How to Sell Your Body

By - September 27, 2014

Okay, keep your clothes on; this isn't going to be about selling your body in that way (although you might have to remove the clothes for one of these schemes). But there are some ways to use your body and sell parts of it that are worth mentioning in case you're looking for some extra income. Let's start with the body parts...

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Sell Your Eggs

One of the most lucrative parts a woman can sell is her eggs. That's right, couples who are having trouble coneiving will pay big bucks for eggs. In fact you can get $8,000 to $15,000 for good healthy eggs, according to a report on the Huffington Post. But you will have a lot of paperwork to fill out, and you'll be subjected to therapy sessions, hormone shots, and what is known as "egg retrieval surgery."

Sell Your Sperm

Sorry guys, but your sperm isn't worth nearly as much as a woman's eggs. On the other hand, you can sell it more often. Well, that is, if you're between 18 and 40 and not shooting blanks. You'll also have a lot of paperwork and some tests to do.

We have previously reported on being a sperm donor in more detail, but essentially you have to find a sperm "cryobank" near you and ask what they require.

David Plotz reported on his sperm donor experience, and it makes for a good story and tutorial if you're interested. He found that if you do it right you can make $200 per donation, and can donate often. By the way, you might make even more if you have a super-high IQ or are in Medical school.

Now, at this point you might be wondering if you there are easier ways to sell your body parts for cash. Fortunately there are...

Sell Your Blood

Selling your blood is another topic we've covered before. Yes, you'll have some paperwork here too, and you can't donate blood if you have certain conditions. But you can make between $20 and $60 each time you give blood.

Plasma is actually what you'll most likely sell. If you want money for your trouble skip the usual blood drive operations and "non-profit" outfits. Go to and use the "Select by USA State" button to get to a list of labs that pay cash.

Sell Your Hair

The world must be going bald! Hair has become so valuable that in Venezuela hair-cutting attacks became almost common for a while. Of course, the thieves go after people with long hair, so why not chop that hair off and sell it to help fund a safer trip to Venezuela?

For more on how to get paid and what kinds of hair qualify, see our previous post on selling hair.

Okay, enough with the blood and hair and sperm and eggs. And I won't even get into how to legally sell your kidneys in Iran. Lets look at a couple ways to profit from your body without parting it out....

Sell a Look at Yourself

Hey, you know that models can make good money. Gisele Bündchen made $42 million last year, and others have made millions as well. But what if you aren't super-model material? What can you do?

To start with many small colleges have art classes where they'll pay you to sit naked for a couple hours while students draw or paint you. Too shy for that? Read on...

You don't have to get naked or go to Hollywood or New York to be a model. Local modeling agencies might find you work smiling and pointing at boats in a boat show, or wearing clothes for a local clothing store's photo shoot. Google "modeling agency" or "modeling jobs" plus the name of your town to see what shows up.

Alas, government statistics suggest that models average only $9.02 per hour, but maybe you can work your way up to somewhere between that and the millions made by top models.

Sell Your Skin Space

Andrew Fischer sold his forehead space on eBay in 2005. The high bidder paid over $37,000 for a temporary tattoo of their logo. It wasn't the first or last time companies paid to advertise on people's skin.

Air New Zealand paid for ads on shaved heads in 2009. Volunteers got at least $777 in cash to wear the message for two weeks. In Tokyo an ad agency paid women for ads on their thighs and got more than 3,000 women to agree.

Theoretically you could at one time get a deal brokered on and similar websites. Now they seem to be inactive, so you'll have to approach potential clients on your own or wait for them to announce the next body-advertising publicity stunt.

One More Way to Sell Your Body

We have previously covered being a human guinea pig. Although there are risks, not all studies that need volunteers are dangerous or intrusive. I recently took one aspirin daily for ten days and was paid $35 for participating -- with no side effects.

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