Making a little extra cash is crucial
for college. Why not get creative
and consider these moneymakers
that won’t cramp your schedule with
boring shifts and mundane tasks:
Donate Your Fluids
Next to blood, plasma and platelets are our most important “national resource,” and because these bodily fluids have a limited shelf life, the supply must be constantly replenished, which means your wallet can be continuously restocked, too.
Plasma can be donated twice a week; the
process is similar to donating blood. The
first time usually takes the longest, since
paperwork and a physical examination
are required. But after you’ve donated,
subsequent donations take only 30 to 40
minutes. The best part is that you don’t
need health insurance to donate, and you
get to find out if you’re healthy for free!
Earning Potential: $20-$50
Downsides: Although donating plasma
and platelets has little to no side effects,
there is always the possibility of a short
bout of nausea, and if you have certain
blood diseases such as HIV, then you’re not
eligible to donate. (BM)
The Gift of Life
Egg and sperm donation (it’s not really a
“donation,” since you get paid) is a unique
after-school job. Although it’s not as simple
as donating plasma, it is a contribution that
pays dividends—both in the bank and in
the hearts of desperate couples.
The difference in payment for eggs
vs. sperm is quite significant, since the
collection of sperm is a lot less complicated
than the extraction of ova. Nonetheless, both
donations require a series of paperwork,
examinations and strict instructions that
may be more trouble than you’re looking
for. Thus, it is highly advised (especially for
women) to not apply if compensation is the
only motivating factor. Here are just a few
minimum requirements: one must be 21-34,
with a Body Mass Index between 18.5 and
25, 5 feet 2 inches or taller, post-high school,
physically and emotionally healthy—and
with a health-insurance card.
Earning potential: $75-$5,000
Downsides: Besides the fact that it can
take up to six months to find out if you’re
even qualified, donating sperm and eggs
is also a super-involved process that might
not work with your school schedule. But, if
you pass the tests and can jump through
the hoops, this could be a great way to help
pay off student loans. (BM)
Be a Guinea Pig
Participants are always in demand for medical research that look at wideranging conditions such as bunion removal, recreational drug use and opioid-induced constipation.
Inpatient research usually requires
an overnight stay. As such, inpatient
compensation is considerably higher.
Earning potential: $40-$2,000
Downsides: Who knows what kinds
of weird tools, strange medicines and
uncomfortable procedures will be used? If
you’re not adventurous and don’t like being
prodded and poked, maybe clinical research
participation isn’t right for you. (BM)
Sell Your Stuff
Going to college means cleaning out the closet and getting rid of dust-collecting clothes and knick knacks. Consignment shops are typically the best way to go, especially if your clothes are still stylish and in good repair. Most consignment stores will take your clothes only if they’re pressed and on hangers—usually the store will split the profit 50-50 with a display period often up to 60 days. There are also used-furniture stores that will do the same with your vintage furnishings.
If consignment isn’t your idea of fast cash, then set up a yard sale. The summer is still underway, and August and September are great months to put your stuff out in the yard and see what people will pay.
Earning potential: $5-? Payout for selling
your junk can be rewarding if you’re
patient and persistent. Don’t just wait for the
weekend to set up a yard sale—put one up
in the evenings when neighbors are out in
their yards or taking their dog for a walk.
Downsides: It takes work and time to go
through your stuff, clean it and bring it to
a store. And if, after all that, you still can’t
sell anything and you’ve tried a yard sale,
then frankly no one wants your belongings.
In that case, give them to the DI—Deseret
Industries takes anything—plus you can
write it off on your taxes. (BM)
If you can get over the fear of standing stark naked in front of a room of art students, this can be a relatively lucrative option. The work involves holding a pose for about 60 minutes with a couple 10 minute breaks.
The most interesting and rewarding part of the job is seeing all the sketches of you in your birthday suit and knowing you inspired a work of art. Stay away from online ads unless the post is from a school. Make sure you also meet with the professor prior to the day of modeling. (HM)
Earning potential: $$
Downsides: The real challenge is in
holding a pose for extended periods of time
without moving an inch.
Also known as “busking,” street performance is protected by the Constitution as free speech. Salt Lake City allows street perfomance or selling art on the street in the populated areas of downtown, Sugar House and the Gateway district, as well as other busy streets and large, public parks.
Earning potential: $-$$$. Choose a
place you know people congregate and
will be receptive.
Downsides: It can be rough. Be prepared
to endure bad weather, hecklers, and
possibly being robbed or mugged. (HM)
For more details on city busking ordinances, visit www.SLCGov.com