6 min 22 sec

Pilot’s Side Hustle Takes Flight With Aerial Tours

A pilot in the Pacific Northwest uses his love of the land and his skills in the air to create a profitable side hustle.
Creative Niche Ideas Service Tourism

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What It's About

A niche side hustle flying tourists in small, passenger planes so that they can have a unique view of the Pacific Northwest.

Business Model
Skills Required
Creativity & Resourcefulness
Profit Potential

Words of Wisdom

A lot of Corey's success comes down to his unique way of charging for tours. Instead of charging high premiums per person, Envi Adventures flights are priced per flight. Depending on the tour they choose, customers can expect to pay $99, $199, $265, or $349. A variety of price points opens the door to more people and in the end is more cost effective.

Fun Fact

Did you know 50% of travel companies have said that direct bookings have been generated from social media and 52% of travelers use social media to plan a trip? That means if you’re not on social, you could be missing out on a lot of customers!

Notes from Chris

Episode 193

If you live in an area visited by tourists, there are probably a lot of different options to make money by showing them around. From a young age, Cory Rust has spent large chunks of his time exploring the nature and wilderness of his hometown in Oregon. He’s seen the Gorge, walked beside the Columbia River, hiked through the forests and even started a small clothing brand based on local designs.

However, Corey wanted to take it a step further. He wanted to show people who were visiting the area exactly where they were and what they were experiencing. He knew tourists were already flocking to the local waterfalls, but couldn’t help feeling this was only a small percentage of what the place had to offer.

So, he set about creating Envi Adventures, with the goal of giving people what he called the 360-degree experience.



Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,




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"Be patient and set your priorities. Take a piece of paper and write your idea on the top. Then, list out all of the things you think you need to do in order of importance. Leave space in between because you'll add things. After that, just start tackling them one-by-one."
—Corey Rust #SideHustleSchool

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