224. Which comes first - the skills or the clients?

Episode 224: Which comes first – the skills or the clients?




Which comes first — the skills or the clients? Has the thought of having to know a ton of softwares before you can land clients scared you from even starting? Good news, you already have the skills! Yes, you do! You can translate your current skills into the freelance space even if you don’t have direct experience doing those specific tasks.

When thinking about your skills – think about the soft sills vs. hard skills. Soft skills can’t really be learned. It’s your natural strengths and personality. Hard skills can be learned. These are tangible tasks. When you first think about freelancing, most people focus on the hard skills only but if you don’t have those hard skills, focus on your soft skills. Who are you naturally? What are your strengths? You do have skills that can be leveraged into the freelancing space.

Don’t focus solely on learning all of the skills in the beginning. You don’t have to learn everything right away. Get your solid foundation and allow your skillset to grow as your experience grows. Once you have your solid foundation and you are ready to start landing clients, if you see a job posting that says “open to working with a beginner” but then posts a ton of qualifications — still apply! Book the call, then dive into those softwares. Put your efforts towards landing the clients and then train on the softwares that you need to after. A lot of times clients will have trainings for you or you can watch tutorials, or check out the skills trainings if you are part of the Live Free Academy!

So which comes first, skills or the clients? You have the skills (and can always learn more). So, now let’s focus on getting clients. If you need more support with this, head over to www.go.micalaquinn.com/academy to sign up for The Live Free Academy.

Don’t forget about my live training happening next Monday at 12 PM CST that includes the step by step plan to making 3K per month as a virtual assistant working 25 hours a week! Sign up here: www.micalaquinn.com/va 

Thanks for listening! Head on over to Instagram (@micala.quinn) and let me know what you thought about today’s episode! Can’t wait to chat with you there!


In this episode, we cover:

  • How the skills you have can translate to the freelancing space
  • What to do when you see those beginner job opportunities that have a ton of qualifications to meet
  • How I can help you with freelancing – including my new training next Monday at 12 PM CST. This training will cover the step by step plan to earn 3K as a VA working 25 hours a week!

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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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