We are living in an age when a self-employment is maybe the only alternative either because of the economic difficulties or because a person is somehow unable to attend a regular 9-5 job.
In any case, there are enough opportunities online and a person with any skill whatsoever can monetize that skill and a plain computer with a solid internet connection.
Either that be an article writing, commenting or web design or various short time gigs, is it possible to earn a good income online?
I believe it is, but a person will need to involve into that and to educate himself to achieve a level of proficiency in that niche.
This is easier to achieve for the people with a solid grasp of an English language and for the ones that live in a country that values USD multiple times over a local currency.
Don’t forget that $20 in some countries means a little fortune, while in others it is only a small tip sufficient to pay a bill or to spend on a bag of groceries.
But, the bigger websites with a better payment will also check out the greater fees to their authors or workers, so with the greater proficiency in let says, English language a person can apply for the jobs that are better paid.