You might get dirty, but you’ll make decent money doing it…

Side hustles come in all shapes and types.

That includes the downright dirty side hustles that nobody really wants to do. But if nobody wants to do them, that means there’s not a whole lot of competition, right?

So, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, you can make a decent chunk of change with these 10 dirty side hustles.

1. Picking Up Trash

Picking up trash for one of your local garbage companies is one way to go about this.

But if you’d rather work for yourself, you can always contact local businesses and ask them who’s picking up the trash on their property. If they don’t have an answer, ask them if they could use your services.

Market your services online and get a few clients under your belt. You could easily make a couple of hundred dollars per month per client.

Get as many clients as you can handle, keep up your end of the bargain, and send out those invoices so you can get paid.

2. Environmentally Friendly Diaper Service

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In richer neighborhoods, you might be able to get away with charging for a service like this. I wouldn’t try it in anything less than upper-middle-class neighborhoods, because some people simply can’t afford the luxury. Those are not your clients.

If you’ve got the marketing chops and some sales skills, you might be able to pull it off the way Tiny Tots does.

According to their site, they do “weekly home delivery of compostable diapers and wipes, which are then picked up and professionally composted.”

Start your own service like this and start raking in the clients.

3. Start a Carpet Cleaning Service

You’d be surprised at the disgusting things people can have mashed into their carpets.

If you’re willing to clean them for a fee, you can have your own little low-competition dirty side hustle.

Create a website and start promoting it online to start bringing in clients. Tell everyone you meet about your service. You never know who might be a potential client.

4. Start a Junk Removal Service

You’ve likely seen one of those flyers offering to come take away your heaps of unwanted trash.

You could be that person/company.

You’ll need some equipment to get started, such as a dump truck, and tools to help you lift heavy items.

Check out this article I found on How to Start a Junk Removal Business so you have an idea of exactly how much work you’re going to have to put into this side hustle.

5. Start a Landscaping Service

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Landscaping might not sound like it’s really all that dirty of a job. But it can get pretty dirty once you get into the guts if it.

According to Indeed, a landscaper’s job might involve the following:

  • Mowing, edging, and fertilizing lawns
  • Weeding and mulching landscape beds
  • Trimming small trees, hedges, and shrubs
  • Removing unwanted, dead, or damaged trees
  • Planting shrubs, flowers, and trees
  • Watering gardens, lawns, and landscapes
  • Monitoring and maintaining plant health

That might mean you’ll come home looking like you just crawled out of a deep dirt hole. If you’re cool with that, then, by all means, start a junk removal business.

6. Start a Cleaning Service

It’s pretty obvious how a cleaning service might be considered a dirty job, especially when you consider the different types of things people have been hired to clean. Basements, attics, garages, hoarder homes, etc.

But you could also clean offices, which might be slightly less dirty than other places.

But if you want to make good money, you’ll probably have to deal with a lot of dirt.

Read up on How to Start a Cleaning Business from Nerd Wallet first.

7. Crime Scene Cleaner

Now, this one’s more of a job, but it can still be considered a side hustle if you do it part-time or in addition to another hustle or job.

It’s one of the dirtiest jobs out there for obvious reasons. If you have a strong stomach and don’t cringe at the sight of blood, you could make extra money as a crime scene cleaner.

Despite the seemingly easy nature of this job, there are qualifications. Check to see if you meet them beforehand.

There’s also training required so find a training program in your area to get started by performing a Duck Duck Go or Google search.

8. Become a Port a Potty Supplier (Or Cleaner)

The definition of a dirty job, a port a potty supplier supplies porta potties to whoever might need them — usually, companies (like construction companies) where employees don’t have access to bathrooms throughout the day because they’re always working on site.

There’s always going to be new construction happening and there’s always going to be a need for people to go potty. So, why not capitalize off of that and earn a little extra cash?

You also have the option of cleaning porta potties for a fee. You can make an average of $37,227 per year doing this, according to Zip Recruiter. Not too bad.

9. Horse and Bovine Semen Extractor

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Yup, you read that right.

The main responsibility for this job is to extract semen from horses and bovine (cattle).

And the way that you’ll have to do it is kind of icky. I won’t go into too many details here, but you can do some research and find out for yourself.

So, if you don’t mind potentially getting down and dirty doing this job, it could be a low-competition side hustle worth considering.

10. Work for a Funeral Home

Funeral homes give most people the heebie-jeebies, myself included. There’s just something about the non-living that creeps most people out.

But if you don’t fall into that category of people, you could earn a decent side income working in a funeral home.

There may be training required, depending on the state, to get into this kind of work. So check your state’s requirements.

Then, either find a training program that works for your budget and schedule, and start learning, or start looking for positions (again, that’ll depend on the state you live in).

So, what’d you think? Are you willing to do any of these dirty jobs or gigs for a little extra cash? Or have you done any?

Let me know in the comments.

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