For almost two-fifths of U.S. adults, the end of a workday doesn't always mean the work stops. Adobe surveyed 2,000 members of the general population to better understand the who, where, what, when and how of American side hustles - and found that 38% of respondents say they currently have a side hustle in addition to their full- or part-time job.
Nearly two in five U.S. adults say they currently have a side hustle, and more than three-fifths of them wish their on-the-side business could replace their main job.
Whether it's owning another business, working for someone else or participating in independent activities (reselling products and goods online, taking surveys, etc.), Americans are exploring ways to further supplement their income. The majority of U.S. adults with side hustles say they spend at least 5% of their week working on their side hustle, and a third are generating $2000+ annually. In fact, more than three-fifths of U.S. adults with side hustles wish their on-the-side business could replace their main job.
Who is the average side hustler?
According to the survey findings, men (58%) are more likely than women (42%) to say they have a side hustle. Younger generations such as Millennials (40%) and Gen Xers (30%) are more likely to say they have a side hustle than older generations like Boomers (21%).
Men are more likely than women to say they have a side hustle, and they're also more likely to wish their side hustle could replace their main job.
Additionally, 53% of those who say they have a side hustle are also working a full-time job, while 17% are employed part-time. Men (64%) are more likely than women (58%) - and Millennials (70%) and Gen X’ers (66%) are more likely than Boomers (42%) - to wish their side hustles could replace their main jobs.
Geographically speaking, respondents who say they have a side hustle are distributed relatively evenly across the U.S.: 39% in the South, 24% in the West, 19% in the Midwest and 18% in the Northeast. Forty-nine percent are based in suburban communities, while 33% are urbanites and 18% reside in rural areas.
What is their side hustle?
Adobe's survey found that, of the 38% who say they currently have a side hustle, 28% own or run the business, 21% work for someone else, and 51% participate in independent activities.