It's historically proven that new jobs and industries are created during an economic lull, as in this recession. People become more creative in finding ways to make money and in creating jobs for themselves. All is not lost because an employer doesn't hand you a regular check.
After doing quite a bit of research, I wrote two articles: one about finding valid work at home jobs and the other about making money without a job.
I have done some of the work in each article and I know they work. Not everything will work for everyone, of course, but if you're out of work, or need a part time or second job, take a look and see what you can come up with.
Top 10 Valid Work at Home Jobs
How to Make Money Without a Job