I counted and bagged fishhooks at one time, assembled and packaged a few small airplane parts, sanded fancy wooden pencil holders. I made a bill or two here and there, enough to grab a few groceries with, that kind of thing. But you'll never make substantial money at it, and it's awfully hard work for what you get. (You should have seen my hands when I got done with a batch of fishhooks!) If you can work odd hours uninterrupted, you could telecommute from home as a phone rep. I had a friend who worked for Green Dot, but a lot of companies are using long-distance CSR's now. You'd probably make better money writing articles for places like EHow and Ask.com. Or you could use the time to finish college online. Assembling products, because it doesn't take a whole lot of brain smarts, is at the bottom of the heap for pay. And you'll never get the chance at more money because the work almost always pays by the piece.
at 10:24 PM on Dec. 9, 2012