So, your side hustle is finally starting to take off and your future has never looked so bright. You’re excited at the prospect of working full-time on what was once your little side project. You probably feel the way Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did when they were finally ready to move out of their garages to launch their brilliant products to the world!
But how do you know when it’s safe to quit your day job? Do you just make that decision when you feel like it? Or just because you say so? Well, the truth is, you can quit anytime you like. But don’t blame anybody else if your side hustle crashes and burns to the ground.
So, here are a few telltale signs you’re finally ready to quit your day job and pursue your side hustle full-time:
You make way more money at your side hustle
This is actually a good tipping point for most side hustlers. The moment their side hustle brings in more money than their day jobs, they just up and quit. But is it really a smart decision?
The answer is “yes” and “no.” “Yes,” if the side income is stable enough, that is, your hustle has been consistently generating more money than your main job for several months now. “No,” if it’s not stable enough, that is, your side income ebbs and flows, and there’s no guarantee that the next several months’ earnings are going to be good enough.
But, what exactly does “way more money” mean exactly? Well, that really depends on you and your living expenses. Some people may be happy with a side income 2x their salary, while some will only be happy if it’s 5x or 10x their salaries. Figure out your tipping point and use it as a benchmark to figure out if you’re ready to take the leap.
You’ve saved up enough money if your side gig doesn’t work out
Just in case your side hustle doesn’t work out, what are you going to do for money? How are you going to be able to sustain your lifestyle if you lose both your salary and your side income?
Having an emergency fund is of utmost importance. Many financial experts recommend having at least 6 months of your monthly income in a savings account. It has to be liquid, so when an emergency strikes, you can easily get the money out.
You can’t invest it into financial instruments like stocks where the risk is far too high. Sure, if you’re lucky enough and you “time” the market perfectly, you could end up with a reasonably significant amount. However, the opposite could also be true. You can just as quickly lose a huge amount of your hard-earned cash in the blink of an eye!
So, it’s best to play on the side of caution and just leave your emergency fund in a high-interest savings account, so inflation doesn’t ‘eat’ it too much. If your side hustle doesn’t pan out, you’ll have something to fall back on while you attempt to get back on your feet.
You’re ready to scale your side hustle
You’ve got the data and the bank account to prove your side hustle is ready to move forward and upward. You’re ready to take it to the next level. But you can’t do that if you’re still tied to your day job. And you know that the longer you stay at your job, the longer you’re delaying your success. So, you do the only rational thing left to do – you quit your job.
Of course, before you do that, you should assess and make sure you’re not looking at your side hustle through rose-colored glasses. Get someone else’s opinion, someone who can look at things from a neutral angle. Maybe someone who’s been there in your position, a mentor perhaps. They can give you some valuable advice on whether or not your business is ready for the limelight, and if it’s not, what you can do to make it ready.
You’re committed to seeing your side hustle succeed
Sometimes, you just know deep in your heart that you’re doing the right thing. When you’re really passionate about your side hustle, and it’s what you’ve always wanted to do, then quitting your day job is probably a good idea.
Spend some time going over the pros and cons of leaving your job and focusing on your side business. If you think the pros more than outweigh the cons, then, by all means, go for it. There’s no one stopping you from taking the bulls by the horn. Just make sure you have a backup plan, a Plan B, in case things don’t go as planned.
You’re missing out on opportunities
You’ve probably got so many leads and prospects, and the only thing stopping you from taking them all as clients is because you don’t have the time. If each client you sign on pays you a few hundred or a few thousand dollars each month, that’s a significant chunk of money you’re missing out on.
At some point, you’re going to have to ask yourself if staying at your job is still worth it. For some, they’re not in it for the money, and so they stick to their day jobs even though they’ve got a bustling and highly profitable side hustle.
For others who are motivated by money, then it’s a no-brainer really. If you’re earning $100/hour at your side hustle as compared to a measly $10/hour at your day job, then you’re literally leaving a lot of money on the table. When the math adds up like this, then you can safely say you’re ready to quit your job for good.
With that said, there’s no reason why anyone would shy away from starting a side hustle. After all, millions of people have thriving side businesses in addition to their day jobs. With the right mindset and the right goals, you too can have a profitable side hustle that has the potential to out-earn your salary!