EPISODE 41 ~ MAKE MORE: Professional Cuddler: YES, This is A Real Job and a Great Side Hustle!

Some people are making money by becoming professional snugglers.

If you just did a double take, trust me, I did too.  When I saw an article on Student Loan Hero about this, I was intrigued but skeptical.  So I checked my sources like a good journalist in the era of fake news.    Rolling Stone and The New York Post have both written about professional snuggling, but somehow that didn’t reassure me!  But then I found articles from respectable outlets like Business Insider and The Wall Street Journal.  If these somewhat dull publications are covering snuggling, it must be true!

Seriously.  This is a thing.  Snuggle Buddies is a nationwide agency that says on its website: “Whether you want to cuddle for friendship, relaxation, or therapeutic reasons…Many people do not get the amount of human touch they want or need on a daily basis, and a professional snuggling service is the solution…Depression, anxiety, and stress have all shown to be improved with therapeutic touch.”

Now, to be clear, that touch is supposed to be 100 percent platonic!  No sex, allowed, people!  In fact, professional snugglers AND clients must sign an agreement that no sexual activity of any kind will take place.  For their safety, the professional snugglers check in with a Snuggle Buddies rep when they arrive at a location and when they’re finished with a session.

One thing I find weird: At least on the Snuggle Buddies site, they are only looking for FEMALE snugglers.  I get it, that men may have a harder time finding somebody to snuggle with.  I mean, we women can easily get a cuddle any time we want.  But then again, can we get a snuggle from a man who won’t try to do more than snuggle?  That could be a new market!

But I digress… Let’s talk about the advantages of snuggling as a side hustle:

•Most clients want to snuggle before or after work, so it works well with a traditional schedule.

•If snuggling is good for the clients because human touch releases oxytocin, which lowers blood pressure and stress levels, then you’re getting that same benefit for free.

  • There are no start up costs.  You snuggle at your place or theirs or maybe a park or movie theater. 
  • There’s no heavy duty skill needed.  Just a positive attitude, nurturing demeanor and ability to overcome embarrassment.
  • And the money is decent.

So let’s talk about the money.  Snuggle Buddies says it typically charges $80 an hour for snuggling services and gives you half of that, so forty bucks.   Sam Varnerin of Boston was a structural engineer and started snuggling on the side to pay off student loans.  She made so much money through platonic cuddling that she went into it full time on her own.  She says she now works just 18 hours a week and makes $3,000 to $4,000 a month! 

So, there you have it, my weirdest “make more segment” so far.  Please, please, pretty please, if you are inspired to try professional snuggling after hearing this, will you let me know, so I can interview you later?  You KNOW, everyone wants to hear from a professional snuggler on Easy Money!

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