For 31 years McSporran was working in 14 jobs:
- ambulance, bus and taxi driver (all the same vehicle)
- School-bus driver
- A boatman
- An accountant
- bed and breakfast hotel keeper (including renting bicycles to tourists)
- fire chief
- insurance agent
- petrol pump attendant
- pier master
- police officer
- registrar of births, marriages and deaths
- rent collector
- He also used to deliver the beer to the island's local pub
McSporran began in 1965 as postmaster and shopkeeper and gradually increased his responsibilities. In 1989 he received the British Empire Medal for his services.
McSporran announced his retirement in April 2000 at the age of 62. In an interview he said that his wife had been a great help with his multiple duties. His brother is Willie McSporran.
McSporran was featured in the widely used English textbooks for adults New Headway Elementary and New Headway Elementary 3rd Edition.
- New Headway Elementary Students Book (PDF). Oxford university Press. pp. Unit 3, p 24–25.