THE 9 TO 5 LIFE IS NOT FOR ME

(…and it’s probably not for you either!)

The way we make a living is changing, and I feel so lucky to say I’ve been self-employed, working online as an infopreneur since 2008!

But it’s not really about luck. It’s about passion, drive, creativity, ambition… and taking the risk to make it happen!

If you feel like you need a change, that you’re fed up of working for someone else, of not having enough holiday days to travel, of not having the freedom to spend time with family or doing things you love, then I can help!

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Make it Thrive is all about building a blog and business on your own terms.

After 8 years of successfully earning a living online, I decided to create Make It Thrive! as a way to share what I’ve learned with others.

Believe me, I’ve made mistakes – lots of them! I spent my early years online chasing the next big thing and ignoring what I was really passionate about. I’ve started and abandoned more business ideas than I care to list. 

Thankfully, I’ve figured out what really works. It’s less about fads and “get rich quick” schemes (yuck!) and more about aligning your business with your values, and implementing smart systems so that you don’t have to work all the time.

Your business doesn’t have to look like anybody else’s. It doesn’t require a 40-hour workweek if that’s not what you want. It can be anything you design it to be.

About Ruth

avatar-meetruthI’m Ruth and I currently live in the South of England, with my husband Chris and new baby Rowan.

My online business journey started in 2008. Back then things were quite tough: after graduating from university with a degree in Philosophy & History I quickly realised I had no idea what I wanted to do.

I ended up pulling out of my Master’s at the very last minute (it just didn’t feel right). Thanks to the recession, I had no job to fall back on and nobody would employ me. So I went online, I found some freelance writing jobs in a business forum, and I was amazed when I received money in my PayPal account the very same day.

Since those early writing days I’ve massively grown my income and I’ve even supported my husband as he started his own creative business journey as an ecopoet. In the decade I’ve worked for myself I’ve been a writer, editor, website developer, blogger, project manager, product creator and, most importantly, my own boss!

It wasn’t long after starting my online career that I realised I couldn’t go back to “normal” working life. At this point, I feel I’m basically “unemployable” – there’s no way I could give up the freedom of thinking and working for myself. I’ve used that freedom to earn money when nobody would give me a traditional job, to spend a whole year travelling around Asia in 2012 and to give me the permission not to work to a traditional schedule (especially since having a baby!).

I’m so passionate about this kind of work, which is why I’m here to share my experience with people looking to achieve the same – like you!

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