If the person has writing skills, they can join several places, like I writer, Textbroker, and start writing to earn some cash.
I agree with the other answer as well that was provided by vitaware, that offering your skills and services over at fiverr.com can help turn your skills into cash,and thus can then be invested into your paid program of choice.
You could also, create a blog over at blogger.com, and promote affiliate products. However, you will still need to invest your time to research what type of niche your going to target. This step really can't be avoided. Hope this answer can get you started.