What do you call someone like Russ Juskalian, a travel writer/photographer/instructor?
Over at LearnVest, Alyssa Goldman provides a descriptor: Juskalian is a "slasher," a person with a "portfolio career," usually a combination of part-time employment, temporary work, and freelance gigs—or, alternatively, a full-timer with a side hustle.
The "portfolio career" has caught on for a few reasons, Goldman says:
- When you have multiple jobs going, losing one won't throw you into a panic (sounds evolved, right?)
- No one stays at the same job for more than a few years now anyway
- Pursuing multiple projects can lead to a more fulfilling work-life blend
If you have that diverse skillset—and demand diversity in your life—then you might be ready to make the Gen Flux leap. If so, Goldman's got the prep-sheet:
- Foresee conflicts of interest: Forecast whether your side hustle will take you away from the full-time job—if so, you may need to have a hard and honest talk with your manager.
- Have one consistent revenue stream: It'll act as a home base from which you can branch out and find new work.
- Amass the rainy-day fund: A multiplatform hustle doesn't guarantee you'll always be bringing home the bacon. Have some in the freezer for unforeseen circumstances. And if you've got dependents, make sure you've got a lot in storage.
[Image: Flickr user circulating]