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Updated June 2015

Please note:  the following are not get-rich-scams, buy and stuff envelopes at home, network marketing opportunities or sell stuff on eBay.  Please click here for information from the FTC on common work-at-home schemes and don't fall victim to these 'to-good-to-be-true' opportunities.
Earn extra money by renting out your spare bedroom or couch or floor space to independent travelers.  Set your own rates, post your availability online and once you get an interested party, you can decide whether or not to accept.  No fees to sign up.
Biomat USA / Grifols
Blood plasma donation, rates vary, but generally $25 for first donation and $40 for 2nd donation.  Located at 8033 S.E. Holgate Boulevard.  Please call (503) 777-5320 for more info.
Consumer Opinion Services Located inside the Lloyd Center, this company specializes in focus groups.  In the past, we've taken food taste tests, evaluated public health campaigns and more.  Register by phone or online.
Craigslist Etc. Jobs Check here for anything and everything part-time gigs and jobs--pet sitter, errand runner, consumer opinion panels, baby sitter, laborer, newspaper delivery and a whole lot more.
E-Rewards Web-based opinion surveys a few cents at a time.  The earnings add up and you can redeem your 'earnings' on magazine subscriptions, airline miles, or vouchers for retailers such as Blockbuster and FTD.com.  You won't get rich but you may find the rewards to be worth your time.
Extras Only Local casting agency for films, commercials, events and corporations.  See web site for complete member details.
Food Innovation Center The Food Innovation Center (FIC) regularly holds consumer taste tests on a variety of products.  Volunteers provide opinions and feedback on a questionnaire.  Compensation is usually $20 for 30 minutes of 'work.'  We have participated in the past and have sampled ice cream sandwiches, apples, microwave bowls, soup and chips.  Get on the email list and the FIC will email upcoming taste tests. 
Rent out your car to people in the area.  If it's just sitting in the garage, its not making you any money, so take a look at this web site and decide if you'd like to share your car with others and get paid for it.
Market Decisions Corporation Local company offers opportunities to join a focus group, mock jury or research panel.  If you have had experience with this company, please email feedback to us so that we may post your review or comments.
Oregon Health Sciences University Fertility Program Provides information on becoming a sperm donator or an egg donator.  Please see web site for complete program details and requirements.
Reality Check Mystery Shopping There's a bunch out there on the web, and you'll find a lot of resources on Mystery Shopping Providers Association.  Years ago we worked with Seattle-based Reality Check Mystery Shoppers, and our assignments included McMenamins, Burgerville, Fred Meyer and Mike's Drive-In.  Please note that you will be considered an independent contractor, which means you'll have to pay some self-employment taxes on the amount earned.  See web site for further details and to apply online. 
CLS Plasma (formerly ZLB Plasma)
Located in Gresham and Hillsboro, donate your plasma and receive up to $300 per month.  Please see web site FAQ for requirements and for plasma center address and phone number.
Use your own recent-model vehicle and earn money as an independent contractor driving with Uber.  Please see web site for further details.


Bank of the West Get up to $100 when you open a free Bank of the West checking account.  Expired 11/01/08
Key Bank $100 to every new KeyBank checking account customer.  Must open the account between 10/17/08 and 11/07/08.  See web site for more fine print.  Expired 11/07/08
US Bank Get a $100 cash bonus when you open a U.S. Bank checking account with direct desposit.  There are a few fine print details so be sure to call  or visit your local branch for the scoop!  Expired 10/31/08

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