I got laid off recently, thankfully had got some savings left for survival but they couldnt last for more than a month. I had a steady internet connection though, and that inspired me to make money from home through internet. In the beginning I faced a few difficulties, but after some experience I found a few legitimate techniques to make money from home.
Freelance content writing is a nice way to make money from home. There are a number of websites offering good rates for nicely written articles. All you have to do is signup with them and start receiving work. You will be given topics to write about, the articles are usually expected between 200-500 words long.
If you are good at taking pictures with your cam then you can make money from home by selling your pictures online. There are several websites who offer nominal amount for your work. All you have to do is post them your pictures.
Another technique is the most simplest and with no investments what so ever. It is PTC (Paid to click) websites. You will have to signup with them and then all you have to do is keep clicking and viewing the links to ads. Although amount may not be really big per click, but patience is the key. Once you have collected enough in your account, you may choose to transfer the amount to your bank account.