The idea of a UK startup podcast is rare. A UK startup podcast for those who have hit rock bottom and come back up, rarer still. From a young age I always knew I wanted to work for myself. For many years though, I just went about it the wrong way. In truth, there really are no short cuts to hard work. I felt that my journey from sinner to, maybe partial winner could be one that inspires others, so here goes.
In 2012, I walked out of the prison system having spent time in salubrious hell-holes like HMP Wandsworth below and began a journey that made me witness first hand, how difficult it is to rejoin society on career street.
I left prison with a £49 discharge grant, barely enough to pay for the train home, I had no job, no permanent home and no prospect of little prospect of either. 75% of those who follow this path, end up back within 5 years.
I sent out scores of CVs and made no attempt to hide my past misdemeanours. While I was aware it’s important to promote your good sides, I didn’t want to trip up at a later date with a criminal disclosure. Safe to say, honesty was not an entirely winning policy.
After too many mornings, lounging under a duvet my wife gave me an ultimatum. “I didn’t date a bum, your life isn’t over, so start it again.”
Well the boss had spoken.
6 years later, I have founded a handful of companies, employed hundreds of staff across Europe and have generated annual multi-million revenues in at least two of them. Check them out, The Skinny Kitchen and Vape and Juice.
I began this site because I believe making your own way in life is completely do-able with even just a few shekels in your pocket. If I can do it, so can you. It’s literally, fail, fail, fail again, and then win. If you are asking yourself how to get a job after prison. Maybe you are trapped in the prison of a job you don’t like. If you want to make a career from a passion you do like, then I want to help you.
Follow my podcast here, add your comments and if you have a prison success story, I want to hear from you. Drop me a message and let’s get you on the podcast show, ‘From Prison to Profit’.
I hope you get some inspiration from all this, stay tuned to The MOB Show, the UK Startup podcast stream