As we progress thru the summer months of 2014, we plan to begin to strategically provide resources and information for each state in the US. These resources will provide detailed information, links, and resources for people with felony convictions – and their families.
- Information will include tips and resources for:
The first state we plan to take a look at will be the great state of Washington. While we plan to narrow in on the greater Seattle area, we do expect that there will be resources provided for other areas of Washington as well. So, please sign up for our newsletterand follow us on Facebook to keep apprised of the information we find. We will do our very best to address any specific questions you may have an provide insight into the opportunities all across our great country.
A few weeks ago, I had to have my car windshield repaired so I ventured into the online directory to find someone, reliable, who could fix it.
What I found was a lesson in how another person with a felony conviction is turning his life around and making money while pursuing his own business.
Without knowing anything about windshield repair, I simply picked a location that was listen in the online Yellow Pages website and found a windshield repair guy who said he had a location set up in front of an oil repair shop close to my house. He said he could repair my windshield within 30 minutes and accepted cash or credit. So, I headed out the door. When I arrived at the windshield repair location, I was greeted by Deion – who proudly told me his story.
Deion was involved with gang-related violence at a young age and sent to prison for 14 years. After being released from jail, he found that earning a decent living was hard with a felony conviction and a long time with no work history. One day, while looking for jobs online, he came across a “commission only” job that was offered for anyone that wanted to learn how to do windshield repair. He went to work, and learned the skill in 3 days. From there, he purchased a canopy – got a business name and tax ID #, and started marketing his own windshield company – offering mobile services as well as repair at specific locations. He connected with various oil change shops in the area and asked if he could rent a small space in their parking lots – offering to draw customers to their location with his services.
This individual, who lives with a felony conviction, has found work.
While it was not easy at first, he was able to find a job by creating his own and learning a skill that was in high demand. If you are looking for a job for felons in this distressed economy, consider doing windshield repair. Learn from someone who is already in the business, get a tax ID # and buy glass at wholesale, and start marketing your services. Even if you don’t have a truck to engage in mobile repair, set up shop with one or two repair shops in your area and you may find that you’ll have a decent income without regard to your felony record.