Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you decide to buy a product or service we recommend.

Some jobs are crummy because they could endanger your life. Some are just not very profitable no matter how hard you work. According to an online forum, these 11 jobs are likely to keep you struggling if you fall into their trap.

1. Blogging

Gorodenkoff // Shutterstock

Although blogging is still a viable way to make money, it takes work. Many start a website with cheap hosting, write about their life, and think money will start rolling in. It takes skill to create quality content, market it properly, and monetize it. You can still pursue blogging. Just know it will take a while for the money to roll in.

2. Streaming

Man playing in computer
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

There’s one Ninja. In the grand scheme of the internet, Pokimane is an anomaly. Even if you’re a ranked Call of Duty player or an attractive female gamer, many fish in the streaming sea are chasing the same amount of subscriber dollars.

You could make more money working the soda stream at the local Sonic than streaming yourself playing video games.

3. Sign-Holding

New York City, New York - USA April 1 2020: construction man dressed in yellow rob holding orange slow sign for traffic to stop during construction work on the road during quarantine coronavirus.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Sign holders (and their more talented form, sign spinners) are the human equivalent of the dancing monkey. Standing on the side of the road with a sign in your hand is easy enough, but one asks, “What’s your dignity worth?” Surely more than ten bucks an hour.

4. Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

Female co-workers discussing together commercial project collaborating with team leaders supervising staff job. Multi- ethnic MLM team at working process.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Even if you can make good money selling beauty products, supplements, or jewelry through multi-level marketing (MLM), how well will you sleep at night? After all, most MLM participants will lose money they can’t afford to lose. That’s just the nature of pyramid schemes—the cash flows to the top. If you’re at the top, you’re exploiting the bottom.

5. Renting Out Your Property

woman putting a sight "Room for rent on a wall"
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Airbnb was just the tip of the iceberg. Now, services allow property owners to rent virtually anything to a stranger, whether it’s an electric scooter, Xbox, automobile, or handbag.

It’s called peer-to-peer renting, and it’s a bridge way too far. If you find yourself renting out your gaming console or Kate Spade bag, it’s a sign you can’t afford it. And no, letting strangers use your stuff isn’t “income.” It’s a bad look.

6. Internet Surveys

Woman working with laptop
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Many of the “jobs” that seem too easy to be true are just that. Taking internet surveys in exchange for cash is no exception.

You typically get paid what you’re worth in the United States. Unfortunately, anyone with an internet connection, eyesight, and a pointer finger can complete internet surveys. Therefore, you’ll spend lots of time for very little money if you try to make a living answering questions online for a living. It also typically involves signing up for many things and being flooded with emails.

7. Stockbroking 

Man working in trade market.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

There’s a reason why licensed stockbrokers, hedge fund managers, and financial advisors make the big bucks. Their job is hard, and many financial analysts are astute.

Your E*TRADE or Robinhood account should complement your salary, not serve as your virtual workspace. Unfortunately, when someone tries to make investing their full-time job, they often make moves to make moves. This frenetic approach to investing can make you into the anti-Robinhood—taking from your own pocket and flushing it down the drain.

8. Online Gambling

Man with mobile and money.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Honey, I just placed a can’t-lose wager on the Patriots, go ahead and put the deposit down on that mansion in Aspen. Aaaaaannnnd I’m broke.

9. Metal Detecting

Man with a metal detector on a sea sandy beach
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

If you’re one of the modern-day Blackbeards who fancies themselves a pirate, you might call it “treasure hunting.” Only in 2020s America would anyone consider bottlecaps and syringes buried in the sand “treasure.”

If you want to be a pirate and make real money, move to Somalia. Otherwise, these forum members say, “Put the metal detector down and get a real job.”

10. Real Estate Flipping

Real estate agent giving keys.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Watch one episode of Shark Tank, and suddenly everyone’s Barbara Corcoran, huh? The high cost of acquiring real estate means that many “flippers” have been ruined by unforeseen expenses, soft markets, and economic downturns.

11. Medical Test Subjects

Man getting injected.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Also known as human lab rats, medical test subjects have one of the highest-risk occupations in the United States. The job requirements are a lazy person’s dream: take a pill, and hold still for an injection. And hopefully, you’re part of the placebo group, in which case being a medical test subject becomes a cushy gig.

But the workplace hazards are second to none. Your finger might fall off. You might grow a new finger. You might get cancer. Simply put, medical testing is a job fit for a rodent.

10 Beautiful Countries To Spend the Rest of Your Life in if You Have 200K

Beautiful woman traveler smiling
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

If you have some money saved up and you’re looking for a change of scenery, there are a surprising number of places around the world where you can live on 200K for the rest of your life. Dive in to find where your next adventure awaits.

10 Beautiful Countries To Spend the Rest of Your Life in if You Have 200K

15 Expenses You Might Be Wasting Money On

Jasen Wright // Shutterstock.

There’s nothing worse than wasting money on unnecessary items — especially if you don’t even know you’re wasting money. If you have any of these 15 expenses in your life, it’s time to say goodbye once and for all. 

15 Expenses You Might Be Wasting Money On

12 Rich People Things the Rest of Us Never Think About

Lipik Stock Media // Shutterstock.

It’s no secret that money can buy you all sorts of weird and fabulous things. But what do rich people actually spend their money on? Dive into the world of wealth to find out where all that money goes.

12 Rich People Things the Rest of Us Never Think About

10 Celebrities Who Are Secretly Worth Billions

Joe Seer // Shutterstock

You may have heard their music or seen them on TV, but who are the wealthiest celebrities? This list sheds light on the famous people with the most money — and it might not be who you think.

10 Celebrities Who Are Secretly Worth Billions

12 Things Inflation Hit Hard That Aren’t Worth Buying Anymore

Luis Molinero // Shutterstock.

We’re all feeling the effects of inflation these days, and some services were hit harder than others. These 12 things probably aren’t worth the inflated cost, but we keep paying for them anyway. 

12 Things Inflation Hit Hard That Aren’t Worth Buying Anymore



Pin It