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284: From Teacher to Freelancer: How Melissa Shuetz Landed 5 Clients in Just One Month




Hey there! Today, I’m chatting with Melissa Schuetz about how she went from teacher to freelancer and landed 5 clients in just one month! Melissa is a mom of 5 and a former teacher of 6 years. When her youngest of born, she desperately started searching for ways to leave the classroom. She was burnout from teaching and wanted more time at home with her children. Melissa stumbled upon freelancing and the Live Free Academy and resigned from teaching immediately. 

Landing Clients

Melissa shares about how she landed her FIVE clients in a only a month using the portfolio template from the course and the network around her. She encourages others to not be afraid to just take action. It’s okay if it’s messy or imperfect. There’s always time to fine tune and tweak things as you go.

Working from Home

Melissa works about 20 hours a week and is so close to matching her teaching salary… working part-time hours. She fits her client work in throughout the day with 3 of her young kids at home. She simply finds pockets of time and makes it work. She talks about the tasks she does for her clients. In just a month or so, she’s fallen in love with tech tasks! She shares how she learned to do the tasks. You guys, you don’t have to be an expert! Melissa is learning as she goes and loving it. 

Will she miss her summers off?

And teachers… Melissa answers the question I get asked all of the time. We’re coming up on summer vacation. Is she going to miss her summers off? Listen in to hear what she says!

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Melissa landed 5 clients in one month
  • What tasks she does for her clients and how she learned to do them
  • When Melissa fits client work into her busy schedule

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You’re a burnt-out teacher wondering what else you can do 
  • You’re desperate to be home with your kids but need to keep making money to support your family
  • You’re an introvert worried about connecting and landing clients

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • Connect with Melissa on Instagram.
  • Visit Melissa’s website for her mental wellness products!
  • There is a new 12 month payment plan option on the Live Free Academy. You can get started today for just $147! Check it out at go.micalaquinn.com
  • Check out my free crash course on freelancing here!
  • Check out 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

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  • Enroll in the Live Free Academy 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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