There are lots of ways to make extra money these days.
And I’m sure you have heard about most of them, including food delivery, ride sharing, and completing micro gigs.
But did you know you can simply make money with your body?
Depending on what you are willing to do, there are many ways you can make money using your body.
I’ve compiled a list of 21 easiest ways to do this and give you a rough estimate of how much money you can make with each one.
All that is left for you is to pick the ones that make sense for you and start cashing in!
21 Easy Ways To Make Money With Your Body
#1. Sell Plasma
Plasma is the clear liquid found in your blood.
It contains proteins, water, antibodies, and some enzymes.
Doctors use it in the creation of products that help people who have blood clotting diseases and other blood-related complications.
And because there is a demand for plasma, people sell it.
The process of blood plasma donation is very similar to blood donation.
You go to a plasma center and they draw blood from your vein.
They will also give you a saline solution injection to replace the plasma they take.
The entire process takes around two hours for your first time and around 90 minutes each trip after.
There are a few requirements to sell your plasma.
- Must be 18 years old or older
- Must weigh at least 110 pounds
- Must not have HIV, hepatitis or other viruses
- Need adequate protein and hemoglobin levels in your blood
Before each session, you will be tested for the above with a quick finger prick test.
Now onto the good stuff. How much can you make selling plasma?
The amount varies across the country and test site.
The average amount you get from blood plasma donation is between $25 and $50 per donation.
If you go to blood donation centers, you can only sell your plasma every 28 days, or roughly once a month.
If you go to plasma centers, there is no limit and many state you can go twice a week.
For this example, we will say go twice a month, so in one year you can make between $600 and $1,200 a year.
It’s a great way to make extra income for college students since it’s easy and fast.
To find plasma donation centers, simply do an online search for plasma donation near me or visit American Red Cross.
#2. Sell Breast Milk
I have to admit, I was surprised when I stumbled upon this one.
If you had a baby and you have excess breast milk or can’t breastfeed your baby for some reason, you can sell your breast milk for big money.
Who buys breast milk?
Other moms who want to breastfeed their baby but cannot are ideal candidates.
Sometimes these moms cannot produce enough milk, don’t have a desire to breastfeed from fear of pain, or are simply too busy.
Milk banks will also buy breast milk.
These centers supply breast milk to people in need.
But the biggest under the radar buyer is bodybuilders.
Yes, bodybuilders drink breast milk.
The reason is because the milk contains growth factors that some bodybuilders swear by.
I’m not a doctor saying this is true or not, but this is the belief out there.
In any case, you can make serious money with breast milk.
If selling to other mom’s or milk banks, you can expect to make around $1 per ounce.
But if you sell to bodybuilders, you could get $2 or $3 per ounce.
So if you have an oversupply of breast milk, you can sell it.
Here is a rough example.
You average 5 ounces per pump and you pump twice a day for a total of 10 ounces.
In one month you have 300 ounces of breast milk.
If you sell this to a bodybuilder for $2 per ounce, you made $600.
Of course, you need to recently have had a child to produce breast milk for this option to work.
#3. Make Money From A Lactation Relationship
This one is the most bizarre one on the list.
And I’ll be honest, isn’t for most people.
But, it is a way to make a serious amount of money, so I am putting on here.
There are men who have a milk fetish.
What this means is they get enjoyment out of drinking milk from a woman’s breast.
In most cases, there is nothing more to this, other than the man sucking on a woman’s lactating breast.
If you doubt this is a thing, you can search for it. Just don’t search while at work!
You can advertise your services online on sites like Craigslist.
Any fetish forums or sites are other places to advertise.
How much money can you make with this?
Seeing that very few women offer this service, you can charge a premium.
Just how much can you make from this?
You could easily charge $500 a session or more.
And if you don’t want to engage with other physically, you can sell videos and pictures of adult breastfeeding.
Understand that this will earn you less money than in person.
#4. Get Paid For Pictures Of Your Body
Here is another dirty way to make money with your body.
You can sell pictures of your body in various clothes.
You don’t need to be nude to make money here either.
You can wear swimsuits, lingerie, underwear, or other clothes.
The idea is to leave something to the imagination.
The easiest way to get started with this idea is to set up an OnlyFans page and charge for the pics.
You might even venture into video as well.
By charging $10 month for a membership, having 25 clients is $250 a month.
Some OnlyFans models make tens of thousands of dollars a year.
The key is to promote your page to get the most sign ups.
#5. Sell Feet Pics
As weird as it may sound, selling pictures of your feet could earn you good money.
Your feet pictures could be used to advertise feet products like shoes, anklets, nail polishes, and also and also in blogs.
Some of the people who may buy your feet pictures include:
- Bloggers who are writing articles about feet-related items or illustrating something in their articles
- Physical magazines who use feet for marketing a product in their article or illustrating something
- Small businesses like nail salons, spas, shoe sellers, and tattoo businesses who need to advertise their products and services
- People with a foot fetish
- Feet doctors
Depending on who you sell to will determine how much money you can make with this side hustle.
On the low end, expect around $100 a month.
But if you go the foot fetish route, you can make over $75,000 a year.
If you want the steps to make this a reality, check out the detailed post I wrote below.
#6. Sell Sperm
Sperm donation is a concept that has been around for a long time.
To be a sperm donor, you must be:
- Over 18 years old
- 5’8” or taller
- Healthy (meaning no autoimmune diseases)
To determine your health, the doctor asks you to fill a questionnaire about your medical history.
You are also required to write the medical history of your immediate and extended family.
This is to ensure you do not have any hereditary diseases.
The doctor also conducts a physical exam on you to see if there are any medical issues you have not yet been diagnosed with.
Your semen is then taken for analysis to determine the health of your sperm including how active it is and the sperm count.
For the donation of sperm, you receive on average $50.
But you can earn more.
The doctor freezes your semen for six months.
If the sperm is still viable after the doctors thaw it, you are eligible to become a regular donor.
Assuming your sample passed the freezing process, you earn an additional $20.
And you can now donate weekly, or up to 10 times a month.
This gets you to $500, since the extra $20 doesn’t happen until 6 months later.
Some sperm banks will even pay you a referral bonus for getting your friends to donate as well.
The biggest catch with this is many men find their sperm doesn’t survive the 6 month freeze test to become a regular donor.
Keep this in mind as this option might be a one time income source for some.
#7. Be A Surrogate
Here is a great way to make money using your body as a woman.
If you decide to be a gestational surrogate, you dedicate your effort and time to helping another family get children.
Many of the expenses you incur during the pregnancy are taken care of by the parents.
Of course there is the possibility of negotiation, as some families may be willing to cover additional expenses.
Typical expenses covered include:
- Maternity clothes
- Travel to doctors’ appointments
- Insurance co-pays
- Health supplies
In the event you lose the child, the intended parents pay you up to the point you miscarried.
The average amount of money you can make as a surrogate varies, but on average is between $50,000 and $80,000.
This includes the expenses incurred during the pregnancy.
While this is a nice sum of money, remember that you will be carrying a child for 9 months, so you have to take care of yourself and pay attention to what you eat.
Plus, this will have an impact on your personal life as well.
#8. Participate In Clinical Trials
Clinical trials and focus groups determine if new treatments and tests for health issues work or not.
Researchers may also use them to explain certain scientific or medical phenomena.
Some refer to taking part in clinical trials as being a human guinea pig.
You can take part in a clinical trial or focus group if you are in good health or are sick.
For example, a popular clinical trial is related to healthy people sleeping.
You don’t need to have a sleep condition, the researchers are simply trying to understand the importance of sleep.
For ones where they are looking for patients with an illness, they can use you to determine how and if certain medications work.
The amount paid for clinical trials differs from trial to trial.
The pay depends on how many nights you spend in the facility, the general length of the trial, and how many outpatient visits you make.
It also depends on the phase of the trial.
The payment may range between $2,000 – $4000 per study.
After one trial, you need to take a break of 1-3 months before participating in another one.
While a few grand for a study sounds great, you have to understand the tradeoffs.
In the example of the sleep study, you are sleeping at the site of the study for at least a month, sometimes longer.
Also, most health insurance will not pay for any issues that arise as a result of a clinical study.
This means any doctor visits or treatments will be out of pocket costs, which can be significant.
#9. Sell Your Hair
Did you know you can sell your hair?
I’m sure you have heard that there are charities that collect donated hair to make wigs for cancer patients.
But there is a large market that will also pay you for your hair.
To sell your hair, ensure that it is evenly long and on the thicker side.
And speaking of hair length, you need long hair, at least 15 inches or longer.
Hair that has never been dyed, also called virgin hair is most in demand as well.
While any color hair will sell, the most in demand color is red hair.
This is simply because ginger hair is rarer than blonde, brunette, or black.
Most companies looking to buy hair do so to make wigs or use it for hair extensions.
When it comes to where to sell your hair, there are many sites online that help with the process.
You simply create a listing on one of these sites and describe your hair and the price you want.
For first time sellers, some of the sites have a calculator to help you get an idea of how much you should ask for.
You can also approach buyers directly.
In addition to selling your physical hair, you could sell pictures or videos of your hair to companies.
This could include salon owners, companies making hair products like shampoo and conditioners, or bloggers and magazine writing about hair.
The amount of money you can earn selling hair will vary.
Some people earn $250 per sale, while other earn up to $4,000 per sale.
You annual income will depend on how long it takes you to regrow your hair.
#10. Become A Hand Model
Just as you can make money selling pictures of your feet, you can make money as a hand model too.
In this case, you are using your hands to model jewelry, like rings and bracelets, hand lotion, nail polish, and more.
Not only does work include commercials and print advertising, but spa and salon owners might be interested in working with you as well.
Of course, there is a market for hand fetish too, where you can sell pictures of your hands online.
To get started, you might approach a modeling agency with your hand photos or start marketing them yourself on social platforms.
Hand modeling could earn you around $10,000 for television ads and $3,000 for print campaigns.
And if you go the hand fetish route, you can make a few thousand a year.
#11. Become A Body Parts Model
Looking for a great idea to make good money without a lot of hard work?
Become a body part model.
Specific body parts include the following:
This gig is good for both men and women.
The best ways to make money here are modeling clothing, eye glasses, makeup, and health and fitness.
The amount you can earn varies widely with this one.
But on average you can expect to make between $100 and $200 per session.
As you gain experience, you can demand more money too.
#12. Get Paid As A Professional Hugger
If you enjoy giving hugs, making extra cash as a professional cuddler could be your ticket.
Understand this gig is innocent in nature.
You would be giving nonsexual hugs and also possibly spooning with someone else.
And if you don’t think there is a market for this, you are wrong.
You can advertise your services with online ads to find clients.
And once you find a few clients, you can find more clients through referrals.
As odd as this option sounds, the best part is you can make a lot money doing it.
How much money can you make as a professional cuddler?
The average is $60 an hour, which if you have two sessions a day, 4 days a week, you earn close to $2,000 a month.
#13. Sell Your Eggs
If becoming a surrogate isn’t of interest to you, you can consider becoming an egg donor.
To sell your eggs, a couple or recipient has to choose you first.
There are 3 main ways to go about donating eggs.
- Via an agency
- Directed egg donation
- Via a clinic running a donor service
Each one has to pros and cons, so be sure to research each option before deciding which one to go with.
It is important to know that the maximum number of times you can donate is 6.
This is done for your health, and to ensure that there aren’t many half-related people in the world unknowingly.
The compensation for egg donation is between $6,000 and $8,000.
That amount varies depending on your general health, the quality of the egg, and the number of eggs you sell.
However, this number can easily approach $50,000 if you meet certain criteria or a couple is looking for something specific that you have.
An example here would be a certain genealogical background or a high completed level of education.
#14. Sell Your Poop
This has to be one of the weirdest ways to make money with your body.
You can get paid for providing fecal samples.
I didn’t believe it at first, but it is real.
There is a new medical treatment called Fecal Microbiota Transplantation that takes healthy stool into the gut of a sick person.
The idea is it helps with the treatment of Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, and even obesity and autism.
To sell your poop, you must meet the following criteria.
- Have bowel movement that meets specified criteria
- Not have had an illness treated by FMT
- Have a healthy lifestyle
- Have no allergies
- Have a healthy metabolic rate and weight
- Not have taken narcotics or had body piercings or tattoos within the last six months
The biggest issue for many donors is you have to regular.
This is because many programs will put you on a set schedule of when they need your poop.
Now the good news, how much money can you make.
Each donation will earn your $40 on average, assuming it is accepted.
But because of the frequent samples collected, you could earn up to $13,000 a year selling your poop.
#15. Become A Lookalike
If you get comments that you like a celebrity, you might be able to make around $350 a day.
People and businesses pay lookalikes all the time for various services and appearances.
To make the most money, you can participate in photo ops, get paid for appearances, and more.
Some wealthy people pay lookalikes to re-enact movie scenes or just attend their parties.
And if you are really lucky, you could get hired by a celebrity you look like just to throw the paparazzi off their tracks.
How much money can you make as a lookalike?
Income will vary wildly here.
For doing photo ops and appearances, you are looking at a few hundred dollars a month.
If you get lucky to work with the celebrity you look like, this gig could pay in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
#16. Become A Model
This is one of the most common ways to make money with your body.
There are many ways to make money as a model.
- Runway modeling
- Modeling for high-fashion magazines
- TV commercials and shows
- Advertising campaigns
- Modeling for brochures
- Modeling for catalogs
- Modeling for billboards
- Modeling for calendars
- Trade shows
- Modeling in life drawing classes
Models earn an average of $150 hourly.
If you model for trade shows, you can earn about $300 daily and about $75 hourly for print modeling.
To make a substantial amount of money as a model, you need to become famous.
In this case, you don’t need to look for work, the work comes to you.
#17. Become A Voice Actor
Do you have a unique voice?
Can you change your voice into fun sounding voices?
If so, you could make easy money as a voice actor.
And when it comes to making money, there are many options.
You could lend your voice as a narrator in television and movies.
You could be the voice of a character in an animated movie.
Then there are commercials both on the radio and TV.
Finally, the audio book world is exploding.
Authors need voice actors to read their books for this format.
How much you earn depends on the type of work you do and how long each job is.
Doing a commercial on the radio might earn you a few hundred dollars.
But doing an audio book or animated film could easily earn you thousands of dollars.
#18. Become A Stunt Double
Using your body to make money as a stunt double is an underrated way to earn income.
Stunt doubles appear in movies to perform some of the stunts that may be dangerous, too risky, or too hard for an actor.
Most stunt doubles are used in action scenes, which include the following.
- Horseback riding
- Sword work
- Stage combat
- Martial arts
- Vehicle maneuvering
- Jumping, running, swimming, etc.
Of course, some actors use stunt or body doubles in intimate scenes as well.
How much you earn depends on the stunts you perform.
Some are easy, and some are dangerous and could even lead to serious injury.
The average salary is around $85,000 annually.
To become a stunt double, you need to develop a connection with people in the acting industry.
You can also market yourself for small gigs by recording your skills and posting them on social media.
#19. Be A Virtual Friend
Do you like hanging out with people?
Love meeting new and interesting people?
Then becoming a virtual friend could be for you.
These relationships can be formed and grown online only, in person, or a combination of both.
Most people looking for a virtual friend are on the quiet side or have moved to a new area and don’t know anyone.
Your job is to be a friend and show them around.
Understand this is strictly a platonic relationship and there is no funny business, if you know what I mean.
Most virtual friends get paid hourly and average around $25 an hour.
It’s a great way to have and money make some extra income at the same time.
#20. Sell Yourself
Body advertising became a thing years ago when someone sold their forehead to a company.
In that case, they had the companies logo tattooed to their forehead.
You don’t have to be that extreme, but you can if you want to.
In fact, you can just use a temporary tattoo instead.
Other options include wearing t-shirts with a logo, making videos of yourself with company products, etc.
The amount of money you can make varies widely.
If you live in an urban area and can get in front of more people, you can demand higher pay.
The same is true if you travel a lot.
On average you can make a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars doing this side hustle.
#21. Donate Your Body To Science
Donating your body to science after you die earns you a free cremation, but no money.
You can donate your whole body or some parts and organs, or just organs.
The biggest downside though is there is typically no money involved and you get zero benefit out of it.
But it could save someone else’s life.
And this isn’t just with donating an organ for someone else to use.
Many ex-football players have begun donating their brains to science to try to help better understand CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
At the end of the day, there are many ways you can make money with your body.
You ultimately have to decide what you are comfortable with doing and then see how much money you can realistically make.
In some cases, you will be making a decent side income.
In other cases, you can replace your full time job and have a new career.