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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 moved from Maine to Florida to work from home from a sailboat in 2016. Here's why it was the best decision I ever made.

The author, Amy Morin, on her sailboat home with her dog. Amy Morin Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. In 2016, she and her husband moved from Maine to Florida to live in a sailboat off the Florida Keys; she says it's the best decision they've ever made. Besides saving money on state income tax, Morin says living in Florida has allowed her to exercise more, enjoy the outdoors year-round, and spend mo...
Tags: Florida, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, Maine, Working From Home, Fiat, Moving, Nordic, Don, Florida Keys, Morin, Amy Morin, WFH, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019


Job stress drove me to congestive heart failure at age 34. As I got better, here are 3 things I did to revive my small business while protecting my health.

Shannon Hennig. Shannon Hennig Shannon Hennig is a small business owner and health and wellness marketing expert. In September 2020, she was suddenly hospitalized with a diagnosis of congenital heart failure and had to take time off from running her business. As she eased back into work, began health treatment, and continued homeschooling her young son, Hennig learned to set boundaries to safeguard her physical and mental health. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In Sept...
Tags: Health, Parents, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Nordic, Working Moms, Heart Failure, Small Business Owners, Hennig, Contributor 2019, Original Contributor, Shannon Hennig, Shannon Hennig Shannon Hennig Shannon Hennig, OpenInk Solutions


5 ways the Biden administration can bridge the divide between rural and urban America

A worker eats behind plexiglass screens at a cafeteria in Guymon, Oklahoma in May 2020. Reuters Rural and urban America are experiencing a cultural, economic, and ideological divide that has only grown wider in recent years. Law professors Ann Eisenberg, Jessica A. Shoemaker, and Lisa R. Pruitt say the Biden administration can help bridge this divide by allocating government resources to the programs that distressed rural communities need. Improving K-12 schools, providing internet access ...
Tags: Politics, Justice, Obama, Congress, Opinion, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Policy, US Postal Service, Federal Communications Commission, US Senate, Biden, Rural America, Nordic


I tried out a new $1,500 at-home gym system that calls itself for 'Peloton for boxing' - here's what it was like

The Liteboxer at-home system. Liteboxer The Liteboxer is an at-home boxing system that calls itself the "Peloton of boxing." Freelance writer Emily Price tried out the Liteboxer to see if it's worth it's $1,495 sticker price and $29 membership fee. Price says the workout was fun and reminded her of Dance Dance Revolution, but added it's more of a technique class rather than a replacement for practicing in a real ring. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For many during the ...
Tags: Opinion, Nicki Minaj, San Francisco, Trends, Boxing, Exercise, Airbnb, Nordic, Workout, Assembly, Peloton, Emily Price, Tech Insider, Home Gym, Gym Equipment, Liteboxer


Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike explains his vision for the app - and what he sees as the biggest threats to privacy

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike Steve Jennings/Getty Images Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike says he hopes the app's unique commitment to privacy will set a standard across the tech industry. Signal has seen an explosion in popularity as people seek out privacy-focused alternatives to big tech. In a wide-ranging interview for Insider's 2020 Transformers series, Marlinspike described his vision for the company and rising threats to privacy. Because of his work, Insider named Marlinsp...
Tags: Facebook, Enterprise, Privacy, US, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, United States, North America, Transformers, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, Nordic, Tech Insider, Google Meet, Marlinspike


'Kamala's Way': A new biography explores how Harris played Trump's game, using confidence and unapologetic ambition to grab the spotlight

Vice President and Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. Alex Wong/Getty Images The following is an exclusive excerpt from "Kamala's Way," a new biography by Dan Morain. In it, he explores how the first female VP "rose above the din" in Washington, where her unapologetic ambition and focus made her a star. One Senate colleague described her like this: "She cooks. She shares recipes. She invites senators over for small dinner...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Obama, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Intel, Fbi, David, United States


Inaugurations aren't required by the Constitution - here's why they're so important anyway

Workers put up "Biden-Harris" branded bunting near the White House on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images Although US presidential inaugurations aren't required in the Constitution, it's an event that's developed a great deal of ceremonial importance. Dimitris Xygalatas, associate professor of anthropology, explains that shared rituals carry the weight of tradition which gives them an aura of historical continuity and legitimacy. When we attend an extrava...
Tags: Politics, News, Opinion, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, United States, Washington Dc, Korea, Biden, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Nordic


How cities should prepare for the potential of violence during the inauguration

National Guard Citizen-soldiers stand guard downtown on January 17 in Washington, DC. Brandon Bell/Getty Images As Trump prepares to leave the White House early Wednesday morning before Biden arrives for the inauguration, DC is doubling down on security.  Jennifer Earl, an expert on the policing of protest and political violence in the US, says city and state capitols should take similar precautions. Local leaders should take seriously and share widely any intel about potential right-wing ...
Tags: Politics, News, Opinion, Oregon, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Washington Dc, Italy, Michigan, Tsa, Dc, Biden, Capitol Police


Inside Amazon's advertising business, which is $13 billion and growing fast

Alex Wong/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Amazon's e-commerce dominance is quickly expanding to advertising.The pandemic has drastically cut ad budgets as marketers reign back their spending, but e-commerce advertising is booming as people shop more from home - with Amazon leading the pack.EMarketer forecast that e-commerce advertising would rise 39% to $17.4 billion in the US in 2020, to represent 12% of digital ad spend. That growth has attracted Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Media, Advertising, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Walgreens, Netflix, Retail, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Web Services, Alexa


6 ways I'm coping with seasonal affective disorder while working from home during the pandemic

Melissa Petro with her family in New York. Melissa Petro Melissa Petro is a freelance writer based in New York where she lives with her husband and two small children.  As someone who struggles with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Petro says she's found it especially difficult to balance her health with work and family responsibilities this winter. To boost her spirits and be more productive, she wakes up earlier, created a childcare schedule with her husband, hired a professional house...
Tags: New York, Sad, US, Trends, Strategy, Mental Health, Depression, Netflix, Seasonal Affective Disorder, United States, Working From Home, Anthony Fauci, Nordic, Trump, Working Moms, Don


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


The Trump ban across social media wasn't censorship - it was a series of editorial decisions by media companies that call themselves social platforms

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnav Becca Lewis is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University who researches online social movements and extremist groups. She says decrying Trump's bans on social media as censorship distracts from the real issue: that companies like Facebook and Twitter are really simply media companies who use editorial intervention and oversight. We've begun to see platforms make decisions that implicitly, if not explicitly, acknowledge this, sh...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Opinion, Censorship, Trends, Social Media, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Stanford University, Napoli, Nordic, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Caplan


We're freelancers who relocated to a tiny town in Maine during the pandemic. Here's how we earned over $150,000 in 2020 while raising our toddler and enjoying local adventures.

Kearl and her family at Beth's Farm Market in Warren, Maine. Mary Kearl In 2019, Mary Kearl and her family traveled to 12 countries while working remotely. As COVID-19 spread, they decided to move from Los Angeles to Maine to shelter in place. While following social distancing regulations, Kearl and her family found safe ways to adventure locally while she and her husband kept their freelance businesses afloat/ Kearl says the time she's able to dedicate to family by being a freelancer ...
Tags: Freelancing, Halloween, Small Business, California, La, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Canada, Maine, Nova Scotia, Moving, Nordic, Thomaston Maine


29 execs with the most power at advertising giant Publicis

Publicis chairman Maurice Lévy and CEO Arthur Sadoun. Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images Publicis is the third-largest advertising company by revenue, with clients including Disney, Kraft Heinz, and Samsung. It's outperformed bigger rivals WPP and Omnicom in recent months thanks to a string of new business wins. Insider identified 29 of the most powerful executives at Publicis leading its rebound. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Publicis, with advertising and PR agencies...
Tags: Media, Advertising, US, Samsung, Trends, Publicis, WPP, Nordic, Leo Burnett, Publicis Groupe, Omnicom, Marcel, Arthur Sadoun, Maurice Levy, Epsilon, Sapient


Joe Biden's plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 won't just help workers: A new study finds that lower wages cost taxpayers over $100 billion a year

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Susan Walsh/AP President-elect Joe Biden has called for a $15 per hour federal minimum wage as part of his new $1.9 trillion stimulus package. That increase could materially impact millions of workers, and provide relief for public safety net programs.  While President Donald Trump has argued raising the minimum wage could harm employers, it hasn't been shown to impact employment. Visit Insi...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Minimum Wage, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr, Stimulus, Cnbc, Nordic, Jacobs, Wilmington Del, Susan Walsh, Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley Labor Center


I improved my work-life balance by getting rid of negative thinking - here are 7 daily habits that helped me do it

FatCamera/Getty Images Peggy Caruso is an author, executive and personal development coach, and founder and host of "The Revolutionize Podcast." She encourages her coaching clients to practice good daily habits that prioritize their personal and career goals. Caruso says every professional should schedule personal time on their to-do list, bring self-awareness to negative thoughts, and express gratitude for the goods things in instead of fixating on the bad. Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Opinion, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Positivity, Negativity, Nordic, Life Coach, Caruso, Twitter Facebook Linkedin, NLP, Contributor 2019, Original Contributor, Peggy Caruso, Peggy Caruso Peggy Caruso


A Biden economic appointee explains how a 'true new deal' plan uses 9 reforms to rebuild wealth for all Americans

Bharat Ramamurti is a member of the COVID-19 Congressional Oversight Commission. Sarah Silbiger/Washington Post via AP pool Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures, a cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books, and a frequent cohost of the "Pitchfork Economics" podcast with Nick Hanauer and David Goldstein. In this week's episode, Hanauer spoke with Bharat Ramamurti, deputy director of the incoming Biden administration's National Economic Council who recently coauthored 'A True New Deal'...
Tags: Politics, Opinion, Finance, Elizabeth Warren, America, Trends, Ap, Washington Dc, Biden, Fdr, Student Debt, Nordic, New Deal, Roosevelt, Roosevelt Institute, National Economic Council


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 attacked by a dog and spent almost 8 hours in the ER. For people still not taking COVID-19 seriously, please think about others who need access to emergency care.

Shayla Racquel in the ER. Shayla Racquel Shayla Racquel is a 31-year old writer, director, and creative based in Washington, DC. On January 7 around 6 p.m., Racquel was attacked by a dog in her apartment building and her arm began bleeding profusely. Although paramedics quickly responded to her 911 call, they struggled to find an ER that could admit her as all nearby hospitals were filled with COVID-19 patients. She ended up not leaving the hospital until almost 8 hours later, and now has ...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, California, Trends, Hospitals, Trauma, Washington Dc, Healthcare, Facetime, South Carolina, Nordic, Ma, ER, Emergency Room, Dog Bite, Racquel


Kamala's Way: A new biography explores how Harris played Trump's game, using confidence and unapologetic ambition to grab the spotlight

"Kamala Harris comes to play every day," said Oregon senator Ron Wyden. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photos The following is an exclusive excerpt from Kamala's Way, a new biography by Dan Morain. In it, he explores how the first female VP "rose above the din" in Washington, where her unapologetic ambition and focus made her a star. "She cooks. She shares recipes. She invites senators over for small dinners. She wears Chuck Taylors. She has an interesting family. She loves basketball," is how one Sena...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Obama, California, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Intel, Fbi, David


A brain science expert shares his 30-second exercise to jumpstart your creative thinking at work

You may seem creative if you suggest doing something that breaks the mold, writes Moran Cerf. Eva-Katalin/Getty Images Moran Cerf, 42, is a professor of neuroscience and business at Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University and the Alfred P. Sloan professor at the American Film Institute. Every week, he receives questions about the brain, psychology, business, and behavior via email from people who attend his talks; below are his answers to two recent questions. In today's c...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Trends, Strategy, Neuroscience, Creativity, REM, Q&a, Nordic, Northwestern University, Rapid Eye Movement REM, Kellogg School of Management, Alfred P Sloan, Deirdre Barrett, Moran Cerf, Contributor 2019


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


Author James Patterson on the moment his life changed direction, his working style, and his best career advice

James Patterson is the author of bestselling books like "Alex Cross" and "Michael Bennett." Stephanie Diani Dan Schawbel is a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and host of the "5 Questions with Dan Schawbel" podcast, where he interviews world-class humans by asking them just five questions in under 10 minutes. He recently spoke with James Patterson, author of numerous New York Times bestselling books including the recently released "The Last Days of John Lennon." Patterson says th...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Florida, New York City, John Lennon, US, Careers, The Beatles, Trends, Strategy, Author, Harvard, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Paul Mccartney, University of Florida


PRESENTING: We analyzed 23 memos from CEOs responding to the US Capitol riot. The most effective messages get personal.

Albert Bourla is the CEO of Pfizer. Drew Angerer/Getty Images On Wednesday, a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol while Congress was confirming Joe Biden's win in the presidential election. It took hours for authorities to clear the Capitol building. Five people died.As news of the attempted coup spread, business leaders across industries - including tech, finance, and healthcare - sent staff memos and issued public statements decrying the violence. Collectively, the messages expressed sad...
Tags: Leadership, Congress, Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Teaser, Communications, Nordic, Trump, Capitol, US Capitol, Shana Lebowitz, Albert Bourla, Capitol Siege, Attempted Coup, CEO activism


SCOTT GALLOWAY: Even if he had just one day left in office, Trump would still be a danger to the republic. Putting him on a social media timeout isn't enough.

Getty Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is his recent blog post, republished with permission. It originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." In it, Galloway calls President Trump the manifestation of the "anti-government creed" that has steadily grown in the US since the 80s. He says this philosophy, as well as the continued assault on the press, are two of the primary causes behind the Capitol riot led by Trump supporter...
Tags: Energy, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Politics, Congress, Opinion, Senate, US, America, Trends, Reagan, Fbi, Hungary, House, Capitol Hill


I volunteered to test the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Here's what the side effects were like, and why I want my experience to give people hope.

Elle Hardy. Elle Hardy Journalist Elle Hardy is taking part in a phase-three trial of Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine, which was just approved in the UK and has been shown to be 94.5% effective. The UK government has ordered 17 million doses of Moderna's shot, but it's unlikely to roll out before March. The shot was approved for use in the US in December. After a slight reaction to the two doses, Hardy said she was certain she didn't receive a placebo. "The side effects were a little unpleasan...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, England, Science, News, Instagram, Australia, White House, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, Oxford, MMR, Vaccine


I'm a 17-year US postal worker who has never witnessed such bad mail delays or heard management admit 'we can't handle volume' until now

Management and postal workers are left in the dark about delayed mail and packages during the holidays, one worker told Insider. Keith Birmingham/Digital First Media/Pasadena Star-News/Getty Images Chris (not his real name), 41, is a veteran postal worker in Massachusetts who talked to Insider about the extreme delays he's seeing with the mail since the holidays, which were unusually slow. The delay in packages is just one of the many obstacles the US Postal Service faced in the past year,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Massachusetts, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Mail, US Postal Service, Usps, Postal Service, Packages, Delivery, Duolingo


From being targeted for robbery to confrontational customers, 4 Amazon delivery drivers talk about what scares them during peak season

Jim Smith is a 55-year-old Amazon driver in Oregon. Jim Smith Business Insider spoke with four drivers who work as contracted Amazon delivery drivers about the dangers they face during the winter months, from navigating dark, rural roads and extreme weather conditions to dealing with difficult customers and package thieves. The delivery drivers we spoke to mentioned heightened safety concerns like fear of being targeted for robberies or even robbed at gunpoint. One driver Business Insider ...
Tags: Amazon, News, Washington, Oregon, Careers, Trends, UPS, Portland, Retail, Drivers, Smith, King, DSP, Independent Contractors, Nordic, Las Vegas Nevada


Inside Amazon's advertising business, which is $13 billion and growing

Alex Wong/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Amazon's e-commerce dominance is quickly expanding to advertising.The pandemic has drastically cut ad budgets as marketers reign back their spending, but e-commerce advertising is booming as people shop more from home - with Amazon leading the pack.EMarketer forecast that e-commerce advertising would rise 39% to $17.4 billion in the US in 2020, to represent 12% of digital ad spend. That growth has attracted Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Media, Advertising, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Walgreens, Netflix, Retail, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Web Services, Alexa