Want To Be Your Own Boss?

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Last night, while doing research, I came across a great site. It’s called Freedom4felonz and it’s run by another ex-offender. It offers what the name says, freedom for felons. It’s a team of ex-offenders who make their money online. After looking it over, I can say that this is pretty legit. This isn’t some get rich quick, fast money online type of site. The person who runs the site definitely knows what he’s talking about. There’s also a lot of motivational videos on the site, one of which I’m watching right now. Freedom4felonz is definitely worth the time to check out!

In this economy, it’s incredibly hard to find steady employment with a criminal record. A lot of ex-offenders are starting to get into different types of online incomes. If you’re looking to join them, check out that site. Take control of your future, get started in this, and never have to worry about a background check again. The great thing about being your own boss is you never have to deal with that crap.

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    I actually originally went back to college for social working, but after doing a few internships I realized that I didn’t want to work in that field. I want to help people as much as I can, but I’m not going to put politics in front of helping them. I felt like, at least where I live, it’s about getting grants, kissing ass, and making yourself look good. After those are taken care of, if there’s time, then they’d actually try to help people. Really pissed me off, and I’m pretty happy I decided to switch into a computer science program. I knew web development stuff, to an extent, before I started. It’s just really reinforced my knowledge and at the same time taught me a lot of new things. Now I take my knowledge of that, pair it with my initial desire to help people have a better life, and run Exoffenders.net.

    “Stop thinking and do” is a very good mantra. Learning code will open up so many doors it’s ridiculous. If you have any questions on coding based things please feel free to ask. I’ll help out as much as I possibly can.

  2. Above all, a businnes teacher iterated words that assured me there was always light at the end of the tunnel. He said “discrimination creates opportunity”. He used those who
    practice Jewish religion, culture, and law as an example. During moments in time Jewish individuals would apply for a bank account’s, or other financial services, but were denied simply because of who they were. So what did they do? They banned together, put their money together, created their own banks and financial services. I think individuals who have made a mistake in their life are tired of being denied for who they are, or was, should realize that opportunities can be created rather so than waited on. Erik has created an entire network of like minded people who are discriminated right here!

  3. I couldn’t agree with you more Erik. I was convicted of a felony back in 2003, fortunatley I was in school during my year in and out of court. Unfortunaley the stress of possibly going to prison for 5 years was unbearable, and disabled my focus to finish school. Although I had hit a wall God had given me enough knowledge and understanding in HTML/CSS, ASP, and jquery, that I now work for myself. The funny part is, that’s not what I went to school for. I was studying network communications when all of this happened, but web design was a required class….I failed lol, but I had a love for it. It was like finding that girl you’ve always wanted to be with, so I stuck with it. Just recently I acquired four contracts to work on various sites that will operate on a national level. So just imagine how pretty that penny will be once once I’m done. If you’re thinking about going into programming stop thinking and do. In a world of average thinkers, well educated individuals, CEOs, big, and small business, there aren’t many who can do what a programmer does. Takes a special kind of person, heck if it were easy everybody would be doing it. With that being said, you will forever be a valuable asset, until smarter robots come along. But hey somebodies got to program them too!

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    It really depends on what you’re actually working on. Banking software? Probably won’t be finding a job doing that. Games, apps, things that are less security based? It’s a strong possibility that you’ll be able to find work. You’re correct that a lot of employers care more about what you’ve worked on than your actual education in coding. But I wouldn’t ditch school because of that. Graduating with a Comp. Sci. degree on top of experience is just an added bonus. If I were you I’d be working on my Java & C# skills regardless of what I was learning in school. But that’s just me. It really depends on what you want to work on. Coding is a really, really good thing to get into. Very high profit potential and compared to other careers, it’s relatively easy to break into with a record.

  5. What about in the field of computer programming? That’s what I’m trying to go back to school for (although there’s a lot of things I’ve been reading online that say employers for programming are more worried about your portfolio than your schooling). It’s left me with a lot of questions about what school I should go to, if I should even bother going back to school or try to teach myself through online resources (I’ve also got a couple of up-to-date college level programming books). And then I also wonder whether I’ll be able to actually get a job after graduating.

    My felony was a CSC 3rd Degree, and occurred in ’05.

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    There shouldn’t be any restrictions for you, I received financial aid and grants when I went back to school. First you would have to figure out where/what you want to go to school for, and then either talk to financial aid at the school or fill out a FAFSA.

    If you need any more information let me know… and definitely research the field a bit before you decide to go to school for it. There’s some job fields that are going to be extremely difficult or impossible to find work in with a conviction.

  7. I recently was convicted of a felony, nonviolent or drug related, and am interested in getting funding for college of any sort (online, nights, community etc.)
    have been somewhat freak in out because I had planned on college before th e felony occurs and now don’t know if I qualify for any assistance whatsoever.

    I have absolutely no idea where to start, other than speaking to a financial aid officer. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I just want to give my children the life they always deserved.

  8. Hi,

    I came across your blog and really appreciate the work you are doing. I am an ex-offender as well. Recently I started a blog to share my story (and as a therapeutic tool to talk about what happened) and encourage people who have gone through similar problems. I consider myself extremely lucky to have come as far as I have.

    The description you gave about the difficulty of finding employment was dead on. I would add that is the same for finding an apartment as well. I’m glad you mentioned this as I will address my experiences in these areas later on in my blog.

    I saw your update at the bottom of your page and am glad to hear your life is going well. There are many success stories out there of people who overcame the adversity of making a mistake and serving their time and coming out the other end whole. Sharing those stories is important. We need to encourage people to work hard and show that ex-offenders can be rehabilitated.

    Over the coming month or two I’ll be slowly sharing my story beginning with some background information about my childhood and moving into when I became an adult. I believe it’s helpful to see a person’s story in context leading up to the point where they made he mistake.

    Please feel free to email me at the address I have provided. If I can be of any help to someone you are in touch with I’d be happy to do that. I can explain more about my unique situation at that point.

  9. Good afternoon Mr. Erik S.:

    I just wanted to “thank you” for this site. It makes my job so much easier and as if I really know what I’m doing. *laughoutloud* Please continue to update us as frequently as possible because those of us who assist ex-offenders, and I’m sure I can speak for others, truly appreciate your hard work. Thanks!

    Make it a Great Day!

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