Side hustle to small business: do you have what it takes? | Hiscox

June 07, 2019

Working a side hustle while holding down a full-time job is not for the faint of heart. Leaving the security of a 40-hour-per-week job with benefits for the ups and downs of entrepreneurship takes courage.

We asked 400 people who turned their side hustle into a full-time small business what it took to make that leap.

Side Hustle Survey Results:

• They worked an average of 20 hours a week, in addition to their 40-plus-hour full-time job. Most of this time was at night and on the weekend.

• It took an average of 19 months before they were ready to ditch the security of their full-time job and strike out on their own.

• They needed to be sure they could generate enough money – an average of $43,862 – before they were willing to take the leap. But it took three years before they earned as much as they had at the full-time job they left.

• Seven months after leaving their full time job, the average entrepreneur hired their first employee.


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These courageous entrepreneurs were willing to put in the long hours, juggle their responsibilities and take a pay cut so they could make their dreams of being their own boss come true.

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