February 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

LOL Shark repellent tester? Where do I sign up?

Dr. Timothy Lawler February 27, 2011 at 5:24 am

Great freakin’ post! Hilarious! Skull cleaner? Turkey inseminator? Really? Seriously best post that I have read in awhile. Keep it coming!

Marilyn March 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

the skull cleaner was absolutely hilarious. I look at clean skulls occasionally for my job. I’ll have to send some silent thanks to them beatles

Layla March 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Skull cleaner doesn’t sound so bad, and that’s a LOT of dollar bills beside Crime scene decontaminator.

I could totally be a medical transcriber if that means deciphering doctor’s handwriting. I’m pretty good at that.

Liora May 20, 2011 at 3:30 am

Having worked in the medical transcription field for over 25 years, I’m not seeing what’s so bizarre about it. However, I do see that thinking all it takes is some good typing skills and some knowledge (no mention of schooling whatsoever in your article) is definitely bizarre.

As a former instructor and recruiter in the MT field, most national companies hiring transcriptionists require at least 3-5 years of experience. It’s very hard for a new grad to get his or her foot in the door. And I did say “new grad;” that’s because no national company is going to bring you on as a freelancer or employee without a good MT education. That could be several courses leading up to a certificate, or it could be a degree. MTs need to thoroughly know their anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, what is called AHDI style. We have turned nurses and other medical professionals away because they don’t know the style and they don’t have the full terminology knowledge of a medical transcriptionist. MTs also must know HIPAA privacy laws.

Increasingly the industry of medical transcription is moving toward certification in the way of registered medical transcriptionists and certified medical transcriptionists.

And finally, it’s “transcriptionist,” not transcriber. A transcriber is a machine, not a person.

Please, whoever wrote this article, educate yourselves by going to

andrew December 22, 2011 at 3:04 am

I will just stay with blogging. LOL. Those are just crazy!

Tadsmom April 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

One of the highest paying grossest jobs I’ve ever heard of is a crime scene cleaner (not sure what the actual job title is).

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