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Showing posts with label Uncommon Businesses. Show all posts
Make $1,000 per Month to Selling Sperm

Make $1,000 per Month to Selling Sperm

 How to Sell Your Sperm

The process of selling sperm provides material for television sitcoms and movies, but not many men seriously consider signing up. However, being a sperm donor can provide a decent paycheck for the time you'll invest. Sperm banks prefer donors who commit to several visits weekly for six months, and they typically pay $50 or more for each visit. That can add up over the weeks, and the process is quick once you filled out all the paperwork and qualified.

On the other hand, that qualification process can be a problem, so even if you want this job, it might be difficult to get. You generally have to be between 18 and 40 years old and, besides being outside of that 22-year window of opportunity, there are many other things that will disqualify you. You might not have enough education, for example, which is apparently seen as a sign of potentially deficient DNA. In fact, at many sperm banks, 95% of applicants are rejected. Some of the requirements are listed below.

If you're accepted you can rest assured that you are providing a valuable service. According to the some researchers , by the year 2015 a third of all couples could require help conceiving a child. This is in part because men are producing less sperm. The average sperm count in men in England dropped by almost 50% in the last couple generations, and lower sperm counts have been reported in the U.S. and other countries as well.

How Much Can You Make?

From a quick survey of clinics at the time this article was written, it appears that $50 per viable specimen is the minimum rate now, with some fertility clinics paying substantially more. David Plotz, in his account of his experience as a sperm donor (see the resource section below), says he was paid $50 per usable specimen and another $5 for each vial from the specimen, with about 10 to 14 vials used on average. Then, when vials were released from quarantine after six months there was another payment of $5 each. The average payment per deposit was $209 at the facility he went to. They paid twice monthly and sent a 1099 form at the end of the year.

Let's do the math... If a sperm bank asks for three donations weekly with a six month commitment, and has an average payment of $100 per deposit (less than half of what Plotz was paid), you would make a total of $7,800 for your part-time work during those six months.

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If you live close to more than one sperm bank you can simply find out which pays the most and try that one first (assuming your application is accepted).

Qualifications / Requirements

Some places require donors to be between the ages of 18 to 35, while others extend that to 40-years-old. You have to be in excellent health. You will be filling out forms detailing extensive information about any medical issues in your family, including any history of mental illness in close relations. There will be a blood test and semen analysis. Follow-up exams are generally required every three to six months if you continue to donate.

First Steps

Check out a directory of sperm banks to find one near you and fill out an application. You can also look in the yellow pages or google "sperm bank" or "cryobank" along with the name of your city or the nearest large city.





Unusual Businesses To Make Money Offline and Online

Unusual Businesses To Make Money Offline and Online

 I have always had an interest in unusual businesses. I have four brothers, and as a child I used to sell my vote to the highest bidder for the which television show we would watch. I guess you could call that the business of politics. I also collected the paper-wads that fell all over when my brothers had there wars, and then sold them back to them for a couple cents each. I guess I was a war profiteer in the paper-wad wars. I sold candy out of a hollow book in school.

My business activities became a bit more conventional as an adult, but I still loved to hear about and read about the more unusual businesses. I once talked to a man who sold used stuffed animals on the side of the highway. He claimed to have sold $3000 worth his first month.


Even More Unusual Businesses

Then there was the guy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who collected the bodies of dead deer. The county needed the deer carcasses off the roadsides for health reasons, and contracted with this guy for $25 per body. I'm not sure how he disposed of them. Maybe his other business was providing meat to dog food companies.

When I lived in Traverse City, Michigan, someone started a dog poop cleaning business. If you want the dog without the responsibility of cleaning the yard, call A-1 Pooper Scooper. I'm not sure if this would be better or worse than a dead deer collecting business.

In Tucson, Arizona, there is a man who takes the leaves from palm trees and twists and turns them into amazing animal sculptures. He sells these for anywhere from $2 to $12 in the street. The palm-leaf scorpions are the best.

Unusual Online Businesses

You probably remember a few weird businesses from back before Ebay got all their rules. One woman was making thousands per month selling used panties to fetishists. She bought panties for her friends, who got them for free as long as they returned them to her unwashed, trading them in for the next new pair. The used and unwashed panties brought $10 or more on Ebay auctions and sold fast.

You may have heard about the online fantasy role-playing game Runescape. It had four million players as of 2007. What you may not know is that in addition to buying "virtual real estate" and earning online gold pieces, you can buy these things for real cash. There are Runescape entrepreneurs who sell their online houses in the game for hundreds of real U.S. dollars. I think it would start to get confusing - what is real here and what isn't?

Then there is the guy in who decided to finance college by selling one million pixels of advertising space on his web page for a dollar per pixel. You could buy a minimum of 100 pixels and have any image you want linking to anywhere you want. Guess what? He succeeded within a few months. Maybe it's time for me to get back into unusual businesses.


 Uncommon Business Ideas - Several worth considering

Uncommon Business Ideas - Several worth considering

 Here are a few uncommon business ideas. Some have been used successfully, while others are waiting for the right person to give them a try. A couple can be started with a few hundred dollars or less, and can be run from home.


Fish Tank Cleaning Service

I was at the dentist's office once and saw a man come in the front door and begin to clean the fish tank. He had contracted with several offices and businesses to maintain their fish tanks and keep them supplied with fish food. Naturally, he also sold fish tanks, fish and accessories.


As I recall, he ran his route twice a month, stopping at each location to clean the tank, restock food, and make any recommendations. I am not sure what he charged monthly for this service, but I know there are a lot of places where they like their fancy fish tanks, but probably don't want to care for them - or don't know how to do so properly.

Returnable Can Collection Business

Quite a while back, I took over $1,700 worth of returnable bottles and cans from the break room of the casino where I worked, in a little over a year. I also gathered them from the houses of friends and family who didn't want to bother returning them for the 10-cent deposit on each one. This was in Michigan, but in any state that has a bottle return law, I imagine there are many people who won't throw those cans away, but also let them pile up because they hate to take them to the store to redeem them.

In fact, as a young man I was once doing some yard work for a woman, and as I left she suggested that I pay her $30 for the 600 to 700 cans and bottles in her garage. It's amazing how many cans people will collect in there cupboards and garages and shed. An hour later I had run them through the self-service sorting machines at the grocery store and received $66 for my $30 investment.

It's a sticky business, but find the right areas and go door-to-door offering to buy people's cans at half of their value, and you might make a decent income. You could donate 10% of proceeds to some charity to convince people to let those empties go cheap (but be honest about it being for profit as well). The great thing about this little business is that anyone can start it for absolutely no cost. One old man where I used to live paid for his rent with returnable cans and bottles, all collected using his bicycle.

Resume Submission Service

This is a business that will work best near a college or university town. The basic idea is to fax a person's resume to 20 or thirty businesses that are hiring - a great service for newly graduated students who are ready to find that first decent job. A client pays a set fee, gives you his or her resume, and then let you do the work for them. $30 for 20 resume submissions seems reasonable.

You should have numerous categories, ranging from medical fields to banking to sales jobs. To gather the names and fax numbers of businesses a that are hiring in these areas, you can subscribe to many newspapers published within an hour or two drive from where you are. Alternately you can check online. Just check the "help wanted" classified advertisements, and call to get the fax number if it isn't shown.

A fax machine would be your primary cost to start this business. Ongoing costs could be minimal depending on how you promote it. Just two dozen clients a week might net you as much as $30,000 annually for a part time business.

Goose Frightening Service

I recently read about a business called "Goose Police," which started in 1986. The service chases away geese from golf courses, lawns and parks for a fee, using trained dogs that don't harm the geese. Apparently by the year 2000 the business was earning almost two million dollars in gross revenue, and had begun to franchise itself.

Rug Rental Business

You may not know that many offices do not own the rugs they have in their entries. They pay a service that leaves a clean rug regularly (every two weeks is common), and takes the dirty one to be cleaned. The clients don't have to worry about every buying, replacing, or cleaning rugs.

This is not an uncommon business, actually, but it is not commonly known. It does require a little more start-up capital than some of the businesses above, but it could be operated with just a few days work per month to start. Just run the route two days monthly to pick up and replace the rugs, and spend a couple days cleaning the rugs.



Unusual Ways to Make Money You must Know

Unusual Ways to Make Money You must Know

I am continually seeing unusual ways to make money. The more I look, the more I find. Somebody in our town just started a business cleaning up the dog poop in people's yards. Who would have guessed? After this page, you may want to also check out; Unusual Businesses. It covers odd enterprises ranging from making palm leaves into scorpions to collecting dead deer for local governments.



Selling Stuffed Animals

At a campfire in the desert last winter, my wife and I met a man who sells stuffed animals on the side of the highway. When we saw him again, in his van full of stuffed animals, I pressed him for details. He buys used stuffed animals at thrift stores in bulk and then sells them alongside the highway. Early on, he even got the stores to give him the animals, with the agreement that he would return with the money or the animals the next week.


In some small towns he can get a vendor's permit cheaply ($18/year, for example). Otherwise he just sells until they chase him out of the county. He says he hasn't been fined yet, and he claims he sold $4,000 worth his first month. I think he was exaggerating, but because of him we include used stuffed animals in our flea market stands with some success.


Trade Payments for Cash?

One way to raise cash that many people overlook is to sell a structured settlement for cash. Essentially you trade payments you are receiving from a monthly annuity, settlement payments from an injury, or even lottery payments, for a lump sum payment. It can be a workable solution if you need a down payment for a new home or want to start a new business, or for unexpected medical costs.

Unusual Ways to Make Money on EBay

Last month we met a man who bought a pair of jeans for 25 cents at a yard sale and sold them for $400 on Ebay. I was skeptical until I searched on Ebay that night and saw several pairs of jeans with the bids over $100 and even $200. I also found an old army pick for sale which was identical to the one I sold that same day for $7. The bidding was up to $14. Live and learn.

Selling things on Ebay isn't an unusual way to make money any longer, but you can sell such unusual things! A friend of mine buys things on Ebay to resell for a profit on Ebay (by changing categories to reach a better market, for example). Unfortunately for the people that were making a living doing it, Ebay no longer allows you to auction used unwashed women's underwear to fetishists.

Selling Celebrity Magnets

There is a guy who sell thousands of these on Ebay. Basically, you use a Xyron laminating machine to attach photos of celebrities to magnets. The photos are just clipped from magazines.

Selling Things in National Parks

In the Grand Canyon National Park we bought a beautiful necklace for my wife. It was on a blanket with other beautiful jewelry, for sale by a Native American woman. Her daughter stood watch to warn of any officials coming, whereupon the blanket and its contents would certainly disappear. Illegal, I'm sure, but the several people we saw buying her jewelry were happy they were there.

Selling Firewood

If you live near camping areas you can cut firewood and sell it in your front yard. It's not such an unusual way to make money around here. However, I liked the way a man in Florida was doing it. As campground host, he had free rent, power, water, and phone service, and he was allowed to order firewood. He had it delivered by the truckload, and he then sold it for $5 per bundle to the campers there.

Selling Pop on the River

Halfway down a local river on inner tubes one day, we traded a riverside resident our air pump for three beers. That got me thinking. I've watched hundreds of thirsty people float by in canoes and tubes on hot days. I haven't tried it yet, but I think there is some money to be made sitting on a sunny sandbar someday selling soda.

Picking Apples

Several times I have picked apples in October to make some extra cash. You can bring your radio, stop when you want to eat, start early or late - it doesn't matter. The owners don't mind because they typically pay by the box, not by the hour. I made about $13 per hour when I was moving fast.

Flea Markets

It's hard to find many people making a living selling things at flea markets. Most are retired or just want some extra cash. Flea market sales is a very low risk business, however. You can buy 80 dollars worth of used toys and stuffed animals, gather things from around the house, and for $10 or less rent a spot for the day at a flea market. Re-invest any money you make into new products and you'll probably sell more the second time around. I buy walking canes at the dollar store ($1.06 with tax), put a feather or two on them (4 cents and 4 minutes), and kids buy them up for $3 to $4 each. It is difficult to make much money, but it is also difficult to lose much.

Fixer Uppers

It isn't unusual to buy a house, fix it up and sell it for a profit. It is less common to find these opportunities in the $10,000 price range though. We found that there are towns in this country where you can still find houses as cheap as $6,000! We bought a house in a beautiful little town in Montana for $17,500, paid a plumber and a friend to fix a couple things ($2,000), and after living in the house for a few months, sold it for $28,000.



Top ideas for Uncommon businesses - Bicycle cell phone service and more...

Top ideas for Uncommon businesses - Bicycle cell phone service and more...

 This is yet another small collection of ideas for interesting businesses. Some of these have been tried, others perhaps not (i never really know with some ideas - people have tried more things than we know). Some are small enterprises, others have the potential to be very big.

To start, I saw an report on the news the other night about a young man who started a business to pay his expenses while living in Thailand. As in many poorer parts of the world, long-distance phone service in the home is not as common as in wealthier countries, so people typically go to phone stands where they pay to make their calls. The problem is that they may have to walk a mile or more just to make a call.


This man's idea was to put a couple phones in a bicycle-powered cart and take them to the people. He was making a living at it according to the report.It's a small business, but that doesn't mean that it has to stay small. A person might eventually hire riders to bring phone services to all parts of a city. Making just $10 per rider in daily profit would be a $100,000 per year if you had 30 routes.

The other thing to remember when you hear about a business like this, is that there are principles involved that may be even more profitable when applied in other ways. In this case, you might ask what other things can be brought to people by bicycle. Or you might ask what things and services we take for granted in wealthier countries that aren't so common in poorer ones, and then look at ways to provide those things and services.

Video Yearbooks

The idea here is to have an hour-long video that shows a bit of the events of the school year. It would be sold alongside the regular school yearbook. Those who have done it charge between $20 and $30 per copy I believe. A student might even do this one, and with a large enough class size could make a few thousand dollars. An outside entrepreneur would need to talk to school officials to film at events (and to sell to the students), but he or she could work on videos for five or six schools at a time.

Free Ebook Website

Giving things away to make money online is a proven strategy. With free ebooks the idea is that you give something of value to a person, and encourage them to buy something more. That might be a course you sell, a more comprehensive ebook on the same subject, or some other product. It can also be a product that someone else created, which you get a commission for selling. That leads us to the bigger idea here.

The business would go something like this: Line up products you can make a commission on - the more the better. For each one, you create a four or five page ebook on the subject, providing some limited information, but something of real value. Of course you have your affiliate links in each book, which promote the various products you make money on. You then set up a site and give away the ebooks. Everyone likes free things. Ideally you would want to have 100 or more ebooks eventually, and you could have others write them for you.

Just to throw some numbers out there, suppose you can give away 200 books per day. Now, if 3 of those readers buy something that made you an average $25 commission, this free-ebook website would generate over $2,200 per month.

Home Insurance Inventory Service

Many insurance companies recommend or require that their policy holders have photos or video of their possessions in order to file a claim. This service business basically involves walking through the client's home (or office) with a video camera and filming everything, possibly with the owners spoken notes about each item and the original cost. The client then keeps the tape in a safe deposit box or other safe location. It's a very simple business, and requires only a small initial investment.

Ideally you want an insurance agent or two to recommend your service to clients. For this you might pay them a referral fee of $50, out of the $200 to $250 that you charge the customer.

Mobile Oil Change Business

The idea here is simple; some people will pay extra to have their oil changed in their car at home or at the office or wherever they are. They don't want to wait in line at a regular oil change place. A busy business person might have to take more than an hour out of her day to drive to the facility and wait for the job to be completed.

There are some of these businesses around already. Assuming you already have a suitable vehicle (a truck or van are probably best), the startup costs could be as little as a few hundred dollars. A few tools and supplies are all that is needed. Whether this could be a decent business depends in part on the size of the town you live in and the income level of the people living there.

This isn't one of the more interesting businesses, but it could be grown larger. You might hire others to run out and do the oil changes while you man the phones. A small profit from each employee (or independent contractor, if you can structure it that way) could add up to a large profit for you.