In the middle of 2013, I left a lucrative full-time job because it had become impossible for me to work the schedule that was expected of me and also care for my family in the way they needed.
It was the second time in six years I had found myself in this position, and this time around I had a sense that I would probably never return to traditional corporate life. I didn’t know exactly what was next for me, but I knew it wouldn’t be another salaried job at a single company.
I began exploring the economic and social factors leading more and more people to choose independent work. I interviewed other people who, like me, had chosen independent or multi-passionate work over traditional salaried work and who were seeking something more like work-life integration as opposed to work-life balance. I found that we all engage in an array of productive activities, some of which we do for cash and some for non-monetary returns, but all of which have value. Our productive activities are, in essence, our “portfolios” and the value we derive from these activities is our “return.” We often think of work as the stuff we do that pays cash money, but this type of work is but one of the assets in the portfolio of our lives. By creating a system for valuing and measuring all your productive activities, I believe we can balance the assets in our “life portfolios” and measure their “return,” hence “Return on You.”
This website includes news and commentary of interest to independent workers as well as calculators and worksheets, advice, tools, tips and inspiration for anyone living — or wishing they were living — their life according to the belief that our value is more than the sum of what we earn.
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