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I’m Michelle, a multi-passionate millennial, wife, mom, law student, entrepreneur, and the voice behind Take Back 9 to 5.

My Story

As soon as I was old enough to work, I got my first after-school job at McDonald’s. I loved earning my own money, so I actually liked working. When I went to college, I had work study during the school year and had one, sometimes two jobs during the summers.

I’ve always had a job, but I’ve also always had some sort of side hustle or form of income that I could earn on my own terms. Having a job may have been necessary for my personal situation at the time, but I always hated working for other people.

In December 2017, my husband Isaiah was laid off a few weeks before Christmas. Not only did it create a financial hardship, but as with any job loss, it was disheartening. He bounced back with another job that he actually liked and we got back on track.

In February 2018, he lost that job due to company restructuring, right before we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday.

I was so angry that we were in a position that allowed someone to do something like that. Here he was leaving his family for 40-50 hours a week working hard build someone else’s business only to be looked at as a disposable employee instead of a human being when it was convenient. Essentially, another person was allowing us to be able to feed our family. Welcome to corporate America.

Taking Back 9 to 5

One day, I became fed up with society’s accepted concept of going to college, graduating with crippling debt, only to beg someone else for a job (that you may not even like) so that you can provide for your family. Oh, and don’t forget about those student loan payments.

We’ve been conditioned to believe it’s completely normal to spend 2,080+ hours a year building someone else’s dreams, allowing them to live the life they want while we all leave our families each day, dependent on those jobs to provide for them.

One day I said to myself, “what would it look like if we spent that much time on our own dreams and business?”

And that’s what Take Back 9 to 5 is all about.

“The idea that our society is best served when all family members separate in the morning, to do things they generally don’t enjoy, could be the biggest fallacy ever imprinted upon humanity.”
– Jason Christoff

Our family’s goal is to take back 9 to 5 by earning a full-time income online so that we can spend more time living the life we want.

Here on the blog, you’ll find tips and resources for reclaiming that time and investing it back into yourself and your own dreams by earning an income right from your computer and building a successful online business. We’re passionate about fighting back against the soul-sucking 9 to 5 grind and living life on our own terms and we want you to do the same.

You’ll also find updates on our own entrepreneurial and blogging journey (Zay does more behind-the-scenes work for the blog), tips for managing your personal finances, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and starting/managing side hustles (one of my favorite topics).

Speaking of side hustles, do you know which one is right for you? Take the quiz now to find out!

Now, I want to get to know you! Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or drop a message in my inbox here. We’re in this together!

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