I thought I might compile a bit of a list of all the various online work I’ve tried out over the years. There are a lot of decent online jobs and many are fairly relaxed about who they hire (no worries fellow felons) – some are even easy ways of building your very own business where YOU get to be the boss. You can put your skills to use in so many ways – even after dealing with the aftermath of a felony conviction.
Here is a simple collection of starter ideas – feel free to go on a research run if you find anything that inspires you. You never know what second chance opportunities you might find!
Easy Income for Everyone (even with a felony record)
Let’s dig right in:
This is a favorite platform of mine for the beginner freelancer. Fiverr allows you to create a variety of Gigs to sell online. You can offer digital services – like writing, voice-overs, video editing, graphics, art, marketing copy and more – as well as physically shipped items like my custom runes and divination things.
This is basically an inspection gig, where you get notified of stores in your area that need certain products photographed. Thus the name Observa. It really helps if you live near a large city for this – as smaller towns don’t have as many opportunities.
We Go Look
Another inspection based job here. Basically, get dressed up in some professional looking garb, go to your accepted job, take some photos of damaged vehicles or property and upload them in the app (updated phones may be required for the app). It’s super simple, and you can make typically $20 per job. Again, much better results in a larger city, however, I was able to make about $100 per month even in a rural area – when the gigs were available anyway.
This one is great for any of my typists and transcriptionists out there. Got those wicked fast fingers and good hearing? This one is for you – join here. Listen to recordings and type out what you hear – following grammar rules of course! This one lets you work from home so if you’re lacking transportation – this might be right for you!
If you’re into playing with PhotoShop and creating cool images – you can create all sorts of products with your designs and sell them for free on Zazzle. They have mass uploading onto all sorts of items that can feature your unique ideas and creative designs! This is perfect for the artists that want to see their work on everyday decor and clothes.
If you love to create stories or if you’re a research aficionado – writing and publishing (in any way) might be a great opportunity for you! Self-publishing services like Smashwords, Amazon KDP, and many others are great places to start! I’d avoid anything that wants a payment plan for publishing your work – but you will need to invest in editing and book cover design. If you don’t – sales are going to be very slow.
This is another freelancing site, and it’s similar to Fiverr, but tends to pay a lot better. Of course, that’s also based on your experience with your chosen projects – but you can find great clients here to build a reputation. I’ve found some really great partners and clients on here, and the platform offers more filters than other freelance sites I’ve used.
This is one of ‘those’ survey sites, and while it can be really annoying to go through, there is the real potential to make a decent side income here if you’re not focused on doing anything else for a while. I tend to rely on the Scratch and Win – after letting the TV section play for a while in the background. I’ve been back with them for about a month now, and I’m already up $10 with minimal effort really. I never keep at it long enough to get a check – but it is possible.
This is currently my all time favorite freelance site. It is international and you might have to change your schedule around for some clients but it’s proving to be the fastest paying freelance platform site I’ve tried so far (a few days instead of 1-2 weeks of waiting when you have a bill that was due yesterday). This also works on a % per sale you make instead of paying anything up front. It’s really helped me expand my client base and has taught me a lot in just a few months! They don’t have a mobile app yet that I’m aware of – so you will need a laptop or desktop to use this platform efficiently.
While I haven’t used this personally yet (I live in a cornfield and would have no clients) – my friend has been using this quite successfully to find side jobs in their city. They raved about it – so if you’re in a populated area – feel free to add them to your list!
New Side Hustles
Well, there you have it, a good place to start for working from home! And this is really just a small sample of what is available out there on these wide webs. I’ll keep updating as I find new and nifty jobs that give felons a second chance.
If you’re still struggling with your background, check out some of the re-entry resume tips I’ve found so far along with my favorite interview tips to get hired. Get inspired! Find the Guide to Life After a Felony – the second chance resource for returning citizens!
Don’t forget to like, share, and comment (or tag me on Twitter and Insta @aza_enigma!) what your favorite side job is and what has worked best for you! We’re here to help each other!
Love and Peace – Aza