Whether you’re out of work or just looking to supplement the family finances, there are plenty of ways to earn money from home. None of them require a high level of commitment, and all are fairly simple to get started in.

Here are nine clever ways to earn a living- from your living room.

Make Money From Home

Be an At-Home Customer Service Representative

If you’re a people person and you like talking on the phone, this line of work may appeal to you. There are many companies looking for telecommuting workers; one of the best is Alpine Access.

You’re hired as an employee- not a contractor- and your training is free. Your schedule is guaranteed, after you coordinate with the company and set your hours of availability.

Offer Remote Tech Support

If you have IT experience, you can make good money by troubleshooting other people’s computer issues. There are a variety of services which provide offsite tech support; customers register with these sites and call when they’re experiencing problems. When you’re working, you’ll be offered remote access to the customer’s computer so you can diagnose and resolve issues.

Work As An Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketers earn by promoting other companies’ services and products on their own blog or website. You can place reviews, banner ads, and blog posts, and earn a commission for every sale that comes when a site visitor clicks on one of your links.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize your blog or site, but it can also turn into a full-fledged career. There are some marketing experts who make six-figure incomes just by promoting products for other people! If you aren’t sure how to get started, visit an affiliate forum; they’re full of people who can offer tips and advice.

Sell On Craigslist Or eBay

Are you very organized? Most of us don’t have the time or patience to go through our storage closets and get rid of unwanted stuff. Make some money from home by helping neighbors and friends declutter, then offer to sell the goods online for a percentage of the profits.

If you aren’t sure how to get started, try writing an ad for your organizational services and placing it on Craigslist in the “domestic gigs” section.

Be An Office Organizer

If you once held a job as an office coordinator, you can cash in on your skills once more by joining a community online. These sites for office professionals allow members to share expertise and tips, and most offer career sections with postings for virtual and on-site coordinator positions.

All you need to get started is a photocopier, a fax machine, a phone and a computer with Internet access.

Write For a Living

If you have the “write” stuff, you can make money on sites like EditFast, oDesk and Elance. All allow editors and writers to register, but EditFast requires a preliminary test.

Fill out your profile, detailing your previous writing experience, and employers can hire you or let you bid on jobs.

Be a Virtual Assistant

If you have a professional demeanour and great typing skills, you can easily make a living from home as a VA (virtual assistant). There are hundreds of companies looking for VAs to help fill their staffing requirements, and online agencies match clients with the appropriate assistant. If your skills aren’t quite what they should be, training programs are available.

Give Them The VIP Treatment

This is an ideal line of work for ex hospitality and travel workers, and there is a huge demand for home based concierge services. Your responsibilities could range from getting dinner reservations for a client, to scheduling travel or renting a car, or even making sure they get good seats for a sporting event or concert.

If you can handle it, you’ll not only make money from home, you will receive a very competitive benefits package.

Become An Online Teacher

You don’t need your teaching certificate to make money from home; as long as you graduated from college, you can work as a virtual tutor. You’ll get paid by the hour, and you’ll be reviewing essays, working on a virtual whiteboard, and chatting with students.

People with math, social studies, science and English expertise are in high demand, as are those who are bilingual.

There are many ways to earn a living from the comfort of home; don’t let the poor economy keep you from earning money for your family. Try one or more of the above ideas to supplement (or even replace) your income.