How to Make Money Donating Plasma
Donating plasma and getting paid for it is probably one of the easiest ways to make some extra money when times get tough. In the U.S. alone, there's literally thousands of plasma donation centers scattered across the country. As long as you don't have any blood problems, such as being a diabetic, an HIV patient, a hardcore drug abuser or an alcoholic, then you should have no problem applying for plasma donation and going through the process. The only requirements they usually ask for is that you don't fit into any of those categories, and that you are mostly in good health.
Where to Go
Most major cities have at least one or two clinics or labs in the area that pay for plasma. You can either check your phone book's yellow pages (most likely under "blood", if not "plasma") or do a google search for "plasma donation centers" or even "plasma for money" with the name of your city next to that phrase in the search bar. If you live in a smaller town, there's probably a good chance that there are no plasma labs in your area and you may have to travel to the nearest big city. So it may not be worth it for you if it's too far away and you have to waste a lot of gas to get there.
How Much Can You Make?
Some places pay, but not all. The places that don't pay are not good samaritans, and you shouldn't feel guilty for wanting to go to places that pay. They are making a lot of money from that plasma, and they are just trying to rip you off and pad their pockets with more money that should be going to you. So it's best to call around first and ask each company if they pay or not. The typical payout for one visit will usually be between $20 and $40, though some may even pay as low as $10. There are some places that pay you less, the more often you visit them. So you can probably make anywhere between $200 and $320 extra per month if you are doing this a lot.
There is nothing in this world that is 100% safe. So just like anything else, the business of donating plasma for cash does have some drawbacks and potential dangers. One thing to be careful of is to watch the person who is putting the needles in your arm. In most cases, this person would most likely be a trained nurse or someone who is very well trained when it comes to injecting things into people's arms. However, there's one story I can recall, where a man told me he had a nurse or nurse's assistant who didn't really know what she was doing. She didn't inject the needle gently and caused some damage to one of his veins. Now while this type of accident is possible, it's not very common and it's the only story I've heard like that. The chances of having that happen to you are probably no greater than everytime you visit a doctor or spend time in a clinic or hospital.
A much more likely danger that you will probably encounter after giving your plasma, is feelings of fatigue and dizziness. Many people have said they felt tired or weak after donating and had to go home to sleep. This is completely natural and happens to most people, though the severity of how tired and dizzy you get depends on how well nourished you are on that particular day. For this reason, you should always eat a big meal a few hours before giving plasma, as well as eating once more afterwards. You should also make sure you drink plenty of fluids before and after as well. This will help replace your lost plasma quickly, and keep your energy levels healthy. You should also make sure that you can make it home safely, without dozing off behind the wheel. If you've never given plasma before, it may be best if you park somewhere that allows for long-term parking, and bring a pillow with you. This way, if you feel like you're too tired to drive home, or feel weak and confused afterwards, you can just take a little nap in your car before driving home.
It takes a few days to completely restore any plasma you give. For this reason, most laboratories and clinics will only let you donate about twice a week at the most. Another problem that could arise is that you will damage the veins if you continue to receive injections over and over again in the same arm and same vein. If you've ever seen a junkie's arm, then you know what I'm talking about. So you shouldn't really think about going around the twice-a-week rule by visiting multiple clinics. In addition to rules about going twice a week, the American Red Cross has stated that you shouldn't give plasma more than 12 times in a single year. So while there is a good buck to be made each time you go, you should probably take their advice.
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