How to Earn $10/Hour Counting Crowd Sizes
It's a bit like counting sheep before you go to bed, but you can actually earn $10/hour by counting the number of people in a crowded area...
This is possible because businesses crave traffic data in order to study their local trends, marketing results, and historical direction. To satisfy their need for this data they often hire people to stand outside their location and count the number of people who enter the doors.
I've done this work before and its usually pretty easy. It's not the most interesting work, but it pays around $10/hour and it's all independent contract work, so you get to pick and choose when you work.
The companies I've worked for are Measure Consumer Perspectives and Certified Field Marketing. I've seen them hire people to count the customers at malls, grocery stores, and movie theaters. Some of the locations require you to stand out front, but many of them will let you just keep a tally while sitting in your car.
The application for both companies is pretty simple and nearly everyone is hired. Once you’ve been accepted as an independent contractor, you will want to keep a close eye on their online assignment list. As new assignments become available, they will be posted to that list.
I noticed this morning that Measure Consumer Perspectives has quite a few jobs they are trying to fill right now. They aren't available in every area, but it might be a good idea to add yourself to their list so you can keep an eye on future opportunities.
Good luck Penny Hoarders!
Update: This one is US only. Sorry to our international readers. :(