(Post by Shawna B., as part of our Side Hustle Series)
My name is Shawna, and I’m the kind of girl who isn’t afraid to get a little dirty. Which is no surprise why my side hustle includes dirt and worms.
Due to a recent lay off, I took the route everyone does when they are looking for a job – I told everyone I knew I was looking for something to do on the side. Just to bring in a little extra cash flow. Shortly after that, I got a call for a very interesting one :) Now, every weekend during the summer, you can find me in the local bait supplier counting night crawlers.
Before you get all grossed out, though, you need to know it’s really not that bad. They actually give you gloves! Worm counting not only helps my savings account grow, but it gives me spending money to use for the upcoming hunting season too.
How my first day went…
I initially went into the shop expecting to count inventory, you know – something easy. Well, they had a different counting job for me. I was handed a pair of gloves, a flat of crawlers and they pointed me to a table. After I got over the squirm factor, it was great! Just turn up the radio and start the counting!
What is involved in worm counting?
It’s simple, actually. There are many worm counting techniques. Here’s the method I prefer:
- First, lay out 60 worm containers.
- Next, fill them with dirt and ground up corn (night crawlers need to eat too!).
- A dozen worms are then counted out and placed into the containers.
- That’s when you lid ‘em and place them into a large cooler.
That process is repeated about 200 times. On a good day, over 12,000 worms will be boxed up and shipped out to various bait shops in the area, and then sold to fishermen. Sounds like easy work, huh? Well, that’s because it is!
What kind of money do worm counters make?
The best part is the pay. For every dozen night crawlers, I get .08 cents in my pocket. I average about 6 hours each week, and fill about 2,000 containers. Think about it, that’s 26 dollars an hour! Plus, I have an opportunity to work more if I really wanted to.
They also have different worms too that need to be placed into bags or containers. The amount you are paid depends on the type of worm you are counting.
Other benefits of worm counting:
- Job security. As long as there are fishermen, there will always be a need for worm counters.
- Short hours. You don’t have to work all day and you can still enjoy your weekend!
- No boss breathing down your neck, asking if you typed up that report yet…
- You’re paid in cold hard CASH!
I realize this side hustle isn’t for everyone, but it’s my dirty side hustle and I like it!
Guest post by hustla’ Shawna B – an unemployed, novice blogger/hunter. When not playing with night crawlers, you can find her tromping through the woods, improving her archery skills, obsessing over her online bank account and blogging all about it at Doe Loves Buck.