"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
"For me, the live discussions, panels, webinars, and coaching sessions are especially necessary, probably because I am new to working on my own, and am not yet used to not being in an office and around people all of the time. I tend to need to bounce ideas off of others, and even though I am an introvert, I do get energized by doing so! Jen provides great structure and a space in which you feel taken care – necessary for doing the vulnerable work of initiating change and growth!"
Anna Marie Trester, PhD
Storyteller and Linguist
Ada Barlatt, PhD
Consultant and Entrepreneur, OperationsAlly
Aaron Barth, PhD
Oliver Lee Bateman, PhD
Joe Burdo, PhD
Co-Founder and Lead Educator, NeuroTinker
Liz Covart, PhD
Independent Scholar and Host, Ben Franklin's World podcast
Daniel Fincke, PhD
Independent Philosophical Teacher and Counsellor
Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD
Consultant, Career Path Writing Solutions
Helen Kara, PhD
Researcher, Author, Teacher, We Research It Ltd
Lindy Ledohowski, PhD
Founder and CEO, EssayJack
Melanie Nelson, PhD
Independent Contractor, MRN Consulting
Dawn Nickel, PhD
Business Owner, She Recovers
Daveena Tauber, PhD
Graduate Writing Consultant, ScholarStudio
L. Maren Wood, PhD
Career Coach and Researcher, Beyond the Professoriate
Jo VanEvery PhD
Academic Coach and Business Owner
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
FromPhDtoLife.com and BeyondProf.com
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!