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5 Ways to Make Money Faster

In a cash crunch? Here are quick ways to earn money you really needed yesterday.

Twice a week, Karin Slyker, 40, a married working mother of three in Lubbock, Texas, donates her plasma for extra money. She began in the summer of 2010, receiving a check for her services, and then in March 2011, the plasma center began compensating her with prepaid cards, making it easy for her to track her earnings. Since March 2011, she has made $6,690 – which has gone toward paying off debt accrued from a failed business, says Slyker, who works in the marketing department at a university.

“Even if I was debt-free, I might continue doing it. It’s easy money, and I’d love to save it up and invest it perhaps,” Slyker says.

Donating plasma is one of those go-to strategies for anyone who needs extra money and especially anyone in a cash crunch. So in honor of those who need to put money in their bank account, pronto, here’s more information about Slyker’s strategy and others that will help you boost your income quickly.

1. Donate plasma. For those who barely made it through science class, plasma is the liquid part of the blood that carries the red and white cells. Mostly made up of water and dissolved proteins, plasma is used for a variety of medicines, medical treatments and medical research.

How much will you get paid? It varies, but you can expect to make between $15 and $40, depending on how much you weigh. The heavier you are, the more you make. Every plasma center is different, and there are more than 500 for-profit plasma centers throughout the country.

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