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How I Went From Prison To Making $150K In Orlando | Millennial Money



After being incarcerated and charged with a felony at the age of 16 for nearly two years, Marquis Mckenzie Sr. was hopeless about his future career prospects. The 32-year-old now brings in about $150,000 a year as a business owner and community organizer in Orlando, Florida.

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42 thoughts on “How I Went From Prison To Making $150K In Orlando | Millennial Money”

  1. Financial spending aside, he really is a strong man despite being punished by the legal system, give them a chance to live a life cuz the stigma of having a brand in your name really sucks, instead of pushing convicts away, give them the support they need so they can turn their life around.

    I hope we have more people like him who will give back to their communities. More power to him!

  2. aI love his story although somewhat inspiring. He needs a financial advisor and financial literacy class ASAP. This young man still seems to be check to check I hope someone can reach out and set him up on a better budget. GOOD LUCK MARQUIS AND CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS.

  3. Love this story my only advice is:
    1. Sell the car (car payment is way too high, buy a used car in full or finance with a payment of less than $300/m).
    2. Buy a cheap iphone/android from Walmart etc. and get on a cheap prepaid phone plan. (Get rid of the cellular lines on the smart watches)
    3. Write off the portion of your phone bill used for your business on your taxes.
    4. By step four you now have between $19,548- $23,148 extra per year.
    5. Use the extra money to pay off your debts and build an emergency savings fund.
    6. Look to bring down your utility and food expenses (Eat out less only twice a month if you do).
    7. Invest at least $875 at minimum each month into Roth 401k.
    8. Overall just live below your means, save, and invest.
    God bless!

  4. Successful people don't become that way overnight.What most people see at a glance-wealth.a great career, purpose is the result of hard work and hustle over time,I pray that anyone who reads this will be successful in life

  5. Is he crazy!!! he is paying $2k a month for a car note!!! And no savings!!! This is why!! And I hope he has great life insurance because if anything happens to him ( which I hope it doesn't) his family will be in a very hard place!! And I dont understand why he doesn't live in the house he brought and then get a more affordable car and then he can save more. I get it you work hard and want a nice car and he has earned it but he could have got a brand new Honda top of the line for cheaper than that!! $2k a month for a car note if you making less than $30k a month is ridiculous!!!

  6. Great that he turned his life around and helping others. However, you lost me at $2K a month in car payment. Someone help this young man. He could pay cash or get a Honda. That is insane, not to mention 70 hrs a week, break that down and he is not making much.

  7. I’m glad he turned his life around but he really needs to get his budget together and also try to refinance his car 2K a month for a car that’s more then his rent

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