This thread is not really a method but more some advice on using freelancing websites in order to gain some starting capital for your IM ventures. Don't be lazy and/or make excuses that you don't have any money to start. Read on.... I made $290 in 7 days, and most of the work was done in my downtime at my 9-5 job. How did I make this? Ok I will start by explaining that the particular freelancing website I used was oDesk (highly recommended). This website offers free 'tests' in which you can complete in order to make your profile look better, as potential employers can see your profile which contains your test marks, but more on this later. Anyway, when creating a profile for your account, you can choose up to 10 skills for the things you are proficient in. Employers can see this and it may increase your chances of getting a freelancing job/contract. Examples of the skills I added to my profile were blog commenting, SEO, article writing, website development, technical support, C++, PHP. When this was complete, I wrote a short blurb about what skills I have to offer (in the profile). An example is: Now the next part is optional, doing the free tests that the site offers. If you choose to do these, make sure you put the effort in as it really looks good on your profile when you have completed tests with good marks (Don't worry - you can hide the marks from tests if you didn't do so well). For example, on my account I have done the following tests: Ok here is when I got down to business, I decided that I would start nice and easy and get some content writing jobs - for easy feedback. I filtered jobs to show only 'Article Writing' and 'Technical Writing'. After about 5 minutes I found a job for writing 3 articles and the employer had set a budget of approximately $15 for the three. I know this does not sound like much, but like a lot of things, building feedback is important and i will show you how I leveraged on that good feedback to get higher paying work. When applying for jobs on the site (and probably other freelancing sites) you have the option to write a cover letter and this is your chance to sell yourself and to stand out from other candidates. See below for an example cover letter, but similar to a resume, make sure you tailor some points to meet the job needs of the employer so that you look relevant for the job and that you aren't just copy a pasting cover letters into every single job on the site in hopes of getting hired. Example Cover Letter: Of course, make sure you change this up to suit your own skills and also to link your skills to the job description. So I sent off this application and was accepted. I completed the job as soon as I received the keywords and the employer was very impressed and gave 5 stars. The next job I applied for I used the same cover letter and was hired for re-writing 5 articles for $25. This was all very nice but I thought that it was time to step it up a notch. The next job I applied for was writing reviews for a range of different software products and would gain me $250 for 10 reviews of approx 800-1000 words with screenshots. For this job, I noted in the cover letter that I had received 5 star reviews for previous jobs. So for this, add something to your cover letter, such as: Note how I have said "When you hire me", rather than "If you hire me", as it will help the mindset of the employer and to aid in his visualization that you will be working for him - it becomes a WHEN, not just an IF. Anyway I scored this job as well and completed it in 4 days. The total for 3 jobs was $290 in 7 days, and this was just done in my downtime at my 9-5. I'm not sure how many man hours it was but even still - it is good starter money. So with ~$300, you could probably buy the following things for your IM ventures: Idea 1: 5-8 Micro Niche Sites (people sell entire setups) Idea 2 $40 buy some keywords $40 buy some domains $10 (per month) buy some hosting $?? Outsource content or create it yourself since you have been getting practice anyway Idea 3 - Create Youtube videos - Buy likes Idea 4 - Create a site - Buy PPC credits (although if you are a new to this, I dont recommend this until you have more money to burn and are more experienced) Idea 5 You come up with something. Overall, I am just showing you guys that it is very easy to get starter cash. I see so many people complaining that they don't even have $10 for a domain name. Well I had never used a freelancing site, and after a week of doing it part time, I had $300. This is more than enough to get you started and pushed in the right direction. Just apply some of the advice given here and you will be up and running with some ventures in no time at all. But remember, just reading this won't do much. It is now up to you to take action. Enjoy!