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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 ...
 
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Have you thought about working with local businesses online and wondering what that could look like? Today, I'm chatting with Christina Sidoti and Amy Pottenger. Christina and Amy work together online and share with us how they took Amy’s local interior design business and transformed it online too! They share how they did that and how they work to…
 
As a freelancer, have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with other online service providers? My guests today, Live Free Academy alum Marcie Taylor and her client Holly Williams are here to share what that looks like. Marcie has been freelancing since 2020 as a Virtual Assistant and she works with Holly who is a conversion copyrighter.…
 
Are you a freelancer wanting to work with e-commerce product based businesses? If so, this episode is for you! Today I am chatting with Jess Romero and Kim Lewis and we are getting insight from both the freelancer and the business owner. We hear more about Jess and Kim’s working relationship and and how Jess has helped Kim with her business. Kim sh…
 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with an online course creator? What do online course creators need help with? How can freelancers help them? Today, I am starting off our “Need for Freelancers” series with my niche - online course creator. I am sharing with you why online course creators would hire freelancers, the types of things that…
 
Is the looming recession causing you to worry about the future of freelancing? In episode 211 (part 1), we talked about the worry you may have about the future of freelancing. In this episode, we are taking it a step further and I’m talking to those of you who may be more established in the freelancing space. I want to share with you how to handle …
 
Is the looming recession causing you to worry about the future of freelancing? Are you worried about oversaturation, businesses not needing freelancers, or losing current clients? If so, this episode is for you! I share with you the reasons why I think freelancing is a great option even during a potential recession. If you are wondering if now is t…
 
Are you new to freelancing or wanting to start but afraid of the “what’s your experience” question that comes up with potential clients? Maybe you feel like you don’t have experience since you are a beginner. Today I want to share with you exactly how to handle that question when it comes up with potential clients. I share with you exactly what I s…
 
Layne Lyons is on the podcast today chatting with us all about contracts, trademarks, and how to make sure you are protecting yourself legally in your freelancing business. Layne has been an attorney for 26 years and the sole focus of her business is to help entrepreneurs and freelancers grow their businesses by making sure they are legally protect…
 
Do you want to know more about Stephanie O’Keefe joined the Live Free Academy and ultimately ended up replacing her husband’s corporate income? Steph is here to chat with us today about the freedom and flexibility that come with running an online business, how she learned the skills she knows, how she got clients as a beginner, her pivot to web des…
 
Hey there! Today I am sharing with you the three ways you can stand out in your pitches. When writing your pitches, it is more than ok to use a template but be sure that it is not a generic email that anyone could receive. I’m sharing these tips to help you stand out on today’s episode! Thanks for listening! Check out the show notes (link below) fo…
 
Meg Clarke is here today to chat with us about all things SEO. Meg is the owner and founder of Clapping Dog Media AKA your new SEO best friend. She is a master at growing organic traffic and is here today to share her expertise. Today I am chatting with Meg about how she started her business, how we don’t always have to have everything all figured …
 
Summer break is officially here! Maybe your kids are out of school, maybe you have vacations planned, maybe you have a lot of activities going on. You may be left with the question - how am I going to prepare my business for summer? In this episode, I share how to prepare whether you are in a state of maintaining, growth, or wanting to scale back. …
 
Today I am chatting with Emilee Vales. Emilee is a Live Free Academy alum and is back on the podcast sharing where she is at now in her freelancing career. Emilee joined the Live Free Academy (formerly Overwhelmed to Overbooked) in 2018 and shares with us how her business has grown over the years. We chat about the pivot the she made from social me…
 
Are you feeling overwhelmed with starting your freelance business? Today I am going to be talking about the 3 things that might be holding you back and what you can do about them! Whether the overwhelm comes from a long to-do list, shiny object syndrome, or imposter and perfectionist syndrome - I have tips that can help you through all of these. Tu…
 
What is a Digital Business Manager? Megan Schoenleber is my guest today and she is sharing all about it. Megan shares her journey from corporate to freelancing as a Digital Business Manager, what a Digital Business Manager is and how she got started, how she structures her work days with a toddler at home, working from home in a traditional job vs.…
 
Are you feeling stuck in the beginning stages of your freelance business? Today’s episode is geared towards the strategy and step-by-step that you need to do to start your freelance business. Strategy doesn’t have to be complicated! Tune in to my fail-proof plan to build your freelance business, starting with that solid foundation. If you are wanti…
 
Are you feeling stuck in the beginning stages of your freelance business? Today’s episode is geared towards seeing how realistic your income goals really are. Some people get overwhelmed with starting and questioning if their income goals are realistic. I share with you today about how to come up with a business plan in order to meet those income g…
 
Are you feeling overwhelmed with starting your freelancing business? Are you feeling stuck in the beginning stages? I want to talk with you today about the 5 stages of feeling stuck in those beginning stages. Today we are focusing on the first stage of feeling stuck which is the “what can I even offer?” stage and how you can reframe the way you thi…
 
Hey there! Today I am sharing my story with you about how I went from former teacher to course creator. Thinkific, the software platform that I use for my course, asked me to share my story about launching an online course and I wanted to share with you as well. If you have ever thought about starting a course or are ready to dive right in, this is…
 
My guest today is a certified OBM who has scaled her business and has built a six-figure business from home. Today I am chatting with Kaci Ackerman on where her business has went since we last talked on the podcast. Kaci is here chatting with us about all things SOPs and systems and why these are important for your business, how to have a seamless …
 
Are you in the medical field and wondering if there is space for you in the freelance world? My guest today, Heather Walberg, is here today sharing her success story about how her medical background helped her become a Virtual Practice Manager in the freelance space. Heather and I chat all about what a Virtual Practice Manager is, what things you n…
 
Are you wanting to niche down into podcast management? Are you trying to figure out where to find those more premium clients? Brittany Kues is chatting with me today about how she started her freelance business almost 2 years ago and tried different routes but ultimately found her niche as a podcast manager. We chat about how she got started, how s…
 
Today I am chatting with Salome Fourie about her journey from corporate to quitting her job, starting as a Social Media Manager to eventually becoming a certified Online Business Manager (OBM) and starting an agency that pulled her husband home and out of corporate. Salome talks with us about how she got started in freelancing, pivoting into the On…
 
On today’s episode, I am chatting with Bekah Hebdon. Bekah is a SAHM turned Virtual Assistant/Social Media Manager and is now transitioning into the Director of Marketing role. I chat with Bekah about her journey into the freelancing world, how she learned the skills and landed clients with no prior work experience, and the future of her business a…
 
Is this real? Is this legit? These are the questions Stacy was asking about Overwhelmed to Overbooked just less than a year ago. She ended up diving into Overwhelmed to Overbooked and went from SAHM to a Virtual Assistant. She chats with us today about her journey, how she landed her clients, the things that contributed to her success, and what her…
 
Richelle worked in the corporate world for nearly 3 years but learned about freelancing and everything changed. After going through OTO and building her business all with a newborn at home, life looks a lot different for Richelle now. Listen in as she explains her journey to landing clients, the work that she does now, how she learned her skills, a…
 
Are you ready to hear how this former teacher started freelancing and doubled her teaching salary in less than 1 year? Tune in to hear my conversation with Chelsea Hall. Chelsea is a former 1st grade teacher turned Pinterest Strategist. We chat all about how Chelsea landed her first client within 2 weeks of buying OTO, how she got started in Pinter…
 
Have you ever wondered how to grow your brand on Instagram without the stress and overwhelm? Today my guest, Millie Adrian, is chatting with us about all things Instagram. Millie is an online educator and YouTuber who teaches entrepreneurs the latest strategies and trends on social media to help them skyrocket their brand. Millie shares her story a…
 
Today I am chatting with Shannon Piegdon. Shannon is a OTO alumni who has grown her business as a Pinterest Strategist in the last year. She has a powerful story about how she got started with her freelancing journey. She was discriminated against for breastfeeding and eventually let go from her job. She ended up finding freelancing and was able to…
 
Are you a teacher who is ready to leave the classroom? Today I am chatting with Daphne Williams, a teacher career coach who helps teachers transition out of the classroom. Today we are chatting about Daphne’s story that led her from crying on the way to work and googling “other jobs for teachers” to now being genuinely happy and fulfilled in what s…
 
Ready to start building something on the side so you can leave your corporate job? That was Betsy less than a year ago - ready for a change and more flexibility! In this episode, OTO student, Betsy Moorehead, shares her story from corporate to freelance marketing strategist! We're covering how Betsy got started the DIY route, why she joined Overwhe…
 
We're talking about Day Rates or VIP days in this episode with Sarah Masci! Sarah is the founder Day Rate Mastery™, an online company that teaches creative service providers how to work less, and make more with a streamlined “day rate” business model. We're diving into what the Day Rate model looks like, how you can implement it into your business,…
 
I'm celebrating 4 years in business as a course creator who helps moms start profitable freelance businesses from home! To celebrate this anniversary, I'm sharing 4 lessons I've learned from my last 4 years in business. Whether you're still deciding if freelancing is right for you or you've been one of my students for years, the lessons I'm sharing…
 
Do you like to write? There are a lot of options in the world of freelance writing! In this episode we're covering what you need to know about freelance writing so you can start offering this service to clients! This episode is part of our Freelance Services Series where I'm walking you through some of the most popular freelance services. Through t…
 
Leigh Ann Zerr is a former high school French & English teacher, now a booked-out copywriter serving mission-driven entrepreneurs with VIP days. In this month's WAHM success story episode, Leigh Ann shares how she made the pivot from teacher to freelance copywriter and then from retainer packages to VIP days. You're going to love hearing all about …
 
Have you through about becoming a podcast manager? This summer I'm walking through some of the most popular freelance services so that you can understand your options and start building your business today! In this episode, we're bringing back an episode I did with my podcast manager, Lauren Wrighton! Lauren and I talk about what a podcast manager …
 
This summer I am diving into the most popular services you can offer as a freelance and in this episode we're covering Online Business Management or OBM. There is no one better to talk about what an OBM is or what they do then Sarah Noked who runs the Confident OBM® programs! Sarah shares how she pivoted from being a virtual assistant to an online …
 
There are hiring cycles in the freelance industry - seasons of hiring booms and seasons of rest for those hiring. In this episode we are diving into what the hiring cycles are in the freelance industry and how you can prepare for them! Whether you're in the early stages of starting your business or you're preparing to pivot, understanding these hir…
 
Are you DIYing your freelance journey right now? Well first off, thank you for listening to the show! This month's success story is with Savannah Daigle and we chat about her journey from DIYing it to joining OTO and becoming booked! Savannah and I also talk about how she learned to follow her own timeline, how she's incorporated her past experienc…
 
We're diving deep into Pinterest Management in this episode! This summer I'm walking through some of the most popular freelance services so that you can understand your options and start building your business! In this episode I cover what pinterest management is, who would be great at it, what your packages may look like, what you can do beyond pi…
 
2.1 million women left the paid workforce in 2020 - can you believe it? I am chatting with Chandra Sanders of The Mom Project about why so many women (especially moms) are leaving the paid workforce in search of other options and what those other options are. In this episode we talk about how freelancing moms can land contractor roles at larger com…
 
Have you thought about becoming a social media manager but aren't sure what it entails or if you know enough? Over the next few weeks we're taking a deep dive into the different services you can offer as a freelancer and in this episode we're talking all about becoming a social media manager! I cover what a social media manager is, what they do for…
 
Have you heard how powerful storytelling can be in marketing yourself and your services? Stories are so powerful but storytelling or story writing can be intimidating. On this episode, I am chatting with professional storyteller, Kindra Hall, about how freelancers can use storytelling to stick out from the rest! Kindra shares the story of how she b…
 
This episode is for ALL of us! I chat with Jamie Kern Lima on her new book, Believe IT, and how we can believe in ourselves and listen to our inner knowing while building our freelance businesses. Jamie Kern Lima is a self-made entrepreneur, champion of women, philanthropist, keynote speaker and Co-founder of IT Cosmetics, a company she started in …
 
The OTO summer bootcamp is here! To kick it all off, I'd love for you to join me in a LIVE workshop where you'll learn how to get started freelancing and land your first client now! Grab your seat at MicalaQuinn.com/LIVE. In this episode we talk about tonight's workshop, the summer bootcamp, and who shouldn't start freelancing. Mark you calendars f…
 
Over the next few weeks we're taking a deep dive into the different services you can offer as a freelancer! In this episode we're talking all about being a virtual assistant! I cover what a virtual assistant is, what they do for their clients, why clients hire virtual assistants, who hires virtual assistants, and more! If you are just getting start…
 
How do you put your best foot forward when applying for open positions as a freelancer? We're so lucky to have Julie Calcote on the show today to share how freelancers can WOW potential clients during the hiring process. In this episode Julie and I talk about what you can do to set yourself apart when applying for job ops, what mistakes to avoid, a…
 
We've got a special WAHM success story episode for you this month! In this episode you'll hear from not one but four OTO moms on how they built their successful freelance businesses. Not only will you hear how they actually did it but you'll hear what made their paths the same and what made them different. If you're new to freelancing or have just …
 
Would it be a dream to work with a product-based business you love? Well you can make that happen because product-based businesses are looking for virtual support in many areas. In this episode, Katie Hunt of Proof to Product, shares how freelancers can support product-based businesses, what they're struggling with and how their businesses have cha…
 
Have you tried cold pitching but didn't get the results you were looking for? In this episode I am sharing what 2 things you should do to fix your cold pitch! Focusing on these two things will dramatically increase the likelihood that a potential client opens and responds to your email. We also talk about two examples of how cold pitching was done …
 
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