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From Teaching to Working at Home as a Copywriter

From Teaching to Working at Home as a Copywriter

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Ask yourself this question. Is working at home for me? That’s the same question I asked myself before I took a massive leap of faith.

Last month I quit my secure teaching job. Now I’m working at home as a freelance copywriter.

Am I crazy?

Some people might think so. I had mixed reactions from family and friends when I announced that I was planning to go solo.

A friend said to me, “I don’t think what you’re doing is a good idea. I haven’t got a job. Lots of people haven’t got jobs. Why are you giving up your part-time job to work from home? I think you should really consider the move you’re making. I would do anything to get a teaching job like yours.” She was not impressed with my decision.

Somebody else admired my brave move. She was excited for me. “When you’re rich and famous, don’t forget me!” Her faith in me made me smile. It was encouraging.

So why did I do it?

I’ve always had ambitions to improve my life. I see life as a journey. On that journey there are lots of different roads. One may take you to a destination where you’ll be happy to relax and settle there. Other roads could be made up of little lanes leading to different places. Each of those lanes will take you to somewhere exciting. But to get there you’ll come across challenges, make sacrifices, set goals that seems unreachable and change your lifestyle.

I’ve always chosen to travel on the lanes that lead to different places. I don’t want to be one of those old ladies that sit in their rocking chairs, looking back over their lives full of regrets. Their hearts are heavy and the words, “I wish I had done this. I wish I had done that. I wish I had chosen a different path. But it’s too late now,” plays over and over in their heads.

I’m writing this article to inspire you. If I did it, so can you. I’ll share some of the steps I took on my journey to get to where I am now.

  • Was it worth quitting my teaching job to work at home as a copywriter?

I’ll give you a bit of background history about my work life.

I try not to do anything that would leave me vulnerable. I’ve always aimed to achieved for growth in my life. But I made sure I had a back-up or safety net.

I’ve worked as a shop assistant, carer, accounts assistant, credit controller and administrative assistant. In 2007 I was an Attendance Officer for five years in a secondary school. I quit that job to attend university to do a Teacher Training Course in Further Education. That was the start of my teaching career. If for some reason I didn’t enjoy teaching, I had experiences of the previous jobs to fall back on.

So, although I sacrificed my teaching job to work as a copywriter, I’m still a qualified teacher. I can work in education again if I wanted. But even if I wasn’t a teacher, I’ve got other creative skills or talents I could develop.

If you’ve considered the idea of working from home but you’re not sure what to do, here’s a tip. The best way to find out what hidden talents you’ve got is to write a list. Get a sheet of paper, write down all the things you’re good at, all the jobs you’ve done in the past and your hobbies. Can you use any of them to make a living working from home? However, you might have to take a course to brush up or develop some of those skills.

  • I used to think working as a freelancer was impossible

For many years I dreamt about working from home. No more commuting for over an hour to get to work, getting up at six in the morning and being stuck in rush hour traffic. But the idea of giving up a secure income made me nervous. Although I’ve done some ghostwriting and I’m one of the team members of WritersinCharge.com I didn’t think I was good enough to make a living as a writer.

Before I decided to quit my teaching job, I started a copywriting course with the Writers Bureau. That course is packed with valuable information. It even covers how to set up your own business as a copywriter. My tutor gave me lots of encouragement and great feedback on my assignments.

So, I weighed up my options, set my goals and handed in my notice. Now that I’m working from home it’s no longer an unreachable goal. But I still have to set small goals each day, as I work towards my main goal of being a successful copywriter.

  • I’m adapting to a new lifestyle of isolation

I’ve worked for most of my life, so I’m used to being around people.

Working from home felt strange for the first two weeks. I kept looking at the clock thinking about what I would have done if I was at the college. I miss my students, colleagues and the conversations in the staff room. I also miss eating lunch on the benches in the college grounds.

This new lifestyle can be lonely. But I’m not totally alone. My daughter’s at home. She’s expecting her baby any day now. We live near a lovely, big park. If I need to clear my head or get some inspiration, the park is an ideal place to go to. Also, this area is lively. When I feel the urge to mix and mingle with people, I take a walk down the high street. The only thing is they are all strangers!

This is an exciting part of my journey. Working from home as a copywriter is one of my dreams coming through. There’s lot to do yet. I have to get out of my comfort zone and market my business. I still have a long way to go, but at least I’m on the road. Focus, determination, discipline and good time management will help me get to my destination.

Have you had a desire to quit your job and work at home? How did you do it? Please inspire someone else by sharing your comments in the box below. 

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June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals.

She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”.

Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That’s you. You’re a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman.

Live your dreams. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

    20 Comments

  1. Hello,
    Here I am writing from the other side of the world. Thanks for your post…for letting us all know how you’re doing.
    I, too, work as a freelance writer from home.
    What I try to remind myself daily is to be a “fair” boss.
    While I certainly answer to editors, it’s up to me to structure my day. Sometimes, it’s tricky. I try and make sure that I take care of myself. I try and work a specified amount of time. Then I turn off the computer.
    Best wishes to you! You’re already finding a rhythm.
    Heather Villa

    • Heather, thanks for your comments. I appreciate it because I could do with the advice. It’s taking me some time to get in the rhythm, but I’m getting there. I’m trying to do the 9 – 5 routine, but it’s not working. I can’t seem to get my bum off the computer. 🙂 Turning it off is a great idea!
      I love the fact that I don’t have to travel to work. That was the thing I disliked the most. It’s lovely working from home. The freedom is fantastic. I love it. 🙂
      All I need now is to start earning lots of money to pay my bills.
      Have a great evening.

      junie junie

      21/05/2013

  2. Be blessed. Your an inspiration. Stay focused, you will get it done.

    Tag

    22/05/2013

    • Thank you so much. Yes I do need to stay focused. God bless. 🙂

      junie junie

      22/05/2013

  3. Thank you so much for this article. I just recently started writing again after a very long break. It has been very difficult for me to get into my normal groove but I remain hopeful. I would love to work from home, I guess I never really researched on how to actually get started. I’ll let that be my goal for this week. Thank you again for the article.

    Sharhonda

    22/05/2013

    • You’re welcome. Whatever you want to do you can do. Just be focused, set goals and works towards achieving them. One small step at a time. If I can be of any help please get in touch with me via the contact page. Have a great day.:-)

      junie junie

      22/05/2013

  4. Thanks for the post, Junie. I have left the field, but for entirely different reasons. I love the profession, I adored the children, and I admired their parents. However, the politics at almost every school are horrific. In addition, the rights of teachers and their professionalism are being eroded every day. The trend toward privatization is downright scary (just read the hundreds of ads at LinkedIn by some of these companies). I, too, am still a teacher. I still work with persons with disabilities, but in the social services field. I write about topics pertaining to the child’s right to respect (to borrow a phrase from my hero, Janusz Korczak). I also hope to write for young audiences; I still have a lot to give. I am taking my transferable skills and putting them to new use. And I sleep a lot better at night.

    Daniel

    23/05/2013

    • Daniel, thanks for your comments. It’s interesting!

      A lot of teachers complain about the politics. Not only that, but it seems that most colleges have moved away from addressing the learning needs of students. It’s turned into a business and therefore funding and achievement has taken the focus. I’ve got a lot to say about changes the government made and how it’s affected education, teachers and the students. But I can’t get into that right now.

      I went into teaching because I wanted to make a difference to the lives of young people. And there’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing them progress.
      I’m glad to hear that you’re using your skills to educate through writing. Also working with persons with disabilities is a wonderful thing to do.
      🙂

      junie junie

      24/05/2013

    • You’re right. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I have to really discipline myself. But it’s great to have that freedom of being in control.

      junie junie

      29/05/2013

  5. Thanks for such an inspiring post! I’m also a former teacher — taught elementary for 8 years!

    I’ve recently committed to myself that I will build a business so I can enjoy a lifestyle that I want (and yeah, that means quitting my job). I get doubtful at times, but reading articles that are inspiring like this are great!

    I like structure. So, I’m working on building discipline, saving money so that when I make the move I’m not stressed, and trying to create an awesome product!

    Thanks for the inspiration.
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    Jennifer Kennedy

    03/06/2013

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

      You’re doing the right thing by saving for when you make that big leap. Believe me, it’s worth it. It’s great to be able to inspire others. If I did it so can you! I wish you lots of luck as you work towards achieving your goals. Just believe in yourself, kick out doubt through the window and know that all things are possible. The only limitations are what you place in your mind.

      Have a great evening. 🙂

      junie junie

      03/06/2013

  6. Hey June,

    I think anyone that quits their job without replacing it is really not taking the smartest road. Guess what! I did that too though but in all honesty, I was let go from mine. I just made that choice not to go back. Shortly after that the economy took a nose dive so I wouldn’t have been able to go back if I wanted. I think that all worked out for the best though because it forced me to never give up and take immediate action.

    I’m a big people person and my friends and family were worried about me too being so alone at home but I actually love it. The last few years I was working I found that I didn’t enjoy the people any longer. No work ethic, no appreciation of what they had, looked down on authority, you name it it was there.

    I love working at home and I admire anyone who wants to join us. It’s achievable if you take those action steps and congratulations for making that step. Way to go June!

    ~Adrienne
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    Adrienne

    03/06/2013

    • Hi Adrienne,

      You’re right that leaving work without a replacement is not a wise move. But my back-up is that I’m a teacher and if freelancing doesn’t work out, I can always get another teaching job. However, making this move is what I needed to push me forward in terms of getting serious with my writing.

      The work ethic thing is so true. I find that you’re not valued by most employers. Because of the high level of unemployment, they know that they can easily replace you. Therefore, they’re not too bothered about letting you go!

      I’ve only been working at home for a month. Although it hasn’t quite kicked off yet. My daughter had a baby 11 days ago so I’m helping her out. It’s eating into my time. But I’m in the process of putting a plan together. Anyway I must say I love working from home. The freedom is great.

      Thanks for your comments. Have a lovely evening. 🙂

      junie junie

      03/06/2013

    • Thanks Pas Paul. It was a big step but well worth it. 🙂

      junie junie

      06/06/2013

  7. Hello Junie
    Great Post and I celebrate the courage you have.
    It is difficult working for other’s but working from home is not for everyone.
    I believe you will make it.
    Keep writing your goals and take small steps and small chunks and you will succeed.

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    Gladys

    07/06/2013

    • Hi Gladys,
      Thanks for your encouragement. Working from home does have its challenges. But like you said, all I need to do is write my goals and take steps towards achieving them. That is definitely the key together with focus and determination. Have a good day. 🙂

      junie junie

      07/06/2013

  8. I really enjoyed your post! I used to teach also, then I took a staff writing job for a newspaper, which was so low I realized I had no other choice but to freelance or leave the rural area where I live. I turned in my notice and in four days will be finished. I have freelanced before so I’m not totally starting from the bottom, and the newspaper has given me clips, but it’s always scary.

    jordan Clary

    09/06/2013

    • Good luck for when you leave your job. I’m sure you’ll do well in your new venture.

      What’s scary for me is walking into the unknown and not being sure of the outcome. But it’s not a bad thing. When you know you haven’t got the comfort of a secure wage coming in every month, it makes you work harder to make it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

      junie junie

      09/06/2013

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