Jobs for Ex-Felons
By Stephen Bucaro
In today's economy, it's difficult for even a person with a squeaky-clean record
to find a job. If you're an ex-felon, forget it. The application for every job position
on the planet has a check box; [ ] Have you ever been convicted of a felony? You
can lie and say you have never been convicted of a felony, but it won't do you a
damn bit of good because every company does a criminal background check before
they hire anyone.
And it don't matter if your felony conviction was 30 years ago when you were a
teenager, with today's computer networks, that information will stay available online
to employers for the rest of your life and long after you're dead. The impossibility
of an ex-felon getting a job is one reason why there are so any repeat offenders.
Most ex-felons would like to move past their history and find an honest, dignified
way to earn a living. In this article, I'm going to advise ex-felon's as to how to find a job.
One option is - don't even try. That's right, don't even try to find a job.
Instead, start your own business. There are many low-cost and no-cost businesses
you can start. Now, many people can't even envision themselves in their own business.
They see themselves only working for someone else, kissing butt, and collecting a
paycheck. But as an ex-felon, you can't wait for somebody else to give you a break.
You can find an honest, dignified way to earn a living right now - by hiring yourself.
In this article, I'm going to present you with a few business ideas. Once you see
where I'm going, I'm sure you can come up with many other business ideas. I'll admit
that some of these jobs involve difficult and dirty work, but lets be clear, ALL work is
dignified work and I personally have the greatest respect for any individual who is in
their own business, I don't care what kind of business it is.
Three low-cost businesses an ex-felon might consider are Pest Control, Janitorial,
and Window Washing. Now lets be clear, you are not going to go around looking for
a pest control, janitorial, or window washer job. You are going to spread around
your business cards, fliers, and advertisements about your Pest Control Service,
Janitorial Service, or Window Washing Service.
People who buy Pest Control, Janitorial, and Window Washing services almost
never do a criminal background check on the business owner. They may look up your
business at the Better Business Bureau (BBB), but they normally don't do a criminal
background check on you as the business owner. Now, when first starting out, not
having a history at the BBB may cause you to lose some jobs, but most people don't
bother to check the BBB. And eventually you'll earn a good reference from the BBB.
Pest Control, Janitorial, and Window Washing services are businesses you can
enter with a very low investment. The Window Washing service business may require
you to rent scaffolding for some jobs, but those will be the higher paying jobs.
Three more business you might consider are Painting, Landscaping, and Hauling.
These businesses require a bit more investment. For a painting business you may
need scaffolding, and maybe a paint sprayer. For a landscaping or hauling business
you'll need a pickup truck. Maybe you can collect some money for the job upfront
to rent what you need. You don't need a fancy new pickup truck. Nobody is going
say "I can't use you're service because you have an old beater pickup truck."
In some small towns you don't need a special license to start a Taxi Service.
And most of your customers will be seniors or non-drivers who can't tell, and don't
care how old your taxi car is, as long as it's clean. To run this type of business you
need to familiar with the area, To start out, let your customers know that your taxi
meter is your odometer plus a calculator.