Nick’s words reveal a face of side-hustling that is often overlooked. For many, this lifestyle is not an uncompromising way of topping up spending money while striving towards life goals. It’s a parent delivering Uber Eats while their children are in bed, a marketer freelancing out their content writing skills for next to nothing on their commute, or a graduate nervously eyeing up their lingering student loan as they squeeze in weekend shifts at a supermarket around their first office role. Working over 39 hours has been linked to a host of physical and mental health problems
from cardiovascular disorders to anxiety and depression as Dr Rita Fontinha, a Lecturer in Strategic Human Resource Management pointed out: "When side-hustles take up many additional working hours a week, this may have implications in terms of additional stress, which may influence occupational health." With hundreds of studies linking working overtime with risk of mortality side-hustlers are quite literally walking the line between their money or their health.