In this article, a portfolio career is defined as earning income or having work from more than one industry or function at the same time. There are two ways to approach it – have more than one job or business, or find a way to blend your interests.
One – Is there a natural or obvious match between your interests?
For example, perhaps you love photography, writing, and scrapbooking. You could have a one business as a photographer, selling everything from fine art photos, to stock photos, to portraits. A second business as a freelance writer. And yet a third business with a scrapbook store, or teaching classes and selling materials. We have many more Career Help Articles Now Available.
Or, start a business as an expert in creating memory books with well-written stories and fantastic photographs. You could create the products for people on commission, or you could teach others to do it. Why not both?
Two – What do you do if there is not a match between your interests?
Maybe you want to work in the medical field and build sailboats. Then where do you start? If you are a practical person, get some sort of medical job that works for you that pays the bills. You can get schooled in something like phlebotomy, for example, in six months. Get an LPN in a year. Then, start exploring how to build sailboats. But wait, might there be a way to combine these interests after all? Those large windjammer type cruise lines, do they need medical personnel who also know how to rig a sail? Why not look into it?
Three – Okay, really, there just is not a match between your interests.
The best advice here is to start things one at a time.
Let me give myself as an example. I love to travel, so I got a job at an airline (which I am thankful I still have!). But it took nearly two years of work before I could control my schedule enough to add a second interest. Last year, I became an independent contractor for a direct sales company. This year I have trained so that I can offer my services as a coach to help other people like me find their best career path. Each of these things brings me a combination of benefits, income, and happiness.
In the end, that is what this type of portfolio career is all about – not being tied to one thing all the time. It’s like catnip for the generalist. We have many more Career Help Articles Now Available.