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

Sarah Berthon founder of Excel against the Odds

⭐️Do you feel that your health issues are holding you back from running your dream business and making the income that you desire?
⭐️Do you worry that if your business is successful, it will be detrimental to your health?
⭐️Would you like your business to provide you with the flexibility to get rest when you need it and have time to do the things that you love?

Well, that is what the Excel against the Odds Success Academy can offer you.  I can show you that it IS possible to run a successful business and a have a chronic illness. How do I know? Because I have done it. I am currently running two successful businesses, raising my children and living with several chronic illness. Over the past few years, I have learnt how to deal with both and I have created my Six Pillars for Success so that you can have it too. The Success Academy will give you the strategies to sky-rocket your business, to enable you to find the balance and flexibility to look after your health as well as doing the activities that bring you joy. I’ll also show you how to set up your business so that it can continue to run even when you’re not well.

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
  • A library of previous 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

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

I am proud to be a founder member of the Excel Against the Odds Success Academy for a few months and find it so reassuring to be amongst people who understand how difficult it can be to juggle running a business with managing health issues.

I’m in memberships specific to my business who give great advice that just doesn’t work for me as I never know in advance when I’ll get a flare up which messes up planning etc! But Sarah really understands as she is doing the same herself and gives wonderful advice and support x

I feel so driven to do the right thing with my health to make my business work knowing Sarah has done the methods herself successfully rather than trying to push too much and end up with yet another flare up!

Joe Collins

Trying to run a business with a longterm health issue has been a massive challenge. Getting the most out of the time I have where I can think straight and keep my eyes open can be difficult. As a result I am careful who I spend my time with and I can honestly say when I have spent time with Sarah it has been well worth it. She always has wonderful insight and ideas that will help and its so nice having someone that understands the trials and tribulations faced when balancing health and business.

Polllie Rafferty

“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


Monthly Membership

£30 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



Annual Membership

£330 per year

Included in the membership:

    • 12 months for the price of 11
    • A power hour with me to move your business forward
    • Monthly workshops
    • Workbooks to accompany some of the monthly workshops
    • Monthly networking with your peer group
    • Quarterly Planning workshops

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

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If you are interested in mentoring and would like a free 30 minute discovery call, please email me at

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.