Owning a Business as an Ex-Felon: Is A Much Better Path to Success Than A Low Wage Job

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In a recent video, JD, a self-proclaimed felon and business owner, busts some myths about felons owning businesses. Spoiler alert: they totally can! The only thing they can’t own? Firearms or businesses related to firearms. But hey, who needs a gun shop when you can own a bakery, a landscaping company, or even a tech startup?

JD, who’s been a card-carrying member of the felon club since he was 23, is a big believer in the power of entrepreneurship. He sees starting a business as a golden ticket for felons to not just find employment, but to create it! And let’s be honest, being your own boss has its perks.


Replying to @adam felons are allowed to own businesses. We are not allowed to own firearms. There’s a big difference. In fact, there are a lot of very successful convicted felons that own large businesses in the United States! #fyp #prison #prisontiktok #felon #business #viral #trending

♬ original sound – JD Delay

But don’t just take JD’s word for it. He points to some pretty impressive examples of felons who’ve made it big in the business world. Ever heard of a little company called Vitamin Water? Yeah, that’s owned by 50 Cent, a rapper and, you guessed it, a former felon. And next time you’re at the grocery store, check out Dave’s Killer Bread. That’s the brainchild of Dave Dahl, who did time at the same prison as JD. Talk about a small world!

JD’s video is a fun and inspiring reminder that a felony record doesn’t have to be a life sentence of struggle. It can be the start of a new, exciting journey into the world of entrepreneurship. So, to all the felons out there, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to business!

Christian Hatteway

Author and Journalist for GameTime and Millennial Entrepreneur Magazine. Co-creator of Digithits.com

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