There’s a story about a guy who set up a student magazine. Having developed a sweet tooth for businesses, he moved on to running a mail-order record business that led to a chain of record stores. Following the unrelated trail, he later set up a brand that housed an airline, space flight and broadband — just to name a few. His name is Richard Branson.
Have you figured out the secret yet?
It took me a year and a half to find a tidy answer to the ‘so, what do you do’ question.
Are you a successful freelancer who maintains a consistent stream of business through one skill? Respect.
I’m not one of them.
I can’t honestly say that Richard Branson was my template. But what I can say is that all of my businesses formed quite naturally around me. But now as a full-time freelancer, I always have something in my pipeline without needing to work too hard at filling it.
I break down my professional history (and hobbies) into the smallest marketable segments I possibly can.
Let’s see it in action…
In 2004 I graduated from my Computer Science degree. I took a gap year and went to college to qualify as a hairdresser and make-up artist.
I’d built up a small client base for my beauty business but kept it as a side hustle while I carved out my full-time career as an IT Trainer.
Now I deliver freelance corporate training — in addition to running my hair and make-up business.
But there’s more.
I joined the dots and delivered hair and make-up courses too.
After six years of IT training, the market wasn’t looking too good so I switched to secondary school teaching. But I needed to supplement my trainee salary with something. That something ended up being content writing. Over the years I have developed my skills and am now a freelance writer. My portfolio career also includes a sprinkle of private tuition.
While all of this was happening, I pursued my hobby-of-a-lifetime — music. I joined some open mic nights, made some musical friends and started performing as a singer.
No two days are the same. But I earn money from something every day.
How can you do it?
Read my full published article on Medium.