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I made more than $1.7 million in a week selling doomsday bunkers. You know who doesn't buy them? Democrats.

Ron Hubbard is the founder and owner of Atlas Survival Shelters. Rob Hubbard/Atlas Survival Shelters Ron Hubbard, 59, is the owner Atlas Survival Shelters, a bunker-building business based in Texas. Hubbard says business is booming among Republican customers since the election of President Biden. This is what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Ron Hubb...
Tags: Texas, Small Business, Republicans, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Survival, Biden, Times, Nordic, Preppers, Trump, YouTube Channel, Ron Hubbard, Sulphur Springs Texas, Jenny Powers

I'm a former Goldman Sachs analyst who raised over $8.5 million for my fashion startup. Here's how I realized finance wasn't for me.

Meg He is the cofounder of fashion startup ADAY. Bridget Badore Meg He, 33, is the cofounder of ADAY, a fashion brand that creates sustainable professional workwear. After leaving a career in finance and venture capitalism, He started ADAY with former Goldman Sachs coworker Nina Faulhaber. This is what running her business is like, as told to freelance writer Claire Turrell. See more stories on Insider's business page. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit and liked to set myse...
Tags: Fashion, UK, New York, Finance, US, Careers, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Strategy, Startup, Italy, Portugal, Retail, Goldman Sachs

I'm a nutritionist in the Hamptons. My days go from negotiating with personal chefs to being sent very personal photos - here's what it's like.

Charlotte LaGuardia is a nutritionist and dietitian based in the Hamptons. Eric Striffler Charlotte LaGuardia, 29, is a certified nutrition specialist in the Hamptons who meets with clients via Zoom. She says her job means constantly having to say no to requests that go way beyond her job title. Here's what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Charlo...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Nutrition, Instagram, Life, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Southampton, Laguardia, Hamptons New York, Hamptons, The Hamptons, Nordic, Sag Harbor, Health Coach

I'm the captain of a yacht that costs $195,000 a week to charter. I do more than just drive the boat - here's what my job is like.

Albert Rodriguez, captain of the Amarula Sun. Courtesy of Captain Albert Rodriguez Albert Rodriguez has been a US Coast Guard-licensed captain for 25 years. He's the captain of the Amarula Sun, a 50-meter yacht that starts at $195,000 a week to charter. He manages the crew and helps keep the boat up to snuff. Here's his story, as told to Jamie Killin. See more stories on Insider's business page. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Albert Rodriguez,...
Tags: Careers, Trends, Boats, Captain, Yacht, Jamaica, Bahamas, The Bahamas, Nordic, Boating, US Coast Guard, Yachting, Yacht Crew, Albert Rodriguez, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019

Tokyo will be my 7th Olympic Games arranging TV interviews for star athletes. Here's how I got into it and why it's a dream job.

Left: Sara Hunninghake with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Right: Hunninghake at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018. Sarah Hunninghake Sara Hunninghake will turn 40 in Tokyo, where she will be managing Olympians' media interviews. She's done it at every Olympics since 2008 and takes time off her PR role to fit it in. "It is high energy and high stress keeping track of who is talking to who," she said. See more stories on Insider's business page. I'll be spending my 40...
Tags: Sports, Careers, Trends, Pr, Beijing, Tokyo, Michael Phelps, Portland Oregon, Nordic, Pyeongchang, Obs, USA Swimming, Olympians, Quarantine, Mixed Zone, Olympic Arena

I work at a 5-star resort as an 'Instagram concierge' who helps guests get the best Instagram shots. Here's what it's like living out my dream job.

Eduardo Vallin. Courtesy of W Punta de Mita Eduardo Vallin, 30, is an 'Instagram Concierge' at the W Punta de Mita 5-star resort in Mexico. Vallin analyzes guests' profiles to recommend the best Insta-worthy photo locations to fit their aesthetic. This is what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Kaila Yu. See more stories on Insider's business page. I like to think I have the best job in the world, since every day I get to work in paradise at the W Punta de Mita, a...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Mexico, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Luxury, Mexico City, Hotel, Vacation, Resort, Guadalajara, Nordic, Punta de Mita, W Punta de Mita, Kaila Yu

I own 2 Hamptons hot spots that have been booked solid for a month. People will do just about anything to snag a table, from flashing cash to pretending they know me.

Since reopening in June, restaurant owner Zach Erdem says demand in the Hamptons has skyrocketed. Provided by Zach Erdem Zach Erdem is the owner of 75 Main and Blu Mar, two hotspot restaurant and bar destinations in Southampton, New York. His restaurants reopened at full capacity on June 1, and have been booked solid ever since. Here's what it's like running his restaurants post-pandemic, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Reo...
Tags: New York, Restaurants, Careers, Trends, Wealth, Luxury, Manhattan, Miami, Hospitality, Hamptons, The Hamptons, Nordic, Erdem, Jenny Powers, Southampton New York, Reopening

I repossess private yachts worth up to $20 million when owners default on their loans. Here's what happens when I track them down.

Ken Cage has been a high-asset repo man for over a decade. Provided by Ken Cage Ken Cage repossesses high-end luxury assets like yachts and jets whose owners have failed to pay their loans. Since 2005, Cage's team has repossessed 2,000 boats, some of which are worth as much as $20 million. Here's what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. I first met my buddy Bob Weeks when we were 10 years old, growing up in the...
Tags: Business, Florida, Maryland, Careers, Trends, Luxury, Philadelphia, Bob, Private Jets, Nordic, Yachts, US Coast Guard, Danny, Benetti, Bob Weeks, Repo

I became a cop after 9/11, when support for police officers was high. These days, it's a whole different story.

"As a police officer, the bulk of your day is encountering people who want nothing to do with you." J.Castro/Getty Images Dave (not his real name) is in his 40s and is a sergeant at a large police department within the tri-state area. He chose to remain anonymous to protect his identity. His employment was confirmed by Insider. He describes the pressures of the job and how public sentiment toward cops has changed over his career, as told to freelance writer Meira Gebel. See more stories on...
Tags: New York, News, Cops, Careers, America, Trends, Law Enforcement, Police Officer, Police Brutality, Seattle, COP, Nordic, Long Island New York, Police Reform, Personal Essay, Meira Gebel

My day job was hairdresser to stars like Paul McCartney. But I worked in my spare time to build a company I set up with my friend. It made $2.5 million last year.

Joel Silverman. Joel Silverman Joel Silverman, 33, was a high-end hairdresser when he saw a business opportunity. He and a childhood friend set up KidsKnowBest, which researches what kids really think for brands. He tells freelance journalist Chris Stokel-Walker for Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. I'm an Essex boy, so I'm obsessed with my hair. I used to have it cut every two or three weeks. When I was 16 or 17, the woman who cut my hair said: "You should ...
Tags: UK, London, Children, US, Careers, America, Trends, Strategy, Brand, Britain, Paul Mccartney, Rob, Essex, Children's Books, Sydney Australia, Elizabeth Hurley

After being an investment banker and an Uber exec, I knew the corporate world wasn't for me. I launched a private luxury travel business and have never been happier.

Sarah Groen is the founder of Bell & Bly Travel Design, a luxury travel company. Sarah Groen Sarah Groen is a luxury travel advisor and business owner based in Houston, Texas. After working in finance and tech, in 2018 she launched a company to help busy execs plan luxury vacations. Groen's fees usually start at $500 per week of travel, and most of her clients spend over $1,000 a day on their trips. See more stories on Insider's business page. My love of travel started young - now ...
Tags: Travel, Google, US, Careers, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Strategy, Portugal, Patagonia, Norway, Houston, Santa, Bahamas, Luxury Travel, Arctic Circle, Bhutan

At 42, I quit my job in property management to become a webcam model. Now I earn $1,000 a day and make my own schedule - here's why I love it.

Ainslee Divine worked for 15 years as a property management company owner before changing careers. Ainslee Divine Ainslee Divine (not her real name) is a 46-year-old webcam model who lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona. She worked for 15 years as a property management company owner and says her new life means more freedom. This is her story, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. It all started when I was 42 years old. I'd owned a ...
Tags: Instagram, Careers, America, Trends, Strategy, Model, Webcam, Working From Home, Malibu, Content Creators, Nordic, MILF, Scottsdale Arizona, Jenny Powers, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019

I made $1 million in passive income last year by creating online copywriting courses. Here's my advice on how to monetize your talents.

Laura Belgray is a copywriting expert who now makes a living from passive income. Eric Michael Pearson Laura Belgray is a copywriting expert and the founder of Talking Shrimp. In 2020, she made over $1 million in revenue by selling digital copywriting courses. Here's how she started and runs her business, as told to freelance writer Lindsay Yaw Rogers. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. I've made my living fortune from my flaws - laziness being the dominant one. In 202...
Tags: New York, Small Business, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Online Courses, Copywriting, Nordic, Marie Forleo, Marie, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019, Job Diary, Laura Belgray, Eric Michael Pearson Laura Belgray, Lindsay Yaw Rogers

I run a microbrewery at a private club in Hawaii. After years of part-time jobs, here's how I made a career out of my love for brewing beer.

Steve Balzer at Kohanaiki microbrewery in Kalaoa, Hawaii. Steve Balzer Steve Balzer is the master brewer at a microbrewery at a private club in Kalaoa, Hawaii. Balzer says he enjoys the independence and collaboration with local farmers that working at a microbrewery allows. This is what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Natasha Bazika. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. I'd started brewing beer when I was 21 at college in Oregon and kept doing it as a passio...
Tags: Jobs, Oregon, Alcohol, US, Careers, Trends, Chicago, Beer, Hawaii, Sydney, Portland, Brewery, Nordic, Microbreweries, Munich Germany, Kona

I've helped over 3,000 clients plan elaborate marriage proposals. The most expensive proposal so far was on a private island and cost over $100,000.

A flower-filled proposal in New York City. Pics and Petals NYC/TYG Heather Vaughn is the founder of "The Yes Girls," a marriage proposal service based in San Clemente, California. Since 2008, she's helped couples plan the proposal of their dreams, ranging in cost from $1,000 to over $100,000. Here's what her job is like, as told to freelancer writer Molly O'Brien. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. I've always been someone who likes a challenge. I started my company ri...
Tags: Couples, Etsy, US, Careers, Trends, Wealth, Luxury, Weddings, Marriage Proposals, Facetime, Proposals, Nordic, Charleston South Carolina, Nicholas Sparks, Napa Valley California, St Barth

How I used YouTube and email to market my candle-making course and bring in $40,000 in one month

Tiana Coates is a small business owner and entrepreneur. Tiana Coates Tiana Coates is an entrepreneur and owner of Winding Wick Candles based in Garland, Texas. In 2020, Coates made over $70,000 from selling her online candle-making business course, including $40,000 in just one month.  Here's how she developed, produced, and marketed the course, as told to freelance writer Kaila Yu.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. I always wanted the freedom of running my own busi...
Tags: Crafts, New York, Small Business, Etsy, Youtube, Careers, Entrepreneur, Trends, Walmart, Candles, Nordic, Don, Garland Texas, Coates, Business Owner, Kajabi

I help Hermès collectors buy and sell used Birkin bags. They're almost impossible to get in stores, but I've sold nearly $2 million worth through eBay and online.

"It's a handbag, a piece of art, and an investment all rolled into one," says Caroline Bui, aka The Birkin Fairy. Caroline Bui Caroline Bui is the founder and owner of 'The Birkin Fairy,' a luxury consignment shop for Hermès products. After working at Hermès for 12 years, she launched the online shop and has since sold nearly $2 million of used Hermès items.  This is her story, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. It was 1...
Tags: New York, Ebay, New York City, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Wealth, Designer, Chicago, Luxury, Ferrari, Paris, Retail, Conde Nast, Ralph Lauren, Hermès

Fox news anchor Martha MacCallum on her daily routine and how she balances her personal life with being on TV every day

Martha MacCallum is the anchor of Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum." FOX News Martha MacCallum a TV news anchor based in New York who leads Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum." She spends each day plugged into the news, preps her show with a team of producers, and gets home around 5 p.m. for family time. Here's what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Nick Dauk. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As a TV news anchor, my workday rarely plays o...
Tags: New York, Media, Washington, Time, Careers, America, Trends, Fox, Broadway, Square, Fox News, Midtown, Fox Business, Nordic, Newsroom, Trump

I'm the first woman master blender for Mount Gay Rum, the world's oldest rum distillery. Here's how I turned my love of science and spirits into a career.

Trudiann Branker is the master blender at Mount Gay Rum. Trudiann Branker/Mount Gay Rum Trudiann Branker is the master blender at Mount Gay Rum in Barbados, the world's oldest rum distillery. She oversees the aging and crafting of spirits and ensures each batch meets the brand's standards. This is what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Bailey Berg. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. I've been on a journey to become a master blender since I began my studies i...
Tags: Alcohol, Careers, Trends, Chicago, Rum, Spirits, Nordic, Barbados, Allen, Howard University, Anchorage Alaska, XO, New York Times The Washington Post, St Lucy, Distillery, Allen Smith

Job diary: I charge up to $300 for 'snake massages' that help people de-stress and reduce pain. Over 20,000 people have signed up for my sessions.

Serpentessa is a snake priestess and massagist. Courtesy of Serpentessa Serpentessa (not her real name) is a former professional belly dancer and a 'snake priestess' who uses snakes to conduct healing massages for her clients. For 33 years, she's been facilitating interactions between snakes and people, ranging from thrill-seekers and nature lovers to people suffering from PTSD. This is what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
Tags: Greece, New York City, Africa, Careers, Trends, Massage, Snakes, Brazil, Nordic, Sophie, Sophia, New Paltz New York, Boas, Jenny Powers, Masseuse, BI-freelancer

I'm a butler for wealthy NYC families who earns a six-figure salary and has lots of time to see my kids. From checking for dust with a flashlight to taking wine cellar inventory, this is what my job is like.

Stanley (not his real name) has been a professional butler and house manager for 12 years. Courtesy photo Stanley (not his real name) is a house manager and butler for wealthy families in New York City. His job involves everything from organizing bills and tracking charitable donations to taking wine cellar inventory and making sure everything inch of his employer's home is spotless and dust-free. Over the years, he's had both good and bad employers, including one who would constantly fire...
Tags: Downton Abbey, New York City, Careers, Trends, Strategy, UPS, Manhattan, Tina Fey, Hamptons, Nordic, Wealthy, Butler, Stanley, UHNW, Service Industry, UHNWI

I'm a former Broadway actress who makes over $8,000 a month running a digital marketing company. Here's how I set my prices and find new clients.

Rachel Schur is an actress and digital marketing small business owner. Lauren Desbgerg Rachel Schur Chase, 33, is a Broadway actress and the founder of Schur Thing Media. When Broadway shut down in March due to the pandemic, Schur Chase began to expand her social media management side hustle into a full-time small business. She helps brick-and-mortar retailers launch online shops, mentors fellow stage actors who want to build an online presence, and manages clients' social media accounts a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Instagram, Nbc, Small Business, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Chicago, Broadway, Tina Fey, Melbourne, Annie, Actress

I'm a mom influencer who earns up to $12,000 a month through paid sponsorships. Here's how I grew my income and following while caring for my son.

Manou Oeschger and her son Liam on his first birthday in September 2020. Manou Oeschger Manou Oeschger is a social media influencer based in Brentwood, California. When she had her son Liam in 2019, Oeschger pivoted from posting fashion content to sharing mom-related content on Instagram. Now, Oeschger does brand collaborations with baby-food, skin, and hair-care companies that can net her up to $12,000 a month. During the pandemic, she says she's averaging 20 sponsored posts a month and c...
Tags: Europe, Media, Instagram, Germany, Disney, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Strategy, Social Media, United States, Prime, Canon, Disney Channel, Chris, Nordic

I was a stockbroker at UBS who went to prison for fraud. Now I'm a white-collar prison consultant who helps high-profile clients get through their time in lockup - here's what my job is like.

Justin Paperny is the founder of White Collar Advice. Justin Paperny Justin Paperny, 45, is a business owner and former federal inmate currently based in Irvine, California. While working as an investment banker at UBS, Paperny was involved with a fraudulent hedge fund that was part of a Ponzi scheme. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and securities fraud and was stripped of his licenses to sell stocks and real estate. In prison, Paperny became friends with fell...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Crime, Prison, Small Business, Law, California, Finance, Careers, America, Trends, Ubs, Mlb, Cbs, Goldman Sachs, Criminal

Job diary: I work as a mall Santa during the holidays. This year, I've pivoted to virtual Santa visits and Zoom chats to spread cheer to kids at home.

Bob Twaites has worked as a Santa for 10 years near his home by Vancouver Island in Canada. Bob Twaites For nearly 10 years, Bob Twaites has worked as a Santa at community events, upscale malls, and corporate gigs near his hometown outside of Vancouver Island, Canada. Due to rising COVID-19 cases where he lives, the mall he usually works at decided to cancel all Santa events this winter. Now, Twaites has pivoted to offering Santa visits virtually through pre-recorded videos, Zoom meetings,...
Tags: Facebook, Jobs, Holidays, Russia, Christmas, Careers, Trends, Turkey, Canada, Vancouver, Bob, Santa, Nordic, Claus, Vancouver Island, GigSalad

I organize one of the largest holiday celebrations in the US - here's how we've adapted to run successfully during the pandemic

A view of the 6,000 square foot ice skating rink at Christmas at the Princess. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Teresa Thompson works as the onsite events expert at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a 5-star resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. She oversees the organization and execution of the "Christmas at the Princess" celebration that runs every year during the holiday season. This year, the event is running from November 20 through December 31. It features 5 million sparkling lights, a mass...
Tags: Business, New York, Holidays, Christmas, US, Careers, Trends, Arizona, Graham, Santa, Resort, Lagoon, Luxury Hotel, Thompson, Nordic, Ferris

I'm an esports soccer player who won $10,000 in an online FIFA 21 tournament. Anyone can become an expert at gaming - here's how I did it.

Ryan Pessoa Courtesy of Ryan Pessoa Ryan Pessoa is a 22-year-old professional esports gamer who plays FIFA 21 competitively for Manchester City. He first signed with the team Hashtag United in 2018 after developing his gaming skills during his free time while studying business management at the University of Surrey in England. Since then, Pessoa has won thousands of dollars playing esports, including $10,000 from the Twitch Rivals FIFA 21 tournament in October of this year, and sponsorship...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Milan, London, Germany, Sports, Careers, NFL, Trends, Barcelona, Munich, Premier League, Manchester City, Fifa, Sergio Aguero

I'm a Butterball turkey hotline expert who's been answering wild, funny, and panicked calls from home chefs for 18 years. This year people need us more than ever.

Phyllis Kramer in the Butterball Test Kitchen in 2013. Butterball Turkey Phyllis Kramer is a Butterball Turkey Talk-Line expert based in Aurora, Illinois. She's been working for the Talk-Line during the holidays for 18 years, answering customer questions about how to choose, thaw, prepare, and cook their turkeys. Over the years, Kramer says she's gotten countless wild calls including customers who've asked if they can wrap their turkey in an electric blanket or slip it into a hot tub to ma...
Tags: Amazon, News, Holidays, Careers, Trends, Turkey, Retail, Alexa, Nordic, Kramer, Naperville Illinois, ConAgra Foods, Aurora Illinois, Butterball, Pandemic, Jenny Powers

I'm a 45-year-old IKEA worker who travels to people's homes to help them build their furniture. I love my job — this is what it's like.

Gerard Danks has worked for IKEA for over 4 years. Gerald Danks Gerard Danks is a 45-year-old IKEA worker in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  He's worked for IKEA for over four years and is currently employed as a quality support specialist, doing home deliveries and assembling furniture for customers.  During the pandemic, Danks never stopped working, and says he spends six hours on average driving products to customers' homes across Amsterdam.  This is his story, as told to freelance writer ...
Tags: Work, UK, US, Careers, Trends, Customer Service, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ikea, Nordic, Danks, Personal Essay, Almere, Delivery Driver, Meira Gebel, COVID-19

I'm a 29-year-old Instagram influencer who made $17,000 in one month. Here's how I turned my love of fruit into a lucrative business.

Marley Mauvais is a food content creator and Instagram influencer. Photo: @sudophotography, Marley Mauvais is a 29-year-old fruit influencer and plant-based content creator who lives in New Jersey. In 2019, she started an Instagram account to share her fruit-based recipes with others, and slowly began to make and sell the products and home remedies she used. In September, Marley recorded her first five-figure month, making $17,000 from a combination of sales on her website as w...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Instagram, Small Business, New York City, Careers, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Usps, New Jersey, Bill Gates, Marley, Oprah, Bet, Nordic, My Instagram

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