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Starting a portfolio career

Tweet As regular readers know we always like to highlight portfolio career stories. Any one of them can sometimes serve as a stimulus for a person to say to themselves, “Well – if she can do it why don’t I give it a go?” Beverley believed as a result of her experiences in selling clothes […]

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Tweet One of the joys of doing presentations is that you get bombarded with questions at the end – or in noisy groups sometimes in the middle too! I love these as although we get many similar questions  I am often stopped in my tracks by a new one and have to be creative in […]

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Tweet Came across this great quotation the other day which is worth all of us reading – speaking as someone not particularly known for his humility. “Humbition is one part humility and one part ambition. We notice that by far the lion’s share of world-changing luminaries are humble people. They focus on the work, not […]

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Tweet 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 […]

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Tweet According to the Prime Minister’s happiness index Londoners are the most stressed and dissatisfied people in England, How does one improve the score?  I created my own index by making a jump from a corporate 9-5 to funding a new portfolio career. Procurement, NLP and Interior Design are not normally spoken in the same […]

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Tweet I often get asked about the appropriateness of portfolio careers for older people. I usually refer to the research carried out by Middlesex University and quoted in our book which shows that Gen Y’s and the 60+ groups were the most enthusiastic for exploring this career pattern. Many people approaching retirement are simply not […]

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Tweet One of the joys of doing the global webinar for the Free Range Humans Festival was discovering the diversity of portfolio careers represented by the people who had tuned in and asked questions on the night and also at the Q&A ‘textin’ the following day. Because I talk a lot (yes – I know […]

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Tweet And didn’t you write a book about all of this you might well ask! Well – yes, but that was nearly 3 years ago and although our basic premises are unchanged and the activities and tools that we describe are all still very relevant, what is new are the increasing number of stories that […]

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Tweet I always find it instructive in giving talks on portfolio careers and I usually get a range of searching questions. One I got last Thursday from the Institute of Accounting in England and Wales (ICAEW) was about how do you get training and development when previously that was an employee benefit. I always hit […]

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Tweet This is always one of the first questions I get after a presentation. It also dominates our portfolio careers linkedin group. I always talk about the 3 main ways people use to finance it – saving up or using redundancy money to give a cushion of comfort whilst populating your portfolio, dropping to part […]

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