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The statistics are rather alarming. Over forty three million Americans are living in poverty on a day to day basis. The middle class is being eradicated and wages are depressed. Millions are unemployed and looking for a way to make ends meet. With over 14% of the population in poverty, Americans need opportunities to make more money. It’s more important than ever that you take control of your financial future.

Here are a few strategies to add some cash to your pocket.

1. Pick up a part time temporary job.

It doesn’t matter what the job is as long as it helps you pay the bills. The job could be delivering pizzas or working at the front desk of a hotel. These positions can be done evenings or weekends and can add an extra $500 to $800 a month to your income. This can be a substantial boost to a low income earner.

2. Become a virtual personal assistant.

You don’t have to clock in at the office anymore to be a personal assistant. You can offer your services from a home office. Virtual personal assistants provide professional administrative services to clients all over the world. With the advent of the Internet, email, fax, and smartphones you can coordinate and organize a client’s schedule without ever setting foot in an office.

3. Sell your pics.

Don’t worry I am not talking about selling photos of yourself to modeling agencies! You can sell photos to companies like iStockphoto. You can take pictures of things like books, buildings, electronics, trees, and everyday objects while getting paid for it. Companies will pay you royalties on your photo shots. You can earn 20% everytime that your photo is downloaded and 40% as an exclusive contributor.

4. Sell your website.

I am sure that you have heard advice about creating a website in the past. Instead of spending years building a website and making it profitable; why not create a website and sell it? You can create a website, post some content, and sell it for a few thousand dollars within a matter of months. Sites like Flippa.com and BuySellWebsite.com make selling your website a breeze. If you do this over and over again, you can build up a nice income stream for yourself.

5. Become a freelance writer.

Earn money by selling your content to sites like ehow and Associated Content. You can create residual income by posting a few articles each month. You may find that you have posted hundreds of articles over time are earning a nice profit for your work.