Everybody wants to make money while they sleep, right? I do too. It’s always been a dream of mine to live off of passive income while I do whatever I please with my time. There are a lot of ways to do this, but they are all either extremely difficult to get started or require a massive amount of capital. Let’s look at the ways by which you can accomplish passive income in your everyday life:
Mutual funds can be great–for preserving already existing wealth. A good solid mutual fund will be lucky to get 8-10% a year, which is awesome if you’re looking for a solid way to store wealth while also making some gains. Is it a practical way to pay expenses and generate income, though? Let’s say you have $100,000. You put it on a mutual fund and it gets you 10% over the course of a year. Congrats, you’ve made $10,000. Take some taxes and brokerage fees out and you’ve got a cool $7,500 in your pocket. It might pay your rent for a year, but after you’ve done that you still have $100,000 sitting in the account and it’s going to generate close to the same amount every year. So, even assuming that you have $100,000 free cash, it’s not a great source of passive income for the average person who wants to use that money to better their lifestyle.
High Yield Checking/Savings Accounts
Again, these are great for people who need to store wealth, but not so great for those that want to generate substantial income passively. My credit union offers 2% APY on their checking accounts. I’d rather keep my money in crypto (any crypto).
The interest rates on these are dismal. Last I checked CDs were under 2%, and you need to lock up your money for a lengthy period of time. You’re kind of getting the point here, right?
Buying a rental property was one of the first options I explored. It seemed like real estate was the business to be in if you wanted to be wealthy and property also happens to be an excellent, tangible asset in my opinion. This option obviously comes with some drawbacks. Again, you’ll have high overhead costs because you’ll either have to shell out a massive amount (to the average consumer) in cash to purchase a property or you’ll have mortgage payments if you choose to finance the purchase. You’ll also need a knowledge of home improvement and basic construction as you’ll definitely be dealing with repairs, unless you want to pay somebody to handle all of it. Finally, the tenants. I’ve only lived in two apartment buildings in my life and I can confidently tell you that I now have absolutely no interest in being a landlord. It sounds passive. I can just buy a property and collect the rent every month. Hell no, man. You can’t. It’s way more trouble than it’s worth unless you have several properties in a high-rent area and you really know what you’re doing. Finding good tenants, ensuring they pay, fixing the property when they inevitably destroy it, etc. Does it all sound worth it to you? Because it doesn’t to me.
Opening A Business
Awesome! If you either have a great idea, lots of money (or the ability to raise the money), or some really great connections in a niche market. You’re looking at high overhead, massive startup costs, and a really high risk in most industries. You’ll probably have to quit your job and go without steady income for a few months while you get things up and running. Assuming you make it past that, you’ll need to find some great staff that you trust to run things while you’re away. The only way this option becomes at least a little passive is if your business really takes off and you end up being able to leave the store alone with your staff all day. Most people don’t make it that far.
Opening An Online Business
So, here’s the problem. Almost all of these options require a massive amount of startup money to be viable sources of income independently. Our financial system and economy is currently set up in a way that benefits the already wealthy. If you $2 million and you are in a mutual fund that earns even 8%, you’re sitting on a yearly income that is 4x that of the average American. All because you already have a lot of money. Examples like this are the reason that crypto is so appealing to the younger generations who have less money. They know that there is a better way to live. They know that our economy can be better and our financial system is completely rigged.
Cryptocurrency opens doors to a world that was previously out-of-reach for the impoverished, unbanked, and underpriveleged. It makes living a life not filled with 40-hour work weeks possible. There are ways to make viable passive income that will actually make a difference in your life by using cryptocurrency. I have exclusively used trading as a way to make money, but this year I want to build passive income that will ensure I have more time to spend with family and do the things that I want to do without worrying about money. In part two, I am going to outline my plan for how I plan to achieve this.