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The toxic fantasy of the “side hustle”

The rebranding of second jobs as "side hustles" has enabled us to ignore the serious problems of a society where regular working hours are no longer enough

By Alex Collinson  

When did we start saying “side hustle” when we mean “second job”? Photo: Prospect composite

A strange trend over the past few years is the rise of the so-called “side hustle.” A “side hustle” is additional work, either another job, or maybe a small business based around your hobby, that you take on outside of your main source of income to earn some extra money.

While the term itself isn’t new, the use of it, especially by media outlets, as a catch-all phrase for all secondary work is.…

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