Making extra money is tough these days. But if you know where to look, you can make extra money from home without spending time away from your family applying for odd jobs or temp positions.

1. Sell your stuff on eBay: Ebay is feeling the pinch of the economy, too. That's why they let you list several items each month for free as long as your starting bid is 99 cents. All of us have enough stuff in our homes that we know we'll never use again. But now, unlike years before, you have nothing to lose by listing it on eBay.

You can list old iPod devices, stereos, name brand clothes, computer parts and that brand new toaster you knew you'd never use - all without spending a penny upfront. You only pay eBay a final value fee if you make a sale.

2. Sell a product on YouTube: Find a product on Amazon, Clickbank, Commission Junction or other affiliate platform and promote it on YouTube. Whether you just take pictures of it or do an entire video explaining how much this one product has changed your life, making extra money by making a video can sell a product a lot more quickly than just writing about it on your website.

3. Offer your services on Can you write an article? Record a jingle? Compose a song? Make wake-up calls? If so, you can begin making extra money by listing your one-time service or a service package on for free as long as you charge exactly $5.

Fiverr will take $1 of your commission and the rest will be yours! If you can think of something you can do in 15 minutes or less, $5 is a great deal. Plus, the more services you provide, the bigger client list you'll build, and you'll have steady work before you know it.

4. Find an at-home position on Craigslist: Whether you want to write articles, perform data entry, build a website or offer some other at-home service, you can look on Craigslist for companies or individuals who are hiring independent workers and contractors. There's no fee to contact a Craigslist advertiser, so you have nothing to lose by looking for a job on Craigslist and applying for an at-home position.

5. Write articles for money: Let's face it. People crave information and advice. So why not give it to them? For a small fee, of course. Hundreds of public and private publishers will pay you to write articles for their online newsletter, magazine or website. You don't need to have professional experience unless the client specifically requires it for a project.

Making extra money writing articles is actually one of the most common and highly successful methods of getting paid online. There's hardly any startup fees and you can write at your own pace, on your own schedule, following loose deadlines when necessary. It's hands down the best, easiest way to get paid quickly, legitimately and consistently.