Tory Johnson's Tips to Make Money at Home

One word of caution: some (not all, by any means) of the jobs posted on the freelance sites offer relatively low fees for the work and expertise they're seeking, which can be an immediate turnoff -- for example, a project that will pay a few hundred dollars for something that perhaps is really worth a few thousand dollars.

Think of these sites as a way to get your foot in the door with a potential client. If they like your work, they'll hire you for more -- and over time, you'll be paid what you're worth. This is a very viable option for making hundreds -- and even thousands of dollars -- every month depending on the time you have to devote.

Find money around your house! An eBay/Nielsen survey found that the average U.S. household has 52 unused items lying around worth $3,100. It's a mix of clothing and accessories, toys and electronics, sporting goods and other stuff. It's one of the easiest ways to make money from home, and it's certainly savvy recycling because 83 percent of people believe that selling used items is a form of recycling.

If you don't have the time or tools to post your goodies online, there are official eBay eBay trading assistance stores in your area.

You can also email us if you'd like me to come to your home to help you find hidden treasures in your home to help you make money at home.

Need a computer? For just about all work at home opportunities, you must have an up-to-date computer, which has been an obstacle for some viewers who've written to us. Click here for resources to help you identify organizations that provide free or low-cost computers to people based on financial need.

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. Visit www.womenforhire.com.

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