How to make $100,000 a year with your PhD and still have a life [Interview with Stephanie Snyder]

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Stephanie Snyder, Ph.D. The Overjoyed Mom

Interview with Stephanie Snyder, Ph.D.

Founder of The Overjoyed Mom (Intuitive Life and Business Coach)

Tell us about yourself?

I am a Navy wife, mom of 4, and a 6-figure business owner. My son is 13, and my daughters are 10, 5, and 2. When I’m not spending time with my family or working on my business, I enjoy spending time in my garden, horse backing riding, running/biking, and going to the beach.

Why did you decide to not pursue an academic career?

I finished my Ph.D. in 2017 just weeks before my 4th was born and I was excited to enter the academic world. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that a tenure position was not my calling. As a military family, we move regularly and I honestly never wanted to work in an office for 40+ hours/week. I wanted to have plenty of time with my kids, so I started The Overjoyed Moms in the fall of 2017.

What is your business?

My business helps moms to grow successful businesses around their families with ease. I support moms through intuitive practices and teach them the mindset work that it takes to be successful in the online space.

How does the money you make from your business compare to what you would be earning if you followed an academic career?

This year I will make over $100,000 in my business working on average 15 hours/week, whereas when I was teaching as an adjunct I was maybe making $30,000 a year, so the tradeoff was a no-brainer.

What does an average day in the life look like for you?

My average day is actually quite amazing!! I created this life in baby steps and it feels amazing. Here is an example of what my typical week looks like.

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What advice would you give others looking at starting a business?

My advice to others that are looking to start a business is to get clear on what they want their life to look like first. It’s much easier to steer the ship when you know where you’re going. Once you’re clear, then it’s about taking consistent action and continuously growing yourself alongside of growing your business. Just like your Ph.D., you didn’t achieve it by working on it only when you wanted. Consistency is what will help you achieve your vision faster. Of course, I’m a firm believer in finding someone to support you. I hired a business coach when I got started because I didn’t want to have to figure it all out on my own and I wanted advice from someone who had already done what I wanted to do. And I believe that there is no greater investment than yourself.

Stephanie Snyder, Ph.D. The Overjoyed Mom

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