A Basic Overview of Entrepreneurship.
A lot of felons are having trouble finding employment, however this does not mean there is no chance. There are so many ways for you to make money without a job. If you really enjoy something, have a set skill, or know someone who can teach you something useful then try to use these things to start making money. That’s what we (HireFelons.org) are doing right now as you read this. We are the best at helping felons get a leg up when no one else will. It would be a shame for this gift to go to waste. So now we offer a website where you can start learning what you can do to become successful in life.
What’s your skill?
Do you have any skill that you are good at? Are you able to use this for money? Are you good at welding, gardening or fishing? Is it possible for you to host a fishing tournament and have prizes for the biggest or most fish. If you start to think about what you can do instead of what you can’t do ideas will start coming to you out of no where. You have to think outside the box. If you cut hair in prison you may be able to do that one as well. Just keep thinking and something will come to you.
Here Are Some Great Self Employment Options For Felons.
This is not to be a list of things that you can only do. Its a list of things you may be able to do. Try some of these ideas.
1. Deliveries / Driver:
If you live in a large city and have a car or bike then this idea may work for you. People are busy and do not want to deal with traffic. Try to see if you can help them out by posting an add in the newspaper saying you will do these types of things for them.
2. eBay sales or Etsy sales:
You would never know it, but there are so many felons making money off eBay and Etsy. They buy things from thrift stores, then turn around and sell them to people over the internet. If you get good enough at this you may be able to make a decent chunk of change.
3. Commercial cleaning:
You may be able to start a business where you go out and clean businesses. Make a few flyers and post a few adds in newspapers to get started.
4. Graffiti Removal:
In some areas there is a lot of graffiti. Store owners are usually more then excited to give you money to clean up the mess. After all it will make their store look better.
5. Window washing, pool cleaning, snow removal, lawn care etc:
These are the basic jobs that many felons already do. There is no reason that you could not start one of these companies if you have the basic equipment needed.
6. Pet-sitting and dog walking:
There are many people who do not have the time or energy to walk a dog. If you find these people offer them a small fee of around $20 to take their dog for an hour walk, play with the dog, and then comb the dog. Most owners who feel guilty about not giving their animals the attention they need will be more then willing to pay. There are also people who are willing to pay for you to watch their pet while they are out of town.
If you have a truck then you may be in luck. People always need someone to haul items for them. You could be the guy. Just get the word out there some how. Use craigslist if you like.
8. Web design, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing:
These types of jobs usually do not run background checks. They are also pretty forgiving of your past if you are able to demonstrate a skill that is valued.
9. Marijuana Farmer (where its legal):
Gardening can be fun. Why not make some money off it if the state you live in will let you. Some states that let people use marijuana, restrict certain felons from being able to grow marijuana, others do not. Check your local laws for more information.
Do you know how to build things? Well then why not start some kind of construction business. People are willing to pay good money for decks, sidewalks, new drywall, and many other things related to construction. Just make sure you do a good job and you will have referrals for new work left and right.
11. Farming or Breeding Animals:
Raising animals can be profitable if you know what you are doing. Things that require a small cost to feed are best. Chickens are a good way to start. People love fresh eggs and you can sell them at a local farmers market. If you can raise healthy animals to sell for pets then go for it. You will hear people left and right talking about how breeding animals the right way cost more money then what its worth. This mostly comes from people who are extremely sensitive in regards to this subject, or from breeders who want to secure their portion of the market. We would not have pet stores if there was no profit to be made.
Some felons in prison have taken it upon themselves to become great barbers in prison. If this is you, then you could start up your own barber shop. One African American man who has been convicted of some serious crimes now makes a full time living working in a barber shop. He does great designs in his clients hair. Some of these hair cuts cost an upwards of $100. If you have a skill, then there is money to be made.
If you think that being a felon will hold you back in life then it will. However if you know that you can rise above this self defeating thinking pattern then you can truly become successful.
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