In my previous entries, I focussed on the growth of the free agent workforce and the drivers behind that growth. I also delved a bit into the dark side of the portfolio lifestyle, whether it’s a lifestyle that you’ve chosen for yourself or one that’s been chosen for you. Which brings me to the point of what I am creating here at ReturnOnYou.com.
I hope this site will be helpful resource for anyone who is working as a free agent or otherwise engaged in what I call a “portfolio life,” a life in which you invest your time in multiple productive activities, some which pay you in cash, and some of which pay you in other less-easily measured value.
After six years living a portfolio life, I have developed a point of view, as well as some principles, strategies and calculators that I believe will help you make most effective use of your time, and more importantly, leave you feeling more satisfied and fulfilled in your life.
If you’ve ever thought:
- I’m not making enough money
- I’m overwhelmed – there never seems to be enough time
- I’m not sure if I’m working on the right things
- Would I be better off at a full-time job?
- I love my lifestyle, but it’s hard for me to justify it to myself/my spouse/my in-laws/my financial advisor
Then this website can help you:
- Get a clearer perspective on how you spend your time and compare yourself to a hypothetical (or previous!) self in a full-time job and also to a “typical” working person
- Calculate the real value of your time, accounting for hidden costs, and compare that to the value of your time at a traditional job
- Articulate objectives and understand whether you are spending your time on activities that will help you achieve your objectives
- Quantify the value of working for yourself, using cash and non-cash measures
As with all things in life, this is a work in progress. I hope you will help me refine my thinking by participating in my surveys and leaving comments on the site and that together we will create a supportive community of individuals facing similar challenges.