to Work Full Time - Part Time ... and Love Every Minute
by Chris King
is believed by career forecasters that before long people who work one
full-time job will be in the minority. As management guru Peter Drucker
puts it, "Corporations once built to last like pyramids are now more
like tents - You can't design your life around a temporary structure."
If you are already a free agent, independent professional, and freelancer,
you may already have what I call a "Portfolio Career" - having
many different careers rolled into one. In this article I am going to
discuss "Portfolio Careers" - what they are, the pros and cons,
where to find one, and when to start building one.
is a "Portfolio Career"? To become
a portfolio person, we must stop thinking in terms of having or not having
a job. We need to take control of our life, make flexibility our credo,
and develop a portfolio of different items, but with a theme. Rather than
working for one company, you take on various projects and cultivate several
clients. A successful "Portfolio Career" fits together bits
of work in our life to form a balanced whole. There are different possibilities
and different types of Portfolio Careers which include:
as an independent contractor for a specified length of time. And, then
on to another career!
full time in one career, and adding on another or more part time careers.
a variety of part time careers.
have a "Portfolio Career"? The pros and cons. I tend to
be a bit biased in this area because I have pursued a Portfolio Career
for more than eighteen years and love it. During that time I have
had as many as nine and as few as three different careers in my portfolio
at a time. The pros in my case are the flexibility (one of my strongest
values), the variety of working on many different tasks, being able to
pursue careers that I love - but don't pay enough to do full-time, the
excitement that accompanies change and taking risks, and having creative
control over my future - if I stop loving a career, I can quit because
I have enough other careers to sustain me.
cons are what every free agent, independent professional,
and freelancer face: a lack of the stability afforded by a full-time job,
paycheck, and benefits; feast and famine - being so busy it is overwhelming
to having no set project lined up; having to deal with constant change
and continual marketing and networking; and hearing friends and family
say, "When are you going to get a real job?"
do I find or search for the careers to fill my "Portfolio"?
I feel that when we are desperately looking for a career, it is hard to
find. But once we have one or two and are exhibiting an attitude and appearance
of confidence and professionalism, new career opportunities pop up continually.
We just need to be flexible and confident about trying new careers. Areas
of opportunity are all around us! Questions to ask yourself are:
employed presently, what part time tasks are now hired out to independent
contractors? What would I like to do or learn to do?
there an idea or ideas that I have for a home-based business, but have
felt would not support me full time?
What skills and talents do I have that others would pay for?
What career(s) would I like to try, if I knew that I wouldn't have to
do it(them) forever or on a full-time basis?
should I start a "Portfolio Career"? I suggest starting
a Portfolio Career the minute you have any dissatisfaction with
your present work life (or lack of work life), the minute someone offers
you an opportunity (either for pay or for volunteer) that sounds interesting
or fascinating, or when there are several career areas you would like
to investigate. I don’t suggest taking on many different careers
at the same time. My Portfolio Career has grown to include nine
different careers over the years (adding and subtracting as a reasonable
pace). The key to making the portfolio life work is planning, knowing
what you are good at and being able to take risks. (This takes courage
and healthy self-esteem.) Fill in any missing parts by volunteering, trying
out new areas, taking classes, listening to tapes, researching and being
honest with yourself.
take The 'Portfolio Career' Self Test - or Am I Someone Who
Would Love to Have One? click HERE.
you have questions or comments, please send me your
FEEDBACK. And, if you already have a "Portfolio Career" I would love to include your story and/or article on this site!
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When I started doing the research for this book, I knew that my own experience as a Portfolio Careerist (having more than one career at the same time) wasn’t going to be enough.
After all, those of us who love and maintain Portfolio Careers also love the variety and thrive on doing things our own way. So, I put out a call to those I knew have or have had Portfolio Careers and would be willing to answer a series of questions.
Thirteen Portfolio Careerists answered my call, so you will get the full story
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