The pricing is based on the daily average of gas for the Montreal area. As usual, some gas stations might be lower and some might be higher, but the company claims it's "always within the range of local gas stations."
There's also a promotional price of $0.99 per month as a membership fee for the first year, with the first month being a free trial, making this a great time to test out this cool business.
If you don't have a side hustle, then you probably know someone who does. It's become the key small-business buzzword in recent times — and for good reason.
Many millennials and zoomers are coming to the realization that a corporate nine-to-five job doesn't suit what they want in life. For some, the restriction of the 40-hour workweek is unappealing, while others struggle to find work that aligns with their personal values.
As a result, many people have started, or are thinking about starting, their own small businesses. From artisan charcuterie boards to multi-product e-commerce ventures, small businesses can be the way to live out your entrepreneurial dream and find your "why."
Whether you're looking to open an online store, provide a service or cook delicious food, all small businesses have one thing in common today: the need to get noticed on the web. This can seem daunting, but getting your online presence up and running doesn't have to be a costly nightmare, especially if you use a one-stop-shop service like GoDaddy.
For a small fee, you can secure the perfect domain, get access to beautiful website templates and build your brand on a user-friendly platform. Plus, GoDaddy has recently launched some new tools in Canada (like e-commerce and marketing integrations) to make running a small business online even easier.
As you build your brand, it's important to remember that launching a small business is about more than just a website. Building a community, developing your social media strategy and keeping an eye on your finances may sound time-consuming and potentially costly, but where there's a will (and these seven tips), there's a way.
If you've been in the dreaming phase of your entrepreneurial journey for what seems like ages, sit down and plot it out. When you feel the nine-to-five life isn't the key to your career fulfillment, it's time to acknowledge that and start rounding up the "buts" you've been using to justify not starting.
You've got to start somewhere, so find solutions to your concerns and map out how you can get your business idea off the ground.
Even if your business isn't entirely virtual, there's no way for potential customers to find you if you aren't showing up where they are — online. And one of the best ways to be spotted online is through the use of proper SEO (or search engine optimization). GoDaddy Websites + Marketing provides an easy set up experience to help your website get found online, no professional SEO experience needed.
If you're not sure where to start in the e-commerce landscape, that's understandable. GoDaddy’s Online Store combines a sleek ecommerce store, powerful selling tools and flexible shipping and payment options. They will also be introducing a Marketplace integration next year so Quebec entrepreneurs can leverage popular digital markets like Amazon and eBay Marketplace all from one dashboard.
There's plenty of free advice out there if you know where to look. Seek out the small business mentors on Instagram, Medium, or Quora, and take in all the tips, tricks and advice you can.
Reach out to your offline circles, too. That once-removed aunt who runs a small B&B on Vancouver Island? She knows her way around financials and might be able to teach you a thing or two about keeping your accounting in good shape. That local shop that you absolutely love? Drop by and befriend the owners — they can help you know what to expect as you get your business off the ground.
The best champions of small businesses know just how challenging running one can be. Seek community over competition and you'll find valuable skills to help your new venture thrive.
Your time is valuable, especially when levelling up your side hustle into a small business. There are plenty of free or low-cost tools available to help you cut back on the busywork. Invoicing can be a breeze with platforms that do all the heavy lifting for you, for example. Email funnels and sequences can save you time and keep your new subscribers engaged without you having to put in much work after the initial setup.
When it comes to social content, manually posting to multiple online platforms is becoming a thing of the past. GoDaddy's Instagram Direct Publishing Feature cuts back on the labour of managing followers and curating feeds with the ability to schedule, publish and monitor posts all from within the GoDaddy Websites + Marketing dashboard.
A product that is only "okay" can be tough to sell. With quality products, the marketing basically does itself through repeat customers and word of mouth. On the other hand, it's virtually impossible to win back a customer who has had a poor experience with you (and to prevent them from cautioning others about your business).
Keep a personal touch, so you can make customers feel special, and so you can stand out against larger corporations.
Chances are that your initial launch will feel like flying by the seat of your pants, and that's okay. Once you've figured out what works and what doesn't, cut the fluff and document your processes for keeping things running smoothly.
If it's just for you, or you have a small team, having a system to follow helps ensure that each customer and order receives the best care. Streamline your processes and take advantage of some of the other tips, like automation, to make each task as simple as following points one through three.
Keep Your Work Life Separate From Your Personal Life (Especially Your Finances)
Eventually, if your business has grown large enough, you might choose to incorporate. Until then, it's a smart idea to keep your business and personal finances separate. Even if your launch goes swimmingly, don't go spending all your hard-earned money at once.
Set up rules and automatic deposits in your designated business accounts to save a percentage of income for taxes. Come April, you'll breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you had funds set aside to pay any taxes.
Starting small, like with the seven tips above, is a great way to get your business idea going, and it sure beats waiting for all the pieces to perfectly align. In reality, those pieces won't fall into place without your actions, your commitment to growth and learning, and just buckling down and making it happen.
GoDaddy Websites + Marketing combines professional website templates with tools to make getting started a breeze. Once your site is up and running, their social integrations can help you to reach customers with ease. Just think where you and your business idea could be in a month or in a year — your imagination truly is the limit.
The balmy temperatures and long, sunny days are well and truly here. What could be better than a backyard barbecue with up to eight of your favourite people (including yourself) to celebrate?
If you hate to interrupt your hangout with a trip to the dep for more drinks and snacks, Skip's got you covered! The Canadian delivery company has a wide selection of drinks and dishes that you can have delivered right to you.
To have alcohol delivered with this convenient service, just add it to your order on the Skip website or mobile app along with a minimum food purchase.
Whether you want a can of sparkling cider, a refreshing beer or a glass of wine, you'll find something on Skip that'll delight your taste buds.
You'll want to relax and have a good time at your first post-pandemic barbecue, which is why being able to order extra snacks and drinks with Skip is so handy. Just make sure that whoever places the order has their ID close. Without it, delivery people won't be allowed to hand over your drinks.
Kais Latiri likens himself to a Galileo of immersive sex. "People are afraid of novelty, of innovation, of something new they're not used to," he said. "Take for example Galileo who said the Earth [went around the sun].* He was imprisoned for that."
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That's why when Le Journal de Montréal said Latiri was running a "brothel" out of a Longueuil home, the accountant-turned-tech entrepreneur took issue.
"It's not a brothel," he said. "That's not the right word at all.
He called it a salle de jeux pour adultes — "playroom for adults."
It's clear to see why. The sex workers aren't humans: they're dolls.
Latiri, the owner and founder of Oh My Doll, has insisted his business is not an outrage, but a triumph of love and science.
After years of developing advanced virtual reality technology, he said his company allows customers to indulge in their wildest fantasies, all from the comfort of a South Shore apartment building.
In an interview with MTL Blog, Latiri opened up about the ins and outs of his business and what all this means for the future of romance.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Virtual reality sex is not cheating, he says
We live in a world where rapid advances in virtual reality and robotics are going to have a profound impact on both human-to-human and human-to-robot relations, said Latiri.
When he started testing virtual reality in 2018, its quality wasn't very good, he continued. But Latiri realized the experience could develop with time and the release of new "hardware."
"I was at the beginning of the wave."
Instead of viewing an adult scene like in old-fashioned pornography, silicone escorts and virtual reality systems — that simulate the senses of sight, touch, hearing, and even smell — allow Latiri's customers to feel like they're having actual sexual encounters, he said.
Can ladies, couples, and LGBTQ2S+ people get in on the action? You betcha, said Latiri, thanks to an array of male sex dolls and "f*ck machines."
"We have experiences for anyone 18 plus, of course," he continued.
Not everyone is happy with the sex dolls
And yes, the dolls are cleaned between uses.
"In terms of hygiene, our escorts are immediately cleaned after a service," states the website.
"You will see for yourself the hygiene measures put in place. The complete maintenance is done by handing it over to our maintenance staff in our appropriately equipped premises. After maintenance, our silicone escorts are left to rest for at least 24 hours."
With packages costing a few hundred dollars, the Oh My Doll experience is far from cheap but a brand-new doll can cost upwards of $2,000, said Latiri.
Not everyone's happy with the sex dolls.
In an online review of the site, one commenter who identified themselves as "Escort the real one" stated, "Never will you replace us, bastards. We're true skin and bones escorts and we give our clients real love."
And with automation already eliminating millions of jobs around the world, are robots poised to eliminate human sex workers?
Latiri doesn't think so.
"If they love their work and if they have passion, I totally respect that," he said. "And in my mind, it's not like we're here to replace them, that's not the point."
As many of his clients are in committed relationships, Latiri said he hopes Oh My Doll will eliminate infidelity.
"My mission is based on people who are in couples because those people, instead of going to see an escort, they have an alternative that's more ethical," he said.
"And at the moral level, they won't be guilty when they return to their partner compared to if they would see an escort."
Then there are Latiri's religious customers looking to overcome crippling sexual shame and as they struggle with their desires.
"You'd be surprised that there are a lot of religious people," he said. "They come to us with their religious dress and I'm happy that they come, I'm happy that they express their desires. It's really touching."
'Dolls will never replace humans, not today, not tomorrow'
According to information obtained by Le Journal de Montréal, Oh My Doll has been running out of a residential building without a proper permit, but Latiri is punching back, claiming the business is primarily for research and development purposes.
"With all the hubbub that's been created, I don't regret anything, not a thing," he said. "Because I know it's helped me develop the experience and the technology."
He hopes to expand his business by opening "in every city where the need is present."
A spokesperson for the Longueuil police stated that "it is not criminal in Canada to own a sex doll representing an adult person," and that they've looked into Latiri's operations "and have not found any criminal-related activities."
Latiri said he has contacted the owner of the building and said he would move his business if asked.
"The second they want me to get out I'm ready," he said. "It's not about pressure, it's about being good neighbours because they got caught up in this circus."
But whether you think the idea is strange, enticing, or off-putting, Latiri acknowledged it's raising some tantalizing questions.
For example, in a world where ever-more-advanced virtual technology provides better visuals, touch feedback and maybe even artificial intelligence, what's going to happen to old-fashioned human romance, relationships, and sex?
"I'm against the fictitious idea that proposes the dolls are going to evolve and that's going to create a societal problem. The dolls for us are just sex toys," he said.
"When I'm looking into the future of the sex dolls with artificial intelligence where she can move by herself, honestly, I'm not in favour of that."
"Dolls will never replace humans, not today, not tomorrow."
The front window of Rooney ended up "getting smashed" by rioters around 9 p.m., Danino told MTL Blog.
Such led the store owner to ask: "Do [they] think going around smashing small businesses is going to make the premier of Quebec wake up the next day and say 'oh, they smashed the windows of a couple of stores in Old Montreal, I should probably just forget about this whole lockdown situation?' It's not exactly logical."
"I get it, you're annoyed. But to go around and smash windows of businesses that are already struggling, some barely hanging on, it seems kind of silly," he continued.
Danino confirmed the store will be able to continue to operate and the broken window has been boarded up until it can be fixed.
The owner told us no one was able to fully get inside the store, but could reach their arms in through the window. Danino said some clothes were stolen from a rack as well as everything in the window display.
How does the owner of Rooney, Alex Danino, feel about what happened?
Danino said this incident affects his business in two ways.
"In a positive way, people are being extremely supportive. That's really just such a good feeling, to know that there are people out there who feeling strongly about our business and want to see us come out of this in a good way."
The negative side is that Danino estimates the damages could cost up to $12,000.
"We're just struggling to continue and get through. We're all kind of just trying to get to the other side. This just adds a bit of unnecessary frustration," the owner of Rooney explained.
"It's a bummer to add to a situation that's already a massive bummer. It's not cool to see this kind of thing happen."
Now, Danino just hopes something like this doesn't happen to his store or any other business around him again — since another anti-curfew protest is planned for April 12, in the same place as the last one.