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290: WAHM Success Story: How Hayley Lame Quit Her Job as a School Counselor, Launched a Freelance Career, and Plans to Homeschool Her Kids




Hey there!

I am so excited to share today’s episode with you! I’m chatting with Hayley Lame about how she quit her job as a school counselor, launched a freelance career, and plans to homeschool her kids. If you’re a mom looking to make a similar leap, this episode is sure to bring you some encouragement. 

With four-year-old twins and a two-year-old, Hayley and her husband decided they wanted to Hayley to homeschool their children. Hayley prayed for an opportunity to work from home and even applied for several executive assistant positions she found on LinkedIn.While hunting for remote job opportunities, Hayley discovered the Live Free Academy through a Facebook post and instantly knew freelancing was what she had been looking for. She completed the course quickly and immediately started landing clients while networking in Facebook groups.

In August, Hayley managed to juggle her newly acquired retainer clients while continuing to work full-time as a school counselor. However, Hayley is transparent that she did take on a bit more than she could handle during the school year. She shares the lessons she learned from overcommitting, overworking, and simply, not being able to give her best effort to clients.   

Hayley also emphasizes the importance of not discounting potential niches or services. She tried out various tasks and currently works in a niche she never expected!

Tune in to listen to the beginning of Hayley’s freelancing career and DM me to let me know what you thought of today’s episode!

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Hayley transitioned from a school counselor to a freelancer
  • Balancing freelancing, family life, and eventually, homeschooling
  • The value of leveraging social media and personal connections for finding clients

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You’re a mom looking to transition to freelancing for more flexibility and time with your kids
  • You want to homeschool your children while working from home
  • You’re struggling to take the leap into freelancing and want to hear a real-life success story from someone who has been in your shoes

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • Check out Hayley’s Facebook page here!
  • Check out Hayley’s website here!
  • Learn about the ins and outs of freelancing and how to land paying clients in my free crash course. Click here!
  • Ready to join the Live Free Academy? There is a new 12 month payment plan option. Click here and get started today for just $147!
  • Listen to last week’s episode here!
  • Loving the show? It would be so helpful if you could write a review here. Thanks so much!
  • Do you need some help kickstarting your freelance journey? I’ve got tons of resources here!
  • Connect with me on Instagram! @micala.quinn

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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