These days, almost everyone has a side hustle. But, how would you like to have a side hustle that gets you paid and also makes a difference? If you’re nodding your head, you may want to start donating plasma. How much does it pay to sell plasma? You might be pleasantly surprised. Let’s talk about it.
How Much Does It Pay To Sell Plasma?
Before we get into how much you can make donating plasma, let’s talk about what plasma is and if donating plasma could be the right side hustle for you.
What is Plasma?
First, what is plasma exactly? Basically, plasma is the clear and straw-colored liquid portion of your blood. In other words, you have to remove the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and other components before you get the final product of plasma.
Plasma is mainly collected and used to help people with disorders and diseases that affect their blood, like blood clotting disorders.
Because the process of collecting plasma can be long and even a bit exhausting, most donation centers will pay people to donate plasma (unlike when you donate blood). However, don’t fret just yet. As long as you don’t mind needles, and can spare a few hours every week, donating plasma can be a great side hustle for you.
If you want to start making money donating plasma, there are a few requirements you’ll have to meet. These include:
- Being at least 18 years old
- Weigh at least 110 pounds (or 50 kilograms)
- Passing a medical examination
- Completing an extensive medical history screening
- Testing non-reactive for transmissible viruses including hepatitis and HIV
- Getting at least 50-80 grams of protein a day
Of course, your state could have different or more requirements that you’ll have to meet. But usually, as long as you pass the above, you can donate plasma.
How Much Can You Earn?
Depending on where you live, you can make anywhere from $30-$60 per plasma donation. And also depending on what center you go to, or if you’re new at donating plasma, you can also go during promotional periods and earn even more.
For example, in my city, the center is currently running a promotion where if you go 8 times in one month, you’ll get an extra $150 Visa cash card. That’s basically the equivalent of 2 to 4 extra donations!
Now, keep in mind that there is a limit to how much plasma you can donate. Many plasma centers only allow you to donate two to three times a week. Even at the lowest tier of $30 a donation and only being able to donate twice a week, that’s still an extra $240 a month. That’s nearly a full car payment!
Depending on your center, you could be paid via:
- a check,
- a Visa cash card, or
- other gift cards.
Some places have even started electronic payments, like PayPal.
Donating Plasma: What You Need To Know
Now that you know how donating plasma works and how much you can make, let’s talk about the actual process. I’ve actually donated plasma before, but keep in mind that everyone’s body is different so what affected me may not affect you, and vice versa.
First, let’s talk about the process of donating plasma. It can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours to donate plasma. And that’s NOT including your medical screening (which happens every single time), or the wait time if the center is busy. So prepare to wait around for at least 2 to 4 hours.
Of course, every side hustle has its pros and cons. First, let’s talk about the pros.
- Easy to do
- Flexible times
- Can go multiple times a week
- Consistent money if you go each week
- Can work on other side hustles or relax
- Have to pass a bunch of medical tests (every single time)
- Time spent donating (up to 4 hours) that you have to carve out in your week
- Can make you feel sick if donating multiple times a week
When it comes to cons, there aren’t many. However, make sure to listen to your body’s cues. After a while of donating, I did find myself becoming dehydrated faster, as well as feeling dizzy and lightheaded a few days after donating (after doing it for a while). I personally didn’t like feeling that way, so I stopped donating. But your body could be different, and you may not have the same reactions I had, so I still think it’s worth trying.
Tips To Keep In Mind
If you think this sounds like the perfect side hustle for you, then here are a few tips to keep you in tip-top shape so you can donate plasma:
- Keep your IDs and medical information handy at all times
- Stay healthy (including eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly)
- Don’t drink super cold water before you try to donate (this can lower your body temp!)
- Drink LOTS of water before and after your donation to keep from feeling dehydrated
- Limit alcohol consumption a few days before donating.
How Much Does It Pay to Sell Plasma? Final Thoughts
As you can see, there is quite a bit more to donating plasma than just showing up and getting a needle. However, it can become a lucrative gig that also allows you time to do other side hustles. And not only that, but donating plasma can help you do some good in the world, and who doesn’t want that?
Overall, you can make anywhere from $200 to over $400 a month, just by donating something that is very needed. So why not try it out?
Do you think you’ll be donating plasma in the future? Why or why not?
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a strategy consultant and course launching expert. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or crying over This Is Us, you'll find her teaching other mompreneurs how to scale their business without scaling their workload.