Where Self-Employed PhDs Get Their Business Smarts

The community for entrepreneurial grad students & PhDs - freelancers, consultants & business owners.

Tap Into the Collective Brain Power of Self-Employed PhDs

Self Employed PhD is your go-to professional community of entrepreneurial academics! Freelancers, consultants, business owners, and side hustlers all welcome. If you’re a self-employed PhD or a PhD considering becoming self-employed, broadly defined, you’ve come to the right place!

Running a business is not easy! And neither is doing a PhD! It can be hard to navigate the choppy waters, and sometimes you’ll feel like you're sailing blind. That’s why our unique hub of self-employed PhDs was designed to connect you with others who really get your academic background. 

What Can You Expect?

Exclusive members-only resources

  • Access exclusive online video interviews with self-employed PhDs
  • Attend our monthly free-to-members webinars on a variety of topics or visit our video archive
  • Participate in active weekly discussion threads for accountability, promotion, feedback, and our asynchronous reading club!

What Else Will You Get?

  • Connect with like-minded freelancers, consultants, and entrepreneurs
  • Get feedback and advice from other PhDs who get what it's all about
  • Learn about tools and strategies your peers actually use
  • Warm, welcoming international online community featuring real talk about self-employment
  • Access through your browser or via the mobile app — anytime!
  • Make new friends — members in the Bay Area, Ottawa, Raleigh-Durham, and Vancouver have met up in person!

What Are the Steps to Join?

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. Membership is just US $19.99 /month. 

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