Jamie Elwood

Jamie Elwood


Nice & Clean, LLC

Baton Rouge, LA USA

There is always hope. Don’t think anything is impossible.


By Roadtrip Nation

Jamie Elwood


My road in life has taken me all over.
I had always wanted to become a nurse.
I worked in a hospital as a phlebotomist while going to community college.
I had planned to start nursing school in the upcoming semester but was arrested and indicted on drug charges.
I went to prison when I was 24 years old and was released at age 31.
While in prison, I learned to professionally clean floors, which helped me land a job at a floor cleaning business after transitioning to a halfway house.
After having my daughter, I got a more stable job as a front desk coordinator but it didn’t pay well enough, so I started cleaning houses on the weekends.
My quality of work earned me enough referrals to leave my job and run my cleaning business full-time.
In addition to running my own cleaning service, I also rent out properties on Airbnb.
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High School



I own my own cleaning service.

Career Roadmap

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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I wake up around 6 a.m. to get myself and my daughter ready for our day. Once I drop her off at daycare, the work begins. I usually clean three houses a day then pick my daughter up to go cook, do homework, and prepare ourselves for the next day. On weekends, we clean offices and Airbnb properties. Those days are usually much more laid back because we don’t have to get up as early and can move at a slower pace.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Make sure you explore all of your options before committing to a career path. When I first started out in my career path, I wasn't sure what my options were. Once I visited the school I'd be attending, they pressured me into signing up for the first available class. I did it and am grateful for my experience but I wish I would have started with nursing school, which was my true passion.


Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated

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