After earning a business degree from Ryerson University, I continued my education and received a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. I began my career working as an accountant and teaching accounting at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada.
When my husband's job transfer moved us from Canada to the United States, I elected to surrender my CMA designation and combine my business knowledge with my love of words. That decision led to more than twenty years of writing for businesses, professionals, magazines, and organizations of all types -- including plastic surgeons, porta-potty manufacturers, performing arts associations, fish farmers, and small businesses!
In 2015, after homeschooling my children to the end of high school, I wanted to serve my clients in a new way. I completed several coaching certifications and began coaching women who wanted to grow their businesses.
In 2017, after a long freelance engagement writing for plastic surgeons, I experienced burnout. As I explored why this happened, it became clear that there needed to be a community where stressed-out female solopreneurs could learn to:
Stay motivated and inspired.
Make more money, in less time.
Take better care of themselves.
In 2018, I founded the Solopreneur Academy, an online education and support community for female entrepreneurs. (If you're lonely, overwhelmed or stressed out -- or taking care of everyone but yourself -- I invite you to join this amazing community of female solopreneurs.)
In addition to coaching small business owners, I'm a popular speaker on subjects relating to content creation, email marketing, and self-care for entrepreneurs.
I grew up in Ontario, Canada and now live on Long Island, New York. I have been married for more than 30 years, am the proud mother of a son and daughter (both solopreneurs), and am a dedicated dog parent to two rescued miniature dachshunds. I'm also an avid reader and quilter.
With more than 25 years experience in the communications industry (public relations, training, technical writing, and online curriculum development), I didn’t think writing my first Kindle book would be a problem for me. Despite having great ideas and lots of enthusiasm, I found myself dead in the water! As a result, I began procrastinating and wasting a ton of time trying to figure out what wasn’t working.
Thankfully, Sue came to my rescue! During our first coaching call, she was able to pinpoint the issues that were the “real problem”. Working together, we were able to chart a new direction for writing my book that has me re-energized and writing regularly.
I particularly appreciated Ms. Clayton’s positive, gentle, and uplifting approach. She is not critical of partly-formed ideas or unedited drafts. This creates a very safe environment for sharing challenges and generating solutions.