Have you ever considered writing as a way of making money?
If not, the good news is that you don't actually need to be an exceptional writer to make money writing.
That may sound a little perverse, but I am not talking about the "publish a bestseller" type of writing...
I am talking about some simple ideas based around writing that anyone can take up and run with...
And the great thing is I bet you can think of more if you really put your mind to it ..
Start a Caligraphy Business
OK, I'll accept that caligraphy isn't exactly writing, more of an art form based on writing, but there is still a demand for hand written cards, invitations etc. You could build a small business around this specialist craft.
Write a Local Guide Book
If you have lived in an area for any length of time you have no doubt got to know it quite well. Why not find out a bit more about the history of area you live in and write a local guide book about it? You could publish offline or online, include photographs and (if you are going to make money from it) local advertising.
Start a "Letter From ...." Business
If you have kids you may at some point have considered writing a "letter from santa" or a "letter from the tooth fairy". Why not setup your own business providing this sort of service by post?
Start a Blog
Create a blog (such as this one), write decent content with helpful information and monetize your blog with affiliate products, your own product or paid adverts. You can start a blog in any niche you like - from your hobby to your business. Keep adding content, link it to your social network and away you go. and the best thing is you can get started for free by starting a blog at blogger.com
Write an EBook
If you have knowledge of a subject and want to share it, you don't have to get formally published any more. These days you can self publish an eBook easily in PDF format and sell it online yourself, or self-publish on Kindle. Hobbies, self-improvement, business topics are all great topics for self-published eBooks
Write Speeches For Special Events
Think about the hundreds of people who agonise over their wedding speeches, best man speeches, funeral eulogies, or just a thankyou speach. There are many possibilities to providing a bespoke service to fulfil this need.
Run a Newsletter
Pick a subject which you know something about, setup a webpage with an autoresponder (I recommend and use AWeber) and promote your webpage through social media. You could publish a newsletter giving helpful tips around your chosen niche, and recommend products that you get paid commission on (this is called affiliate marketing)
Become a Copywriter
Good copywriting is an art form in itself but the good thing is that you don't necessarily need to be a great writer to write good copy, you just need to be persuasive and hilight the benefits of whatever you are trying to sell. Now more than ever online ventures need good copywriters to help sell their products
Write Articles for Webmasters
Webmasters all over the world need good content for their websites. You could provide it in a number of different ways. One way is to provide unique, custom written content for one webmaster only, or you could sell content in packs of say 10 500 word articles and limit the number of sales of each package (usually 100-200). The latter is called Private Label Rights (PLR) articles, and good PLR providers can make a significant amount of money
Start a Private Label Rights Business
There are lots more ways you can make money from writing if you just sit down and think about it. And the good thing is that whatever venture you choose you can do it part time around your day job or around your current family commitments. On top of this, the internet has certainly increased the opportunities available to you in that you could write for somebody, or get your message out to anybody in the world.
So I urge you to think broadly and creatively, think about what you can do rather than what you can't do, and it could be the opening you need to make some extra money for your family.