Few people realize that their body has the potential to be an economic powerhouse without applying for a position at a local brothel or waking up in a motel bathroom with a kidney missing. From top-to-bottom you could possibly be making thousands of dollars from different parts of your body, inside and out with extremely minimal effort.
Here’s a few body parts you can sell for cold hard cash:
Sell your hair
When you get your haircut you’re literally paying someone to chop off this could-be-commodity.
Wig makers and hairdressers are the main buyers of human hair, and women tend to have the edge on the market, since long hair is more in demand. This is obviously a more long-term investment, as hair grows at about half an inch per month, so it’d take a few years before your luscious locks are long enough for a buyer. For a snapshot of good hair care for a potential seller, one listing for 16 inches of wavy red hair, going for $600, reads:
“Red with natural blonde highlights. Healthy diet, no cigarette smoke or chlorine. No split ends or layering. Trimmed occasionally. Shampoo and conditioner 3x/week. No heat curling or straightening, occasional brief exposure to hair dryer. Holds curl well.”
Sell your sperm
The onanistically-inclined among us squander our squirmies for little more than a few cheap kicks. For healthy males between the ages of 18 to 40 who make it through rigorous (and often awkward) screening, your surplus seed can become savings. Canadians are out of luck, as Canada’s laws prohibit the selling of sperm, but a healthy man—bonus points for attractive features like handsomeness, athleticism and education—can make up to $1,000 a month. The collection methods are manual and traditional, so on top of the money there’s a familiar, small-added bonus.
Sell your eggs
Like guys selling their seed, women who are willing to sell their eggs are doing something of a public service for those who, for whatever reason, can’t conceive. In vitro fertilization clinics take the eggs of healthy females, although the screening process is much more intense, and the procedure requires minor surgery. Still, the monetary benefits are significant—upwards of $10,000. In this case, you can ignore the saying about counting your eggs before they hatch.
Sell your poop
If your career councillor had told you that you could make about half of an annual entry level position salary and save lives by doing little more than pooping, maybe your life would have turned out very different. The best treatment for Clostridium difficile—biotics-resistant bacteria that causes severe diarrhea and can possibly lead to death—is a fecal transplant. For donors who live near the OpenBiome lab in Massachusetts, they can make $40 per donation, with a $50 bonus for five donations per week.
Sell your whole body
If you’ve ever been on public transit, you might have seen an ad for the latest drug trial and thought, “That sounds like easy money.” Clinical drug trials are an oldie, but a goodie, though they require full body participation, and they are not for the faint of heart. Pharmaceutical companies eventually have to submit their new drugs to human test trials, and there’s a whole range of treatments and payments for a huge spectrum of people. Unlike signing up for a dating app or updating your iPhone, you may want to read the boiler plate text over carefully on this one…