Donating plasma.

In a pinch and need a way to make some quick bucks? Don't stress. You can donate your plasma—the liquid part of your blood—for money, and if you're in the state of North Carolina here's how to do it.

The donation process in which you give plasma is called plasmapheresis. According to the CSL Plasma Web site, during plasmapheresis, “the cellular portion of your blood is separated from the plasma by an automated instrument that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).” Out of the process, your plasma goes into a special container, while the cellular portion of your blood returns to your body.

Search for plasma donation sites.

Search online for blood banks or plasma donation sites in North Carolina, such as the CSL Plasma location in Charlotte or the BioLife Plasma Services location in Greensboro. Find and jot down the addresses and phone numbers for maybe three or four sites that are nearest you. Also check for blood drives being held on college campuses because most may hold several of them throughout the year.

Make the calls.

Make the calls. Phone the sites nearest to you that you have chosen and ask questions about donating plasma for money. Ask whether you need to set up an appointment to make a donation. Ask how much compensation you will receive because every site varies. Also ask about what your plasma will be used for and how people will benefit from it. The donation site staff should have no problem answering your questions.

Get a good night's sleep.

Get good sleep. Though you should always get a good night's rest (about eights hours), make sure you catch some good Zs the night before you donate plasma.

Eat a healthy meal 2-3 hours before.

Take the healthy route. Eat a healthy meal two to three hours before donating plasma. According to the BioLife Plasma Services Web site, you should eat high-protein foods such as lean meat and a complex carbohydrate such as some type of bread.

Be prepared to answer a questionnaire.

Prep for pre-screening. When you go in to donate plasma, the site's medical staff will give you a pre-screening questionnaire to answer truthfully and as accurately as you can. They will also ask about your medical history, so be prepared. Inform the staff of conditions such as a new tattoo or a recent major surgery.