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279: WAHM Success Story Update: From Corporate Maternity Leave to Freelance Mom: Richelle’s Inspiring Journey




Welcome back to the Live Free Podcast! In today’s episode, we’re thrilled to have Richelle Villalta back, sharing her experiences as a work-at-home freelance mom. If you’re a freelancer, aspiring to be one, or simply wanting to learn more about the world of freelancing, Richelle’s journey is sure to inspire and encourage. 

Richelle was first featured on the podcast in December 2021, where she chatted about her incredible journey from giving herself an ultimatum at the end of her corporate maternity leave to becoming fully booked with 4 clients. Today, we catch up with Richelle and dive into how her business and services have changed over the years, showcasing the longevity and growth potential of freelancing.

You can listen to Richelle’s first episode here!

How Richelle’s Services Have Changed Over the Years

Today, Richelle updates us on how her business and services have evolved since she first started freelancing. Starting as a general virtual assistant, she transitioned to offering analytics services and eventually found her sweet spot as a copywriter. Learn about the various copywriting tasks she performs for her current retainer clients, from social media post captions to blogs to email marketing to sales pages. If you have a passion for writing, Richelle’s overview of services will give you a glimpse of how you can leverage that skill in the freelance space.

Richelle’s Route to Landing Retainer Clients

Richelle shares valuable insights into how she has successfully landed clients over the years. Whether you’re a seasoned freelancer or just starting, her experiences and strategies offer actionable tips for building and expanding your client base.

Work-Life Balance as a Freelance Mom

Richelle also talks about what her work week looks like as a freelance mom to a 3 year old and 9 month old. She’s in the thick of it right now, but she’s able to fit in 15-18 hours a week and support her family financially. Gain valuable insights into how she manages her work schedule. Freelancing makes it possible to thrive when you rely on your income but also need to be home and present with your kids.

Maternity Leave in the Freelance Space

For current freelance moms or those contemplating maternity leave in the freelancing realm, Richelle guides us through her experiences during her second maternity leave. You’ll learn how it compared to her corporate leave, how she prepared for it, and what it looked like as a freelancer.

Thanks for listening! Connect with Richelle and me on Instagram at let us know what you thought of this episode!

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Richelle’s services have changed over the years
  • Richelle’s route to landing freelance clients
  • The work-life balance as a freelance mom
  • Maternity leave in the freelance space

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You’re looking for inspiration and practical insights from a fellow mom who successfully freelances from home
  • You want practical tips on landing clients and managing a work-from-home schedule
  • You’re wondering about maternity leave in the freelancing space and seeking guidance from someone who’s been there

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • Connect with Richelle on Instagram or on her website!
  • Learn more about Richelle in her first episode here.
  • 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

  • Loving the show? It would be so helpful if you could write a review HERE! Thank you!

  • 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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