Cuddlist Cuddlist connects lonely people in need of a hug with professional cuddlers, but cuddlers need expensive training to sign up
Expected pay: unclear
Commissions & fees: $149 for online training, plus $40 per month
Requirements: 18 or older, plus paid training
What is Cuddlist?
What is Cuddlist? It’s a company that promises to train professional cuddlers — people who engage in non-sexual touch therapy for pay.
Cuddling lonely people is apparently a thing, with professional cuddlers boasting hourly rates ranging from $80 to $160. And few sites promote the concept with more verve (or nerve, depending on your perspective) as Cuddlist. The company’s video-filled website promotes the concept as a valuable therapy for a multitude of ills.
It even sells t-shirts and tote bags that tout the “theraputic approach to touch.”
How it works
However, if you’re looking for a job as a professional cuddler, Cuddlist isn’t a great choice. That’s because you can’t get listed as a cuddler on this site until you buy a membership and complete a training.
And training is expensive, running between $149 and $799, depending on when you purchase it. Moreover, the site sells a host of workbooks and manuals on how to screen clients, market your business and keep yourself safe. These workbooks and manuals cost between $60 and $30.
When we first reviewed this site, we were told that Cuddlers were also expected to attend occasional “cuddle party workshops,” that also cost money, and the site encourages cuddlers to “get certified,” at an additional cost.
I realize I’m going to sound like a Mom when I say this. (I am…so there’s that) But, this site wants you to pay hundreds of dollars in fees before it will so much as register you for potential work.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll get work once you register. And, if you do get work, that work puts you in an intimate situation alone with a stranger.
It’s not supposed to be about sex. But take precautions.
The high fees, levied before you get work, earned Cuddlist SideHusl’s lowest rating.
If you want to try this type of work, we recommend Cuddle Comfort and RentAFriend. Cuddle Comfort only charges cuddler’s a percentage of the fee they receive; RentAFriend charges clients, not workers.
And even with these other sites, we urge you to screen your customers thoroughly. Meet in public places. And keep tracking active on your phone, with a close friend paying attention to where you are at all times, whenever you’re at work.