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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...
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I sell custom camper vans for up to $100,000 and business is booming since the pandemic

Dave Walsh founded Vanlife Customs in 2016. Vanlife Customs Dave Walsh, 39, is a USMC veteran and custom van builder based in Denver, Colorado. Since starting his company in 2016, Walsh says he's had more clients than ever during the last year as van travel grows in popularity. 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 Dave Walsh, a 39-year-...
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I'm a Yale grad who charges students up to $85,000 a year for college prep - here's what it takes to get into the top schools

Christopher Rim. Sophia Sinclair Christopher Rim, 26, is the founder of Command Education, a tutoring and college advisory company in New York. Parents pay Rim's business up to $85,000 a year for one-on-one college application prep for their kids. 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 Christopher Rim, a 26-year-old college tutoring busines...
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Sex workers who use OnlyFans say they're being 'pushed off a platform that we made successful'

Last week, OnlyFans announced that it would be banning sexually explicit content starting in October. NurPhoto / Contributor Insider checked in with three sex workers to discuss OnlyFans' ban of sexually explicit content. All 3 had previously spoken to Insider about their sex work careers that include OnlyFans as a revenue stream. They shared how they'll adapt and move on from the ban: "We'll find a way to survive this exodus," said one. See more stories on Insider's busine...
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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 give tours to VIP visitors at Disney World and Universal Studios. The job can be magical, but some clients make it pure hell.

Dave Dixon. Dave Dixon Dave Dixon is a Disney and Universal theme park guide based in Orlando, Florida. Since 2009, he's led around 150 private tours a year to help families make the most of their trips. Here's what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. I was born 11 days before Disney World opened its doors in 1971, so I like to think I was born to do this. Growing up, I was a card-carrying member of the Mickey ...
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I'm a pro poker player who won $3 million in 7 years. It may seem glamorous, but poker is also mentally and physically draining.

Xuan Liu. Xuan Liu Xuan Liu, 33, is a former pro poker player and World Champ. In 7 years of being pro, Liu won $3 million at tournaments, but says the mental and physical tolls of poker began to weigh on her. This is what her career is life, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 1985 when I was 5 years old, my family emigrated from Tian Jin, China to Toronto. By the time I was seven, I'd gained a basic understanding of poker from...
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I'm a personal trainer in the Hamptons. The job perks are incredible, but every now and then I'll get an odd request that has nothing to do with my job.

Sara Colletti. Sara Colletti Sara Colletti is a personal trainer and cofounder of Hamptons Wellness on Wheels. Since 2016, she's offered at-home fitness services for wealthy clients around the Hamptons. This is what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. When it comes to working with the 1%, convenience is a key factor, so I often train my clients virtually or in their homes. It's best to meet them where they'...
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In the summer of 'vaxed and waxed,' some salon owners face a shortage of waxing specialists

Ekaterina Morozova/EyeEm/Getty Images Customers are finding themselves waiting weeks for waxing appointments or being turned away. Two salon owners told Insider they've had trouble hiring specialists back. They've leaned on sign-on and referral bonuses and increased wages. See more stories on Insider's business page. "Vaxed and waxed" is the unofficial slogan of the season for vaccinated Americans making up for lost time by hitting the beach, hanging poolside, and finding thei...
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I own 2 Hamptons hot spots that are busier than ever - but the worker shortage is crushing us

Zach Erdem seated at his Southampton restaurant Blu Mar. Zach Erdem Zach Erdem is the owner of 75 Main and Blu Mar, two eateries in Southampton, New York. Since reopening in June, Erdem says he's struggled to find workers despite increasing the hourly pay. Here's what hiring has been like for him post-pandemic, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. This summer has been busier than ever, and while it's wonderful to finally be ...
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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 design luxury homes - for chickens. Here's how I've made $1.8 million from a niche business that I began with $3,800 and the advice of friends.

Hughes and her daughter outside of the Chapel Coop model. Kathy Vegh Hughes Kathy Vegh Hughes is an entrepreneur and chicken-coop maker based in Ohio. After identifying a market for better built, high-end chicken coops, she launched Cutest Coops in 2019. Here's what her career is like selling the tiny homes all over the US, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. As an only child and a first-generation American, I always felt I was e...
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I listened in on the first-ever Clubhouse wedding along with 26,000 other people. It included heartwarming vows, a registry to gift a $5,000 Caribbean getaway, and snapshots of the happy couple.

Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano. Misha Krutiy Photography Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano are the first-ever couple to get married on the audio-only app. The two-hour traditional ceremony included the walk down the aisle and a Corinthians reading. Guests were instructed to "Push to Refresh" to update the couple's profile photos as it went on. See more stories on Insider's business page. Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano made history on the Clubhouse app yesterday when they b...
Tags: Apps, Life, Trends, Tech, Netflix, Wedding, Gang, Weddings, Vancouver, Caribbean, Corinthians, Clubhouse, Michael, Digital Marketing, Nordic, SAN JUAN Puerto Rico


I'm a 17-year-old Fortnite gamer who's won over $646,000 in two years since going pro. I average about 10 hours of gaming daily.

Palma became eligible to play professionally at age 14 and says he practices playing Fortnite for 10 hours a day. Diego Palma Diego Palma, aka Arkhram, is a 17-year-old professional gamer based in Sacramento, California. Since going pro in 2019, he's won more than $646,000 from Fortnite competitions. He says he can spend up to 10 hours each day reviewing old games and practicing with fellow pro players. See more stories on Insider's business page. I was 4 years old when my papá fi...
Tags: Gaming, Sweden, Video Games, California, Massachusetts, New York City, Careers, Trends, North America, Palma, Nordic, Sacramento California, Pablo, H P Lovecraft, Arkham, Tech Insider


I'm a part-time Amazon delivery driver. Here's how we cheat to get around the strict rules and constant monitoring.

"Amazon preaches safety, safety, safety, and while that's a great narrative for the media, behind the scenes it's another story." Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images Jay (not his real name) has worked as a part-time driver for Amazon in Michigan since 2019. He says to avoid getting penalized by Amazon's tracking app drivers trade phones sometimes. He says it's "frustrating" being monitored. This is his story, as told to freelancer Jenny Powers. See more stor...
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I'm a part-time Amazon delivery driver in Michigan. We have to cheat to get around the strict rules and constant monitoring.

"Amazon preaches safety, safety, safety, and while that's a great narrative for the media, behind the scenes it's another story." Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images Jay (not his real name) has worked as a part-time driver for Amazon in Michigan since 2019. He says to avoid getting penalized by Amazon's tracking app drivers trade phones sometimes. He says it's "frustrating" being monitored. This is his story, as told to freelancer Jenny Powers. See more stor...
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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 repossess airplanes from delinquent owners for a living. I've been held at gunpoint, thrown in a Haitian prison, and have tracked down $40 billion worth of aircraft.

Nick Popovich has been working in aircraft repo for 40 years. Chris Rose Nick Popovich is an aircraft-repossession specialist in Indiana. Since 1979, Popovich and his team have repossessed 1,986 planes and helicopters. This is what his job is like, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Growing up in Northwest Indiana, I never took my father's advice - except once. I was 16 years old when he told me to get my pilot's license becau...
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An Emmy award-winning TV producer and productivity coach shares how leaders can better manage their time

Insider Paula Rizzo. Paula Rizzo Paula Rizzo is a former TV producer, productivity coach, and the author of "Listful Thinking." She shared how she manages her time and keeps her team on track every day. Actually rely on a to-do list, consider using voice memos instead of email, and create inbox folders are some of her suggestions. This article is part of a series called "Leaders by Day," which takes a look at how prominent business leaders are tackling various challenges in to...
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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


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 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


I'm a foot fetish model who made over $115,000 last year. It takes a lot more than just pretty feet to make it in my industry - here's how I've built a steady income and client base.

"All I know is I'm the only kid from my town who still doesn't live at home with my parents. I own my own home and have zero debt," said Goddess Valora. who's been working as a foot fetish model since 2013. Jason Clarke/Hyena Head Photography Goddess Valora (not her real name) is a 34-year-old foot fetish model based in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2013, after accidentally booking a modeling gig that turned out to be a fetish video shoot, Valora realized she could make a full-ti...
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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 hoarding technician in Florida who faces everything from clutter, lice, and bed-bug infestations to rotting food and animal waste. Here's what my job is like.

Fiona Mills has been working as hoarding technician in Tampa, Florida since 2018. Fiona Mills. Fiona Mills is a 31-year-old based in Tampa, Florida who became a hoarding technician in 2018 after 12 years of working in the medical field. To most people, a hoard just looks like a bunch of trash — but to the hoarder, it's organized chaos where each item has a perceived value.  The job is physically and emotionally taxing. Most days, Mills has to lug away mattresses, sofas, and refrigerators, ...
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I'm a dominatrix who makes over $6,000 a month online. During the day, I'm just another mom in yoga pants. Here's what my job is like.

Olivia Rose is a professional dominatrix. Kevin Myers/Coastal Expressions Photography Olivia Rose is a 30-something dominatrix based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Rose grew up in a religious family in Las Vegas. At 18, she began working as an escort at a various clubs to pay for college, and later became a strip dancer and fetish model. There's a lot more to being a dominatrix than simple sex work, Rose says. Every client has unique preferences, from sissification to foot worship, chastity...
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Job diary: I'm a 32-year-old porn star making five figures a month from home during the pandemic. My secret weapon is my gift of gab.

Rain says that at 32 years old, she's considered a veteran in the porn industry. Romi Rain Romi Rain (not her real name) is a 32-year-old adult film star who lives and works in Southern California.She started doing nude modeling at the age of 19 before becoming an exotic dancer at a strip club. From there, she began webcamming, and at the age 25, signed with an agency to begin working in adult films.Since porn isn't a "forever career," Rain says many adult performers find ways to make r...
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Job diary: I'm a professional cuddler who gets paid up to $100 an hour for a cuddling session — here's what my job is like

Madelon Guinazzo during a professional cuddling session. Madelon Guinazzo Madelon Guinazzo is a Chicago-based professional cuddler and cofounder of Cuddlist, a company that trains, vets, and connects professional cuddlers with clients. She worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years before discovering the therapeutic benefits of cuddling in 2008. Before accepting any client, Guinazzo says they must agree to follow a code of conduct, which specifies that the service is strictly platonic ...
Tags: California, Trends, Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, Adam Lippin, Cuddlist, Jenny Powers, Cuddle Party, Jenny Powers Visit Business Insider, Madelon Guinazzo, Madelon Guinazzo Madelon Guinazzo, Guinazzo, Midwestern University in Downers Grove


Job diary: I'm a 'white hat' hacker. Here's what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.

Many companies hire white hat hackers to safeguard their online systems. Gorodenkoff/Getty Images Frank Villani is a 53-year-old information security specialist based in New Jersey who's worked in information technology for 24 years and IT security for 12 years. He's a 'white hat' hacker, someone who works on the inside of an organization to protect its internet systems from 'black hat' hackers who want to violate computer security for personal gain. For personal security measures, Villani...
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