Can you imagine a life where you didn’t have to work every day? Instead of needing to work you could work because you wanted to or, you could choose not to work because you wanted to. How? By building a passive income.
Conventional wisdom tells you that the path you’re supposed to live looks like this:
- Go to college
- Get a Good Job
- Get Married
- Take out a loan for school, your wedding, a car, furniture, a house
- Work hard for 30+ years to pay off all the debt you accumulated
- Maybe you’ll have enough to retire and then again, maybe not
The truth is that there IS another way to live. You don’t have to go the traditional route. After all, you are the one in control of your life. You can do anything you want.
Isn’t that a freeing thought? To know that you’re in the driver’s seat of your own life? For me it is.
One thing that has been on my mind a lot, and that I have begun to work toward, is creating passive income so that my limited time isn’t constantly being exchanged for money. And because I’ve always had a fascination with passive income I’ve really been drilling down on it lately and not only learning more, but taking action.
I think most people could happily live on $50,000 per year (provided they had no debt) so I thought it would be a good idea for you and I to explore some ways to make $50,000 per year without working.
First, let’s go over how this whole thing works.
How This Works: Frontload Your Life
Robert’s favorite financial hack is frontloading your life.
Frontloading your life is working hard now so that you don’t have to work so hard later. It’s kind of like making a snowball. At first you’re packing the snow and rolling the ball around to make it bigger. After a little work your ball starts to roll down a hill and gets bigger and bigger and bigger, all on its own.
At this point the momentum of the snow ball rolling starts to work in your favor.
That’s what frontloading is all about. And that my friends, is exactly how you can earn $50,000 per year without working.
You have to work hard upfront and then in anywhere from 10-30 years (depending on how much you invest and how smart you are about the way you invest) you’ll earn a good amount of passive income.
Here are just a few ideas for earning $50k per year without working.
Own 10 Rental Properties that Net You $420 Per Month Each
Ten rentals properties that provided you a net income of $420 per month after figuring in things like vacancies, maintenance, repairs, property management, taxes, and insurance would bring you in $50,400 per year.
Depending on the locations and types of properties you have, it may take more or less properties for you to reach that $50k per year mark.
One successful real estate investor I’ve enjoyed learning from is Paula Pant. Paula has a total of 7 rental units that net her around $40,000 per year.
If you’re wondering what to look for in rental properties here’s an excellent post from Paula on why she purchased her latest rental property. It includes how she evaluated the neighborhood and the math she uses to figure out if a particular rental is a good investment.
If rental properties are something you’d like to get into I’d highly suggest that you start doing learning now. Real estate is something that has always interested me and from my research it seems like everyone has different goals and different criteria for how they choose their investments.
That means you’ll need to create your own path and consider your risk tolerance to reach your particular goals.
One of the new and popular ways to get started building a real estate passive income stream is to look at crowdfunding your real estate investments. Services like RealtyShares allow you to invest as little as $5,000 into real estate investments. Think of RealtyShares like LendingClub for Real Estate Investing.
This allows you to make your real estate investment even more passive compared to owning your own properties. Check RealtyShares out – they're getting a lot of attention in this space. We offer our readers a bonus of $25 to start to off. Simply reply to the “Congratulations on Linking Your Bank Account” email with the referral code TCI25. It takes up to 30 days to process the referral code and make the payment, but it’s free money.
Another similar platform is FundRise. They let you start investing in real estate at a $1,000 minimum.
Accrue $1,250,000 Worth of Dividend Stocks with a 4% Yield
This particular method appears, at first glance, a little harder to achieve than the rental property scenario, but stick with me please. The thing is, this method is actually very similar. With dividend stocks you’re still buying an asset that provides you cash flow.
Dividend stocks are great because while these stocks pay dividends they can also appreciate (or depreciate) in value. This means that you’ll still get to take advantage of compound interest of the value of the stock. Plus you can reinvest your dividends until you reach your desired amount.
The cool thing about dividend stocks is that when it comes time that you need the dividend checks to live off of you don’t have to touch the underlying assets. In other words, you don’t to have sell your stocks in order to get money. The value you have in stocks still has the chance to compound and grow without you ever adding anything else to it!
And since you get to take advantage of compound interest and can reinvest your dividends while growing your nest egg, you are not actually contributing that full $1.25 million.
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Build a Business and Outsource the Work – Net $4,200 Per Month
I don’t want to sound all 4 Hour Work Week here but outsourcing a business is possible.
My Dad owns three businesses – 2 department stores and one greenhouse. He works at one of these businesses. The other two are outsourced. Different family members manage the other two places and there are also managers for different departments and, of course, employees.
There’s simply no way that he could be run all three businesses by himself and quite frankly, he just doesn’t want to.
I’ve tried copying this method into my own online business and so far am headed in the right direction. For instance, there’s a couple parts to my businesses. First there’s freelancing. Freelancing is very much active and requires my direct involvement. I can’t hand this off to other people.
The other side is blogging. My own blog generates around $2,500-$3,000 per month and I normally spend around 5-7 hours a week on it. I used to spend much more time on it until I started to outsource. I hired out social media and brought on a writer to help with the workload. My expenses rarely ever exceed $500 per month.
If you're curious about starting a blog, read this guide. I used Bluehost to get started with a website because it's super cheap – a free domain name and $3.95 per month to host it. I love Internet businesses because of this extremely low overhead and huge income potential.
This means I’m now netting around $2,000-$2,500 per month from a blog I enjoy running while only spending 20-28 hours per month on it. That nets me around $75-$100 per hour. While it’s not completely passive it’s headed in the right direction and sure beats my old day job that paid $11.50 per hour.
It is completely possible for you to build a business in any area you enjoy and then outsource once you get systems in place. This doesn’t happen without a bunch of initial hard work. It’s all about frontloading.
You Need Time or Money to Get Started
You either need time or money to get started building these streams of income. It will require hard work and sacrifice upfront but will be completely worth it in the end.
This methods are not get rich quick scheme and are not scams. There are people doing this type of stuff every single day. If you take responsibility for your life and work hard I promise you, you can make something like this happen, too!
Further reading: 20 Passive Income Ideas to Build Real Wealth
Do you think it's possible to earn $50,000 per year in passive income without working?