Looking at the number of vies for this topic, I’d say this is something of interest for many. The side hustle is a tempting look at the grass on the other side, and it’s addictive. I’ve spent all but the last few years as an independent contractor in IT and Software development, three and a half years ago I took a part time job at the local elementary school doing tier 1 stuff. Since then the IT biz has become the side hustle, and I miss doing it full time TONS! Now I’m in this weird spot where I don’t have the time to build my client roster back up, but can’t leave the “part time” job because of money and am getting to the point where I hate my “job”. Mainly because I really like “being my own boss” (which is both really hard and really rewarding).
Anyone making this move should be warned, once you get a taste of self employment, once you take a fun hobby and turn it into an income, you might not ever want to go back! Most of us are here because we like technology and helping others. And proving to yourself and family that it can be a living really makes a “9-5” almost a punishment.
For example, look at how @LTS_Tom is truly happy with what he does every day. He’ll likely tell anyone that it’s not easy, especially to start, but it’s not hard to see that he truly enjoys his job and has a fulfilling life because of it. I think that’s part of the allure of self employment. Just know that once you start down that road, nothing less will make you truly happy in work.
With all that said, I say do it! Find a way and make it happen! Even the pay cut for a while won’t matter because life will be sweeter! Just remember, it’s called a side hustle for a reason. And you likely won’t regret it.