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Jobless Benefits Expired? How To Make Money With No Job

Updated on November 27, 2011

There is bad news from Washington for the unemployed - jobless benefits for workers laid off for more than 26 weeks will expire, affecting 800,000 by early December 2010, 2 million by the end of December, and an estimated 5 million by April 2011. Merry Christmas, folks!

Meager as they are, jobless benefits can mean the difference between eating and going hungry for many families this holiday season. If your family is one that will be affected by the expiring benefits, here are some ways you can make money with no job.

How To Make Money Online

There are so many scams and get-rich-quick schemes on the internet, that a lot of people don't believe there's any legitimate way to make money online without starting the next

But there is.

Making money online isn't easy and you shouldn't believe anyone who tells you that it is. However, with some hard work and determination, you can be successful.

Here are 15 real ways to make money online with little or no money upfront:

  1. Design t-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, and more for Cafepress or Zazzle.
  2. Sell your handicrafts or vintage goods on Etsy.
  3. Self-publish your book on Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, PubIt, Lulu, or Createspace.
  4. Sell your photos on iStockPhoto, Shutterstock, or Fotolia.
  5. Sell prints or other artwork on deviantART.
  6. Sell used books with BookScouter.
  7. Sell (almost) anything on ebay or Amazon Marketplace.
  8. Offer to do something for $5 on Fiverr.
  9. Become a freelance writer, web designer, virtual assistant, or more on oDesk, Elance, or Freelancer.
  10. Become a graphic designer on crowdSpring or 99Designs.
  11. Answer questions at WebAnswers.
  12. Earn money with social bookmarking at SheToldMe.
  13. Get paid for your content on Flattr.
  14. Start a niche website or blog and make money with ad revenue or affiliate programs.
  15. Write for HubPages or Squidoo.

HubPages Vs. Squidoo - Which is Right For Me?

Writing online is my favorite way to make money with no job. In fact, writing online now is my job!

If you are a total beginner to making money writing online, I recommend Squidoo. Squidoo has many modules that make it fast and easy to create a page, or "lens", and all you need to make money is a valid PayPal account.

If you have a little more experience, HubPages is a more profitable choice. It is just as easy to create a page, or "hub", on HubPages (maybe even easier) as it is on Squidoo, but you must have accounts with Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, the Ebay Affiliate program, and/or Kontera to make any money.

More sites where you can make money writing online include Associated Content, Triond, Xomba, Helium, and Infobarrel.


More Ways To Make Money With No Job

If the internet isn't your thing, or you don't have reliable access to a computer, here are 15 more easy money-making ideas:

  1. Throw a garage sale
  2. Rent out your stuff.
  3. Take in a tenant.
  4. Sell aluminum cans and other recyclables for cash.
  5. Sell your hair.
  6. Sell plasma.
  7. Sell garden produce.
  8. Sell crafts or artwork.
  9. Become a street performer.
  10. Teach others your skills.
  11. Babysit.
  12. Run errands for people.
  13. Start a taxi or chauffeur service.
  14. Take odd jobs.
  15. Start a small business.


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    • john000 profile image

      John R Wilsdon 

      5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Your list of 15 is great. It is always nice to read about how to do something when there is a lot of doom and gloom around. Voted up.

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      5 years ago

      Do any of you actually have an "realistic" ways to make cash ??

    • watergeek profile image


      6 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Meanwhile, join a time bank to cut down expenses and stay encouraged. You'll still get those special services one normally spends "extra" on (only they'll be free), and you can keep your skills up-to-date and feeling valued by offering them to others without cost.

      For example, I just joined one and identified the following services I could use from other members: Professional massage, Spanish lessons, sewing (I design clothes, but don't want to sew anymore), singing lessons.

      What I'll be offering are: Copywriting, design & production of flyers, basic photography lessons, office organization, home water audit, and website analysis from a marketing perspective.

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      Rebecca Long 

      7 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      Totally bookmarking this hub. Great info. Thanks.

    • rosika profile image


      7 years ago

      Well, i have started writing for hubpages to get started with. Hopefully it will take me somewhere one day!Great hub. Thank you.

    • ThoughtSandwiches profile image


      7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      And nine months after you wrote this is still more true than ever! Great information! Voted Up, useful and interesting.

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      7 years ago

      great info.. thanks

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      Alexander Silvius 

      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Short, sweet and useful. It seems that if you go to the right places (like the ones you mentioned), the only thing that stands in your way from making an income is hard work and time. Thanks for the encouraging hub!

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Fantastic article and wonderful ideas!! I have tried xomba and squidoo/still think hubpages is the best :)

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      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      Great ideas! thanks for sharing this.

    • Staci-Barbo7 profile image


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the entreprenurial bent of this Hub. As a society, we have become accustomed to relying on others to employ us. Thank you for recalling for us the self-reliant spirit of America.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That is such a super hub and super help. I thank you most sincerely.

    • tlpoague profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Great ideas for jobs. It is sad to see so many people out of work. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • BobbiRant profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      Some great leads here. Wonderful ideas and wonderful hub.

    • mayhmong profile image


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I love your ideas! I needed to hear this, considering that I recently lost my job.

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Thank you for the info. It will come in handy

      Will bookmark and vote up

    • loseweightmama profile image


      8 years ago from Maine

      Nice hub. I know from experience that you can make money without a job. I've done many of the things you suggested and some of the most profitable were buying things cheap or getting them for free and selling on ebay. I also had a fairly successful Cafepress store when I had time to promote it. If you tools like CafeShop, you can promote others designs without having any talent of your own. I think the biggest thing is to not give up and stay positive.


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