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294: From Teacher to Virtual Assistant: How Marissa Gerchikov Made the Leap




Are you a mom looking for more flexibility and freedom? Freelancing might be the perfect solution for you! In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Marissa Gerchikov about how she went from teacher to virtual assistant and ultimately made the leap to becoming a work-from-home mom!

Marissa’s Journey from Teacher to Freelancer

Marissa learned about freelancing from a friend, a fellow LFA alum. Intrigued by the possibility of earning some extra income, Marissa decided to give freelancing a try while still working full-time as a teacher.

Making Freelancing Work with a Full-Time Job

Marissa shares how she managed to fit client work in while still working full-time. She worked from 7 pm to 9 pm so it didn’t impact her time with her kids or her job. Although it was a busy period, she enjoyed the work, which made it easier to keep going for a short season. Plus, she didn’t mind having an additional paycheck coming in!

Taking the Leap: Leaving Teaching Behind

Marissa talks about what helped her decide to leave teaching after only a few months of freelancing. With one large client, she was already making half of her teaching income! She started realizing how doable it was going to be to replace her income while working fewer hours. 

Learning the Ropes of Freelancing

Marissa shares how she learned to do client tasks. YouTube and hands-on experience were key for her. She also emphasized the importance of asking clients directly. During onboarding, she simply asks her clients, “Do you have any videos that can walk me through the task and that I can refer back to?” Most of her clients provide her with Loom videos of the tasks they want done.

Marissa’s story is an inspring one you don’t want to miss! If you’re a teacher dreading going back to school this fall, this episode is packed with valuable insights on how to transition from teaching to freelancing. 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Marissa’s freelancing clients and the tasks she does for them
  • What led her to take the leap and leave her teaching job
  • How she made freelancing work with a full-time job
  • Tips for landing freelance clients as a virtual assistant

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You want to learn how to start a freelancing business while working full-time
  • You’re a mom looking for ways to balance work and family life

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • Learn about the ins and outs of freelancing and how to land paying clients in my free crash course. Click here!
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  • Listen to last week’s episode here!
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  • 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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