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How to Create a Portfolio Career

Have you made a list of New Year resolutions? Now resolve to make them happen by putting them into action. This is the only way to achieve the goals and ambitions you plan to achieve this year and into the future.

On your list have you jotted down “change job/career”? Do you have a burning ambition to work for yourself, to initiate radical yet progressive changes to your lifestyle? Contrary to popular belief, make NOW the right time for you to embark on this new journey of discovery. What are your options? What skills can you take forward with you in your new enterprise? How can you create a successful portfolio career to suit you, your family, and/or your lifestyle?

For some, a portfolio career is seen as an opportunity to live their dream, to fit their dream way of working into their lifestyle. In life we all have responsibilities, such as earning sufficient income to live and to enjoy the good things in life. For many people, looking into the future to set up a good pension and financial plans, is first and foremost on the agenda.

What if you were to challenge yourself to stop looking so far into your future that hasn’t even happened yet? Take a closer look at your life now. Are you living your dream and doing what you love to do?

Where are you now in your working life? Are you miserable and tired because you work long hours for a mean boss who never listens to your ideas or who helps you develop your potential? Is your working life a means to an end, in other words ask yourself, “do I live to work or work to live?”

Creating a portfolio career can be a challenging yet highly rewarding and positive step in your life. Yes, it’s about walking away from the 9-5 grind. Yes, it’s about keeping focused and motivated. Yes, it’s about doing something different and being you. Are you ready to create your NOW portfolio career and embark on an exciting journey?

Before you rush headlong into handing in your notice, here are 10 questions to ask yourself whether a portfolio career will suit you. The questions will help you complete a thorough review of what it takes and how/if it will work.

1. Am I suited to having a portfolio career?

2. Is a portfolio career affordable for me?

3. What are my best skills, achievements and the things I really enjoy?

4. What are my work values?

5. Which hats will I wear today and change throughout the day?

6. Who are my positive business connections?

7. What makes up my portfolio?

8. What’s my story? How did I get to where I am today?

9. Who am I? What do I stand for? What is my brand?

10. How do I manage my time now and going forward?

Finished your review and remain unsure of whether you can take a leap of faith? Talk to a business mentor or coach to gain clarity and focus for your ideas, thoughts and challenges.