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In the world of the gig economy there are hundreds of different ways to make a little extra cash. Did you know that there are some unique – but legal – ways to make money with your body?
Participate in paid clinical trials/medical research
ClinicalTrials.gov lists clinical studies in the United States and worldwide that are both private and publicly funded.
A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies. ClinicalTrials.gov includes both interventional and observational studies.
Covance is one global company that conducts clinical trials in more than 100 countries. Covance has a wide reach, having been involved in the development of the top 50 drugs that are currently on the market. Search clinical trials at Covance. Compensation with Covance varies depending on length of study and amount and duration of visits. Studies can require overnight stays, others outpatient visits or both. Studies can last from several days, to several months to longer.
Compensation for participating in clinical trials varies. Studies can pay as little as $100 to more than $10,000.
You can help a family realize their dream of having a child while being compensated for your time.
There are lots of rules, regulations and very stringent requirements for becoming an egg donor. According to eggdonor.com you can be compensated between $6,500 to $30,000 while GrowingGenerations.com states $10,000 to $50,000.
You are compensated for your time, travel related expenses, and provided with all the medical care including health screenings. Compensation can vary from state to state and agency to agency.
If this interests you, be sure to consider the physical and emotional toll this may take on your body as well as due diligence with the legal issues involved and your state laws and regulations.
Another way to help a family grow is through commercial surrogacy. According to surrogacy.com $25,000 is the average compensation for a first time surrogate. All medical costs will also be paid along with a typical monthly payment that will cover pregnancy related expenses.
Commercial surrogacy is not covered by federal laws so you need to research your state laws regarding surrogacy. Some states are favorable to surrogacy while others consider surrogacy contracts void and unenforceable.
There are many requirements for men who hope to become sperm donors. Along with age requirements and a specimen testing protocol, a donor must provide generational health history, pass a physical examination and tests, and psychological testing/counseling. Some agencies also require secondary education. According to BecomingADonor.com, less than 1% of those who wish to donate are accepted.
Compensation varies from agency to agency. Payment can be from $200 – $1000+ a month and you will receive free medical, genetic and psychological testing.
If you’re not afraid of needles plasma donation is an easy, though time consuming (visits take from 90 minutes to 2 hours), way to make some extra cash. To be a donor you much be over age 18, weight more than 110 pounds, and be in good health. The process involves the blood draw, the separation of the plasma, and then the return of the red blood cells. Donors can make $20-50 per plasma donation and multiple donations can be made in a week.
Many donation centers offer monetary or other incentives for new donors so check around for the donation centers near you.
Bet on your weight loss
How HealthyWage Works:
- Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose, how long you’ll take to lose it, and how much you want to bet a month for that period of time.
- You can play around with the calculator until you get your desired prize amount. (up to $10,000)
- Sign up and agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
- Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!
DietBet is very simple. Participants create or join a game, lose weight and split the pot with the winners. Games vary according to the duration, bet cost, and weight loss goal. Winners can earn, on average, one and a half to two times their bet.
Sell images of your feet
Feetify sellers/models post pictures and/or videos “to get potential feet lovers and buyers interested in chatting with you or even buying customised (sic) pictures/videos from you. While it’s free to get started, you get the best results when you upgrade to PREMIUM, as that allows you to communicate privately with potential buyers. Yes, MAJORITY of connections and sales are done through private messaging.”
Instafeet allows you to first create a profile with just 5 pictures of your feet. Then, once your profile is made, you can charge a fee for users to subscribe to your profile. You and your users must be 18 or older to participate.
Sell Your Hair
You can make up to $4,000 selling your hair. The selling price of your hair depends on many factors such as length, thickness, chemical processing and more. HairSellon.com has a hair calculator to help you price your hair. Generally at least 6-10 inches of hair is required and minimal heat processing/virgin hair is most desirable.