Portfolio working can be attractive. It can provide interesting and challenging work, focusing on your strengths and passions with variety to break the monotony of the day to day grind.
Operating independently, it can be both rewarding and satisfying. Living on your wits, building a network, leveraging the connections, making a living from what you love, what you enjoy.
It’s so much better than a proper job.
You need to have something to sell. Something of value. Something that other people will pay for.
Be clear on your objectives. What are you trying to achieve? Be honest with yourself. Write it down. Refer to it often.
Success is unlikely to come overnight. Patience will be key, together with confidence and persistence to overcome the doubt and uncertainty,
Thick skin will help, to protect you from the naysayers. There will be many, often closer than you would wish.
Ideally you’ll already have a patron, a reliable client or a proven market. It takes a lot to beat the rush of the first sale, the first payment.
Prioritise. Initially everything will be attractive. In time you’ll be swamped, lost in the noise. You must be able to say “No!”.
Manage your time carefully. The line between “work” and “life” will blur. Set the boundaries and defend them.
Decide. Commit. Make it work!