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Passive Income, How to Make it Work for You

By: Kenyon Sutton, Financial Wellness Manager

Posted on 9/17/2021 11:37:06 AM

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Are you dreaming of early retirement? Perhaps, you want the freedom, flexibility, and peace of mind that comes from having some extra income. This is where passive income can help. It’s a great way to generate extra cash flow and help bring you closer to your financial goals. Passive income also gives you extra security for those unexpected expenses and allows you to build wealth.

The benefits that come with passive income are well known, but the process of generating said revenue is often misunderstood. There's a general misconception that setting up passive income streams shouldn't require much effort, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The reality is that passive income requires an upfront investment of money, time, and effort.

Let’s explore passive income – what it entails, what it can do for you, and how you can start generating it.

What Is Passive Income?

Passive income includes earnings from a source that doesn't require much daily effort, if any at all once it is established. As mentioned, generating passive income requires an upfront investment. However, the difference between passive income and your regular 9 to 5 is that you don't have to consistently put in the effort, day in and day out, to earn it.

After you make the initial investment, passive income streams build and maintain themselves over time, bringing in revenue without requiring much effort on your part.

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What Can Passive Income Do?

The amount of money you earn is your greatest tool for building wealth. The way of the world is that you have to put in the work to make the money. Or, as most businessmen like to say, "time is money." But the problem is, time is a finite resource.

The goal of passive income is to earn money essentially while you sleep. Imagine what you can do if you can earn enough passive income. Could you quit your job for a year and travel the world? Retire early or start investing without having to sacrifice your savings? The options are limitless if you invest the upfront time and effort to make it work. In essence, passive income can provide financial security, freedom, and much more. Here are just a few examples of what passive income can do for you:

  • Allow you to live more comfortably and do the things you love
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Give you more free time
  • Travel more
  • Allow you to retire early
  • Increase your wealth
  • Provide an additional source of income to supplement your retirement funds

How Much Money Can You Make?

First off, beware of scams! Passive income won't make you wealthy overnight, and you should be cautious of any source that claims this as a possibility. Forget about get-rich-quick schemes and always do your research and due diligence.

But how will you know if you’re being scammed? Beware of any income source:

  • That promises unrealistic returns in a short period
  • Anything with a fee to join
  • Anything that requires you to recruit more people so you can earn more money
  • You can’t find more information about the program (scheme) outside of the promotions
  • You do not know about what you’re investing in

What Can You Do to Start Earning Passive Income?

Passive income is achievable for everyone – no matter your earning range. Here are some solid options that allow you to earn passive income:

  1. Selling informational products such as e-books and online courses. This avenue requires a massive effort to create and market the product, but they can deliver an excellent income stream.
  2. Investing. One of the best ways to earn passive income is to invest your money. Some great investment options to look into include:
    • Dividend stocks and index funds
    • High yield savings accounts
    • Bonds
    • Rental properties
  3. Start a blog. While blogs require quite a bit of upfront work, you can earn money through sponsored posts, products, book deals, courses, and affiliate links.
  4. Affiliate marketing. This is where you earn money by promoting a third party’s product and earn a commission. It doesn't matter how big a social following you have; you can promote products and services and earn some cash while you're at it.
  5. Building an app. With an app, you can sell subscriptions or a premium version and earn from apps. While this option requires some coding skills, creating something people enjoy or need could be your path to financial freedom.

Build Wealth That Lasts

Building wealth through passive income is an achievable goal. Do your research and invest your time and money into something that will pay you back in the future.