Author Archives: Mike

How To Start Over With Nothing? Is That Possible?

This is going to be a bit of an unusual and short blog post here for us at Starting Over today. That is because all I want to do today is find out from you, my readers, what you are looking for. This way I can be more specific in the information that I present to you.

We Need Your Help

So I am asking you for your help, in order to help you and people like you. It wasn’t too long ago that I found myself divorced, in a new town, with no real job. I found myself asking how to start over in life. I hopped on my computer and typed in things like ‘how to start over with nothing’.

When I look online for topics in this area, most of what I see is search terms such as ‘how to start over with no money’.

One question that I often hear and see asked online is ‘how to start a business with no money’. I can honestly tell you that there is no answer to the question, ‘How to start a business with no money.’ The closest I have found is a company called Wealthy Affiliate and FIMP. You can check out my reviews by clicking the links.

Obviously, those are important and great questions, especially if they can be answered properly. I just feel that there is more to it and that no matter the answer it will involve a lot of work. Hard work. Nothing in life worth having is ever really easy. So to make things easier, I just need a little input from you and I’m all ears!

Find Resources, Find Yourself!

It is my opinion, from experience, that the basis of being able to start over in life, we must first focus on two things.

The first is, of course, ourselves. Changing, improving, or even finding ourselves. The second, and not necessarily in that order, is the financial focus. Without a good financial start or focus of reaching financial success, we can either never achieve the life that we dream of or struggle to find the time we need in order to focus on the things that are most important to us.

What are you searching for? Maybe some of you are and maybe some of you are not, but hypothetically, if you were starting your life over from scratch with nothing or very little, what would you find yourself looking for? What would you want to research? For some of you, what ARE you looking for and researching?

Share Your Valuable Experience!

Some of you may have been in this situation before and may have some great input and experience. What did you find helped you the most? What do you think, in hindsight, would have helped you?

Would you mind telling us what topics you think would be helpful to the rest of us? If you don’t mind, tell me in the comments section below and I will do the research and put together some helpful resources that could potentially and hopefully help a lot of people who need it.

Thank you for your help!

Best Online Business Ventures-2019 Wealthy Affiliate Review

The New Year is underway and with it come all the New Year’s resolutions. One of the popular resolutions is to make more money or to spend more time with family and friends. 48kventures.com is dedicated to helping people start over in life and so our New Year’s Resolution is to give you the best opportunities to help you achieve your goals in 2019.

Owning and operating a business is by far the best opportunity to reach even the loftiest of career and financial goals. It is also one of the most difficult to successfully accomplish without the proper training and support. Most successful companies aren’t created by a single person. Without the help and support of knowledgeable and resourceful people, most would never get off the ground.

Internet Marketing or Online Marketing and affiliate marketing are some of the best online business ventures around. And they can be extremely lucrative as well.

In this post, I am going to give you my review of one of the best online business ideas and opportunities out there. Internet Marketing and Affiliate Marketing can be one of the best online business ventures you can pursue. Wealthy Affiliate is the best internet marketing training program that I have ever seen and I can say that with confidence because it is the training I used to get where I am today.

Wealthy Affiliate Overview

  • Name: Wealthy Affiliate
  • Website URL: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
  • Training: 9.0 of 10 – Everything you need to know, they will teach you!
  • Tech Support: 9 of 10 – Fast responses!
  • Easy to Use: 10 of 10 – I’ve found nothing easier.
  • Price: 9.5 of 10 (Free for Starter Members – $49/mo. or $359/yr. for Premium) No Credit/Debit Card Required!
  • Starting Over Rating: 9.0 of 10 – My philosophy is that nothing is perfect, but this is close!

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1 – FREE Starter Membership.

PRO #2 – Fast support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

PRO #3 – Up to date & evolving training.

The Bad:

CON #1 – You MUST be willing to put in hard work.

CON #2 – You MUST be willing to put in the time.

I wouldn’t ordinarily consider those to be cons, however, most people are looking for something that will help them get rich quick or something that is “done for you”.

 

Real Training, Real Opportunity.

Wealthy Affiliate gives you the step-by-step instructions you need on how to start your business, how to build and maintain a website for your business, and how to get visitors and prospective clients to your site. All of this is done via videos and transcripts to read.

It is very satisfying to know that you are supplying information to people who are needing it and that you provide a real service to your community.

Everybody works together to help each other be successful! It’s easy and fast to set up and start your journey toward your goals and dreams!

More Help, Support, And Motivation Than You Can Imagine!

As I mentioned before, the community is real and it’s truly caring. They are truly interested in helping you every step of the way.

With Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll also have interaction with thousands of like-minded people that are anxious to help. As you learn and grow you will also get the chance to help and teach others what you know and what you’ve learned.

But what I find amazing besides the massive and supportive community is the help & support you receive within the company, Wealthy Affiliate, itself. The owners of the company make it a point to be involved daily.

There are live training sessions on a regular basis. You can ask a question and get answers and solutions in seconds from the community, the company, or the owners.

Wealthy Affiliate platform includes an online classroom that you can use to search topics that you may be stuck on or just need to learn how to do. There are thousands of how-to videos to choose from or you can request one!

The technical support is lightning quick and very communicative, meaning that if you run into problems, someone will get you back on track immediately.

You’ll even become a part of the helpful support community on Wealthy Affiliate and it is very satisfying to know that you are supplying information to people who are needing it and that you provide a real service to your community.

There will never be a “better time.” See how it works for FREE!

Best Online Business Ventures Training = Wealthy Affiliate.

Everything you have read and seen here is because I decided to become a member of Wealthy Affiliate. I started creating my luck, my own path to success.

I found what interests me and started working in that area. I enjoy the work I do and it is extremely rewarding. The successes that I have found I would have never thought possible. And they wouldn’t have been if I didn’t commit the time and effort into my business.

I still put in 8 to 12 hours per day, but that is because this is my career now and I LOVE doing it! It is rewarding in so many ways.

Finding financial success does take time and effort and, in that regard, is similar to any other business. This is the first step toward your newfound wealth and happy life.
I wish you all the success you deserve.

My Final Opinion of Wealthy Affiliate

To be honest, when I started working on this project I didn’t have two nickels to rub together! It surprised me that being flat broke would not be a huge barrier. I said, “What the heck,” and I began my journey as a starter Wealthy Affiliate member.

Without spending anything I had two websites up and running, learned how to publish it, and how to get top rankings in search engines, and much more.

30 days later I had a functional business with a real online presence. Almost immediately I knew that I had taken the chance of a lifetime and have been rewarded with one of the best opportunities for financial and time freedom in the world.

Don’t take my word for it! Check it out yourself!

Starting Over Verdict:

LEGIT

Work hard, be diligent, NEVER GIVE UP and You CAN and WILL do this!!

Be awesome! Be amazing!! Be successful!!!

==> Stop Wishing Your Life Was Everything You Want it to Be and Do Something to Change It!

If you have any, and I do mean ANY, questions, please let me know in the comments section below, and I will be more than happy to help you. Also, if you are a current or former member and would like to leave your own feedback or review, please do so! I would love to hear what you have to say.

Best Free Internet Marketing Training Program-2019 FIMP Review

I want to start this post off with telling you that this review is absolutely worthless to me. What do I mean by that?

It does NOT mean that FIMP isn’t one of the best and most selfless programs I have ever seen. What I mean is that it has no financial benefits to me of any kind and I am doing it because Ian had the passion and guts to do what I have always dreamed of doing. Helping people for FREE!

So, I am here to try and help him in return and help you in the process!

The ONE thing you need to remember in business is there is no such thing as get rich quick or an easy dollar or “done for you” systems that work. PERIOD.

You MUST be willing to put in the time and effort to get what you dream of in life. How do I know this?

If there was at least one product that really taught you how to get rich quick or how to make money for nothing, YOU would already be doing it and so would everyone else!

If you are willing to put in the time and the effort that any business would naturally require, then FIMP is the best free internet marketing training program for you and the only truly FREE internet marketing training program currently available.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Review


FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Overview

FIMP is the equivalent of a college course on internet marketing for free. It’s as simple as that. It is hands down, the best free internet marketing training program ever. Everything that you need to know in order to start and earn money from an online business is taught.

It is ad free and no one at any time asks you to buy anything directly.

He does ask that you tell other like-minded entrepreneurs about the free internet marketing training and he does ask that if he recommends a tool that you decide to purchase, that you purchase the tool through his affiliate link. I think that is as fair and honest as it comes.

The downside for 2019 is that you can’t complete the free training until you do purchase one of the tools through his affiliate link.

This DOES NOT make FIMP a scam or anything of that nature! It is, in my honest opinion, difficult for someone who simply cannot afford to spend any extra money to take advantage of the awesome training program.

This scenario, however, is rare and there is no such thing as a free business. You only need about $150 to start your business with this training program, but that does not go to him. It goes to things like a domain and hosting, etcetera.

I just want to make sure that you understand this simple concept. If you are looking for a completely free business start-up, let us know in the comments if you find one because I have not found one in the 20+ years I have been researching the topic.

The Good & The Bad

The Good:

PRO #1 – It is absolutely FREE!

PRO #2 – The training is in-depth and extensive. Especially the Niche selection training! Wow!

PRO #3 – No ads and no upsells. In fact, NO selling!

The Bad:

CON #1 – If you are extremely broke and cannot spare the minimal amount of money to lay the foundation of your business (which is extremely rare), you will not be able to move far enough in the training to take advantage of his wonderful knowledge.

CON #2 – There is no other con. So I guess that makes this a PRO.

Whom Is FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) For?

The Free Internet Marketing Project is for anyone who is interested in starting an online or internet based business, whether or not you have money to market it. This training will show you how to find success with limited resources or for those of you with a ton of financial resources.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Tools & Training

Free Internet Marketing Project explains several different tools that are useful and essential to your success as an online business owner. Simply put, it is the best free internet marketing training program available.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Support

Support is offered through Facebook (which is free also) by signing up as a member. Other members offer support in the form of answering your posted questions or you can search the ‘archives’ for previously answered questions. I am positive your question will get answered.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Price

FIMP is Free. I don’t know if I mentioned that yet.

My Final Opinion of FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project)

Ian is passionate about internet marketing. He has spent 10+ years learning what he is giving back to his followers in the form of FIMP Free Internet Marketing Project.

He’s brutally honest, gets a little long-winded at times, but has no reason to lie to you at any point in the training because he is not selling you anything.

I think Ian’s project is absolutely amazing and he clearly cares enough about complete strangers to devote his time to helping anyone have the chance to live their dreams.

To be completely honest, I hope that one day I can meet him and shake his hand to thank him for his hard work!

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Last Glance…

  • Name: Free Internet Marketing Project
  • Website: www.stoppingscams.com/FIMP
  • Owner: Ian Pribyl.
  • Price: $FREE

Starting Over VERDICT:

LEGIT, LEGIT, LEGIT as long as you stick with it and DON’T GIVE UP!

As always, if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below. If you have experiences you would like to share about FIMP or something similar, please do so as well.

Completely Free Internet Marketing Training? – Free Internet Marketing Project Review

Someone finally had the vision and the passion to put out a totally free in-depth training on successful internet marketing. I spent the last couple of weeks applying the step-by-step training to my current online business and this is my review of FIMP, Free Internet Marketing Project.

The ONE thing you need to remember in business is there is no such thing as get rich quick or an easy dollar or “done for you” systems that work. PERIOD.

You must be willing to put in time and effort to get what you dream of in life. How do I know this? If there was at least one product that really taught you how to get rich quick or how to make money for nothing, there would have been so much news and so many alerts that everyone would be doing it right now!

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Review

  • Name: FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project
  • Website: https://stoppingscams.com/FIMP
  • Price: FREE!!
  • Owner: Ian Pribyl
  • Overall Rank: 9.9 out of 10

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Overview

FIMP is the equivalent of a college course on internet marketing for free. It’s as simple as that. Everything that you need to know to start and earn money from an online business is taught.

It is ad free and no one at any time asks you to buy anything.

He does ask that you tell other like-minded entrepreneurs about the free internet marketing training and he does ask that if he recommends a tool that you decide to purchase, that you purchase the item through his affiliate link. I think that is as fair and honest as it comes.

The Good & The Bad

The Good:

  • PRO #1 – It is completely FREE!
  • PRO #2 – The training is in depth and very extensive.
  • PRO #3 – There are zero ads in the training and no attempts to sell you anything.

The Bad:

  • CON #1 – Initial startup cost can be more expensive than using Wealthy Affiliate.
  • CON #2 – Most people give up before finishing.

I guess I could say he doesn’t do it all for you, but what fun would it be to have everything given to you without any effort. No sense of accomplishment or bragging rights in that scenario.

Whom Is FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) For?

The Free Internet Marketing Project is for anyone who is interested in starting an online or internet based business, whether or not you have money to market it. This training will show you how to find success with limited resources or a ton of resources.

If you want to be involved in affiliate marketing, SEO, or selling your own products or selling through drop shipping, etc., FIMP is for you.

I personally combine Wealthy Affiliate with this training because both of them are so similar in their detailed training and because Wealthy Affiliate has quite a few good features like constant support and amazing hosting deals, included keyword research, and so much more.

This way I am getting every bit of knowledge and support combined with saving money through Wealthy Affiliate. You can check them out here.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Tools & Training

Free Internet Marketing Project explains several different tools that are useful and essential to your success as an online business owner.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Support

Support is offered through Facebook (which is free also) by signing up as a member. Other members and Ian himself offer support in the form of answering your posted questions.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) Price

FIMP is Free. I don’t know if I mentioned that yet.

My Final Opinion of FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project)

Ian is very passionate about internet marketing which makes me and should make you, even more, passionate about what is going on in his training. He has spent 10+ years learning what he is giving back to his followers in the form of FIMP Free Internet Marketing Project.

He’s brutally honest, gets a little long-winded at times, and has no reason to lie to you at any point in the training because he is not selling you anything. I think Ian’s project is absolutely amazing.

FIMP (Free Internet Marketing Project) at a Glance…

VERDICT: LEGIT, LEGIT, LEGIT as long as you stick with it and DON’T GIVE UP!

Maverick Money Makers Club – Too Good To Be True?

Over the years I have researched, tried, and failed at hundreds of money making products. MLM, Work-at-home schemes, everything, and even envelope stuffing. I have only had any measurable amount of success from one of these many programs that I have researched and tried. So today I am going to give you a review of yet another one of them. This one claims to be the end all to work at home or online home based business programs.

MAVERICK MONEY MAKERS CLUB Review

Name: Maverick Money Makers Club

Website: www.maverickmoneymakers.com
Price: $97.00 Per Month
Owners: Mack Michaels
Overall Rank: 1 out of 10

Maverick Money Makers Club Overview

Maverick Money Makers Club by Mack Michaels is a guide that will show you how to start your own Internet business in a series of easy to follow steps. It is supposed to show you how to create an income online by becoming an affiliate.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1 – There is a website that promises to show you how much money is possible to earn by signing up for this program.

The Bad:

CON #1 – I tried to signup using the form provided but was never sent the confirmation email to set up and begin.
CON #2 – A ton of bad and scam alert reviews out there!

Who is Maverick Money Makers Club For?

It is aimed at beginners if they are new to the affiliate business. Anyone looking to supplement or replace their income with a passive or work from home income.

Maverick Money Makers Club Tools & Training

Maverick MoneyMakers offers an 8 step affiliate training program that the site owner claims could teach online affiliates to boost their earnings in a short span of time.

It’s a step-by-step system that focuses on teaching you the skills needed to build an online business in your spare time. There are video tutorials and a private members area where you will have full access to various tools and hands-on training.

Maverick Money Makers Club Support

You supposedly won’t be left on your own after you have signed up. You are supposed to find many hand-holding types of support from both the owner himself and the members. All the members are said to be able to learn from each other. Many successful ones will share how they did it in the community area and you will have full access.

Maverick Money Makers Club Price

The only pricing that I could find for Maverick Money Makers Club pricing was $97.00 per month with a 60-day money back guarantee claim. What you receive for your money is a starter guide and a username and password to access the members’ area online.

My Final Opinion of Maverick Money Makers Club…

The claim is that this system is to help you generate at least $354.97 per day from home in your spare time. The claims are based on what some of their top affiliates earn and you can’t expect to start making this much right away. the way this supposedly works is, you’ll start small and build up over time.

When I researched Maverick Money Makers Club there were quite a few review sites for this, most of which were full of praise for this product and for Mack. This is probably because they are doing exactly what Mack is teaching and are affiliates for this product.

These, in my opinion, are not real reviews as they get part of the cash for any purchase, but at least they are doing what Mack is teaching them. These types of courses are not new and are available from many outlets, everyone seems to offer them and they are pretty similar in their approach and content.

However, in my 21 years of research and experience, there is at least one that I have found that does do what it promises and you can see my review of the class here.

Maverick Money Makers Club at a Glance…

Name: Maverick Money Makers Club
Website: http://www.maverickmoneymakers.com/
Owners: Mack Michaels
Price: $97.00 Per Month
Overall Scam Rank: 1 out of 10

VERDICT: NOT LEGIT!

Here are some reviews of products that do actually work.

 

 

 

If you’ve tried this product or have any experience of Mack Michaels then we would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below.

Regards,

Mike Villarreal – Starting Over

 

Felons Right To Bear Arms And Vote – What You Need To Know In Texas

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. That is the wording of the second amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America. Nothing more, nothing less. Why then, is there an exception added every single day?

This Country Was Founded On Certain Principles That Seem To Be Ignored Routinely.

There is a lot that I don’t know and this topic may be one of them that I don’t know much about. If you find that to be the case, as you read feel free to let me know in the comments below if you have documentation to show. However, I have read the Constitution and The Bill of Rights hundreds of times over the years.

What I don’t find is any mention of or amendment to our Constitution (Yes it’s even ours as felons),the Bill of Rights, or the Declaration of Independence, stating citizens convicted of a felony should be denied the basic freedoms this country was founded on, the second amendment right to bear arms and the right to vote.

I also read the Declaration of Independence and it states that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” —— Thomas Jefferson.

Most, if not all of the men who contributed to the establishment of our great country would be deemed felons in many ways. They founded this country on the basis of starting over and second chances. They felt a change needed to be made and risked their lives to make those necessary changes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that ex-offenders or felons are all great people that were looking to make a statement for change or for any good reason, nor am I advocating that violent offenders be given their second amendment rights back. They have validated the reasons for not having them.

What I am advocating for is a desire to change or overhaul our justice system as it currently stands. Our system is broken, but that is a topic for another time.

I am writing this to try and help with making the public aware of how broken and unjust the justice system really is and to inform those with a felony record who do try and recover from the mistakes of their past, live an honest lifestyle, and contribute to the good of society of their rights and limitations.

Restoration of Rights

Currently, there is only one way for a felon to regain his or her right to possess a firearm in Texas and that is through a full pardon.  Given the very limited number of pardons issued from the governor’s office, a pardon is extremely unlikely and very expensive.  Until Texas state law is changed in regard to “felon in possession,” it is a felony to possess a firearm unless five years have elapsed since a sentence has become complete, and then only in the residence for self-protection.

Felons Right To Bear Arms Restored After Five Years in Residence ONLY

Under Texas state law a convicted felon may possess a firearm in the residence, in which he lives, once five years have elapsed from the date his sentence was discharged.  This means the later of release from prison or parole.  This is not true under federal law.  So, while a convicted felon could lawfully possess a firearm in these very limited circumstances under state law, he could possibly be charged and convicted under federal law, even though current federal policy is to defer to state law on this issue.

Voting Rights for Ex-Offenders In Texas

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while in prison, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote. If you are an ex-offender or felon in another state you can see the voting rights for ex-offenders by state here.

For more interesting information regarding voting rights in the United States check out FairVote. I think you will find it very eye-opening.

Felons Should Have Their Rights Restored Automatically

I believe that felons should be able to complete their obligation to society for their crimes of conviction.  Therefore, I advocate for state and federal legislation which would allow for automatic restoration of all rights after a waiting period, during which the individual demonstrated good conduct.  It is unfair and inhumane to force convicted felons to live under lifetime disabilities when they have paid their dues to society and completed their sentences, moving on to law-abiding lives.  I believe people can redeem themselves and should be able to live as normal members of society after they have earned the right and shown the ability to do so.  The stain of a felony conviction is crippling and at some point should be removed for those felons who have changed their lives and struggled to become honest, productive members of society.

Felons Should Also Have The Same Earning And Career Opportunities As Non-Felons

Jobs for felons are hard to come by. Careers for felons, as careers are typically thought of, are almost unheard of. Most of the time an application for employment by a felon will usually end up in the discard pile or the trash can without any insight into the skills, qualifications, or their current lifestyle. There are companies that break the mold and either hire or give opportunities for ex-felons. One of these companies and one that I have researched and currently work with is Wealthy Affiliate. You can read my review of Wealthy Affiliate here.

I hope that you found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comment section below.

Mike Villarreal

Starting Over at 48kventures.com

 

Does Cash Bail Work? Or Is It Punishment For The Poor?

Does cash bail work in the criminal justice system? Is it a justified necessity or a due process violation? Unlike many of the articles and research studies you will find regarding the topic of the cash for bail system in America, I find this topic not to be about race, ethnicity, gender, democrat, or republican.

90% of people being held in jail with a set bail will plead guilty to a crime they did not commit just so they can go home. I know this is true because that is exactly what I did almost ten years ago. I hadn’t a clue as to how the “justice” system really worked. Neither do the vast majority of Americans in my experience.

Almost half a million people are in jail awaiting their day in court in any given moment in America. What happened to our constitutional beliefs that so many of my fellow conservatives claim to feel so strongly about?

The Justification For Cash Bail Seems Logical Enough.

When someone is suspected of committing a crime the courts, by default, act as if that person is likely to skip or miss their court date. The court believes they need to add an incentive to show up, and therefore tells the accused that they may leave jail if they post bail money. Simple enough. Right?

So, Does Cash Bail Work Effectively For Justice?

Unfortunately, cash for bail is far more complex than that and in ways beyond the violation of the presumption of innocence fundamental to our justice system.

The bail industry obviously opposes any reform to the cash bail system, saying that pledging cash or bonds is necessary to get people to show up back to court.

So what is the trouble with the cash bail system? If you are wealthy you can overcome and make cash bail work for you.

However, most don’t have an extra $500 or more to shell out. If the person that is jailed can’t afford to post bail, they are held until their court date. Waiting for a scheduled court appearance can take months and sometimes a year or longer! Life doesn’t stop because you can’t afford the cost of bail. While waiting for a trial, the accused can (and most do) lose their job, their custody rights, and their home, all before being convicted of a crime.

About 47 percent of felony defendants with bonds, nationwide, remain jailed before their cases are heard because they cannot make bail.

When facing down the prospects of losing their livelihood, arrested persons may see a confession for a lesser sentence and an accompanying release as more appealing, even if they have done nothing wrong.

If the person faces any legal fees after being released, they will find them much more difficult to pay with a criminal record that results from that plea “deal” and may have cost them a job. The cash bail system punishes innocent people for not being able to afford bail, essentially punishing them for being poor.

Superior Court Judge Truman Morrison, a judge since 1979, said, “There is no evidence you need money to get people back to court, it’s irrational, ineffective, unsafe and profoundly unfair.”

Keeping people in jail while awaiting trial is dangerous. The Bail Project says, “41 percent of sexual victimization happens in the first three days after an arrest and almost half of suicides and other deaths in jail happen in the first five days.”

Are There Alternatives To Cash Bail?

Judge Truman Morrison said, “We’ve proven it can work without money, but the whole country continues as if in a trance to do what we know does not work”. The new way of thinking that he promotes is in line with the federal system, which bars judges from setting financial barriers to keep someone locked up in jail.

There appear to be intermediaries emerging that may help develop a more robust case for no-cash bail at the same time that they help with fundraising for and establishment of the funds.

Washington D.C., California, and now several cities in Mississipi seem willing to try alternatives.

Two Detroit nonprofits, Detroit Justice Center and Bail Project, have started a program to bail people out while they wait for their court date until more meaningful reforms are made.

Efforts to eliminate or reduce the use of money bonds and fixed bail payments have become part of a national movement to overhaul the criminal justice system because of the impact on poor defendants.

Over the past two years, Robin Steinberg has raised $30 million of a $50 million-dollar goal to seed local revolving bail funds for indigent defendants. Steinberg is the founder of the Bronx Freedom Fund, which has been bailing New Yorkers out for the past ten years and a former director of the Bronx Defenders, a free legal clinic.

Bail Project plans to establish sites in St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma early next year, then expanding to three dozen cities in the next five years.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty Should Not Depend On Income.

In America, the reality is, when someone gets locked up and can’t afford to pay their bail, they have two choices: plead guilty to the crime, or sit in jail until our backlogged courts can bring them to trial, which in many cases can take years. I believe that people should not have to plead guilty to a crime simply because they can’t afford a bail payment.

According to Alan Feuer at the New York Times, [Robin] Steinberg said that 96 percent of the people in the Bronx whose bail was paid by her local fund in the last 10 years returned to court for all of their appearances. If that statistic could be replicated nationwide, she added, the national fund could exist in perpetuity as the money given to help clients close their cases returns to the kitty for future use.

Ms. Steinberg also noted that remaining in jail without paying bail can affect the results of criminal proceedings. In New York, she said, more than 90 percent of those who cannot pay bail and stay locked up until their cases are concluded end up pleading guilty. But more than half of her clients in the Bronx who were freed on bail, she said, had their cases dismissed by prosecutors once they were released.

A push for pretrial justice has gained momentum and attention in part because of recent prominent cases, including the $500,000 bail set for a Baltimore protester after the death of Freddie Gray and the detention of a teenage boy, held at Rikers Island for three years on robbery charges that were eventually dismissed.

Cash Bail = Immoral And Unconstitutional.

Lawyers say that not only is the widespread practice of cash bail immoral, but it is also unconstitutional.

In an article on Rewire News, Alec Karakatsanis, founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps, which brings cases arguing the illegality of cash bail to courts across the country was quoted saying, “It’s an equal protection violation, because it’s creating a system where the poor are detained and the rich are freed; and it’s a due process violation, because it’s keeping presumptively innocent people in jail prior to trial without the procedures and findings necessary to justify that kind of deprivation of liberty.”

The arguments that cash bail is unconstitutional are pretty straightforward, and, according to legal experts, there is no real justification for the system. Yet courts continue to charge bail because there is not enough political pressure to end the practice. “Until we get the public demanding it, we’re not likely to see extraordinary changes,” explained Karakatsanis.

Bail is only one of a number of elements of the criminal justice system that disadvantage poor people, forcing them into far more jail time, guilty pleas, and convictions than a more well-off person would experience, but it is an important one.

The argument that cash bail is unconstitutional is pretty straightforward, there is no real justification for that kind of system. Preset bail, with no inquiries into a person’s ability to pay, violates their 14th Amendment rights to equal protection and due process.

I believe that once people realize that citizens are sitting in jail before being convicted of anything, and a judge says ‘you can go home if you have $1,000′, most people will grasp that as fundamentally unfair.

There are numerous instances of judicial bias in sentencing. Is it so far-fetched to think that the same biases might apply in
setting bail? At the same time, we do not want a system that lets dangerous criminals out, free to commit more crimes before they face justice. Effective reforms will need to take this into account.

If you have questions or comments or just want to join the discussion, post them below.

Best Jobs For Felons – 2018 Wealthy Affiliate Review

Owning a business is by far the best opportunity to reach great career and financial goals. This is especially true for those tagged a felon. Since brick and mortar businesses are expensive to start I decided to research online business opportunities and jobs that made sense. Opportunities that didn’t try to promise me everything I wanted to hear and jobs that didn’t appear dull, menial, or undesirable. I was looking for something that would be long-term and fulfilling. What I ended up finding at the end of my long venture is a company called Wealthy Affiliate.

Earn While You Learn

In this post, I am going to give you my review of Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate is designed to give beginners (like myself!), with no experience, the opportunity at one of the best jobs for felons possible. Not just felons, but for anyone! Business Ownership.

Wealthy Affiliate Overview

  • Name: Wealthy Affiliate
  • Website URL: www.wealthyaffiliate.com
  • Training: 9.9 of 10 – Everything you need to know, they teach! Everything.
  • Tech Support: 9 of 10 – Fast responses!
  • Easy to Use: 10 of 10 – I’ve found nothing easier.
  • Price: 7 of 10 (Free for Starter Members – $49/mo. or $359/yr. for Premium) No Credit/Debit Card Required!
  • Starting Over Rating: 9.5 of 10 – Nothing is perfect but this is close!

To be honest, when I started working on this project I didn’t have one dollar. I began as a starter Wealthy Affiliate member.

Without spending a nickel I had two websites up and running, learned how to publish it and get seen in the top of the search engines, and much more.

For less than $20 (30 days later) I had a functioning business with a real online presence and a wonderful new opportunity giving myself one of the best jobs for felons in the world. I say one of the best because let’s be real, a race car driver, an actor or something like that definitely fits as one of the best jobs for felons or, again, anyone, as well!

Don’t take my word for it! Check it out yourself here. Unless you have the inside line on a seat in a top NASCAR ride.

Real Training, Real Opportunity.

With Wealthy Affiliate, you are given step-by-step instructions on how to start your business, how to maintain a website for your business, and how to get visitors and prospective clients to visit your site.

You’ll also have interaction with thousands of like-minded people that are anxious to help. As you learn and grow you will also get the chance to help and teach others what you know and what you’ve learned.

It is very satisfying to know that you are supplying information to people who are needing it and that you provide a real service to your community.

Everybody works together to help each other be successful! It’s easy and fast to set up and start your journey UP!

Real, Live, Caring, Help & Support.

As I mentioned before, the community is real and it’s truly caring. They are truly interested in helping you every step of the way.

But what I find amazing besides the massive and supportive community is the help & support you receive within the company, Wealthy Affiliate, itself. The owners of the company make it a point to be involved daily.

There are live training sessions on a regular basis. You can ask a question and get answers and solutions in seconds from the community, the company, or the owners.

The technical support is lightning quick and very communicative, meaning if you run into problems, someone will get you back on track immediately.

You’ll even become a part of the helpful support community on Wealthy Affiliate and it is very satisfying to know that you are supplying information to people who are needing it and that you provide a real service to your community.

There will never be a “better time”. See how it works. Free!

The Best Jobs For Felons = Wealthy Affiliate.

The reason I can say that Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best jobs for felons is simple. Everything you have read and seen here is because I decided to become a member of Wealthy Affiliate. I started creating my luck, my own path to success.

I found what interests me and started working in that area. I enjoy the work I do and it is extremely rewarding. The successes that I have found I would have never thought possible. And they wouldn’t have been if I kept working 60 hours a week at the factory.

I still put in 8 to 12 hours per day, but that is because this is my career now and I LOVE doing it! It is rewarding in so many ways and is earning me the respect that I didn’t have before that I feel we all deserve with a second chance at life.

Finding financial success does take time and effort and, in that regard, is similar to any other business. This the first step toward your new found wealth and happy life.
I wish you all the success you deserve.

Work hard, be diligent, and NEVER GIVE UP and You CAN and WILL do this!!

Be awesome! Be amazing!! Be successful!!!

==> Stop Wishing Your Life Was Everything You Want it to Be and Do Something to Change It!

If you have any, and I do mean ANY, questions, please let me know in the comments section below and I will be more than happy to help you. Also, if you are a current or former member and would like to leave your own feedback or review, please do so! I would love to hear what you have to say.

About Starting Over

Welcome to Starting Over! This site is for everyone looking to improve their situation in life, but I set out to create it in order to help some people that, I feel, truly need a second chance in life. Felons. Or, ex-felons who try to live on the right track, contribute to society, and who desire to have success in life, to be more precise.

Don’t mistake my intent, I truly want to help those who need a fresh start. Felons, Single and stay at home moms and dads are people who often times need a helping hand in starting over or finding a new direction in life. That’s what we are here for and it is all rooted in financial second chances or starting over financially. So we’ll primarily focus on those topics, though, we may often venture into other varied topics as well. All of it is geared toward learning the truth and helping people.

WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT IT?

I’ve always been an optimistic, success driven, people pleaser. At one point I was even outgoing, self-confident, and had a good job.

In 2011, I was “convicted” of a felony stemming from dependence on painkillers. It wasn’t until after completing probation several years later that I discovered I was only guilty of a misdemeanor but plead guilty to a felony that would have been DROPPED if I’d gone to trial.

The damage was already done and I was determined enough to rise above (at times) and build a semi-successful business. It wasn’t easy, but I felt it was my only choice and I had a lot of responsibilities at home.

The last four years of my life I’ve been blessed to be a parent to four young children, three teenagers, and of one adult who is in the United States Air Force.

THE REALITY IS FELONIOUS

Because someone has a felony record does not mean they are a bad person or dangerous. Increasingly, it also means they quite possibly may have been innocent of wrongdoing.

According to The Washington Post, half a million Americans are held in pretrial detention at any given time, most of them for nonviolent crimes. Many of them are innocent. Lack of money for bail leads to these people languishing behind bars, for weeks, months, and sometimes a year or longer!

Most would say that if they are innocent of something they would never admit guilt. I said the same thing, but at some point, principals go by the wayside.

The reality is, bills don’t get paid, jobs are lost, and families are broken up. All of that before having the chance to be proven innocent or otherwise.

The solution, it may seem, to someone in this situation is to plead guilty before they lose everything.

A good defense attorney costs a LOT of money. And you MIGHT win. Without a PAID attorney, the odds are in your favor to LOSE! First-time “offenders” can typically receive probation and that is a whole different can of worms altogether.

Once they have the “conviction” on their record, trying to find a job is near impossible. Unless they desire to work in a warehouse for long hours and little money until death.

Even trying to find a proper place to live is extremely difficult with a criminal record. There are a lot of people in that particular situation and there are others who have committed offenses in their past but have changed and want to be productive members of society.

What are the odds of breaking through the barriers and succeeding in a career path of their choosing? Or any “career” path for that matter? Not good at all.

OUR SUCCESS IS IN OUR HANDS

If we’re to succeed in the game of life, especially as a felon, sometimes help is needed. That goes for most everyone, not just felons. I want this site to be a good source of information and discussion to find help for success in everyone’s lives. Hopefully, I can provide that for you here at Starting Over. To start, here is a review of what I think is the best opportunity for felons, single parents, or anyone starting over in their lives to earn the income and live the life we all deserve.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Mike
48kventures.com