About The Screw

Screw The Nine To Five is a movement started by us, Jill & Josh Stanton. We started this site as a way to show others how we were making money from our fleet of over 30 online businesses while living overseas. 

Consider this a resource to help new & existing entrepreneurs solve problems related to life & business through actionable insights & simple how-to's.

Jill & Josh Stanton

Hey we're Jill and Josh Stanton, co-founders of Screw The Nine To Five.

We're serial online entrepreneurs, world travellers and new parents to our little guy, Kai.

We value freedom, commitment, self-integrity and of course the odd cocktail or two with friends and family!

We're grateful to have the chance to meet so many incredible entrepreneurs like yourself who are choosing to live life on your terms instead of someone else's.

We hope you enjoy our story…

The Journey To Becoming Lifestyle Entrepreneurs

Winter in Toronto in 2011 before we started our business (photo shot on iPhone 3!)

The dream started for us back in the Winter at the end of 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

Jill was slaving away running social media accounts for local bars and restaurants and Josh had just left a business that was consuming his soul.

We had a decision to make: get a job or start a business together.

We decided on the latter and started a website all about…wait for it…skin care!

To say that our family and friends thought we were crazy would be the understatement of the century.

We however knew that if we could just work hard enough and stay consistent that good things would come our way…and they did…

2012: Our First $1,000 Month!

The first of many online businesses we would build that year. We eventually sold this one for $50,000!

Fast forward to May of that same year and through sheer tenacity we hit our first $1,000 month!

Look back, hitting that milestone taught us a really important lesson. That anyone (yes even YOU) could start a business and with a little elbow grease eventually make enough to live a life free from the demands of a 9-to-5 job.

Our skin care site through a simple content marketing strategy was generating traffic and income by promoting other people's products.

That meant, no customer support and no fulfillment. A true location independent lifestyle business.

We now had a new goal. Hit $6,000 a month and move to Thailand (AKA. paradise!)

2013: Full Time Income & Location Freedom

Our first stop, Koh Tao Thailand. This was our go to spot to watch sunsets (after a few Mai Tai's of course!)

It took us till the end of the year (10 months after starting) before we finally hit our goal of $6,000 a month.

This also happened to be the month we got married so it was quite the wedding present to ourselves!

We had built something out of nothing and were paying ourselves a reasonable salary that would enable us to move to Thailand.

In January, 2013 we did just that and made our way to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Koh Tao. To capture and record the journey of living overseas while running an online business, we decided to start another website. This one was called Screw The Nine To Five!

Never did we imagine how much of an impact the Screw would have on so many lives in just a few short years.

2014: We Earned $43,000 In A Single Month

Lantern festival in Chiang Mai Thailand. One of the many amazing things we got to do in our spare time.

2 years went by and at this time we were living in Chiang Mai, Thailand and continuing to build momentum in our business.

At this time we owned and managed over 30 websites in niches from skin care to diet supplements that now brought in what would be  our biggest month ever – over $43,000!

In a couple of months we would sell all of the sites that had built us a healthy lifestyle, enabling a level of freedom that most people only ever dream about.

It was time to focus on something else. The one thing we believed in more than anything…the lifestyle of the entrepreneur and Screw The Nine To Five would be our vehicle for spreading this message. A message that gave our lives and the lives of those we affected more meaning than we could possibly imagine.

For the first time we were going all in on ONE project and boy did we have no idea what we were getting ourselves into!

2017: $500k And A Baby On The Way

The start of our next adventure with our little guy, Kai

Fast forward to the end of 2017 and after 3 straight years of business hurdles that comes with focusing on growing ONE business, we had broken through with multiple $500k+ years for Screw The Nine To Five.

It also happened to coincide with the year we became pregnant with our first son, Kai. Does this mean we now have to settle down? 

Helllll no!

In fact, our mission is to inspire others to always live life on their terms, NO MATTER the circumstances.

Our journey had started in the depths of a brutally cold Winter of Toronto, to then living in more than 5 countries, travelling to over 20 others and creating over 30 different businesses in the space of 6 short years.

And we're just getting started. 

Has it all been smooth sailing? Hell no!

However, what it has been is damn fulfilling and something we want to continue promoting through Screw The Nine To Five.

How YOU Can Get Started

If our mission lines up with your vision of the future, then here are 3 ways to get get more out of the Screw…

Podcast

Listen into our wildly popular podcast, where we talk all things business and life

Free Guides

Check out some of our free guides to help you start and grow your business

Tools You Need

See which online tools we use everyday to run our business from anywhere