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Donate plasma to make extra money.

There are hundreds of plasma donation centers located across the country. The locations allow individuals of all backgrounds, races, and ages to make a few extra dollars while at the same time giving back to the community. There are limits to using these centers and also issues that any potential donor needs to be aware of. Find tips on how to donate blood as well as plasma along with some of the challenges to be aware of.

There are several companies that operate in this industry, and many of them will pay out to people that sell their plasma. These major providers do follow all government rules and regulations, so it is legal to donate to one of them. They include BioLife, Biomat, BPL Plasmas, ImmunoTek BioCenters, Interstate Blood Bank, KEDPlasma, CSL Plasma and Talecris among others. While the income generated by donating will vary, it may be possible to earn between $50 - $100 for a couple hours worth of work.

It is important to note though that not every single provider will offer cash to donors. Some will offer gift cards, provide other individuals with certificates for buying food or meals at a restaurants, and other items. So the compensation available will change. No matter what the plasma center may provide to the “employee”, it will always be for their time spent on site, and this is done to encourage additional donations. They do not pay out money for selling the blood itself, as that is not allowed per government regulation.

The donation as well as application process is very simple. First of all, each person should know to never pay any upfront free, and any company that asks for that would not be legitimate. There should never be a cost to do business with one of these centers. In addition, the hours are flexible, so while it is not a true work from home job, it does provide individuals an extensive amount of flexibility when setting their schedule.

When stopping by one of these plasma donation centers, always be sure to bring adequate documentation. This needs to be brought even if it not your first time using the facility. The application process will always require supporting documentation from every single person. It is a good idea to bring identification (such as a driver's license) as well as proof of residency. Donors usually need to come from a local town or community due to local government regulations.




In addition, anyone that is seeking to be paid to donate plasma will need to bring their social security card or Border Crossing ID. This is needed for additional proof, and maybe even income tax reasons. In order to get paid, always bring more information and not less. It is better to be prepared, and this is how to get more money in less time. Each plasma center may also require other supporting document for anyone seeking money for their plasma.

The first time someone donates plasma to a center they will need to complete a significant amount of paperwork. It will ask for medical history, any immunizations that the applicant has had, whether they are on drugs or alcohol, review travel history, and much more. A consent form will also need to be signed, so always review this form closely. It will discuss the donors legal rights and obligations. If there is something that is too complicated in this consent form, and if the person does not feel comfortable in signing it, then they should back away and go somewhere else.

The donation centers need to have fairly extensive information on the client's medical condition. There will also be a physical given to the applicant. If the person has any high risk behavior they will not be able to donate their blood, and therefore will not be given any money during this process.





How to give plasma

The exact medical process is very straightforward. Donating plasma is really the same as giving blood to the American Red Cross or any other non-profit. There are no major differences between the two. After all, plasma is really the fluid that is in blood. The key difference is when it comes to payment, as  Red Cross will generally not provide any money to sellers but rather they give other items to the donor, such as maybe a gift certificate.

Appointments will normally take around 2 hours. It may take a little longer the first time someone were to give as there will be more paperwork for that initial visit as well as a physical. This window of time spent donating is really what a company is paying money to the individual for, as any funds are provided to compensate for the time spent at the location.

The process is streamlined too. Each company has a dedicated donation area with seating, beds, and medical personnel on site. There may be registered nurses, LPNs, and some of the larger locations may even have a doctor on site, though that is rare. The donor will be taken to this dedicated part of the center.

The next step is really to give plasma (blood). The medical technician will get the person comfortable in a bed or chair. They then roll up their donor's sleeve, clean the area with antiseptic, and then they will go ahead and insert the needle when the client is ready. There will be a special machine used to separate the blood and plasma, but that is really the only difference in how someone were to donate.

Payment process from plasma centers

The exact amount of money paid out will vary by company. In general, an individual may be able to receive anywhere from $50 to $100 per visit. This tends to be much more than can be earned from other work at home type jobs. The plasma centers are not paying for the blood that is donated, but rather they are compensating the individual for their time spent on site. So this can in effect be thought of as a job as the person is being paid for their time.

The money for donating is usually paid out to the individual on a debit type card. It is very rare to get cash. The big downside to this is there may be a transaction fee charged to the donor each and every time they use the card. So if a bill is paid, or if the individual uses the card to pay for food at the grocery store, there will often be an additional fee used on the card. It is generally around 25-50 cents per transitional (so it is minimal) but this is one challenge to be aware of when donating plasma.





The leading sites to call for information are listed above. As noted, the terms and conditions put into place by each plasma donation center will vary. It is always recommended to go over the details before proceeding.

By Jon McNamara

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