Feeling unfulfilled and burnt out from teaching, Jess Frischolz took the brave step to hand in her resignation just over a year ago. Within just one month of working as a copywriter, she was earning the same money and working fewer hours!
On this episode, Nicki and Kate speak with CCA student Jess about her inspiring transition from teaching to copywriting. Listen in to hear how she persevered through repeated rejections to land her dream job and how she is embracing the newfound freedom in her life.
A Sneak Peek at the Episode
[3:07] Feeling unfulfilled by her career in teaching, Jess began looking into copywriting and kept coming back to the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy course.
[8:19] After a short break from the CCA, Jess jumped back into the action sheets, refreshed her memory, and landed an ongoing part-time contract as a copywriter.
[10:36] Entering the freelance world was scary, but Jess didn’t let rejections discourage her.
[15:55] Jess embraced the newfound flexibility in her life by moving to a new state.
[18:32] Having the freedom to create a schedule and routine that really works has been transformational for Jess.
[21:03] There was a period of adjustment while Jess figured out how to manage her schedule and organize her time.
[23:05] Jess replaced her teaching income within just one month and did not have to sacrifice her lifestyle when she made the transition into copywriting.
[25:23] Jess’s mental health has significantly improved since starting her copywriting career. She feels more fulfilled and challenged by the constant variety of work she gets.
[27:46] Jess works as a contractor for a pet supplement company, where she does 28 to 30 hours a week and gets to work on a wide range of projects.
[31:23] As adults, we don’t often put ourselves in those beginner shoes again and forget that new things can feel hard at first.
[34:23] Surrounding yourself with the right network and community of people that are going through what you’re going through can help your transition into a new career.
[38:41] Jess’s persistence and willingness to keep going, even when she felt discouraged, has been a major factor in her success.
As with every episode, we highly encourage you to listen to the entire conversation! But here are a few of the highlights:
“This is it. No more excuses. I can’t sit here and complain about my life if I’m not going to do things to change it. And so I went back to the action sheets. I refreshed my memory, pressed forward with the other ones. I didn’t even finish all of the modules if I’m being completely honest. Because then within a couple months, by March, I had landed an ongoing contract part-time. And I was like, holy cow, it works!”
“Did this even just happen? I didn’t need to get another degree to get the same amount of pay? I didn’t need to spend years studying. It blew my mind so that’s huge. So if people are wondering do you get paid well? Yes, you absolutely can.” – Jess
“It’s so discouraging when you just keep getting noes, but you cannot stop because the work is out there.” – Jess
“I get to practice yoga before I start my work, I can do stuff for me and for my own business, and then I can start working on things for my contract position, and then I can work out or I can go for a walk. It’s those kind of things where I have that freedom to create that schedule and that routine that really works for me. That to me is huge.” – Jess
“It is a big deal because there are a lot of people out there who don’t have that, who are doing jobs because they feel like they have to do that job, and whose schedule is not under their control—sometimes from the moment they get up till the time they go to bed. So it’s so wonderful that you have taken that into your own hands and now you get to do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it.” – Nicki
Mentioned on this Episode
- Ep. 91: Transitioning Out of Teaching to Copywriting – George’s Story
- Great Summer Job for Teachers: Copywriting
- Best Backgrounds and Degrees for Getting Into Copywriting
- How Much Experience Do You Need to Become a Copywriter?
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