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side-hustle (side hustle) = Nebengeschäft, Nebenbeschäftigung, Nebenerwerb (die eigene finanzielle Situation durch Nebeneinkünfte aufzubessern)



“‘I’m gonna have to make my own money’: the rise of the SIDE HUSTLE”

Sam Parker - Headline in The Guardian (21st August 2022)

“Examples of a SIDE HUSTLE include setting up an independent business, consulting, or working part-time for companies such as Uber and Deliveroo.”

Bart Kendall - ‘The Economics of a Side Hustle’, LinkedIn (27th April 2022)

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side hustle (side-hustle)

- work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job

- a piece of work or a job that you get paid for doing in addition to doing your main job

- a job or occupation that brings in extra money beyond one’s regular job and main source of income

Merriam-Webster / Cambridge Dictionary


A few people do not have a main job, and make a living by putting together a number of “side hustles”. These side jobs are also called “gigs”, and are what make up the so-called “gig economy”.

The expression “side hustle” was first used in 1950, which makes the term much older than many people realize. The term became popular during and after the last recession, when traditional jobs disappeared and enterprising people needed to supplement their income.

Today, with the rising cost of groceries, debt, especially student debt, and the tenuousness of traditional day jobs, a record number of people make money online, earn extra cash in their spare time, and engage in side hustles.

The term side hustle is currently usually rendered as an open compound word, though some dictionaries list it with a hyphen, as in side-hustle. The word is a combination of the word “side” meaning not the main thing, and “hustle” meaning hurry, press ahead, to pursue something energetically.


Almost 50% of people with a side hustle do it because they want to, not because of financial necessity

34% or one in three Americans have a side gig, of which

- 50% are millennials, and

- 70% are Gen Zs

Market Research predicts that 83% of Americans will perform gig work by 2027

The U.S. side-hustle market is valued at over $2.58 trillion

Sources: The New York Times, Market Research, U.S. Census


- to move or progress with great haste or urgency

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