Passive Income Streams
As I have gained knowledge and confidence in my journey I have realized the importance of passive income streams. Streams of income that pay me no matter what I’m doing. Who the hell would not love that? Ok but there has to be a trick right? No, at least last I check I’m no magician. But that would be cool, and one hell of a great side hustle.
As I have gained knowledge and confidence in my journey I have realized the importance of passive income streams.
What’s The Trick?
The trick is, this is the holy grail of being able to retire early and never have to grind for money again. Imagine it’s Monday and instead of having to wake up to sit in traffic to go to a job you instead get to spend your day however the hell you want. Talk about empowering being In complete control of your time and life. No more 10 am meetings unless it’s something you scheduled. You see the more passive income you get the more you can control your time.
Imagine it’s Monday and instead of having to wake up to sit in traffic to go to a job you instead get to spend your day however the hell you want.
How might be on your mind? There are arguably infinite how’s on creating passive income streams. Check out 30 Passive Income Ideas You Can Use to Build Real Wealth for a few more ideas. I’ll probably cover this topic again down the road with other ways to create passive income streams. For this post, I want to cover the 5 passive income streams I’m planning and executing on. Could you have more or less? Yes, you can it all depends on your needs and situation.
My 5 Passive Income Streams
Right now I’m planning and making an actionable blueprint for passive income. As I mentioned above my ideal is around five. But as well all should be aware of things change and this might as well as I get closer to my FIRE date. By the way, I plan to FIRE in September of 2024!
Right now I’m planning and making an actionable blueprint for passive income.
I love using visuals when teaching and learning so I’m trying to use more in my posts. I created a pretty sexy visual of my 5 passive income streams.
Well, this is pretty self-explanatory. My W-2 income is my full-time career which is as an active duty Marine. I can’t complain about the pay for most days. I’m currently a little over 16 years of service. I know it’s not super passive as I go to work to earn it. But I had to include it for a few reasons. First, it has allowed me to fuel the other passive streams. It’s allowed me to build this blog, my Youtube Channel, and future endeavors. Lastly has given me more perks than just income. Like healthcare for life for cheap, free flights, free college, reduced CC annual fees, free food, VA mortgage loan and so much more.
Capital gains are a dream come true for me. They allow my investments to just keep growing even when I do nothing. Capital gains are basically, the profits earned when I sell an investment that has increased in value. You also have these capital gains as your investments rise in value over the years. This is personally my money machine so to speak. The more I invest the more this wealth machine produces more passive income for me. I love M1 Finance for its simple pie approach and fractional share options.
They allow my investments to just keep growing even when I do nothing.
Dividends seem to be a love-hate relationship in the financial independence community. I see some people hyper-focused on it as a passive income stream, and others not so much. I’m always going to love free money. Yet I must admit my focus is not dividend investing. It just so happens I get dividends in the funds I use. It’s super passive as I get paid to own funds I would own even if there was no dividend. While my current passive income stream of dividends is not huge it will only grow as my investments grow. The more I invest and with more time they will become even more a hard warrior for my wealth kingdom. Check out my Dividend Payout.
It’s super passive as I get paid to own funds I would own even if there was no dividend.
Interest income is the lowest income stream on my list. This is because well cash does not pay great interest and I keep very little cash as I like my money working hard for me. Well, that was until I actively looked into ways to grow this stream of income. Unconventional thinking leads me to my crypto. Yes, that is right I said crypto.
Crypto actually can pay you interest and pretty dam good interest at that. BlockFI allows you to gain interest in your crypto. I have only been doing this for a few days and already almost $20. I’m estimating I will see about $100 a month from this going forward. Of course, this depends on the account balance which goes up and down depending on the market. I highly recommend BlockFI to earn passive income on your crypto!
This is one of my bigger planned passive income streams. While I don’t have it yet, I will once I retire from the Marine Corps. I will retire in less than 4 years. My pension will give me a cool $34,000 a year and it’s inflation-adjusted. That $34,000 is based on retiring in 2024 value-wise though. My plan and thoughts are to see if I can solely live off of the pension and keep everything else as icing on the cake so to speak. This might seem hard but currently, we are spending about this or less living in San Diego.
5 Passive Income Streams
Some of these streams are not passive but will be replaced. Like my W-2 income, I have a few ideas of ways I can replace that stream of income.
- Rental Income
- Free Lance Jobs
- Monetize The Blog
- Coaching Gigs
My goal would not be to try and match my W-2 income. Instead, the idea is to optimize potential income from passions that I love doing. That to me is the point of FIRE is work optional and if I do work at all it’s to get paid to do something I love.
The big two will be the pension and capital gains from my investments.
Here is proof that capital gains are a powerful force! I also love Personal Capital for its sleek graphs and use them to track all my wealth.
I’m already seeing my wealth take off due to the market and because so much of my wealth is invested.
Final Thoughts On Passive Income Streams
Most millionaires have several passive income streams. Not all passive income streams are created equal. Some take a bit of work, others take no work, and some a ton of work. I have created 5 passive income streams that will more than cover all my expenses forever. I can easily create a few more passive income streams without doing too much besides putting in the time to cultivate them and grow them. I’m slowly working on that now but it’s not a focus point for me as I don’t need the extra income. I might just make it a focal point in 2021 though.
I’d love to hear what your passive income streams look like.
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