Don’t worry, be embarrassed, or get anxious if you’re strapped for cash right now. It happens to the best of us. There are some days when it is just harder to make ends meet. But if your payday is a week away and you need to get your hands on some cash right now to pay the rent, what should you do about it? Sure, you can sell some things around your apartment, but that may take longer. You need to pay your landlord the next day.
Here’s a great thing about your body: It has the means to provide you with the money you need. Simply signing up for healthy clinical trials in Miami, Florida or in any city can get you somewhere between $50 to $1,000. It really depends on the program, although the formula is that the bigger the risk, the better the payout. If you choose to be part of a program—whether it’s to test a new drug or participate in observational research (it involves recording how your lifestyle can affect your health)—make sure that the study is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Donate Plasma, Sperms, Eggs, and Blood
Find a reputable clinic near you and earn from $20 a pint (for plasma) to as much as $14,000 for a complete cycle of egg donation for women. You can donate plasma as much as twice a week, provided there’s a two-day window in between. Men can earn $40 to $60 from donating quality sperms, but they will only be able to do it after rigorously following the clinic’s guidelines.
Sell Your Bone Marrow
Donating your bone marrow can be painful, but you can get as much as $450 for a two-day retrieval. That’s not too bad. It may be difficult to find a clinic that does this procedure, though, so you may want to check with your local hospitals.
Give Up Your Hair Length
Wigmakers and stylists will pay a huge amount of money for healthy hair. If you can cut off 10 inches to 35 inches of your hair, you can get as much as $1,500. The color and health of your hair can affect its value. Generally, blond and brown hair can get $10 to $30 an ounce, but red hair—which is the rarest—can get more. If you have virgin hair, meaning it has never been dyed, you can get double the value of regular-colored hair.
Sell Your Breastmilk
Some women produce more breastmilk than their babies need. They can put up the excess for sale. Breastmilk can be sold for $1 to $3 per ounce. You can market your breastmilk to mothers who can’t produce enough milk for their babies or bodybuilders who think breastmilk is great for building muscles.
Some other stuff from your body you can sell is your urine and your poop (yes, for real) for those who need fecal transplants. You can also become a surrogate mother by carrying a baby in your womb. Some couples, who have trouble conceiving, are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars. But no matter which avenue you choose to get your money from your body, remember to check with regulating bodies for proper permits and licenses.