• 03.04.13

“Slashers”: When Your Career Is Three Careers

You’ve got your main hustle, your side hustle, and your side-side hustle. Sounds tiring, but increasingly that’s how you build a portfolio–and stay in the black in case one dries up.

“Slashers”: When Your Career Is Three Careers

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 way we slash now

The “portfolio career” has caught on for a few reasons, Goldman says:

That said, taking on multiple rackets demands slightly different psychological resources than running just one: time management, organization, and being open to opportunities are all immensely important.

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.

The Hot New Work Trend: Portfolio Careers

Drake Baer covers leadership for Fast Company. You can follow him on Twitter.

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About the author

Drake Baer was a contributing writer at Fast Company, where he covered work culture. He's the co-author of Everything Connects, a book about how intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational psychology shape innovation.