In today’s world, people can earn money in many different ways. A path not many people know about is actually profiteering from your own body. By this, we don’t mean using your body to do something, but the more literal sense of actually selling a part of yourself. And no, not in some dark alleyway at midnight, but completely legally.
Your body might have many things that make it more valuable than you could ever think. There are many aspects of you that others might lack, and are willing to pay for. In this article, we will look at some of the things you can (legally) sell to put your body to a good use.
1. Donate your blood plasma
One good way you can start is by selling your blood plasma. But don’t misunderstand – selling just your blood is illegal. Selling your blood plasma is different in the fact that it’s only a specific part, which means they need to take more blood than on a normal donation. This is generally more straining on your body, making you entitled to compenstation.
Blood plasma is used in many different ways. From the most obvious one of donating it to someone who has a deficiency (especially seen during the recent pandemic), or it can be used in research and development of new medications.
A standart plasma donation will give you between $25 to $50 per donation. Some places also include some sing-on benefits, like $500 for your first month. Considering that you can make at most 2 donations every week, donating your plasma alone could even give your around $300 every month, which isn’t anything to sneeze at, considering that you’re under no risk, and you get to lie down during the process.
This, including the fact that you are helping a good cause, makes this a really good way of passive income.
2. Sell your hair
Another great way to earn money is to sell your hair. Now, some people might not be able to do that, but that’s precisely the point. Because some people struggle with either inherited baldness, or might be suffering from a disease, hair is a fairly sought after commodity. Yes, we can technically make wigs out of synthetic hair, but the real deal is always going to be more appealing, making it the more expensive, and lucrative.
The amount of money you can make from this depends on your type of hair, of course. The biggest variable is the hair length and color. Simply put, the longer your hair is, the more there is of it, meaning more profit for you. The color is a bit more complicated. In the simplest terms, the lighter it is, the more it usually sells for. A natural blonde is one of the best-paying colors, only being out-shined by natural red hair, since that shade is very rare.
Another big factor is the health of your hair, and how many times it has been painted. The healthier and less-painted, the better. Simple, isn’t it?
Because there are so many variables in the value calculation, the price can vary much between each person. The worst you can hope for is still around $200, while the best hair can sell for even $2,000. If you’d like to get a rough estimate of your hair value, there are calculators online.
3. Sell your eggs
Another very sought after part of the human body is its’ reproduction cells. Since almost 15% of America’s couples experience some form of infertility, a lot of people are willing to pay for a chance to have a baby.
Selling you eggs is a fairly difficult process. You have to pass a lot of medical trials, as well as needing to check many other criteria. A donor should probably be around or below 30 years of age and have a drug and crime free history. When you manage to fulfill everything, then the process can actually start. Your body will be injected with hormones, which cause your body to produce more eggs than normal. These eggs are then extracted in a fairly lengthy procedure.
You can donate at most 6 times, as dictated by law. Each donation has to be around 2-3 months apart. Because of all this stress and deadlines however, the donations pay a lot more than sperm. Each donation can pay for up to a $10,000 dollars. All in all, that could turn into $60,000 in a year.
4. Sell your sperm
Since we talked about egg donation, let’s also look at sperm donations.
Donating sperm is a lot easier, but also pays a fair bit less. The criteria for a donor are actually a lot stricter than the ones for an egg donor. Only about 1% of potential donors are actually accepted. Since you have to fulfill not only the typical health check, but you should also be taller than 5 foot 10, and being at least 5 inches in length.
But if you meet these criteria, you might be in for a hell of a job. Since you can donate around two times every week, each donation netting you a possible $125, you could be looking at about $1,000 every month. That’s a fair bit of money that you get to enjoy as you enjoy yourself.
5. sell your breast milk
Another bodily substance that is unexpectedly popular is breast milk. Especially in the latest years, people have been willing to sell the excess milk their child no longer needs. This milk is then sold, most often on online marketplaces, to potential buyers. So if you’re a mother considering a career choice, this might be something for you.
Another surprising thing is the people that can potentially buy your breast milk. It’s not just parents that can’t produce enough milk. Another group of people searching for this dairy product is actually body-builders, because it apparently helps building muscle mass. There’s also the people that drink it as a kink, but let’s not taint our minds with that.
A very important thing to look out for is health hazards, both with producing and with consuming breast milk. Since it’s usually untreated, a lot of the times, it could be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other harmful organism. So when you buy breast milk from the web, keep that in mind.
But how much does breast milk actually sell for? Well, the rate depends on the quality, but also on who is selling it and where. But the most common going rate can be around $1 to $3 per ounce.