Membership

The Excel against the Odds Success Academy

Helping you run a business that you love which works with your chronic illlness

Taking you from exhausted and busy to thriving and successful

Running a business whilst living with a chronic illness can be incredibly rewarding. However, it’s very difficult to get the balance right. If you are working hard on your business, then you might find that your health starts to suffer and if you’re looking after your health then you might find that your business isn’t achieving the results you were hoping for. Trying to ensure that you are running your business in a way that works with your chronic illness can be incredibly challenging. You will want to make sure that your business can continue to run when you are having a bad health day or if you need to take time out for appointments. Plus it’s important that life isn’t all about work, you want to get enough time to do the things that you love.

I’ve been working with small business owners with chronic illnesses for the last few years and also run 2 businesses while living with my own chronic illnesses. Using these experiences I have developed the “6 Pillars of a Chronic Illness Friendly Business” which I use with my mentoring clients. I will now be using these 6 strategies to create the framework for the Excel against the Odds Success Academy.

For more details, please email me at: sarah@excelagainsttheodds.co.uk

This Membership will help you:

Develop your strategy so that you are moving your business forward and making money in a way that works well with your health condition

Help you plan and prioritise your work, so that your efforts are effective and generate income

Show you strategies and plans so that your business will still bring in an income even when you are not well

Help you develop a healthy mindset for your business and an acceptance of your health conditions.

Teach you how to work smarter not harder, freeing up time for your family and to do the things that you love

The Excel against the Odds Success Academy will provide workshops, planning sessions and networking opportunities to help you run a successful business while looking after your health. It will help you:

  • Plan for the future so that you can feel confident your business will run well even when you’re having a bad day
  • Work alongside other business owners with chronic illness allowing you to share ideas and receive feedback from people who really understand how your health impacts on your business and your life
  • Create a sustainable business model to help you create a financially successful business that supports your health condition

Why I am the right person to help you

Sarah Berthon founder of Excel against the Odds

Running a successful business while protecting health is my passion and I want to help as many people with chronic illnesses as possible. I run two businesses, Excel against the Odds and Crafty by Nature Skincare, and am raising two young children while managing four chronic health conditions. As a result I have developed many strategies to ensure that I am putting my health first which has a positive impact on my work.

Having run the Entrepreneurs against the Odds Facebook group for the past two and a half years, I have supported business owners with chronic health issues to run a successful business while looking after their health. I love mentoring clients and am always delighted to see the results. I also host and produce the Excel against the Odds podcast talking about all things to do with health and chronic illness. I was recently invited to join a round table with a Member of Parliament to explore helping disabled people to start their own business and I also work with organisations to ensure that they can support their employees with chronic illnesses.

Excel against the Odds has been selected as one of this year’s Small Biz 100. This prestigious campaign celebrates 100 small business in the run up to Small Business Saturday and is publicly supported by the Prime Minister, Mayor of London and the majority of councils in the UK.

What is included in the Excel against the Odds Success Academy

In the Excel against the Odds Success Academy you will be given advice and strategies on running a successful business while looking after your health. Included in the membership are:

  • Monthly workshops on a range of topics based on the 6 Pillars of a Chronic Illness Friendly Business. For example:
    • Creating a business strategy that works well with your health condition
    • Streamlining your business
    • Increasing productivity so that you can achieve more in less time
    • Improving your health and wellbeing by making time for the things you love
    • Developing a successful business mindset by developing self-belief and learning to put yourself first
    • Future proofing your business
    • Putting in place steps to ensure that your business can still succeed even when you are having a bad health day
  • Workbooks to accompany some of the monthly workshops
  • Replays available for all the workshops so that you can watch them in your own time
  • Monthly networking with your peer group. Invaluable support from other members of the membership who understand what it is like to run a business with a chronic illness and will be able to offer support and encouragement
  • A forum to ask questions about the Monthly topic and about any other questions that you need help with
  • Quarterly Planning workshops to decide on direction and help you prioritise the most important tasks

Mentoring

If you choose the Membership Plus One to One Mentoring you will receive a monthly (or twice-monthly if you choose that option) hour long Zoom call with me.

In this call, we will either work through the 6 pillars of a Chronic Illness Friendly Business, putting in place actionable plans and improvements for your business or we can work on any topic of your choice. This would benefit anyone that is feeling a bit lost in their business, who would like some clarity on their strategy or who would like help in a particular area of their business. There is no minimum number of sessions required. Key outcomes that I have helped other business owners achieve include:

    • Creating a more realistic weekly or monthly structure to your work
    • Putting strategies in place so that your business can still run when you’re experiencing a flare up of your health condition
    • Assessing your offers and making sure that they work well for you and your health
    • Helping you to prioritise your work
    • Having a production process for your business that works well for your customer and for you
    • Looking at how to have challenging conversations with your customers or suppliers
    • Exploring any issues that you might have around self belief and confidence

What other people with chronic illnesses are saying about the services I provide

“Sarah is someone who really gets both business and chronic illness. She provided a supportive environment to talk through making changes to my business that will help it grow in a way that’ll work better with my chronic illness management.
If you’re a chronically ill business owner and you want help refining the way you run your business so you can grow it while taking better
care of your chronic illnesses, mentoring with Sarah is a great option.”

 Rebecca Thorne

With my chronic health issues going haywire this year, I was having trouble completing anything and was becoming really stressed. After chatting with Sarah in our mentoring session, she helped me plan out a schedule of focusing on one thing for one to three months at a time. This has been game changing for me, and a huge relief. I now feel like I’m moving forward in my business instead of achieving nothing. Thanks for all your help Sarah.

Megan Higginson

“I just want to say Thank you for your one-to-one session recently, I found it very insightful about your journey on how you became self employed and hearing about how you support everyone in the group. All the hard work you have put into supporting Entrepreneurs with chronic illness, is just outstanding. For me, your group is a ‘Safe Place’ to be able to talk about chronic illness, how it can affect me in my personal and work life, without feeling judged. I think I can speak for everyone, when I say, you make us feel at ease and always offer ideas or strategies when things become difficult or with planning ahead. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s great!”

Angela Bottger

“My session with Sarah made me realise that I was being hard on myself by forcing myself out of bed to start work at a ‘normal’ time. Now I happily start work at 11am, rather than beating myself up for starting that late. I feel much more positive and motivated. I also have more energy. As a result, I’ve been able to take on more work. I recommend talking to Sarah if you’re struggling. She ‘gets it’ and will help you find a solution that actually works.”

Jill Davis

Investment

Founder Price Monthly Membership

£25 per month

Included in the membership:

  • Monthly workshops
  • Workbooks to accompany some of the monthly workshops
  • Monthly networking with your peer group
  • Quarterly Planning workshops
 
 

Bonus:

Join the membership before 4th December 2021 to receive the following bonuses:

    • The Founder member price of £25 per month instead of £30 per month
    • A 2022 Planning Group Coaching Call
     

Founder Price Annual Membership

£275 per year

Included in the membership:

    • 12 months for the price of 11
    • Monthly workshops
    • Workbooks to accompany some of the monthly workshops
    • Monthly networking with your peer group
    • Quarterly Planning workshops
 
 

Bonus:

Join the membership before 4th December 2021 to receive the following bonuses:

  • The Founder member price of £275 per year instead of £330 per year
  • A 2022 Planning Group Coaching Call
 

Founder Price Monthly Membership + Mentoring

£100 per month

Included in the membership with mentoring:

  • Everything in the membership
  • One-to-one mentoring session duration 1 hour by Zoom
If you would like 2 x one-to-one calls per month – £175 per month (contact me for more details)
 
 

Bonus:

Join the membership with mentoring before 4th December 2021 to receive the following bonuses:

  •  A 2022 Planning One-to-One Coaching Call in addition to your monthly Mentoring Call

You are free to leave the Excel against the Odds Success Club at any time. If you wish to cancel your membership, you will be able to do so by clicking the cancel button on your My Account page.

 

Contact Me

For more details, please email me at: sarah@exelagainsttheodds.co.uk

If you are interested in mentoring and would like a free 30 minute discovery call, please email me at sarah@excelagainsttheodds.co.uk

Frequently asked questions

The membership will help you to make sure that you set up your business in the right way. With the monthly workshops and the support in the membership forum from myself and the other members I will be able to provide you with guidance and answer any questions. If you would like to make faster progress or would like more personal support, then the additional one-to-one mentoring could provide useful additional support

The membership will help you to make your business run even more smoothly. I will look at how to make it run more efficiently , so that you have more time for yourself and to do the things that you love. I will also look at how to futureproof your business. Plus being around like-minded people who understand what it is like to live with a chronic illness is incredibly beneficial

In the membership, we will be able to look at topics in much more depth. There is a structured methodology to ensure that your business is a success while also looking after your health. The monthly networking calls and the forum will also provide you with a chance to bounce ideas around and build a strong network around you

If you sign up for mentoring, I will provide you with a link to book your monthly or bi-monthly Zoom call with me. Each call will last an hour and we can either cover the topics from the 6 Pillars of a Chronic Illness strategy or we can cover the topics you wish to cover. If you have any questions in between sessions, you can send me an email and I will respond withing 48 hours. There is no minimum requirement for the number of sessions you need to book and you can change to a normal Membership at any time.

Key outcomes that I have helped other business owners achieve include:

    •  Creating a more realistic weekly or monthly structure to your work
    • Assessing your offers and making sure that they work well for you and your health
    • Helping you to prioritise your work
    • Having a production process for your business that works well for your customer and for you
    • Looking at how to have challenging conversations with your customers or suppliers
    • Exploring any issues that you might have around self belief and confidence

Obviously I’d love it if everyone stayed forever, but I understand that life sometimes gets in the way and things need to change.  I’d be sad to see you go, but it is very easy to cancel your membership with 2 clicks of the mouse

All workshops will be recorded and posted on the membership forum. So, if you are unable to make the workshop live, you can catch up at a time that is convenient for you. It will also be possible to ask any questions about the workshop when you watch it on replay.

I have created this membership deliberately so that it isn’t too time consuming. There will a one hour workshop per month and a one hour networking call per month. Plus a one hour planning call every 4 months. These workshops will help you to free up more time in your week. However, if you’re struggling for time, all of the calls will be recorded and you can listen to them in your own time. You can even listen to them when you’re doing something else if nececessary!

I have kept the price of the membership and the mentoring as low as possible to keep it affordable. You will be learning strategies that will make your business more effective which will, in turn, help you earn more money

As a business owner with chronic illnesses, I will have faced many of the issues that you have faced. I’ve also spent the last few years working with business owners with chronic illnesses and helping them to run a business that they love and which works with their health. It is worth asking yourself if you like my approach to teaching. You can listen to the Excel against the Odds podcast, watch the 6 pillars of a Chronic Illness Friendly Business and join the Entrepreneurs against the Odds Facebook group to see whether you like my style of teaching.