"Jen's interviews are very informative (I listen to them multiple times), the accountability thread keeps me in check every week, and the group coaching sessions keeps me grounded."
What Our Members Say
Feedback from our beta test members
"I feel at home in the SEPhD community. I get both practical information and support about running a business and dealing with the challenging emotions that go along with chasing contracts, dealing with complex relationships with clients, learning new things, building ideas that might not pan out, making sense of the PhD in the context of the new self-employed life, etc. It's really inspiring and informative to see all the interesting work that other PhDs are doing as their own/side businesses. It's exactly the kind of networking that works for me — genuine, relationship-based... a community."
Helen Kang, PhD
Writer & Communications Consultant
"As a solopreneur, my work is largely solitary and it's easy to get caught in ruts in my thinking. Self-Employed PhD gives me a community of peers with whom I can discuss my business — both its technical and emotional aspects. It's so valuable to be among people who come from the same background as me as we are all pushing ourselves into new territory. The interviews and live coaching calls have been the best medium for exploring new ideas."
Emily Roberts, PhD
Personal Finance Consultant
GradStudentFinances.org and PFforPhDs.com
"I’ve benefitted from the in-depth knowledge from the invited speakers. The interviews have been great and I loved the fact that the speakers were covering the nitty-gritty of their consultancies/businesses. I enjoy the the opportunity to share tips and get real-life, detailed feedback from members of the community. Members are very generous in sharing tips and resources. And I like the accountability threads: I’ve found them really motivational!"
"I loved the high energy and rich content of this interview. Thank you, Maren Wood, for the amazing info."
Why a Community for Self-Employed PhDs?
Connect with others who really get your academic background
Doing a PhD can be an isolating experience. The same can be even more true of launching a career after it, whether or not you're going beyond the professoriate. And when it comes to working for yourself? Forget it! This is definitely the road less traveled. We do so much alone, often without meaningful support and assistance from others who really get it.
One of the reasons people work with me is to feel supported on their journeys. My clients know that I am there with them. We do much more together, but that aspect is a key one for many of my graduate student and PhD clients.
Since 2013 I've connected and engaged with thousands of people via my blogs and social media accounts. My readers and followers often value knowing that they are part of a larger community — in spirit, that is. Blogging platforms, Twitter, and Facebook pages can only do so much to facilitate broader connection between followers. They aren't the best tools.
And so that's why I wanted to create a formal community where people can come together to share, learn, and grow — without needing me to retweet something! A place where we can be in the same virtual room together.
That idea turned into Self-Employed PhD, which I launched with 20 beta members in November 2016. I opened up the community to wider membership in February 2017 and as I write this in early March we've got over 50 members . . . and counting! I hope you'll join us.
Jennifer Polk, PhD - Community Host
Academic, Career, and Life Coach for PhDs / Co-Director of Educational Programs
"This interview blew my mind! So much creativity and resourcefulness throughout."
Inside the Community
What you'll see when you join
Self-Employed PhD is a Mighty Network. Our community looks great and it's easy to navigate, plus it allows us to do all sorts of useful (and fun!) things.
When you join, you'll create a quick profile, upload a picture, and tell us a bit about yourself. You can connect with other members and topics of interest by "following" them. Some of our members love the online community and actively engage in conversations; others prefer to lurk. It's all good.
The online community is also where the recorded videos are housed, and you can watch them anytime on your computer or mobile device. Use the app to connect with us on the go!