​Is ​your business ​stressing you out?

  • Are you a female business owner?
  • ​Do you feel stressed, lonely or overwhelmed?
  • ​Are you taking care of everyone but yourself?
  • Do you need help growing your business?
  • Would you like education designed specifically for female ​solo entrepreneurs?
  • Would you enjoy being part of an online community of female business owners who understand?
  • ​Do you deal with chronic pain, mental health challenges, or care-giving responsibilities that impact your business?

​The ​Solopreneur ​Academy can help!

​Our mission is to help female solo ​business owners to be successful long-term by:

  • Taking better care of themselves.
  • Reducing overwhelm ​through education and support designed specifically for female entrepreneurs.
  • ​Growing your businesses so you can make more money.
  • ​Being part of an amazing community of female entrepreneurs who understand!

What is ​the ​ Solopreneur Academy​?

​​The ​Solopreneur ​Academy is an online community to support women ​solo business owners. It is a ​place where ​female ​​entrepreneurs can ​"let down their guard" and find education, inspiration and ​support -- without leaving their home! ​Academy members have instant access to more than 70 videos that will help female entrepreneurs:

  • ​Grow their business.
  • ​​Be up-to-date and subjects and events that impact solo business owners.
  • ​Stay focused and motivated.
  • ​Prioritize self-care.


​In the ​Solopreneur Academy, we recognize that ​women entrepreneurs have more responsibilities than just their business, that life can be messy, and that work sometimes takes a "back seat" to other obligations. The women entrepreneur members of the Serene Solopreneur community are committed to growing their ​businesses; increasing their wealth and personal power; and taking care of themselves and their loved ones. 


In addition to providing ​online educational events each month that are designed specifically ​to educate and support women entrepreneurs, we ​are a community of women supporting women. Our discussions take a deep dive into subjects that ​include running a business, organizing a household, and making time for yourself.

​Serene Solopreneur Community Benefits

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​Self-Care

​Daily reminders that ​remind ​women entrepreneurs ​ to take care of ​their own needs.

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​Education

​Four live, educational events each month precisely for ​female entrepreneurs who work from home. ​

​Community

​A vibrant, moderated Facebook Group ​to support women entrepreneurs with their business and life. ​

​The Serene Solopreneur community understands women entrepreneurs. We know that running your own business can be overwhelming, especially if ​you're a "one woman show" and have other responsibilities. We're ​here to educate, encourage, and support ​women entrepreneurs -- so that you can make good business decisions and don't feel alone.

​Sue Allen Clayton, Founder of the ​Solopreneur Academy

Monthly Live Events for Members

Running a home-based business can be lonely. It can also be overwhelming as you handle sales, marketing, bookkeeping, website development, social media -- and more. Each month, we bring you four live events that are designed to entertain, educate and support women entrepreneurs with home-based businesses. All events are held via Zoom, so you will able to see the presenter(s) and (in most cases) your fellow ​solo business owners. Book Club, ​Motivation Monday, and ​Master Classes are all recorded and stored in the ​Academy library.

Book Club

​Our monthly discussion of books related to staying healthy, running a business, and organizing your life.

​Get It Done Day

Our monthly online meetup where we work on any ​business or personal project of our choosing -- such as social media posts, ​invoicing, proposals -- or just cleaning up your office.

Master Classes

​Our monthly ​online meetup with a guest expert on subjects that include technology, finance, Search Engine Optimization, public speaking, and dressing for success.

​Mindset Monday

Our monthly, Monday morning ​week-starter on subjects that include how to cope with fear, time management tips, and how balance work and family.

Office Hours

​Our ​monthly call where you can ask questions, get feedback, or hang out with other female solo business owners.

​The ​Solopreneur Academy is an online community designed to encourage, educate and support women entrepreneurs. In addition to education, it is a community where ​home-based entrepreneurs ​can be honest about ​their business (and ​their life), and feel supported by ​​women who are also balancing ​running their business ​with other responsibilities.

​Sue Allen Clayton, Founder of the ​Solopreneur Academy

​Do you relate to any of these challenges?

​If you can relate to any items below -- joining the ​Solopreneur Academy can help! We provide encouragement, education and support to help you balance your life, take care of yourself, and grow your business.

  • I struggle to balance work and family. Working from home can be a blessing and a curse. The blessings include a short commute (especially appreciated during bad weather) and proximity to your loved ones. The downside is dealing with distractions related to care-giving, household chores, and deliveries. This is especially tough if your home office is also the kitchen table, so you are working in a confined workspace with little privacy.
  • I have too much work. As a solo business owner, you’re responsible for everything. In addition to client work, you must make time for sales, marketing, operations, website admin, tech support, bookkeeping and office cleanup. You must also set priorities and meet non-client deadlines related to social media, newsletter creation, and finances. It’s extraordinarily tough to fit all of this into a workday!
  • I feel lonely and isolated. Working from home means you don’t get to socialize at the water cooler or coffee station. You can’t share photos of your weekend or complain about a tough client. There are no pizza parties for meeting your sales goals, no break-room birthday celebrations, no summer picnics, and no holiday parties. Most of your human contact is with clients and vendors. Running a solo business can be very lonely when your best conversations are with your dog, the telemarketer trying to sell you solar panels, or the UPS delivery person.
  • I have a hard time staying focused. Solopreneurs wear many hats. There’s no boss to motivate you, no accountability system to keep you on track, and no performance evaluations to keep you focused. There’s nobody setting goals, watching the quality of your work, or monitoring your progress toward deadlines. If you want to watch Netflix all day, nobody is stopping you. Successful solopreneurs must find the self-discipline to focus on essential tasks and projects.
  • I’m feeling overwhelmed. In most jobs, you focus on what you’re good at and have assistance for everything else. This is not true for solopreneurs. There’s no on-site “tech guy” to fix your computer, no “payroll gal” to manage your earnings, and no billing department to collect outstanding invoices. Part of your day will be spent doing work that you hate. Even if you outsource these tasks, you’re still responsible for initiating contact and following through.
  • My life feels out of control. Solopreneurs must stay current on more than just professional development. You’re responsible for keeping plugins updated on your website, making sure your IRS payments are current, and monitoring your Facebook ad spending. And then there’s opening mail, paying bills, and submitting your sales tax to the state government. Without proper systems in place, it’s easy to spiral out of control.
  • I can’t get motivated. All solopreneurs have bad days. You can feel anxious, fearful or depressed. You can feel unprepared, unconfident, and unappreciated. You can feel discouraged, disappointed or like an imposter. Unfortunately, solopreneurs don’t have a thoughtful boss or friendly coworkers to challenge these beliefs and improve your mindset. Being a successful solopreneur means that you must learn how to motivate yourself.
  • I have mental health challenges. ​I am an entrepreneur who lives with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD or bipolar disorder. I must adapt my work schedule to accommodate my mental health. If this is the case, you are not alone. One in five Americans have mental health issues. Four percent of Americans -- 10 million adults -- live with a serious mental illness and recent studies have shown that this number is much higher in entrepreneurs.
  • I’m in physical pain. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, somewhere between 11 percent and 40 percent of American adults struggle with chronic pain. Being self-employed is helpful because you can set your work hours around your physical needs. ​The Solopreneur Academy recognizes that. although physical setbacks and chronic pain can impact your business​, it is totally possible to be successful.
  • I’m taking care of everyone but myself. Female solopreneurs frequently put everyone’s needs about their own – including the needs of our spouses, parents, children, pets and clients. You sacrifice healthy eating, showering, exercise, sleep and/or fun (remember that?) in order to reach your business and personal goals. There’s no boss insisting that you leave work at 5:00 PM, take a personal day to regroup, or schedule an overdue vacation.
  • I’ve purchased too many tools. Thanks to the wonders of email lists and targeted Facebook ads, you’ll encounter an unlimited number of apps for sale that can help run your business – especially related to marketing, accounting, website management, and social media posting. This can lead you down an expensive road of mis-matched, unnecessary or unused apps that either (1) make you feel guilty for not using what you purchased or (2) unnecessarily complicate your business.
  • I don’t like elements of my business. I have been a professional writer for more than 25 years. I love to research and write. I don’t like dealing with finances, taxes, sales, marketing, website security or Search Engine Optimization. If you’re a solopreneur, it’s business suicide to avoid what we don’t like – unless we want to hire assistance for more unpleasant tasks.
  • I’m working in chaos. What does your desk look like? Many solopreneurs work in disorganized, cluttered workspaces that lack systems and checklists. As a result, things fall through the cracks. If you’re like many home-based business owners, your office does double duty as a playroom, storage room, laundry sorting area, or (in my case) a sewing room.


Why You Should Join the ​Solopreneur ​Academy

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    You're looking for support. We have a private, moderated Facebook group designed ​to support women entrepreneurs with home-based businesses. The group includes daily themes (such as Motivation Monday or Tech Tuesday) that encourage members to share what works for them. We also have days that focus on self-care (Wellness Wednesday) and encourage ​members to take risks (Fearless Friday). Members are encouraged to ask questions, to share challenges, and to post celebrations.
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    You're looking for encouragement. You will be part of a community of ​women supporting women, facilitated by a well-trained coach. What makes this group different is that we all have commitments beyond our business. Most of us are juggling roles as parents, spouses, children, community members and more (including, of course, being pet owners). Our events are designed to provide encouragement and support. In addition, a daily motivational quote is posted in our Facebook group to help lift your spirits.
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    You need education relevant to ​women entrepreneurs. While it's awesome to understand Amazon's business model, it's not very helpful for a one-woman business. Our education centers on topics that are directly related to being a female solopreneur who works from home. These include managing your time, stress, money, marketing, self-care and other obligations.
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    You ​feel isolated. Being a ​female ​entrepreneur can be ​lonely, especially if you are home-based and your biggest weekly adventure is grocery shopping. The ​Solopreneur Academy ​comes with a community. All of our events are conducted online using Zoom. You will be able to see the presenters and (in most cases) the other participants. Members are encouraged to participate in live events and to develop relationships with each other.
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    You need something positive in your life. Let's face it ... it's easy to get depressed over politics, school shootings, global warming, the economy, and pretty much everything else on the news. While the ​Solopreneur ​Academy recognizes the importance of being politically active, we also know that having successful businesses will increase our power. The ​Solopreneur ​Academy is designed to ​keep ​women entrepreneurs in a positive space so that you can focus on your business.
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    You have been shamed by coaches for not doing enough. Many of the top industry coaches are extroverted males who have "people" to handle their lives. While their advice to "Give 110% to your business every day" is admirable, they do not understand that many women entrepreneurs are juggling ​responsibilities and that, unfortunately, business does not always come first. The goal of the ​Solopreneur ​Academy is to help celebrate what we are getting done -- not shame ​female entrepreneurs for not doing enough.

​It's easy to find information on how to run a business, but not much of it applies to ​female entrepreneurs who have home-based businesses. The Serene Solopreneur provides education and support around mindset, technology and systems that will help support women entrepreneurs. Our goal is to help you build your business -- and make your life easier.

​Sue Allen Clayton, Founder of the Solopreneur Academy

​Join the Solopreneur Academy

​The ​Solopreneur ​Academy is unique because we support ​women entrepreneurs who ​run home-based businesses, ​in addition to having other responsibilities in their home or community. We provide encouragement, education and support specifically for female entrepreneurs by hosting live events (all recordings are stored in the ​Academy library) and through ​our ​moderated Facebook group.

​Our vibrant Facebook group has two components that are designed to support women entrepreneurs. Every day has a theme (such as "Wellness Wednesday" or "Fearless Friday") to inspire you to improve your health or your business. Every evening we post a motivational quote that will uplift and inspire you. In between, you'll enjoy interaction with your fellow female entrepreneurs.

​Sue Allen Clayton, Founder of the ​Solopreneur Academy



Why You Should NOT join the ​Solopreneur ​Academy

  • You're ​a guy. Sorry. This group is for women only.
  • You've got it all figured out. Your personal and business lives integrate seamlessly. You never "drop the ball" and are a shining example of "doing it all" to your family and friends.
  • You find running your business to be easy. Despite being inundated with information, you easily select what is relevant and helpful -- and ignore the rest.
  • You always fix your hair and makeup. Even on days you don't see clients.
  • Your work area is uncluttered and organized. You manage all aspects of your business with total ease. You get everything accomplished during work hours, so your business obligations never intrude on your personal life.
  • Your life is free of distractions. Nothing keeps you from running your business or meeting your goals. Pets, children, parents and telemarketers leave you alone. You are 100 percent focused on your work.
  • You easily pop into "work mode" every day. You always feel passionate about ​everything you're doing and can't wait to get started on your day. ​
  • You prioritize your own self-care. You come first, ahead of over your personal and business obligations. You exercise regularly, drink enough water, and get enough sleep.
  • You ​don't like to learn.You're confident with how you're running your business. You have no need for a video library of more than 70 educational events designed precisely for female solopreneurs. 
  • You aren't an animal lover. ​Solopreneur Academy members unapologetically love our pets. They are some of the best supporters in a home-based business. Posting pictures of furry friends is strongly encouraged.
  • You don't use Facebook. While it's still possible to get a lot of value out of the Serene Solopreneur community if you don't have Facebook, it is the primary way that we communicate.

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