Summary of “America’s Hot New Job Is Being a Rich Person’s Servant”

Because they often cannot afford to live near their place of work, they endure long commutes from lower-cost neighborhoods.
Optimistically, these jobs offer autonomy for workers and convenience for consumers, many of whom aren’t wealthy.
These laborers often do the work of employees with the legal protections of contractors-which is to say, hardly any.
In both types of situation, the relationship between wealth workers and their customers is easily exploited and often impersonalized-an oddity considering the intimacy of the work, which involves feeling hair, touching nails, massaging skin, entering a stranger’s home to assemble his bedroom, or welcoming him into your car.
In the late 19th century, more than half of women worked in domestic and personal service.
Their work was also less anonymous; the hired help tended to live with their employers, where they would cook, clean, and care for children.
These workers were integrated into family life in a way that is unthinkable for the anonymous wealth workers of the modern world.
The workers of the new servant economy don’t live with their employers, but rather sleep many miles away where they can afford a bedroom.

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