How To Pay Rent By Volunteering For Science Experiments

Science = MoneyThis is a guest post from Hank.

I recently earned $40 the easy way. I was just sitting in my doctor’s office minding my own business when a nurse from the office next door stopped by to ask for volunteers. It seems that they were doing a medical study on the adverse effects of vaccines. I was given the money for about thirty minutes of my time, a brief medical questionnaire, and five small vials of blood. Not bad for a half hours worth of “work”.

This wasn’t the first time that I had been exposed to earning money for the benefit of science. I grew up in a medium size southern town that had a fairly large teaching hospital. Not only were there lots of medical students running around the hospital’s hallways, but there were also a lot of medical experiments being conducted too.

I remember hearing about one experiment that the medical college was conducting while I was a senior in high school. For $5,000, the research doctors at the school would cut off one of your big toes, sew it back on, and then measure how the loss of the toe affected your balance. All my friends and I thought that it would be so cool to have all of that money. It was a lot for a kid in high school, but none of us ever were ever gutsy enough to try for it.

Earning Money From Science:

So, of course, this recent medical study got me thinking. Can someone earn enough money from science to pay your rent? I think you can. Here are a few examples of how you can make money by giving back to help science.

  • Sell Plasma. Most people don’t know about selling plasma. Blood plasma is prepared by spinning a tube of fresh blood in a centrifuge until the blood cells fall to the bottom of the test tube. It is just like giving blood. While you can make approximately $240 a month if you donate twice a week, it is nothing that you can get rich off of. There are also a few negative connotations associated with selling plasma, although I personally know of several respectable people from the “good side of the tracks” who sell plasma to supplement their income. Let’s face it, teachers do not get paid enough (but, that’s a subject for another time.)
  • Sell Eggs. Many women can make around $5,000 by selling their eggs to companies who resell them to women who cannot give birth. The only problem with this plan is that it takes a lot of time and patience, and there is a small surgical procedure that the woman has to go through in the end to retrieve the eggs. I knew of one lady who was trying to earn money this way, and it took months of paperwork and several doctors visits before they would even consider giving her a dime. This isn’t the option to pursue if you need money in a hurry (or if you’re a guy!), but it may be well worth your effort if you are patient.
  • Sell Sperm. Every year, approximately 75,000 American children are born thanks to a sperm donor. To qualify as a sperm donor, many sperm banks require that you be between the ages of 18 and 38, have a clean medical history, have high quality semen samples, and be able to pass a rigorous psychological and genetic screening. You must also be able to provide a medical history of you and your relatives going back several generations. The payoff can be handsome though at about $100 per visit and several visits needed each month.
  • Medical Experiments. Like I mentioned above, you can get paid up to $300 per day or more to participate in clinical or medical trials that test new or improved ways to treat an illness or condition. Or, you can participate in research studying a particular phenomenon or a new search for a disease’s cure. In my case, I was paid to be in the control group of the study because I had never had a reaction to any vaccines. The possibilities of finding the study that is right for you should not be too hard since the possibilities are almost endless. You can get paid to participate in studies for things such as sleep deprivation, time isolation, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine studies, exercise, diet and nutrition studies, psychology studies, the list goes on & on.
  • Others. There are several other ways to make money in the medical arena that could be explored as well. You can consider becoming a surrogate mother which can pay tens of thousands of dollars. Or, you can sell your hair for few dollars per inch. There are many ways you can get paid for helping science. The hard part may just be finding them.

While these medical procedures listed above are not all inclusive, they can give you an idea of the possibilities that are out there. No one medical experiment, testing, or donating can solve all of your financial needs, but you can earn a decent supplemental income from some of these programs. Maybe you do not want to deliver pizzas in order to help you get out of debt faster. Maybe donating plasma is a better answer for you personally.

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  1. stacey April 15, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    i need money and willing to donate eggs blood anything pleasseee email me

  2. nick November 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    im willing to do ANYTHING for some cash right now , they can cut my toe off for 5 grand,email me

    1. Linda May February 16, 2021 at 8:39 PM

      Omg lol mine too toe toe lol I’m sorry for laughing but I needed that I’ve been going through so many different things but yeah I feel you I will give them a toe lol as long as I get it put back on

    2. Jay July 4, 2022 at 6:01 AM

      Hell me too lol , but for real

    3. David July 20, 2022 at 2:35 PM

      Cut my toe off for 5 grand he’ll take 2 for 10 I got plenty of blood also for you to take

  3. nick November 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    if your reading this and you need a perfectly healthy 19 year old who is willing to go very far for the sake of research, im willing to try or go along with anything, phsycologicaly ,medicianaly , anything. please contact me Email address

  4. J. Money November 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    haha, be careful what someone might offer you! :)

    1. David July 20, 2022 at 2:36 PM

      Lol blood and toes all ima offer for now

  5. GLENN February 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM


  6. joshuavoss May 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    I’m interested in earning some extra income

  7. Murad June 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    26/male/ MA degree/perfectly healthy/non-U.S. citizen Volunteering for anti-aging gene experiments. Email me.

  8. J. Money June 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Y’all will probably have better luck finding these sites online and applying than leaving your info here – I don’t think that will get anyone’s attention I’m afraid :)

  9. Brittany May 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Ha! Have you had a post with more comment spam yet?

  10. J. Money May 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    i know, right? and to think this is only 1/10th of them since back when this was posted I was on Blogger which killed most my comments when I switched to WordPress, haha… it deleted all the legit comments! :)

  11. Cheri November 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I am a healthy female who is financially drain right now, and want to donate a kidney for $150,000 let save a life, we can help each other…..

    1. J. Money November 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Oh wow… you are a strong one! Good luck in this endeavor… no idea if it can even net you $150,000? I’d do some heavy research before committing, if you haven’t already done so.

  12. Lucas Pierce December 10, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Willing to do any amount of tests to make money to help me get what my kids need. Email me anytime thank you

  13. Lefa January 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Hi, I’m very athletic individual, good health and pretty smart.
    I would be interested in taking part in any type of scientific experiment, even if it’s for months or years, please contact me if you are interested in my services.

  14. isabel February 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Hi im extremely into fitness willing to do studies involving fitness and health diet nutrition and obviously exercise

    1. Melinda Jackson October 20, 2020 at 8:44 AM

      I need help with Christmas for my five children I want to volunteer for any study

  15. Keith Quigg August 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Willing to partake in all money experiments ,clinical trials,etc please message back.

  16. Robert Johnson October 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I am willing to help out in any way for some big $$$$$

  17. raimundo hogan April 13, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Hi im willing to help out for some $$

  18. Larry Thomas May 22, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    I could definitely use the extra cash$$$

  19. Joshua frazer May 30, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Very intrasted contact me Anything on lungs athma c o p d exspetaments

  20. Manny July 10, 2015 at 3:01 AM

    I’m willing to donate time and any body fluid needed for a fee please respond to this text thanks

  21. Paul October 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    I would donate anything off of my male body for the right price

  22. Anthony Masando October 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    I had a kidney transpant and referred to a Speialist who was monitoring my progress even though he was not my Medical Doctor. I later realized that I was being billed for the Specialist services and the Government would not pay for the services as they were not covered for research. This is when I realized that this Specialist was performing a research for the hispital but did not tell me.

    How do I cali my payment for this research sicne it;s still ongoing and nobody at the hospital is willing to explain why and how I can be paid. They claim it was voluntary but I feel it;s very useful to the hospital and the medical field as a whole. I need help on this issue.

  23. Ken October 28, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    I would like to be a super human experiential trial.

  24. tyshawn Covington January 11, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Yes I would like to try it all to make money

  25. Madeline Lyman February 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    I will do it all except sell my eggs. I really need the money. I am 19 and was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. I am bipolar. and I have a blood clotting disorder called factor 5 leidon.

  26. peggy bynum March 5, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    I’m a36 year old mother of two smart healthy so badly needing a home for my family.I don’t plan on having anymore eggs are in remarkable shape! Please contact me if interested.thank you

  27. angie May 14, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    I don’t know the inside and total of myself can be use? I am up for any possibilities

  28. Charles Commins May 16, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Hi just moved to Florida desperately seeking employment with no luck yet. 38 male 190 ibs 6 foot 3. Will continue to seek employment but wouldn’t mind making money in the meantime. Let me know if I qualify for anything.

  29. Sarah L Meziere May 31, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    I’d like to partake in the sleep deprivation testing. If you’d please give me some information on how to go about that, that would be lovely! Thank you so much.

  30. Jonathon Ruth June 11, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    I’m a 20 yr old Male, looking to get some extra cash. I’m willing to do nearly anything for some extra money, weather it be donating organs to donating blood (my mother believes my brothers & I have a type of O blood) or getting tested on for anything, my family has a history of cancer & heart problems, i’d figure i’d do all of this whilst i’m still young & while I don’t have any of the mentioned health problems (to my knowledge at least).

  31. david June 29, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    CLINICAL RESEARCHER HERE. I will pay $5,000 Canadian dollars

    to anyone who can die and come back from the dead. Not near death, full on at least 48 hours dead as a doornail. Once you come back to life bring in your NOTORIZED death certificate, medical records, and sit down for a very lengthy recorded interview whilst on polygraph. Pending verification and a brief survey we will ask you to repeat the process in a controlled laboratory environment while being monitored. Also note that if you crave brains and become “undead” you forfeit any claim to the $5,000.00 which is only payable upon completion.

    Please contact the store manager of your local WAL-MART to apply.

  32. Dre July 24, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    I am a 26 year old man lookong to help science. Email me

  33. Lin Makini August 4, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    I would like to become a X-men

  34. mercury blandford September 26, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    I will volunteer. Would like opportunity to become something like xmen and strong to change the world. And help all people

  35. brenda mccray October 6, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    I need to pay my rent so I am willing to do anything that I can to help someone else to have a better life. please email me

  36. Ron October 7, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    I am a 30 year old thats been doing alot of thinking in this crazy time, i dont care if i live or not send me into space put me through a wormhole. i have done alot of research on CERN and other things of that nature its of my opinion that were not doing enough as a race to try and combat global climate change, fine we need to find something else the only thing is to populate other planets or dimensions, i left my email please only contact me for serious offers, i’ll pretty much do anything just take care of my autisitc son and my wife and ill be happy, i’ll sign contracts ill sign waivers, email me i have to do something to help humanity before we all die…

  37. Dawnelle Weaver January 26, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    I have a very bad sleeping problem would like to do that to help me an others. How do I give my blood for sell plasma?

  38. Aleem Ahmed August 8, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    I want to participate in different experiments as a volunteer.

  39. Ali Chandiwala August 18, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    I need money ready to do anything and everything any kind of work please reply

  40. H.C. Millanar September 29, 2017 at 12:55 AM

    I’m interested..mail me.

  41. T. Huggins October 1, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    I’m interested

  42. F.Walker October 10, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    I’m up for an adventure as long as I will be compensated for the research and time, Email me with a bit of information.

  43. Jon Solomon October 31, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    I need around $35,000 give or take to get me n my wife out of debt if u have anything in mind please feel free to contact me I willING to give my left testicle to save our marriage

  44. vernon singer November 24, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    I’m 45 my life isn’t going anywhere I’m open to everything contact me I need money

  45. Samuel Rivera December 27, 2017 at 4:09 AM

    I’m willing to get paid and go through every test as it requires, I’m 27 years old,6’1 tall, Im in need of money

  46. Zarul Dzemizo May 29, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Email me if there’s offer for any experiment involving human ready for it

  47. Jason Apted June 25, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    I would love to do this for some extra money i am down on my luck right now and could use it i never get sick ever and never broke a bone and been hit by 3 cars on a bike. Email me back

  48. Hennie Pretorius October 16, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    is there any research experiments that include transformation of body or becoming super human or even super monster or just anything supery ????ill do that 4sure contact me plz z im up for it

  49. Cordareo December 7, 2018 at 12:37 AM

    I wannt make some extra cash

  50. Tony December 9, 2018 at 3:56 AM

    Hit me up (healthy)

  51. J. Snow March 18, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    I’m Willing to do any kind of testing/ experimenting. Let’s do it.

  52. David March 28, 2019 at 2:47 AM

    I’m willing to do any type of testing and experiments and studying please contact me thanks I love to save lives and I trying make ends meat to help my family also thanks

  53. dan Ronnie May 20, 2019 at 5:58 AM

    Email me if there’s offer for any experiment involving human ready for it

  54. Gary December 30, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    I keep reading “email me”….. Was this a solicitation for volunteers interested in experimental services and/or “opportunities” – Or,is it reviewed/monitored by those authorized to perform said “experiments”… Elon Musk’s Neurolink/mirroring/implants would definitely be intriguing… The merging of AI with neuroscience ~ tapping in, & understanding what the mind of M.A.N is truly capable of…

    1. J. Money March 17, 2020 at 4:37 PM

      We don’t have any connections in the field unfortunately. It was just a post of ideas for people to consider and then further research if they’re interested :)

  55. Anthony Velazquez March 17, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    I’m a 42 year old man I have lost a lot of my strength motivation some memory dealing with pain on a daily basis I have back,hip and shoulder pain as well as a dark mass on the right side of my brain.I was always a motivator a mover I feel my grandbabies don’t have the fun with me like I used to

  56. Anthony Paulson June 10, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    I’m a single father looking for some extra money. It’s hard to be where I am and make it work. I am willing to do what it takes to help my two daughters are well off, better than I am. Unfortunately only money makes that happen these days. So I am asking for help with money in exchange for science. If you feel I’m a good canadate, please email me back. Thank you.

  57. Sebatian December 8, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    I dont need money. I want to do something useful. Cut of all my senses if necerssar, i have high pain tolerance

    1. Username March 15, 2021 at 5:45 PM

      That’s pretty cool of you dude. Maybe volunteering at shelters or hospitals or becoming a donor would be a better place to pitch this than a personal finance website though. Best of luck!