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 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 quote what I found to be an especially useful calculating tool.

How much is enough? For a first rough estimate, consider the “rule of £1,000” which says that, for every £1,000 you have available, typically it generates £1 a week for the rest of your life. So £100,000 would make £100 a week available. For those who want something more, I’ve found that even non-geeky people understand the notion I call your personal funded ratio. It compares how much you have (and are likely to add, if there’s time for future savings) with how much you need to continue the lifestyle you desire. A score of more than 100 per cent is good; under 100 per cent suggests a need for remedial action. There’s a free calculator tool on my website to help individuals and couples make this comparison. “

He also talks about the importance of getting your will right and not creating problems for your family. He ends up with a quote from Paul Sullivan in The New York Times. “Just think for a second what it would be like on Christmas morning if your children ran downstairs and there were all of these presents, bright and shining, big and small, but with no name tags on them. Can you imagine the free-for-all that would ensue?”

I own up to not being overinterested in this topic but I do think it is a short coming that I need to address. I have always been good at living in the here and now but of course I will not always be here ……


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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How can we stop this outbreak of ‘slashing’!

25 April 2019

After my recent diatribe about the US term for portfolio careers – slashing – taking over from our perfectly understandable term for it – portfolio careers – could not believe it when once again this morning there is another piece arguing for slashing as if it has only just been invented! This time can you […]

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BBC ‘discovers portfolio careers’!

24 April 2019

The money programme has just had a piece on portfolio careers. One of the fascinating facts for me was the latest research they had on the uptake of portfolio careers. More than 320,500 self-employed people in Britain are working two or more jobs, new analysis suggests. A study by the Association of Independent Professionals and […]

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Why you need to embrace a portfolio career

25 February 2019

This was the title of a guest blog in HR News by Ben Chatfield CEO and CO-founder at Tempo. He points out that in past generations, when stability and long-term career planning was the priority, it was typical to stay with the same employers for life. By 2020 Millennials will comprise over 50% of the […]

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Side Hussles are Muscling in!

26 November 2018

In July I posted  about this new phase that I was coming across called ‘side hussle’ which some people, including Henley Business School, were using almost as an alternative to the term ‘portfolio career’. From my internet researches it appears that the term is largely used to refer to a second job that not only […]

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