You already know that a general blood donation won’t earn you any money (but the good you’re doing is priceless, and that’s something). But did you know that you can get paid for donating plasma?
Plasma is the largest part of the blood, and it’s an essential component in the diagnosis and treatment of various health conditions, from serious burns, shocks, and trauma, to cancer. Plasma transfusions are often lifesaving, so by donating plasma, you’re definitely doing something really important. And as a bonus, you can get compensated for it.
Now, how much you earn depends on the collecting company and the amount of plasma that can be drawn from you. But at most donation centers, you can make around $50 to $75 per appointment. First-time donors can get big bonuses, too. In fact, one of the largest plasma collectors in the world pays first-time donors up to $1,100 during their first month!
How much you earn also depends on the frequency of your donations. The American Red Cross allows contributors to donate plasma once every 28 days, or up to 13 times each year. But most private companies allow you to donate plasma multiple times a week.
Note, however, that not all people can be plasma donors. You must be 18 years old and weigh at least 110 lbs. (50 kg). You also need to pass a variety of medical tests, screenings, and examinations. If you’re eligible, donating plasma is similar to donating blood, except that only the plasma is collected and the rest of the blood drawn is returned to your body. The whole process takes approximately 2 hours for your first donations, and around 90 minutes for return visits.
So if you’re interested in saving lives, and making a bit of money out of it, why not consider donating plasma? You definitely won’t make $100 a day off it, but it’s pretty close. Anyway, here’s a list of plasma donor centers in case you want to give it a try.