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.
Sandra Haurant asks: why have one job when you can have many?
Is a job for life really the ideal way to approach work in this day and age? In this blog from The Life Hub, Jon Wilks explores the rise of the portfolio career.
Experienced coach Marianne Macdonald shares her top tips on launching a portfolio career and leaving nothing to chance.
Access to finance
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy list of publicly-backed finance or business support schemes.
A government approved matchmaking service for small businesses and alternative finance providers.
Developed by the British Bankers' Association, the Better Business Finance website brings into one place a wide range of finance providers across Britain.
Quarterly updates on UK SMEs and their access to finance, published by market research consultancy firm BDRC Continental.
Tasnim Mustafa of Barnes and Scott Chartered Accountants recounts his experience of advising start-up businesses on the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Enterprise Investment Scheme.
A government funded scheme to provide loans and mentors for entrepreneurs. As well as start-up finance, the scheme offers free support and guidance to help prepare a business plan and up to 12 months of free mentoring for successful applicants.
Published in 2018 by Cambridge Judge Business School and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. This detailed report tracks and benchmarks crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance in the UK.
A guide for small and medium sized enterprises on crowdfunding and how to use it
Growing a business
Information on the things you should consider before taking the plunge into business.
Information on start up finance for new businesses.
Information on the financing of a growing business.
Government guide to help grow an existing business.
The Business Growth Fund was established in 2011 to provide investment for Britain’s growing SMEs.
Practical tips and articles for established businesses undergoing rapid expansion.
Books, articles and online resources to help you start a company, secure finance, measure business performance or manage your supply chain.
A business plan is essentially the route map that helps you establish a viable new business. It will also be essential if you need to raise finance for your business.
The article focuses on the contribution of leveraged finance to the crises in the banking industry. Topics discussed include an overview of the leveraged finance, its irrational exuberance, the association of the crises with derivative exposure and structuring, and the resilience of the credit market to the crises.
Practical considerations to help startups develop a business plan with meaningful financial projections.
The author argues that business strategy can benefit from an environment that fosters creativity in addition to reliance on traditional analytical models.
The author argues that survival is more important than expansion. He cites a study of 3,200 startups which found that 74 percent of those businesses failed because they grew too quickly.