Your Next Cool Side Gig: Selling Your Poop

( – There are plenty of ways to make extra money or to build a small business for yourself. You may think of being a writer, a coder, or even a content creator. With all the choices out there, you may be surprised to know that there are people making up to $180,000 a year just doing what comes naturally.

What might that be?

Pooping, of course.

That’s right, people with certain properties to their poop sell it… at $500 a pop. Now, poop that brings that much of a price tag is pretty rare, as only 0.1 percent of people are the right fit for the job. Don’t worry, though, there are other places to sell feces for profit. Some programs may offer up to $1500 a month and the quality of the poop isn’t quite as exclusive.

Why Would Medical Companies Want Your Poop?

Everybody has gut and intestinal bacteria that keep them healthy by consuming pathogens that enter through their diet. Over the past ten years, more research has been conducted on the impact of this microbiome on human health.

Patients who have the colon-infecting bacteria Clostridium difficile (or C. diff) experience excruciating pain and illness. Antibiotics may occasionally be used to treat the illness, but when the course of medication is over, the infection frequently returns. Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) provide these patients access to healthy microorganisms again and eradicate the illness.

Additionally, investigations are being conducted to see if other chronic diseases can benefit from FMT or other microbiome therapies.

Where do these FMTs come from? Why, healthy poop of course. If your poop has certain kinds of healthy microbes, your poop could be used as a transplant to treat disease and to partake in these additional studies. That means that at each potty time, you may be flushing money (and a disease cure) down the toilet.

Companies that Want to Buy Poop

The Penny Hoarder reports that there are currently three companies that buy feces from U.S. donors:

GoodNature Program: This business offers a maximum reward of $1,500 per month and pays $25 to $75 every stool sample. A health checkup is required of donors every two to six weeks. Donors must be non-smokers between the ages of 18 and 50, have a healthy weight, and be free from any history of gastrointestinal disorders or alcohol and substance use disorder. Donors must reside close to one of their Arizona (Tempe), Massachusetts (Cambridge) or California (Irving) locations. You must be prepared to make at least three weekly trips to the facility to drop off donations. For donors who give three to seven times each week for a lengthy period of time, GoodNature also offers incentives.

Poop with Purpose: This business offers a cool $50 for each poop donation and a monthly maximum of $1,500. You must donate at the facility, so any donor must reside in the Boston, Massachusetts region. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 49, be in good health, have received their COVID-19 vaccinations in full, and be available to give at least three times each week.

Human Microbes: This firm has the highest criteria for donors, yet is ready to pay $500 or more for each poop. This means that a donor who is able to create a fecal sample each day might make $180,000. Donors must have a certain kind of Bristol stool type, be in excellent physical and mental health, and ideally be younger than 30. If their parents agree, Human Microbes will also consider donors who are less than 18 years old. Donors may reside anywhere in the world, as samples will be personally collected by donors and sent to the recipient packaged in dry ice.

Ready to Sell Your Poop?

Potential poop donors can submit an initial online screening application to all three programs through their websites. A medical history and details on bowel movements will be requested from them.

Those who are selected after applying will undergo clinical examinations, health checks, and testing of their stool and perhaps their blood.

Donors accepted to Human Microbe receive an advance payment of $500 plus dry ice and shipping costs. Those who come to the facilities to donate are compensated on site with the Poop with Purpose and the GoodNature programs.

Are you excited to poop for a cause and make some good money while you’re at it? After all, what you do naturally may help cure disease, move medical research forward, and you never know who your poop will save.

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