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"Shredding paid for my Louis V Bag"

The OWWN community tells us about the weird jobs that helped them fulfill some of their material goals

June 9, 2022
Reading time 2 min.

💎 Why do I care?

  • Looking for ways to make your material dreams come true? Odd jobs are one way to get there! And when we say odd, we mean straight-up weird. From being a sugar baby or a plasma donor to just getting money for doing nothing — our community is pretty inventive.
  • We need your opinion for the OWWN app again. Read the article and tell us if you want more of these personal stories in your OWWN app feed!

The Shredder, at 24

I once worked as a shredder to pay for my first Louis Vuitton bag. That was in a big company in southern Germany — they had a lot of paperwork to shred. If things went well, I filled an entire garbage can in a day. I earned 500 euros a month doing this, which covered the 800 euros for my Louis Vuitton “Alma” bag.

The grandchild stunt, 22

I earn around 150 euros by visiting my own grandmother. Unfortunately, she is unbearable and very negative, so no one else in the family will voluntarily visit her.

I drive to her about once a week and talk to her for a few hours. The first time she slipped me money, I thought it was just a classic granny move. You know, sometimes they just give you money. But now she does it every time — she calls it "visit money".

I feel kind of bad for her, but I also need the money, and I know that she really values my visits. I invest the money in crypto — of course she has no idea what that is.

The garage attendant, at 20

I worked for a few hours a week as a watchman at a large garage earning 20 euros an hour —  that's a lot of money! The strange thing about the job was that I actually just sat around and studied for university.

I have no idea why, but at some point I was “promoted” and had two employees under me. With the promotion I earned 25 euros an hour, even though I didn’t really do anything. I squandered the money on partying, partying and partying.

The asparagus cutter, at 16

On the weekends I cut asparagus and picked strawberries in our neighboring town. There was no minimum wage back then – I was paid 6 euros an hour. I'm a tall person, so bending down was extra exhausting for me – it was extremely physical work. Worst of all, asparagus grows back so quickly that I could start all over again when I had reached the end of the field.

I worked with many Polish workers in the field. It was the first time that I was in an international work environment so it was quite an exciting experience for me. The working conditions were terrible though.

The plasma donor, 22

I like to boost my income, especially when it comes to weekend plans and going out. That's why I go donate plasma just before the weekend. Basically, if you are under 60 kg you get 23 euros to lie there for half an hour with a needle in your arm.

Theoretically, you can donate twice a week, but all your blood values ​​have to be right. I actually find needles awful and you get small scars from donating plasma, but if you're broke it's a good side income. It also makes me happy that I’m doing something good for other people. I get the money in cash and happily spend it on drinks and clubbing on the weekend.

The sugar baby, at 25

I earned 200 euros in 30 seconds and spent it all that same day. I signed up for a sugar daddy site with my roomie for fun — knowing that I wasn’t prepared to do anything sexual.

I landed up chatting to a 66-year-old man who gets turned on when others have power over his money. I told him to put 200 euros in an envelope and meet me at a bridge. He was already there when I arrived. I just said: “Give me the envelope”, and he did it. I took it and drove away. That's what we had agreed on. I spent the money eating oysters with my friends.

🔥 What does this mean for me?

  • Ask yourself what crazy things you would or have done for money. Then slide into our DMs and share your story with us, if you want. (We’ll keep it all anonymous).
  • Sharing ways to supplement our income can result in — yes, okay — some funny stories… But, it can also help us to compare salaries and assess the real value of work.

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