When you work for yourself on the side all FT jobs start to always look iffy. That's the problem I have with my side hustle. IT ALWAYS ON MY MIND and at times takes precedence over anything I should be doing. I've had so much work this year and it hasn't stopped yet. My wife is almost ready to walk on me since I have barely been home. Just this morning another text for leaf cleanup and possible 2018 landscape installation. At some point I need to find the balance. Whether it be scaling back, increasing and finding a consistent helper, or changing the plan. Personally I like #2 & #3. It's tough when things are going so well to just walk. Because just like you said the FT job isn't always as secure as they seem to be no matter how hard you work or how good you are at the job. But running a landscape business is no walk in the park either. Plus starting a new family is no cake walk either. Ahhhh, the life choices.