Are you a programmer looking to make some money from your hard-earned programming skills? Whether you are skilled at C/C++, Java, Flash, can build professional websites from scratch or even like to make some games on the side, there are numerous freelance programming work opportunities online. Even if you have a full-time software design job, you could find something you could accomplish quickly and make some extra money.
Begin by checking out vWorker.com -- once you register on the site, you can bid on a variety of software design projects involving anything from building websites to C/C++ or Java applications from around the world. If you win the bid, you do the programming and the site takes care of payment collections. The money is deposited into your PayPal account when you complete the project. There are some other payment options available as well.
It's not always easy to win bids, as there is quite a bit of competition, but if you work on your presentation and bid low until you improve your rating, you can make decent money.
Visit other freelance coding websites, such as scriptlance.com, getafreelancer.com, www.guru.com and elance.com. You may find something you can program there to earn money and build your portfolio.
Check Craigslist frequently, as there are often freelance programming jobs available in the "Gigs" section under "computers."
Become an iPhone developer. Visit developer.apple.com to find out how to do that. It does cost $99 per year to join the iPhone developer program, but they provide you with all the tools for developing, debugging and distributing your apps at the iPhone App Store. You can make apps for anything, even games, and you can put them up at the store for free or for a price you determine. Whenever someone buys your apps, your account gets credited. Highest-earning apps can make millions.
Beware you need a Mac to code for the iPhone. If you join the developers program, however, you can get a discount on a Mac.
Become an Xbox developer and sell your games on the Xbox Live marketplace. Start by joining the XNA creators club for free -- visit creators.xna.com/en-US/ to learn more -- and this will allow you to make games for Windows or Zune. You would need an Xbox console and a premium XNA membership, which costs $99 per year, to make and sell games for Xbox.