"I need to make $870 by the end of the month - how should I do it?".
And in general the response from the "fellowship" here is that providing a service - article writing, link building etc. - is the easiest way to get started. To essentially become a freelancer.
I have recently put together an ebook based on my own freelancing experiences which teaches the whole freelancing process from finding work to getting paid.
If anyone would like a free copy, in exchange for offering me any positive testimonials you feel comfortable giving, then please let me know.
Last time I offered a free ebook here I limited it to 20 copies but ended up having dozens more requests so if you're interested then please get your name in asap :-)