BECOME A GUINEA PIG
Do you, um, like drugs? Flip through our pages to find opportunities for getting paid to try new pharmaceuticals, or, as the case-studies may be, give up some bodily fluids or just have your brain picked. Contact hospitals to see if you qualify for any of their research, or try looking for upcoming studies on sites like CenterWatch (centerwatch.com) or WebMD.
Medical studies vary widely in invasiveness and commitment required, from getting $10 to play a computer game with a psych undergrad to better-paying long-term clinical trials (which often need healthy volunteers for control groups). For starters, check out the amazing zine Guinea Pig Zero (guineapigzero.com) to see what you're getting into. And beware of those month-long sleep studies that pay shockingly good money — there's a reason for that. Being kept awake for days on end by white-coated orderlies who drain your blood and fit you with rectal probes may be lucrative, and it may be for the greater good of science, just be prepared to have as much trouble easing back into reality as a former resident of Gitmo.
TEACH THE HOME ARTS
Are you talented? No, this isn't a casting-couch come-on, but an entreaty for you to find your inner Mr. Miyagi and teach those hungry to learn. Your best bet in this arena might be the home-ec department. Sewing, cooking (see above), basic carpentry, and other household skills are high on people's wish lists right now, thanks to a generation of Americans that's been empowered right out of knowing how to do anything useful.
Lissa Harris launched her writing career while driving a delivery van full of Oriental rugs. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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