This subject has come up a few times from some of you and it has been an issue for me as well throughout my illness. I have only a few suggestions and of course they are not going to work for everyone. So much depends on how sick a person is and what resources and talents they have. Nevertheless, we must start somewhere. Some things my husband and I have done over the years -- We had a boarder for a year or so, a boyfriend of one of our daughters who needed a cheap place to stay. He paid $240 a month, which paid for house space and his meals. He also helped Alan out with house repairs and maintenance and with our beaters (cars). Al did some work on the net, in site promotion, building websites, and troubleshooting for people's computer breakdowns. He also did some car repairs for people, though this was very arduous for him because of the FM. But at least he could work around needed naptimes and downtimes in this. A little babysitting by me for neighbours. Couldn't do alot of it but a little helped with groceries. I did some proofreading for someone's children's books, made a couple hundred dollars there over time. Again, I could do it during clear patches and could work around my ups and downs. For a short time I tutored a couple of kids in their reading. Didn't last long, I was too sick but it brought in a few bucks some years ago. Al did some driving for some friends who needed someone to drive their kids to different classes and activities. They covered gas and kicked in $5 - $20 for his time. I have done some knitting of scarves for the local foodbank. That is for free but a person could do this and make some money if they so desired. It gives you something to do if you knit and are up to it, and something to show for your time (I found that therapeutic) and some money could be made. Advertise and sell from home, or have someone sit at a booth at a craft fair if you are not up to it. These involve some money upfront but it is a possibility for some. Ditto making jewelry and such. Housesitting? Dunno, maybe for some. I started doing some freelancing on the net recently. It has not brought in a lot of money but last month I made $120 and if you have a computer, there is no overhead or money required upfront. PayPal is my friend. That's all I can think of right now. Anybody else got ideas to pass along?