From Teaching to Working at Home as a Copywriter
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.