Build Your Portfolio Career

4 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Become a NED, Advisor, Coach or fractional board member.

Course overview

Your experience is valuable!

Think about what you've learned over the course of your working life.

We often spend years learning our business or sector and somehow forget that folks earlier in their career don't know what we know.

This is why your experience has a value - you can provide advice, guidance and shortcuts for others.

When you build a portfolio career as a NED, advisor, fractional board member or coach you work with great clients on specific problems where you have experience that they can benefit from.

I've spend the last year building my own portfolio career and created this cohort course to share my experience so that you can build yours too.

Whether you want to spend all of your time in these roles, or you'll do this alongside your career follow the steps on this course to launch your own portfolio career in just a few weeks.

Is this course for you?


Do you have industry experience to a senior management or executive level?


Are you comfortable running your own business?


Do you enjoy the variety of working with multiple clients or projects?

What you’ll do on this course

Build a proposition that clients will love and pay you for

We'll spend time developing your value proposition for clients and then use this as a framework for marketing your services

Go to market with your service and build a pipeline of clients

With the support of the cohort you'll take your services to market and learn how to use your network and social media to reach and win clients.

Develop ways to manage multiple clients without spending hours and hours

By making your work repeatable and templated the challenge of working with multiple clients and dealing with 'context switching' becomes manageable. Over time you'll be able to manage more clients and increase the income from your portfolio.

Create a flywheel for long term success

Engaging with your industry in the right way makes your portfolio career sustainable for the long term. We'll identify strategies to raise your profile so that clients come to you.

Course syllabus

4 live sessions • 2 lessons • 1 lesson
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  • Week 1

    Jan 17—Jan 21

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jan


      Session 1 - What will you sell?

      Wed, Jan 17, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC


    • Session One Homework

  • Week 2

    Jan 22—Jan 28

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jan


      Session 2 - First Clients

      Wed, Jan 24, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC


    • Session Two Homework

  • Week 3

    Jan 29—Feb 4

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jan


      Session 3 - Repeatable Delivery

      Wed, Jan 31, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC

  • Week 4

    Feb 5—Feb 7

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Feb


      Session 4 - Sustainable Business

      Wed, Feb 7, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC

What people are saying

        Jim enabled me to go from idea to first paying client in a couple of months. Jim is invested in your success, he dives deep to understand your unique challenges and opportunities, and offers highly customised and immediately actionable advice. I had fun, delivered results and have set my company up for future success and scalability.
Aaron Norris

Aaron Norris

AN Coaching and Consulting
        Jim has been invaluable in helping us build out our recent go-to-market strategy. There were a number of challenges for us to overcome but Jim supported us through the process of building a business plan which we then quickly executed against to open up this new revenue stream for our business.
Jason Lefever

Jason Lefever


Meet your instructor

Jim Ball

Jim Ball

I've been building my own portfolio career since leaving a corporate environment in 2022.

I run an advisory business for technology startups and growth businesses alongside a property lettings business whilst being a competitive endurance ultra runner.

I was inspired to run the portfolio career by folks I my circle who wanted to replicate what I had created.

Look forward to seeing you in the next cohort!

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Course schedule

3-4 hours per week
  • Wednesdays for Four Weeks

    5:00pm - 6:30pm BST

    We meet once each week, with assignments before the first session and in between each subsequent session

  • Weekly projects

    2 hours per week

    You should expect to spend 2 hours each week outside of the scheduled session

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I can’t make a live session?
I work full-time, what is the expected time commitment?
I'm not sure what I would 'do' as an advisor?
I'm away for one of the sessions, will I miss out?
Is it worth it? How much can I earn in an advisory role?

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