I developed my first Portfolio Career at the age of 15 when I took my first paying job. I was “horse crazy” and was hired by a classy horse stable and rental in the Washington, D.C. park system. I was hired to be the office person on weekends. I answered the phone, saddled up horses that park patrons wanted to ride, took their payments, and got them up on the horse and off for a ride in the park (always short, but that’s another story).
Soon, I took orders for custom made signs that I created with the names of the horses that were living there. I was also paid to ride these high class horses during the weekdays, so they wouldn’t be too frisky for their owners on the weekends. I also braided the hunters’ (jumpers) manes in return for cash and free rides to the local horse shows.
I learned early on how interesting and lucrative a Portfolio Career could become.
Over the many years since that first career, I have loved pursuing Portfolio Careers in a variety of areas. I have never been bored, and love the fact that having many choices gives me the advantage of the flexibility of starting and/or ending a career. I love my present portfolio.
I am a writer with many information products, group fitness instructor (teach 13 classes a week), website developer/designer, professional storyteller (as you can imagine, have a plethora of experiences to share), computer geek, marketer, speaker, and mother of five grownup children.
My advice to others is to make sure you choose careers you love and use your strengths. Don’t let overwhelm defeat you. It happens. Learn the importance of prioritizing and being honest with yourself and others. And, enjoy living to the fullest.
Have a look at Chris’s website http://www.creativekeys.net/. She has just finished her first ebook and will update us on where and how to get it.