Women’s Agenda – Portfolio Careers

6 June 2017 – We’d all love for our passion to pay the bills. But the reality is that it’s the lucky few who really live by the maxim: ‘do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life’.

One way you can indulge your passions or create some variety in your working life is to have a portfolio career, one where you make your living through a number of avenues.

In her new book Rethink Your Career, Joanna Maxwell says a portfolio career, where you do more than one type of work in your week, is becoming a trend because it’s enabling people to create work that works for them.

So what does a portfolio career look like? It could involve scaling your full-time job back to a part-time one so that you can set up a business on the side, or turning your hobby into a money-making venture.

It may mean channelling your experience and expertise into several complementary roles – consultant, teacher and educator – to create variety within your working week.

Sounds good? Before you go quitting your day job, consider the following pros and cons of a portfolio career to decide if it is the right approach for you.

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