5 Online Business Projects making over $500/month

We’ve been working on several online business projects over the last years and a few of them have been going very well.

This post is a quick update on these projects.

CraigCherlet.com

My main blog at craigcherlet.com which used to be here has been doing over $1000/month in affiliate an Adsense revenue.

BeautyMakeup.ca

BeautyMakeup.ca is an online retailer of brand name makeup and beauty accessories. It’s an Amazon Associates e-commerce site and it continues to grow month after month slowly increasing revenue each month.

The Funnel Hacker Site

TheFunnelHacker.site is a blog about sales funnels and the Click Funnels application. On this site, I provide free books, sale funnel consulting and also software for building sales funnels. It’s monetized using the Click Funnel affiliate program and consulting fees. This is a new site only making about $300 per month but I just started it in March of 2018.

Energy Solution Store

The EnergySolution.store project is an online retailer that sells gas and diesel generators, solar and wind power products and accessories. It’s an Amazon Associates e-commerce site and it continues to grow month after month slowly increasing revenue each month.

The Vegan Optimist

The TheVeganOptimist.com project is another online retailer that sells vegan products and accessories. This is a fast-growing industry and we are excited to be promoting the plant-based lifestyle. It’s also an Amazon Associates e-commerce site. We just started this project and it slowly increasing revenue each month.

Sea to Sky Adventure Equipment

Sea to Sky Adventure Equipment is a product review blog that reviews products including everything from hiking and camping to dirt biking, snowboarding and kite surfing. If you adventure is in the water, on land or in the air, we curate the best adventure equipment for you to enjoy it. It is an Amazon Associates site and is still new. We just launched in March of 2018 so hopefully it starts generating some decent revenue in a few months.

The Affiliate Marketing School

The Affiliate Marketing School mission is to help young entrepreneurs learn about affiliate marketing and how they can use it to make money online. This is a new project not yet generating a huge income but the goal is to turn this into a book or members site.

If you want to see some other projects that are making over $500 per month, check out this blog post of 20 other entrepreneurs building nice little profitable side gigs.

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Would you support a corner store in Garibaldi Highlands?

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The Wilder Snail at 799 Keefer St in Strathcona

Gordon Price, from SFU  is hosting a conversation on Sept 5th about corner stores in Vancouver. I really like the idea of the corner store. I think this is another one of those concepts that will return as society re-evaluates itself like it is with the local food movements and the return of organic food that used to just be called “food” before the advent of the “modern day” agriculture industry.

“Before the 1950′s, Mom & Pop grocery stores were common features of Vancouver’s single-family residential neighbourhoods. Then car culture, supermarkets and rigid zoning rules that relegated commerce to main streets changed how communities functioned. A handful of “grandfathered” locations survived, and now their successors are transforming their neighbourhoods’ social life. Is it time to legalize new corner stores, or would they create noise and activity problems?”

I think it is time to bring this concept back.  The definition of the corner store I think needs updating but these corner stores could become micro hubs in some communities.

There’s a lot of discussion going on about this subject. Frances Bula recently published an article in the Globe and Mail about corner stores and there’s a good discussion happening on her blog as well.

I like the idea and would love to see a corner store in my neighborhood that had a general store and coffee shop/cafe. Not quite sure if the density allows or what the exact business model would have to be but it’s an interesting idea.

What do you think?

Interesting documentary on The Barrier between Whistler & Squamish

The Barrier which holds up Garibaldi Lake.
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This 20 minute documentary from QuestU students explores the geology of the west coast of British Columbia, specifically the area known as the Sea to Sky corridor.

The doc focuses on The Barrier, a 300 meter tall, crumbling lava dam retaining the Garibaldi Lake system and some of the hazards it brings.

Beyond the Barrier takes a look at how living below this hazard can change the way we see ourselves as humans with respect to the power of nature.

Check it out.

More cool Photos of the Barrier

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Quote: The next industrial revolution

“There is a secular trend going on, in which launching a start-up is a more common thing to do. It used to be there were two things you could do after college: go to grad school or get a job. Soon, I think there will be three things: go to grad school, get a job, or start your own company. I suspect this will be one of these economic transformations on the scale of the industrial revolution. ” Paul Graham

Gary Vaynerchuk on Storytelling in 2013

Moved to: http://craigcherlet.com/gary-vaynerchuk-on-storytelling-in-2013/

If you’ve never heard of Gary Vaynerchuk, you should check him out. He’s one of today’s great marketers that get’s it. Gary’s latest post is about storytelling. It’s about the ways that a company or brand connects with customers in 2013 is not the same as it was in 1998, 2004 or even 2010.  Storytelling in 2013  is a must read for entrepreneurs & marketers in any industry.

If you really want to known how to use Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, Youtube and every other tool invented and not yet invented then you should watch Gary’s talk at Elevate NYC 2013.

More?

I first learned about Gary through his Keynote Speech at Inc 500 Seminar in 2011. It’s an hour long but it’s worth your time. Check it out.

Proposal for a Squamish Obstacle Course Trail

I moved my blog to craigcherlet.com – You can read the most recent updates on this post here.

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Update: The Squamish Chief did a write up on our proposal. Check it out.

With the popularity of activities like Crossfit, Parkour, fitness bootcamps and races like the Tough MudderThe Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race, more and more people are interested in taking part in obstacle course type races. Both of these races have taken place in the Sea to Sky in the past. Tough Mudder was at the Whistler Olympic Park and last year the Spartan Race took place at Brennan Park in Squamish. Both these events have great turnouts which tells me that people love to run obstacle courses.

A few nights ago on a walk around the Squamish Oceanfront with my family, the idea struck me that a permanent obstacle course in Squamish would be a great asset to the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. So, I’m taking on the task of proposing the idea to see what others think.

Updates: I’m adding detail as I go so this post will be updated as new ideas come forward and as the concept evolves so check back again later.

If you like what you see, have some ideas to add to it or have a question, please leave a comment below this post or reach me on Twitter. This is just an idea at this point to gauge interest.

Overview

The proposed Squamish Obstacle Course Trail would consists of a trail equipped with obstacles or stations distributed along its length for exercising and physical fitness training. The course could have various circuits between 5km and 20Km with 15 to 20 obstacles or fitness stations. Runners could start at the official start, possibly the adventure center or anywhere on the course. They could run a short 5km circuit or the full 20km course. A similar timer like the what is used for the Grouse Grind could be used to help runners keep track of their personal times and a leader board could be posted in the Adventure Centre.

Trail Map

The course could follow existing trails in the Squamish area focusing on the area from the Oceanfront to Brennan park community center.  The following is a proposed trail map with potential obstacles/ training stations in red. This is just a proposal at this stage for illustration purposes. More research and community involvement would be needed to determine the exact trail, number of obstacles and obstacle locations. proposed trail map

Proposed Obstacles and Fitness Stations

The proposal would include 15 to 20 obstacles or fitness stations placed on the designated trail circuit.

Here are examples of the types of obstacles and fitness stations that could be setup on this course throughout Squamish.

Slackline

The slack-lines on the Oceanfront are a great example the types of obstcles t to this course.

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Hand held Zipline

This is the simple zipline, low to the ground that requires that the person hold on with their arms to bridge the distance. Could be created as the image below or between two trees.

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Wall Climb

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Cargonet Crossover

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Teetering Traverse

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Balance Beam

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Monkey bars

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Ladder climb

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Rope climb

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Rope Scramble

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Tunnel Crawl

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Over under

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Balance Beam

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Tire chase

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Tire flip

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This is just a sampling of possible obstacles. There are many different obstacles and fitness stations that could be used on this course. Here are obstacles from the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, The RAID race and the Warrior Dash.  They could be made out of the natural timber and the terrain of the surroundings. What would you like to see?

Benefits

  • The obvious benefits are the health benefits of the people that would use the trail and the obstacles fitness course.
  • A fitness tourism attraction for trail runners from Vancouver and the lower mainland
  • Local Boot Camp programs could use the course
  • Crossfit athletes could use the course for training
  • A yearly race could be created for this course
  • People could train here for races like Tough Mudder, and the Spartan Race.
  • Potential revenue source for Adventure Centre through Timer

Would you support this?

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