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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I'm not talking about those ads that promise thousands of dollars from working at home. I'm talking about doing the things you like and earning money along the way. If you like to make jewelry, don't just make a couple of pairs of earrings for friends. Make a bunch of them and take them to a craft show. Share a booth with a friend if you think you don't have enough to sell. Or keep it more informal and promote your creations with a house party. Time it before the holidays to get some extra sales.

The same can be done with art, stationary or crafts. I have a couple of friends who are fantastic cooks. One is now teaching some cooking classes out of her home and has her delicious food available for pick-up. The other delivers gourmet dinners on beautiful serving platters, and then picks up the platters after her clients are done. There's also a fantastic pie-delivery service in my area that operates on a very small scale. 

If you love to shop for a deal, start selling on eBay. A teacher at my kids' school likes designer handbags. When she gets tired of them, she sells them on eBay for close to what she paid for them. She also checks out garage sales for good resale bargains. If you used to be a lawyer or graphic designer or held some position where you once had a desk and five minutes to go to the bathroom alone, think about marketing your services out of the home.

Only take on what you can handle, though. If you are home with a small child, consider taking care of another child part-time. Sometimes two is easier than one. And, if all else fails, you can always write a blog!

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