Delighted to hear from the very lovely and very talented Marianne Cantwell this morning that the second edition of her great book is now available in the UK. I had the pleasure of helping her to get the first edition published 6 years ago. Portfolio careerists are not necessarily free range humans but most free range humans have portfolio careers.

Marianne is delighted that it was written up in the Daily Telegraph this morning (if you’re in the UK, it’s in their ‘New Season Resolutions’ special in today’s paper. Yes, when the Telegraph is talking about free ranging you know the world has changed!) I love her description of this edition that states that this is ” the book to pick up if you’re done with leaving a piece of yourself at the door in order to get paid… or if the thought of making things work (without having to squish yourself and your personality into someone else’s box) sounds right up your street”.

To launch this new edition Marianne says that “while it keeps the heart of the first, there are things in here I didn’t dare say the first time… above all, this fresh edition is the antidote to the ’10 step formulas’ and ‘be a version of someone else’ advice (and endless comparisons) clogging up our newsfeeds in 2019.”

So look out for:

– A new chapter on ‘the hidden side of success stories’ – including a big part of her story which she has never shared before .

– Loads on figuring out / creating a direction that fits and making your free range thing work in a loud world (including new stories and approaches, and a new ‘free range personality profile’ to help you making the most of who you are… without getting lost in endless comparisons or in the ‘be a version of someone else’ ‘blueprints for success’ all over the internet these days)

– Fresh perspectives with way more about doing things as you, to suit your personality and the life you want whatever that looks like 

– A new chapter on how to overcome information overload and take the right next steps for you.

So – if you didn’t buy the first edition definitely add this one to your ‘books to read”


I keep coming across more and more references to the increase of a side hustle career profile and the question of ‘but isn’t that just a version of a portfolio career? ‘ Actually I think it is – just about! However, it is likely always to be a more limited portfolio career as someone with a side hustle is most likely to have a main job but then begins another line of business ‘on the side’. Researchers at Reading University reckon that 1 in 4 workers now have a ‘secondary business’ in addition to their full time jobs. For some that will be the way that it stays but for others that will at some point become their main business. They are also predicting that by 2030 half of the adult population may have side hussles. They reckon that those with side hussles make about 20% of their income through this!

Chloe Jepps, head of research at the Association of Independant Professionals and Self Employed, says “people are turning to side hussles not only as a secondary source of income but also to pursue a passion in their spare time. In fact many use such side hustles as an entry point into self employment”.

Just remember not to say what I heard someone say recently at a conference about new career patterns – ” how many people are doing somthing on the side!”


Portfolio Careers for Pharmacists

8 November 2019

Ailsa Sharak has written a wonderful article on her own portfolio career centred around pharmacy. Following on from similar pieces on portfolio career patterns for doctors you can begin to see that the work pattern is beginnig to appeal to many members of the medical profession. Until very recently I think most people would have […]

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Wonderful example of a millenials portfolio career

1 November 2019

I recently came across this description of the pluses of creating a portfolio career in an article by Shweta Taneja om the Live Mint website. She writes “A portfolio career is working towards developing a bouquet of careers in one work-life, that is, using different skill sets to generate multiple sources of income. You may […]

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Portfolio Careers in New Zealand

24 October 2019

We know just how much the concept has taken off in the UK. We also know just how much it has taken off in the US – except of course they continue to use the awful title of ‘Slash careers’. We also know that in Europe generally it is also increasing but not apparantly at […]

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I have a portfolio career but will I be able to retire?

19 July 2019

I do get asked this question from time to time. I do not get excited by it simply because I have no intention of retiring – and I am now 76. However, it is a very crucial aspect of later life. I have just read a brilliant article by Don Ezra in the FT. I […]

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Portfolio Living

11 July 2019

This will be part of the title of my new book which moves us on from portfolio careers. There is an excellent article in todays Evening Standard by Hannah Flint in which she discusses the massive growth of portfolio careers, side hussles, etc. I was taken by a quote she uses: “But why are so […]

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NHS to promote portfolio careers as part of new workforce plan

5 June 2019

I have been writing quite a lot over the past year about health service professionals who are being attracted more and more by the idea of portfolio careers. This has now been highlighted by a report this week which focuses on an NHS commitment to make general practice a ‘more attractive’ place to work by […]

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And now – portfolio careers for nurses!

14 May 2019

I have previously discussed the attractiveness of portfolio careers for doctors, pharmacists and also nurses. This week there is yet another call for nurses to seriously consider portfolio careers. Gemma Mitchell in an article for the Nursing Times on a survey which showed the key issues for nurses. “If we are to attract more people […]

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More ‘Slashies|

10 May 2019

I am beginning to think that I am fighting as a one person band here in attempting to denigrate this awful American alternative to portfolio careers. And ‘no’ – it is not just because our book headlines ‘portfolio careers’. Honestly! I have been asked to write articles for a no of US sites and I […]

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