Found this post on a Personal Finance Advice blog about a guy who is a commute helper. What is that you ask? Well, he sits on the side of the road with a sign that reads “Traffic is Bad. Spend 2 hours or pay me $10 and get there in 20 minutes”. When someone picks him up, they qualify to ride in the HOV lane and they can then bypass all the traffic. When he gets to the destination, he simply goes out to the road and does it again to get a ride home. He does it 5-8 times a day and can clear $100-300 a day. Brilliant.