Anyone can do this, all you need is a computer and the ability to string a sentence together. You can write original articles and submit them to article directories and get paid. You have to apply to these sites and may or may not get turned down. If you should happen to get turned down then just keep plugging away until you find someone to "hire" you.
Google is getting VERY good at catching spun content so you'd better be talented at manual spins. If they DO catch you, of course they'll spank you... and hard. So anything you use spun content on is inherently AT RISK. Worse yet... Google gets better at finding spun/poor content every year. So in the longrun you're screwed. I'd weight your other options and see if you couldn't find a cheaper source for manually hand written content.