If you need to change your financial situation, then starting a home-based business may be the best way to add extra income or even make a career change. Since 1993, I’ve operated a home-based business and nothing has done more to transform my life than the sense of empowerment that comes from being financially, and vocationally, independent.

Billions of dollars are generated each year by home-based businesses and over 40 percent of those businesses were started for less than $5,000.00. Many of these home-based businesses are run by women, so the opportunities are more equal than ever—especially when you consider that half the world is made up of women, so even just women selling to women (“W-2-W”) is looking pretty lucrative.

My home office in 2003... 10 years in business!

I Seized My Moment

It was the launching of the desktop revolution that enabled me to start my home-based business. After finishing a degree in visual communications, I had learned the essentials of graphic design, advertising, and desktop publishing. At the time, hardly anyone was running a freelance design business out of their homes, so I had little competition.

At the outset, I didn’t know what I was doing, so I learned a lot the hard way, but what I did learn is still generating income for me today. In fact, I would be stuck in a corporate job today if it weren’t for the fact that I tasted independence early—I was 27 years-old when I launched my full-time home-based business.

Design & marketing always paid the bills

Do It Progressively

However, I started my home-based business part-time by doing small projects for other small agencies and business owners that I met from my community. Once I saw that this was something I could do full-time, I took the risk and launched out. It was scary as hell, but I tend to thrive in a “sink or swim” situation.

Now, I don’t recommend you imitate my steps, because if I could do it over again, I would’ve made the transition to a full-time home-based business much slower so as to minimize the risk. In your case, it may be that you don’t even need to be full-time. It may be that you only need some extra money, but the potential of a home-based business to generate that income for you remains astounding.

I also do life-coaching from my home via Skype

Where It All Begins

A successful home-based business can be based on anything, but it begins with an assessment of your own talents, interests, and passions. As for me, I prefer the marketing of information and services, and whereas I started with “hands on” graphic design, I now do much more consulting while leaving much more of the grunt work to the up and coming hot rods.

You’d be amazed at how something you currently love, or can do, can be turned into a home-based business. Why is this? It’s because you’re not unique in your interests or the need for your abilities. For example, you may have what you think is a unique hobby but it’s actually the same hobby of millions around the world. And with the internet and social media, it’s never been easier to connect with those of similar interest.

I’ve seen people teach guitar online, start landscaping businesses, help with bookkeeping, create web sites, serve as virtual assistants, sell items on eBay, and more. The list is endless, but it all begins with something you’re passionate about.

I ship t-shirts all over the world!

Even if you don’t have a service to sell, it may be that you’ve got a knack for writing on a particular subject. You could create an information-based blog and feature links and articles on an area of your own interest that’s shared by others around the world. If you can create traffic to your site, then you can sell ad space as well as serve as an affiliate for other books or products related to that area of interest. For example, since I write on the subject of personal development and motivation, I could sell the books and information products of popular experts in the field. Amazon has an affiliate program that makes this easy, and most successful speakers have an affiliate program that allows someone like me to sell their products for a commission.

My challenge to you is to think deeply about this because even $500 extra per month could change the life experience of most people. Have you thought about starting a home-based business? If so, what would you do? Write me in the comments below.


C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    32 replies to "Need Money? Start a Home-Based Business"

    • Chromesthesia

      I want to do something that involves my passion for music, writing and art. And also make plush animals should I learn to sew.

    • Fernando Salem

      Excelente Nota siempre me inspira para ver más alla del trabajo corporativo que llevo

    • Mike O'Cull

      This is my path right now, as working from home is all I can do these days, due to health issues. I teach and produce music, but am also looking into some kind of online store or another kind of retail-based idea. My passions are music, culture, and creativity. Will keep you posted, of course.

    • joaoangra

      Hi CJ, how cool this article is.. I have thought a few days ago about starting something from home to generate a bit more. And just like you, I thought of using an old skill in graphic design to create a few products to sell on ebay and amazon. I had literally just finished my first product when I received this article on my inbox. But the great thing is that I am not worried whether it will work or not, I am just happy that I am taking action and some way somehow something will “pop out” at the other end.

      Thank you CJ for always delivering us wise words!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      That’s excellent, Mike.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Awesome! Thanks for writing.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Cool!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      There’s tons of possibilities.

    • Stacy McDonald

      Great article! I’d like to add that if you’re able to establish a solid residual income, you are then free to pursue whatever business interests you have without the pressure of needing it to live on. We are well on our way with my essential oil business, which is a win/win for me since I love learning about and using essential oils anyway! And the residual income we’re beginning to enjoy, frees us up for writing, ministry, etc. http://yoursacredcalling.com/commonscentsmom/a-family-integrated-home-business/

    • Wallace Gow IV

      Hey CJ, great article. Its my ultimate goal to work from home and be free from working for the financial benefit of corporations. I used my G.I. Bill to start a new career in HVAC/R but quit the first job I had in that field for 3 weeks right after I finished trade school (great skill to have but suck ass career field). I immediately switched gears and enrolled into a trade school that I would enjoy in the field but make less money.

      While waiting for the G.I. Bill to become available again 3 months later, I sold a lot of junk from my old life style that I didn’t want to have in my life any more on ebay to pay the bills. I am still unemployed 8 months after the HVAC job but getting paid for being in school, but I also have a lot of credit debt and motorcycle and blacksmithing tools to buy to be able to work from home.

      I still have a lot of stuff to sell on ebay (fighting off my lazy demon again right now) and was thinking of going to auctions to get re-sellable stuff to make my living on ebay till I finish school and have everything I need to make my own ebay products.

      I still don’t know if I will work for a motorcycle dealer for a few years after school for more experience and tool money, but you have helped strengthen my resolve to commit to working from home and having full control of my life.

      Thanks again CJ, Metal Up!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      That’s excellent, Stacy! Tent-making!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Sounds like you’ve got some great options, brother. I’m liking what I’m hearing. Please keep me updated.

    • Berenice Rojas

      wow! this is a great idea. I would love to have a home-based business, besides my steady job, but i don’t know in what field. I will think really hard on this to see if i can come out with something. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      My pleasure.

    • Hope Desroches

      C.J. I am curious what you think of network marketing and direct sales. Scam or good opportunity?

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      If the program is valid, they can be profitable.

    • Nathan Lei Hyde

      I love your paying-it-forward / motivational mentality, buddy.

      I think it’s important to remind each other that our goals are achievable and that there is always room for another person in any field. With seven billion humans and counting, we can’t saturate any market.

      I really like how you put into perspective the fact that somebody in the world will share our interests.

      Best of wishes for your continued success!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Thanks, Nathan. It sounds you caught the more salient points of the article. Very good.

    • Javiwe

      I want to start my own music blog on Youtube; where I will play drum covers and i will reviews albums.

    • Brian

      Hi Stacy. I follow your husband on FB and really enjoy his posts.

    • Brian

      Hi C.J. Excellent article. Thank you.

      We are in our late 40’s. We are gearing up for my wife to start her sewing alterations business in our home. She just finished 18 mo of classes in fashion design and sewing and has a lifetime of various sewing experience.

      I am currently fuel truck driver but have a diverse background of experience. I have been longing to be able to not be away in the truck at night. I was looking at my wife’s car, thinking of her business and how to advertise it on her car, I began to think of how much I would have to pay someone to put the graphics on. I used to own a little sign shop 10 years ago and began to look for ways to acquire the equipment I would need to do my wife’s car. In short, I did find a computer plotter and am setting myself up in the basement to produce vinyl graphics with the idea of marketing and selling online. I am reading and searching online to learn more about design and layout. I hope to slowly (or maybe not so slowly!) replace my trucking income so I can come home and be with my wife and church family.

      Thanks again for this place.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Wow, Brian, that’s great. It’s that initiative and innovation that makes the difference.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Cool. Go for it.

    • Stacy McDonald

      Thanks, Brian! I’ll let him know!

    • Nathan Brackenridge

      I’ve had my own window cleaning company for about nine years. Mainly residential clients right now, but I want to break into commercial work. What are some ways I can use the Internet to expand? Thanks for the article!

    • JT

      I’ve owned multiple businesses, including online marketing. My advice, generally avoid the internet for increasing your commercial window cleaning business, rather go to those businesses in person and ask if they require service. (You can meet business owners through business networking meetings. Try your local chamber of commerce or BNI group).

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      That would take some thought to understand the market, who the gatekeepers are, and where they can be reached.

    • Faythom

      great inspiring and encouraging article! well about everything you write is pretty inspiring. but i have to say this one rings a bell close to home.
      i wanna start by doing rockin’ sewing accessories, some being hard to find on the market. with special designs on them – pretty good at crafting and imagining crazy logos. even customize if some people ask something i can do – like i don’t know… someone asking for the Kraken on a sewing bag. it’s my tool to raise money to be able to launch my full-figured clothing line which is my main goal – you know, some edginess for our curvy ladies. there’s far from enough on the market worldwide (i’m from Canada) – for both men and women. and i wanna bring changes to the industry – at least try to help. more fairtrade, more ecofriendly, more accepting, less abusing, less stereotypical boundaries you know. it’s a sickening industry, so why not try to do something about it. it’s kinda David against Goliath but eh – i’m a rebel at heart.
      for now, i’m quite bedridden so it’s on the ice – i have to heal a bit first. then as soon as i can do a single little thing from home? people better get outta my way 😉 cause i’m gonna rock the industry with epicness!!

    • Faythom

      pretty cool! ^_^ there’s never enough people in the sewing and fashion industry being able to do alterations. that means she is talented 🙂 my best to you both!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      That’s sounds great. I’m sorry to hear you’re not well, but with that attitude, you won’t be down long. Good for you!

    • Sista C

      Hello CJ,
      I must say that you have already promoted change in my life, and now, with this entry, I can see even more changes coming my way! I used to be an RN, but, due to various health problems, I had to leave my job. After researching other possible jobs, it was determined that I am ‘unemployable’. I have been on a roller coaster ride healthwise, so I never really thought that I could do much more than try to get well. But after 12 years on long term disability, and living at the poverty line, I crave some kind of work that I can do from home, but all I get is a blank slate when it comes to ideas. Thank you for inspiring me to return to that old drawing board! I am in great need of extra income. With your inspiration and my desperation, surely there is something that I can come up with to do from home! Thank you once again for being a great source of inspiration in my life! xo

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      You’re so welcome, Sista. Thanks for taking the time to write. You can do it!

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