I recently was helping a friend (and author) find some freelance writing work, and she started writing an article for hubpages. She found that they are a legitimate venue, and they have not yet been anything but professional. If you are looking for a way to get a little extra cash and know something about writing, then (with some patience) this type of effort could be a source of a small steady addtional income.
They pay by sharing revenue from advertisements, so it is not a lot of money, but for those who do not have time to monitize their website it is worth a look. Thier tutorial is clear and helpful at the above link.
To sign up to use hubpages, to make money writing, go to this sign in page . Another place to consider is elance.com. Be forewarned, both of them take some effort and patience. At elance you bid for jobs and fulfil the contract if it is awarded to you. On the hubpages, you just publish something and then, if you get the hang of it you will see some passive money coming in several months down the road, assuming you have good content. Consider that for a little bump up for a writer’s pension. For every thing you write, with any skill and luck you might get, on average about 8-12 cents a day down the road. So if you wrote one article a week for the next 5 years, you could be looking at about an $800/ month writer’s “pension” in that you would receive passive income from it. Of course it takes a little more effort than that, but you get the general picture.