Portfolio careers are on the rise, whether it’s by necessity or by choice. Kristen Runvik shares why she chose to have a portfolio career, how she balances the mix of projects and the multiple priorities, and how she finds the opportunities.
Highlights of Episode 57
- The parts pieces of Kristen Runvik’s portfolio career
- Why this work arrangement suited her career goals
- Kristen’s favorite (and effective) way of finding job opportunities
- How Kristen determines if a side project fits within her bigger picture
- Why Kristen’s business doesn’t feel like overwhelming work
- The importance of time management to prevent burnout when you have a portfolio career
When I joined the workforce (back in the Jurassic years before the internet 🤓), the advice that my parents gave me was to find a good “secure” job where I could ideally spend the rest of my professional years. 😱
The other day, I saw on LinkedIn that my former colleague was celebrating his 26th anniversary at the company I worked for before. So, this long-term-with-one-company arrangement is definitely still the thing and it hasn’t completely disappeared.
But the reality is project-based work, or freelance work, or part-time work… these kinds of work arrangement are on the rise—whether by choice or by necessity.
I asked my colleague Kristen Runvik to join me on the podcast to explore her process for creating and managing her portfolio career. In this episode, we talk about what makes the parts pieces of her career, how she manages her time and energy across different priorities, and how she determines what makes up the mix.
One of the things that I’d really like you to pay attention to is how Kristen finds the opportunities. Her strategy is great and will work no matter what kind of work you have or want to have. It’ll work for both part-time and full-time jobs. It’ll work for both employed and self-employed folks.
Mentioned in this episode
- Surround yourself with people creating thriving careers in the new economy. Get your insider’s pass to AndThriving
- Find out more about Kristen Runvik and her natural skincare and body products here
- The book I referenced about focus: Rework by Jason Fried*
- Kristen’s book recommendation: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna* (and I definitely recommend getting this in print!)
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