In today's economy, one has to be creative and think outside the box. Whether it's extra money to supplement your income, or a main source of income, the ever changing job market forces us to seek inventive and unconventional ways of earning money to make ends meet. Some may consider using your own body to make money as a last resort, but there are lawful and respectable ways of doing so.
The market for human hair has grown tremendously in recent years; so many women and sometimes men, wear wigs, extensions, and weaves; with some undergoing hair replacement procedures. Buyers include beauticians and wigmakers. The most sought after and highest paying hair type is very long, straight and in good condition. The longer the hair the better, and according to Marlys Fladeland, who is the owner of the Victorian Hair work Society website, the best sellers are between 15 to 35 inches. In addition, hair that has never been dyed, termed "virgin hair", is the most appealing to customers. Color is important as well; red earns the highest rate, and natural blonde and brunette with reddish brown tint are top sellers. The average seller earns a few hundred, but the price could rise into the thousands, depending on length and other factors. Websites to peruse if interested include HairSellon.com, BuyandSellHair.com and Craigslist.
Many couples experience fertility issues and need a egg donation so they can have a child. The age range for a donor is normally 21 to 35, but some facilities have a cut off age, for example ConceiveAbilities' is 29. Good health is a must and no history of harmful habits such as smoking or using drugs. Other issues that render someone unfit are mental illness and a high body mass index. After passing the preliminary screening for eligibility, a donor must take fertility drugs, get regular checkups, and go through the surgical procedure to remove the eggs. The donor could spend up to 100 hours going through medical procedures and will also have a period of recuperation afterwards. There are risks including ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, kidney failure, and other complications that affect the ability to eat. The average compensation for donors can be anywhere from $5,500 to $8,000.
Another type of fertility issue is the inability of a couple to conceive a child, in which case a surrogate will be used. The couple's egg and sperm are used for invitro fertilization, and the embryo is then implanted into the uterus of a gestinational surrogate. She will carry the fetus and give birth; the entire process takes 15 to 18 months. There's extensive screening including medical and psychological assessments, background check of any criminal history, home visits, and the candidate's financial situation. A surrogate can be compensated anywhere between $39,000 to $52,000. Surrogates must have had at least one healthy birth and their age range is between the early 20s to early 40s. They will usually have to follow a strict diet, follow all doctor's orders and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A gestational surrogacy contract must be executed by the surrogate and parents, and it should be reviewed thoroughly by all parties to make sure everything is covered, especially regarding health care expenses and possible complications.
A related market is that of breastmilk. Women that are lactating can lawfully sell their breastmilk for $1 to $3 an ounce, but it is not advisable. The results of a study done in 2013 by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio revealed that approximately 75% of samples obtained from an online vendor contained very high levels of bacteria, including the types of bacteria associated with disease. Even though there's a market for it and some mothers are trying to provide a service, there's no way to know if your breast milk is safe for infants to consume. There are other ways to go about putting excess breast milk to good use; nonprofit milk banks check donors of breastmilk and the milk itself for bacteria or anything harmful, before donating it to infants in need.
Participating in clinical trials can be lucrative but at what cost? You could earn up to $5,000 per project, but it could be very risky to your health. Most trials are during the early stages of developing a new drug or vaccine. This is usually after running experiments on animals, so the results of those tests will be the only available data. Arthur Caplan, division of medical ethics director at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, suggests you inquire about information gathered so far, especially as it relates to safety and potential risks. Facilities are required to make you aware of any known risks. Also inquire about responsibility for your medical care, should it be required. Clinical trials are normally conducted by medical facilities, drug corporations and the Federal government. They include healthy individuals as well as those suffering from various ailments.
The process of sperm donation has been around for a while and is easy and risk free. But with the advent of dna testing and other technology, remaining anonymous will be more difficult. Some clinics have added disclaimers to their paperwork as a result. Those who decide to donate have to be between 18 to 39 years old, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some facilities also have a height requirement of 5'10 or taller. Smokers, drug users and those with a family history of certain diseases are ineligible. In addition, donors sometimes have to make a deposit up to 3 times a week for a period of six months to a year. The average monthly earnings for sperm donation is $1,500.
People have been selling blood to various facilities for many years. The current rate per session is about $25 to $50, and some people earn up to $300 a month. The risks are very low and you can do it twice a week most times. Blood that is donated for money is usually used by pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies says Blood Assurance, a nonprofit blood collection group. The federal government made it illegal to use blood that is bought, for transfusions in hospitals. For more information and locations, DonatingPlasma.org has a list of over 500 licensed plasma donation centers in the U.S. and Europe.
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