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Manage your portfolio career

An increasing number of people build their careers by combining several paid activities at the same time. This offers the opportunity to carry out different kinds of work, use a variety of skills or combine paid and voluntary work. A portfolio career can also give you the flexibility you need to balance work and family responsibilities. Use our guides, books, articles and links to find out more about portfolio careers as a career option.

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Crash course in... Building a portfolio career

You're feeling jaded with your corporate career and want a bit more variety in your working life. The idea of mixing a number of roles in a portfolio career intrigues you, and with the employment outlook uncertain, this is a good time to see what's involved in building one.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Balance your life and work

This book offers practical advice on work life balance. It helps you work out your own priorities, reduce your stress levels, and take positive action to make your life easier.

How to make partner and still have a life

Aims how to show how career development can be accomplished while maintaining a good work-life balance. It is focused specifically on achieving partnership in a firm, and contains guidance on routes to partnership, networking over the course of a career, and the partnership selection process.

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviours sabotaging your career success

Aims to build career development skills for women in business. Includes chapters on work-life balance, communication skills, and self-confidence.

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Briefings

Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Effective PR

01-06-2011

Good public relations can be the making of a start-up business. Inept PR can ruin it. In its broadest sense, PR is a way of effectively and accurately communicating with your audience to make sure they understand your company. It also enables you to develop a positive image in their mind.

Forming a business

01-06-2013

Once you have made up your mind to go ahead, you need to get to grips with the legal requirements for forming a business.

Setting up an office

01-10-2011

In a well set-up office, the equipment, the systems and the environment all contribute to making you and your business more efficient. Instead of cobbling together your office as you go along, plan it properly from the start.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Checklists

The How To Do It guides from Atom Content Marketing are a collection of checklists providing a step-by-step approach to key business issues. Access to these guides is available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Balance business and family responsibility

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01-04-2015

Getting a new business off the ground and managing it on a day-to-day basis can be extremely demanding. It is even more challenging when you have family responsibilities to meet, such as bringing up children, caring for a child with disabilities or looking after elderly parents or relatives.

Benefit from networking

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01-03-2013

Networking is the art of forming and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with others who are linked to your career, sector, market, region or specific interest. To maximise the benefits you need to be active in sharing your experience, knowledge and contacts with other network members. In the same way you gain from your relationship with them.

Specify and buy your first IT system

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01-10-2012

In recent decades, information technology (IT) has made a huge impact on the world of business. Almost every company now uses some form of IT system to perform a range of functions.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Living a Portfolio Life

Provides tips for those aspiring to live a Portfolio Life.

Crash course in...Building a portfolio career

Offers tips on how to establish a portfolio career.

Are you ready to go portfolio?

Giving up the rat race for the freedom of a freelance professional life might be a daydream, but does the reality live up to the fantasy?

Useful links

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Guides

Portfolio careers
Article from career coach Denise Taylor which answers common questions asked by those considering a portfolio career.

10 portfolio career tips
Article by career and job-search expert Randall S. Hansen which provides guidance for those interested in building a portfolio career.

Portfolio careers (Careershifters)
Articles from the the Careershifter website which share experience from career coaches and practitioners and offer tips for creating a portfolio career. The article Portfolio careers for people in their 20s and 30s provides advice for those considering a portfolio career at an early stage in their working life.

Portfolio careers (THE)
Article from the Times Higher Education supplement giving more details on portfolio careers as a career option.

Organisations

Accounting for International Development (AfID)
Voluntary organisation which offers qualified accountants the opportunity to use their professional skills during voluntary international placements. Assignments last between 2 weeks and 12 months and form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of non-profit organisations around the world.

Reach
Reach is a skilled volunteering charity which matches qualified professionals with suitable voluntary opportunities that will utilise their career skills. You need to register to see a list of volunteer opportunities available. The charity also runs TrusteeWorks which helps skilled professionals to find challenging and rewarding trustee opportunities.

VSO volunteer
The Voluntary Services Organisation website provides information on how to volunteer and lists current vacancies available for qualified professionals.

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