Jobs for felons are always hard to find and as most felons looking for a job know, any job or business that requires a license is usually a waste of time to try and apply for or try to start. Well I’ve found one profession that will give you a license, assuming you meet the regular qualifications, even if you have a felony conviction. Cargo Transportation Brokers; people who broker shipments of freight, household goods, or even cars and other types of vehicles.
There is one exception however. If you were convicted of a drug related felony then you are disqualified. I know that’s messed up, but at least, if your felony was not drug related, you may be good to go.
Transport brokering does not entail driving a truck. Its a job for felons that can be run out of your house or apartment if you want. Basically, you find people or companies that need to get something large moved within the country. Let’s say somebody in NYC doesn’t want to drive their car to Florida, where they’ll be spending the winter. People in this situation usually hire an auto transport company to take their car, on a car carrier, to Florida, so that they don’t have to drive it themselves all the way there. In this example you’re probably talking about people who are retired or close to retiring and can’t or don’t want to do an all-nighter driving to Florida.
So where do you come in. Well as an auto transport broker, you basically find the people who need this type of service and match them with a transport company. When the deal is agreed upon, to you get paid, sometimes up to $500 per car.
Who else would need this kind of service? Well, lets say your daughter just got accepted to a college 1,500 miles away from where you live. Do you really want your 18 year old daughter driving from say Georgia to California all by herself?….I didn’t think so.
This is another example of the type of customer a transport broker is looking for. Plus, in a case like this, you could also broker the transport of anything else she is bringing to college, like furniture boxes of clothes etc.
The mere fact that you need a license for this business sets you apart from the crowd, whether you’re a felon or not. But the fact that you can get a license like this, even with a felony conviction, seems like a great opportunity for any felon looking for a job.