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274: WAHM Success Story: How Kathie Bentley Overcame Her Fear of Getting Started and Replaced Her Income While Working From Home




Hey there! On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Kathie Bentley. Kathie has an inspiring story about how she overcame her fear of getting started and replaced her income while working from home.

Kathie is no stranger to pivoting her work life to meet the needs of her family. Her children are grown now, but when her they were young, she left her career as an X-ray technician to stay home with her kids. When her kids reached school-age, she began working part-time doing secretarial work. Later on, she wanted to spend more time with her family and sweet grandbabies so she started working in the school system as an ESL teacher; she fell in love with that role and was able to spend her summers in the pool with her family.

Then… life threw Kathie an unexpected and hard obstacle. Kathie had to have hip surgery and was unable to continue working with students and be on her feet all day long. That’s when Kathie’s daughter encouraged her to become a virtual assistant. Kathie was very hesitant to get started. She felt inadequate because of her age and afraid that she wouldn’t be tech-savvy enough. However, with her daughter’s encouragement, Kathie took a leap of faith and joined LFA.

Now, Kathie works 15 hours a week with 2 clients. She’s totally replaced her income as an ESL teacher, and she gets to enjoy the flexibility and freedom that comes with freelancing.

Kathie chats with us about how how she highlighted her age as a strength and used it to connect with and land her clients. She shares the tasks she does for her clients and how she learned to do them. Kathie encourages us that everything is learnable; navigating through clients’ programs and systems is not as scary as our minds lead us to believe. 

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Thanks for spending time with us today! Let me know what you thought about this episode over on Instagram @Micala.Quinn. Chat with you there!

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Kathie used her “mature” age to her advantage in conversations with potential clients
  • What Kathie’s work week looks like and the tasks she does for her retainer clients

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You want to work from home with you’re afraid to get started freelancing
  • You get overwhelmed thinking about unfamiliar programs, systems, tech tools, or tasks

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • Listen to last week’s episode here.
  • Check out the new resources added to the website to help you kickstart your freelance journey! Check those out at: www.micalaquinn.com/resources
  • Connect with me on Instagram! @micala.quinn
  • New to the idea of freelancing? Learn more HERE.
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  • Learn more about the Live Free Academy, read reviews and enroll HERE!

More about the Live Free Podcast with Micala Quinn:

How do I get started? What if I fail? Who will hire me? Is it really possible to create a consistent, full-time income from home?

Welcome to the Live Free Podcast with Micala Quinn where we will be answering these questions PLUS many more! Whether you’re just starting your freelance business (heck even if you don’t know what freelancing is yet) or you’re looking to scale, this podcast will give you tangible business advice along with inspiring interviews to help you create a life and career that works for YOU and YOUR family.

Your host, Micala Quinn, started out teaching high-school English, but when her first child was born, she immediately began searching for something more. She wanted a way to stay-at-home with her daughter (and future babies), but still needed to bring in a full-time income to help support her family. Micala started freelancing, quickly replaced her full-time income, and now helps other moms (like you) get started and grow their freelance business from scratch to 5K and beyond! She believes that being a working mom or a stay-at-home mom no longer needs to be a black and white decision. You CAN have both. On your terms!

Our motto is Mom Strong, Work Smart, and Live Free. Are you in? We’d love for you to join us each Monday, as well as in our Live Free Podcast Facebook community!

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