Donating plasma for money is usually associated with college students but the fact is that donating plasma is a great way to earn some extra cash. It’s easy to do. It doesn’t require any special skills. And the best part is that donating plasma pays quite well. At $25-$50 per donation that extra cash can add up quickly.
Why Donate Plasma For Money?
There are all sorts of reasons why you’d want to sell your plasma.
- Make ends meet
- Pay off credit card debt
- Cover an unexpected expense
- Help avoid more student loans
Donating plasma isn’t the only way to earn some extra cash but it’s a great option to consider. Unless you’re deathly afraid of needles, there isn’t a big downside to donating. But there are a few things that you should know before you rush out to donate.
Rules For Donating Plasma:
- Plasma donors must be above the age of 18
- Plasma donors must have a permanent address and valid ID
- Tattoos or body piercings must have been done at least 12 months ago
- A pre-screen physical examination and medical testing must be completed
- A health questionnaire must be completed to rule out individuals who engage in high-risk behavior or live an unhealthy lifestyle
- Plasma donors must test negative for transmissible diseases such as hepatitis and HIV
Tips for Donating Plasma:
- The first donation will take a bit longer to do the pre-screening and testing. Plan for 2-3 hours for the first time
- All subsequent donations will take anywhere between 30-90 min depending on wait times and how fast you’re able to supply plasma
- To drastically reduce your wait time make an appointment, if possible (this is strongly advised!)
- Bring something to do, donations can take 30-90 min
- Bring ID if you’re a first time donor. Typically you need:
- Divers license
- Social security card
- Proof of residency (bill or bank statement)
How Often Can You Donate Plasma:
- Once every two days
- Maximum of twice per week
- Over a year you can donate a maximum of 104 times
Side Effects Of Donating Plasma:
If you want to go donate plasma (paid or not) it’s recommended that you drink 16-24 ounces of non-caffeined and non-alcoholic liquid before donating. It’s also recommended that you donate plasma within 3-4 hours of your last meal. Doing these two things should minimize the possibility of side effects however you still may experience:
If you have any concerns about the possible side effects you can call your local donation center and speak with a medical professional for more details.
How Much Can You Get Paid To Donate Plasma:
- First donations typically receive $25
- Subsequent donations receive $30
- Exactly how much you get paid to donate plasma will vary by location, some pay as much as $50/visit
- Donate the max 104 times per year and you could get paid up to $2,600-$5,200
Where To Donate:
Over the last few months I’ve put together a huge resource for my readers at ineedmoneyasap.com. This resource has over 400+ donation centres across the country and I update it regularly with new locations. It’s grouped by State/City so it’s very easy to find a donation centre near you.
I hope you found this post helpful! If you’re looking for more ideas on how to earn some extra cash then please visit some of our other pages.
Thanks for reading!
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