I was recently interviewed by stylist magazine about building a portfolio career. I have for the last ten years built a property portfolio, and run a talent business and have recently launched a podcast.
"Portfolio career" has been a new buzz term for a while now, not only are we entrepreneurs, we have portfolio careers.
Why shouldn't we have many passions we pursue. Building a life in alignment with our soul enables this. The advent of flexible working and technology also enable us to do this now.
PC careers used to be for women who had reached a certain point in their careers, now millennials are choosing this as a lifestyle.
Here's three mistakes not to make if you have or are embarking on a portfolio career.
1. Basic needs first
If you're looking to embark on a portfolio career, cover your basic needs first. This means paying the bills. You can't be a successful entrepreneur if you're in fear and lack all the time. Scale down your existing job, or get a part time job to make ends meet.
2. Don't have more than three areas you pursue
Three is the magic number. A successful mentor of mine told me early on, have a maximum of three projects/areas you cover. More than three and you spread yourself too thin. Really think what you want your portfolio to look like, which three will you pick, and work out a plan for each, start with the end in mind.
3. Quite often these day a personal brand is in our portfolios and all areas
It’s important to take a long-term approach, success doesn't happen overnight. No-one watched Marie TV for the first year (Marie Forleo). The trick is to take daily action towards your dreams.