Working From Home


Today working at home is possible for anyone, but it’s not fast, immediate or automatic. It requires research, planning, implementation and diligence. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can work at home in 2012.

Step One: Decide what you want. That sounds pretty easy. More money. Better house. More time. But, these are vague goals and don’t inspire action. Be clear about what you want. Be specific including what color, what size, what shape, what brand…etc. Do you want to be home with the kids every day? How much money would that take? What size and style house exactly do you want? Where is it located? On how much land? The more specific you are with your goals, the easier it is to focus on them and be inspired by them. In fact, these desires are the fuel that will keep you moving forward when a part of you wants to give up.

Step Two: Believe it is possible. Richard Bach who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull said, “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” Working at home is possible. Millions of others have proven it to be true. They are no smarter or more talented or luckier than you. They just knew it could be done and figured out how to do it. You can do the same.

Step Three: Know it will be hard. In M.J. Ryan’s book, “This Year I Will…” she relates studies that show people who accept that reaching their goal will be hard and that mistakes will be made are more successful than people who don’t. These people understand that set-backs are a part of the process and are determined to learn from mistakes. Working at home is like any other goal, some days you do well, others you don’t. Set-backs take all forms, such as people who think you’re nuts for working at home, customers returning products or complaining, a marketing strategy that cost a fortune and produces no results, and so on. It’s all a part of the process.

Step Four:
Take action. Having goals without action is like having a road map but not getting in the car to go anywhere. Mark Twain once said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”  Unfortunately, it’s the start that stops most people. Don’t be one of them. Do something every day that moves you towards your goal. In fact, set out to do 5 things every day that will move you towards your goal.

Step Five: Take 100% responsibility. You are where you are now because of choices you have made. I understand that life may be tough. Perhaps you have been laid off. Or maybe you or someone you love is ill. Life presents challenges, but the most successful people in history have overcome tremendous odds to achieve success. Kyle Maynard was born without any arms below the elbow or legs below the knee. Despite his physical challenges, Kyle was one of the top wrestlers in Georgia in his senior year of high school. At the 2004 Georgia State Wrestling Championships, he had an impressive record of 35-16. He is also the author of the book, “No Excuses” which is what this step is about. You need to give up excuses that prevent you from taking action on your goals, and instead recognize that challenges are obstacles to work around not reasons to quit. While you can’t control all the external things in your life, you can choose how you respond to them. By choosing to act instead of be acted upon, you will be taking 100% responsibility for your life.

Step Six: Work through the fear. Fear is best described as:

  • Fantasized
  • Experiences
  • Appearing
  • Real

Fear is what keeps us in our comfort zones. But what is there to fear anyway? What people will think? Who cares? Odds are they don’t have what you want and can’t help you get it. So why listen to them? To overcome fear, you need to make your dream bigger than your fear. Your desire to work at home needs to be bigger than the fear of what others are going to say about you (and truth be known, people don’t think about
you nearly as much as you think they do if at all). Also, make your goals urgent and just as important as other things in your life. When you MUST live your dream, you will.

Step Seven: Be willing to pay the price. I’m not talking about money although sometimes that is a part of reaching your goals. In paying the price you sacrifice and work harder than you have ever done before. Leisure activities like reading and watching television may have to go on the wayside as you spend time working on your goal. You may need to give up some extras like manicures, lattes, or dining out so you can have the extra money to live on or to use in building your business. A price must be paid but the payment is temporary, while the payoff is forever.

Working at home is available to anyone willing to do the work. Getting started begins with have the right mindset of belief and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone and work through the challenges.

Your work from home coach ;)

Jesse Orta


1. Social Marketing Consultant

Many companies are looking for qualified candidates who know the ins and outs of Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter to help them with their social marketing efforts. Head over to a job site and search for “social media marketing”.

2. Sell stuff on eBay for Mom and Dad

I am sure mom and dad wouldn’t mind sharing some of the profits, if you sell some of their clutter for them. I say ask them for 50% of what you make from it!

3. Freelance Write

As they say on the web “content is king” and everyone wants it. Places like Elance or Odesk have thousands of different job openings available for freelance writers. If you are not in a rush for receiving compensation and know how to do keyword research, there is money to be made writing at Hubpage and Squidoo. For more on this method, check out How to make money with Hubpages.

4. Raise Money Online

If you are raising money for a community service project or missions, you might want to check out a site like They make it easy for teens to raise money for any type of project. People have used it to raise the money for everything from mission trips to medical bills, weddings and honeymoons, business ventures, and even college tuition.

5. Write product reviews

There are places like Ciao,, that pay for product reviews – if you have an opinion and can type quickly this might be a good option.

6. Find odd-jobs on Craigslist

Some of these might be landscaping work, or similar odd-jobs, but it might be great summer time work for teens!

7. Take online surveys

I am not particularly fond of the whole online survey thing since I had a bad experience using CashCrate. But there are lots of online survey sites and people who do it successfully. Here are a few if you want to investigate it further:

  • Survey For Profit
  • Global Test Market
  • Opinion Outpost
  • ACO
  • Survey Adventure

I recommend proceeding with caution and definitely not paying anything to join.

8. Sell Plasma

Not sure how old you have to be, nor how painful it is, but if you are into that sort of thing, it can be a way to make some quick money.

9. Take part in medical studies

I have a couple friends who have almost done this exclusively as a job. They were basically human guinea pigs, but they made some decent cash at it. Sometimes they would have be at the medical facility for up to 48 hours, so your schedule may need to be flexible. Just google “medical studies” + your city to find some options.

10. Sell Digital Photos

Making money as a photographer has become easier over the last decade. There are now lots of sites looking to buy digital photos:,,,, As with most things, the better you are the more money you will make, but it can be nice passive income if you work at it.

11. Create Websites That Generate Money

I have been making a full-time living from my websites for over 2 years now and have been at it for 4 years and I have seen a lot of overhyped junk. So, when David Wood contacted me about his product, I had my doubts, but I asked him if I could look around at the material to see if it was legit. After watching a few of the videos and digging deeper into his program, it was clear to me that it is the real deal. As the name suggest it was designed for anyone, so it is very easy to understand, but the system that he has is similar to what I have been doing the last couple years and he goes into very specific step-by-step detail of how build your website, find the keywords to target, get links, get traffic, get ads on the site, etc. If you are interested in finding out more about my experience with it you can do so by clicking here.

12. Tutor or give lessons

Are you great at math, science, or kicking a field goal? Why not advertise your skills to those a few years younger than you? Many parents are willing to pay a teenager to tutor their child in an area that needs development.

13. Create Myspace Facebook backgrounds or Pages

or Twitter backgrounds for that matter. Just set up a simple site to sell your work, get a paypal “buy it now link” and you are off and running.

Jobs requiring a uniquely mature teenager

14. Build Websites For Others

I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to build them a website since I started this one a couple years ago. I am not seeking the work and people are requesting it, so if you do a little legwork and pursue small business owners, there is a lot of work available. Teens might be great for this, because they would be able to work for less than some higher end website developers, which would put them in the price range that it seems many small businesses are looking to spend.

15. Blogging

Two years ago I wasn’t sure if there was money to be made blogging, but I have since found it to work out nicely. It isn’t something that will provide much income quickly, but if you stick at it, it can. I wrote extensively about how to make money from a blog a few months ago.

16. Design Web Logos

If you have a flair for design, it may be worth trying to make some money designing logos for small business or blogs.

17. Freebie Trading

I first heard about freebie trading from Leslie who made $28K last year doing it part time. It seems like it requires a certain kind of person, but clearly there is potential as a decent money maker.

18. Become a Census Taker

The 2010 census is underway and there may still be census taker positions available in your area. You may need to be 18 to apply.

19. Sell articles

Following in that same vein, you can sell articles you write at places like,,

20. Start an eBay business

Last year I experimented with starting an eBay business to see if there was money to be made. While profit margins can be thin selling on eBay, there are over a million eBay businesses, so it is a viable option.

21. Sell widgets on

If you create any kind of arts or crafts or widgets of any sort, you should check out

22. Join a Focus Group

There are likely to be focus groups in your area that may be willing to hire teens. Organizations are always looking for participants because there are business advantages for focus groups. Just Google “focus group” and your city to get started.

23. Be a Mystery Shopper

This is the dream job isn’t it? You get to shop and get paid! The added bonus is that you secretly have recourse when you are treated poorly in the store.



I can remember my teenage days well. I didn’t want to work, but I needed to make money to support my social life. So I umpired, cut grass, and bagged groceries. I didn’t particularly love any of the jobs, but in order to offset my spending, I needed to work.

The good news for teens today is there are a wide range of ways to make money– that weren’t around when I was a teenager. Most of them require a good work ethic, but there are a lot of new opportunities available.

Luckily for many teens, they may already be very skilled in certain areas that could easily translate into a nice side income for them. For example, I remember hearing about a teenage girl who designed Myspace backgrounds and was making more money than her parents. So potentially, a teenager who is willing to work hard could make considerably more than working traditional “jobs” like at McDonalds, cutting grass, bussing tables, etc.

More on this subject coming…

$100's made in a few hours?


Ok I’m going to make this very short….

So I have been asked the question, can I really make $100′s of dollars in just a few hours working from home? And the answer to that question is hard for me to answer since some people are more dedicated to making a good income from home than others are.

You must be on the right mind set when starting your own home business to make some good money working from home. Each day, you should be 1 step closer to your goals. I make $600 per day from home because I am very dedicated to my business and I am persistant. Plus, I owe my wife a beautiful diamond necklace that she wants.  :)

So, to answer that question, Yes you sure can make $100sof dollars from home, without a doubt! And I am going to encourage you to push and push extra hard until you reach your goals. As a matter of fact, don’t stop when you get there!

Remember the “The Sky Is The Limit”!

Making money from home are scams?


Im sorry I had to jump in & give my opinion on this subject when I read a post on another website where someone was saying that home based businesses or working from home are all scams.

Yes, some may be scams but the majority are not. Honestly, the only way for you to find out if a certain website/business is a scam, is you will have to probably INVEST some money into that certain website/business yourself. I say INVEST because that’s what your doing when trying to build an “Online Business” using your cash. Whether it’s someone building an online business for you to market for you, or you building it yourself to market for yourself, you still have to INVEST your money.

You see alot of people probably either tried investing into an online business and failed do to either lack of following instructions or lack of patience, depending on the type of business they invested in. And since their results did NOT turn out the way that they expected it to, hundreds or thousands of dollars in their very first day/week or whatever, then they WILL GIVE UP & assume that it was or is a scam.

Your investing/marketing won’t suck forever. Eventually, you’ll get really really good at turning one dollar invested into marketing, into 5 dollars in revenue. If you can do that consistently, do you really care how much you spend?
You’ll want to spend as much as you can, as fast as you can, when your good. Your supposed to commit at least 1 hour per day and solely focus on marketing your business & getting it in front of new people. Try all marketing strategies.

If something doesnt bring in as much as you spend on the front end, after 3-5 attempts, STOP and try something new.

Most people fail at marketing because they just keep doing the same stuff that doesn’t work any better in a year than it does now.

Test things, find your niche, and in a year, it’s unbelievable where you’ll be!

How do I know it? Because I did it. ;)

Jesse Orta
Entrepreneur/Home Business Owner

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