The idea behind passive income is to have expended little effort to grow a progressive income. An example could be renting an apartment, building an online course or ebook that sells on its own, or investing in something that would compound over time.
The idea is to create an income stream where you don’t have to put too much effort in the long run for your money to grow. Or it can be a side hustle to help you escape the rat race of living from paycheck to paycheck.
Let’s see some of the best passive income ideas.
How to start building Passive Income sources? – 25 Ideas
If you browse the internet there are hundreds of ideas people will share with you.
And many of them work.
Many of them won’t.
The truth is, that building a passive income stream is much harder than it sounds. In most cases, you need to have a fanbase or loyal followers to purchase from you or have a substantial sum of money to make your savings compound in itself.
Most of these ideas you can launch on the go. But they need some research, some extra money to spend, and some marketing skills to make them work.
Unfortunately, not everyone can create passive income streams as it can get complex, competitive, and needs a lot of time and effort to build. However, some of these are quite possible even if you are on a tight budget or a strict schedule.
1, Create your own Online courses
Sharing your knowledge and expertise with others can pay off tremendously. Elearning is becoming more popular every year. According to elearningindustry.com, the global online learning market will reach $325 Billion by 2025.
Websites like Thinkific are the places where you can start designing your tutorship and help people out for a steady flow of income.
2, Start Blogging
If you enjoy writing essays, diaries, or generally enjoy sharing your thoughts on paper, this is your chance. You could easily start blogging with WordPress or Wix websites, starting with a free limited account.
However, if you want to make it serious, it requires some money to get started, but it can earn you some through Google ads or sales.
You can write about anything that you are interested in as long as it brings value to your reader. You don’t need to be an expert, but have some knowledge about the topic you choose.
It is also smart to choose a topic that you enjoy because sometimes blogging can demanding.
Blogging will not bring you a ton of instant money, but nothing in this world does. (Except lottery or inheritance.) 😛
You can earn a lot once your blog gets popular and people start to notice you. You can start your blog using Bluehost within 15 minutes.
3, Rent out personal items
Just like renting rooms or cars, renting out personal belongings is a way to increase your passive income stream. Things like drones, cameras, electronics, or musical instruments can be rented out.
Go to sites like FatLlama to advertise your stuff to people who may be interested in renting it.
4, Rent a storage facility
Just like with Airbnb, you can sublet your storage or space for a monthly fee. You can do this on platforms like Djeepo, Storespace, or Stashbee.
5, Start dropshipping with Etsy
Etsy is an amazing eCommerce platform focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies. You can build up your online shop for free and start selling your products on day one.
It’s as easy as that!
6, Design with Printify
With Printify you can start creating print-on-demand products like shirts, bedsheets, mugs with your very own visual designs. Once you’ve made them, you can add them to your store and start selling.
7, Start Investment as soon as Possible
This is where things get a little risky and you need to do some market research. But investing has always been a lucrative source of income. Online investment platforms and stock trading apps like Etoro or Robinhood are easy to enter and you can start investment within minutes.
But be aware! A majority of people, (around 76%) lose money according to Etoro’s risk disclosure. And the situation is even riskier on other platforms. Before you get started, make sure you follow our guide on how to get started.
Some of the safest long-term investments, according to Goodfinancialcent.com are mutual funds, ETFs and stocks, and real estate. But even in those cases, you’ll have to do your research before putting money on the table.
8, Become an Airbnb Host
Even if you live in a rental or a small apartment, as long as you have an extra room or a closet in a city with several tourist spots, you have a good chance to make some money with several guests.
I’ve been doing Airbnb for nearly a year now and the payoff has been huge. My apartment in Budapest is not even in the city center, yet before the COVID19 pandemic, I had people making reservations on a daily basis. Literally!
Since I take all my valuables with me or keep them in a safe, I can leave my apartment to my guests or share it with someone for a short period. As long as you provide a good place for your visitors to sleep and make them feel welcome you will continue getting good reviews and making a few hundred bucks every month.
9, Run Website Ads
We can’t express enough the importance of having a website. And we’ll tell you why. If you don’t have one yet, we’d recommend you creating one with Dreamhost right away. And we’ll explain why?
With website builders and a CMS such as WordPress, it’s easy to create a website. You could have a site or a blog up and running within a day (or even less!)
When you have your own website, you basically own an online domain, where you can start building your own brand and authority in your niche. People or your followers will be able to find you on most search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
The most common way for making money with a website is through ads. With online advertising or Pay-per-Click promotions like Google Ads, you can automatically generate a steady flow of income if you have a lot of traffic to your website. Once you have an audience, you rarely ever have to touch your computer. The money will keep rolling.
10, Run Affiliate Marketing Campaigns
Affiliate marketing is the idea of selling someone else’s goods or services for a commission price. You are kind of like the middle-man or the salesperson, where you get anywhere from usually 1% to 50% commission when someone buys something from you online. (Depends on the affiliate deal.)
A great example of an affiliate network is Commission Junction, ShareASale, ClickBank, or Amazon.
I would recommend starting with Amazon Associates affiliate program. You can choose which item you want to promote on and earn a small commission through your unique link.
If you have a website, a Youtube channel, or a social media page, you can insert an affiliate link into your bio or description, or a hyperlink into an article or under a Youtube video. Whenever people click on your link and make a purchase you’ll get a percentage of what they’ve spent.
11, Fill out Paid Surveys
Did you know you can get paid to take online surveys? Platforms like Vindale Research, a paid survey community, helps thousands of companies get feedback and opinions from consumers on their products and services to look for improvements. You have to fill out some questions and you get paid for it. These survey communities operate in the US to the UK, Canada, and Australia.
Another one we could recommend is InboxDollars, Swagbucks, Mypoints. (However, be aware that some of these only pays in the form of gift cards.)
Crowdfunding is a different way of earning money online. If you are not familiar with the term, crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people.
There are many crowdfunding platforms where people can help you earn a passive income to help you build your project. This is great if you want a steady flow of income for a project or business.
By using social media, Youtube channel, or your website to spread awareness, people can reach more potential donors than traditional forms of fundraising. However, you must be aware not to deceive people. Crowdfunding is meant to help you build or start something.
Do not use the funds for your personal life or you’ll permanently lose people’s trust.
13, Sell stock photos Online
Be aware that selling stock photos is another competitive industry and this might be insufficient to make a living. But they are easy to start. All you need is an iPhone or a camera with high resolution.
14, Create an eCommerce Store
Online sales is the future!
Rental prices for stocking your goods are escalating sky-high in malls and other retail areas. Companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay are building the future of online retail and you can be a part of it by selling your goods and services on either of these platforms.
Another option, in case you have a WordPress website, is to use a free plugin like Woocommerce to start selling.
15, Try selling Digital Files on Etsy
I’ve been into home décor lately and I had to turn to Etsy to find exactly what I wanted. I ended up purchasing digital files of the artwork I wanted to be printed out!
The seller had made a bunch of wall art, digitized it, and listed it on Etsy for instant download. There are other popular digital files on Etsy as well such as monthly planners. If you’re into graphic design this could be an amazing passive income idea for you.
16, Youtube Videos
A Youtube channel is perhaps the most popular way of expanding yourself or your company as a brand. In our previous article, we’ve mentioned the tremendous market of online videos. There are 1,300,000,000 people who use Youtube with 30 million visits per day with annual revenues of $4,000,000,000 from ads alone.
YouTubers make money from ads, affiliate brands, online sales, merch, sponsors, and patrons.
17, Upload on streaming services
According to research, an estimated 62 million people listen to podcasting every week. According to an assessment by Rainnews, 77% of U.S. internet users aged 13 and up listen to music via streaming. That is roughly 183 million people in the United States alone.
We have several articles on this topic to help you out.
- How to get more followers on Twitch?
- How to make money as a Twitch affiliate?
- How much money does a Twitch streamer make?
18, Use Vending Machines
Vending machines might sound strange at first and hard to come by. But many of them are sold online and are a low-maintenance small idea. You can leave several across your area where you can get permits.
You can replenish and cash them out once or twice a week.
19, Rent out your vehicle
In many countries, an individual may opt to sublet his or her car in order to make some extra money or alleviate the financial burden of ownership. This highly depends on your location or country of residence, but there are many platforms where you can apply for your vehicle for leasing.
20, P2P lending
P2P or Peer-to-peer lending is simply lending money to borrowers who typically don’t qualify for traditional loans.
As the lender, you have the chance to choose the borrowers and are able to lend your savings out to mitigate your risk. The most popular peer-to-peer lending platform in the US is Lending Club.
What’s great about Lending Club is that investors are earning 4-6% returns on average – and that’s all passive income. You simply lend your money, and you get paid back the principal and interest on that loan.
21, Create your own App
Are apps cool? Yes.
Do you need to know how to code? Not really!
There are plenty of platforms to help you construct various apps like Appery.io or Mobileroadie. And it’s actually pretty easy for anyone.
22, Sell on Shopify or Woocommerce
If you have a WordPress website, you’d normally go with a free eCommerce plugin called Woocommerce. You can start uploading your physical or digital products.
If you don’t want to go, full-WordPress-web-designer, use Shopify. You can start with a 14-day free trial and go to a basic offer that’s 29 dollars per month. You can also take advantage of Shopify customization to create a really unique brand.
23, Self-publish your Book
This is where a bit of work and marketing is needed in advance. But once you have created a beautiful and immersive hardcopy or ebook, you can upload it to several platforms like Amazon’s Kindle, Lulu, Barnes and Noble, and many other places. You set the price, the distribution, and can even make the design of your cover.
The best thing about self-publishing is that it doesn’t take months or years like conventional publishers. You make most of the money and you set the terms and conditions of your own book.
24, Licensing your Music or Podcast
We have several guides that explain how much you can earn on each streaming platform:
With the amount of YouTube videos and podcasts that are being created, there is more demand than ever for music – and people are willing to pay for it.
The key way to do it is to get your music in a library that people can search for.
25, Design T-Shirts
Shirts deserve special attention. Sites like Printify allow users to custom design items like T-shirts and publish them on eBay, Etsy, and their own WordPress websites. If your design becomes popular and makes sales you’ll be able to have a share of the final price. (This is set by you.)
Amazon has a new service called Amazon Merch, where you simply upload your designs and Amazon takes care of the rest (making it, packing it, and shipping it).
There are many ways to build passive income streams. But they require a lot of time and some money invested well ahead to be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Passive income is not easy. It’s a long arduous journey. But its destination is very well worth reaching!