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Why Creating Passive Income Is An Essential Part of a Good Financial Plan

Why You Should Start Creating Passive Income Today

Creating passive income is an important part of any sound financial strategy because it offers income security and greatly multiplies the potential of your income generating efforts. By creating passive income, you don’t have to trade your time for money, which means you can earn no matter what you’re up to, whether it’s working your day job, sleeping, or on vacation. Even better, creating passive income can lead to greater income security because you earn it even if you lose your job.

Just about every one of us wants to make as much money as we can, right? The problem is that there are only so many hours in the day and high-paying jobs available. Even if you happen to find a job that pays you a high wage, your income potential will still always be limited by your available energy, the number of hours in the day, and your company’s desire to give you raises. Your income potential is capped by factors that are completely beyond your control. The beauty of creating passive income is that it is not limited by time, energy, or your company’s financial statement.

Imagine if you were generating enough passive income to cover all your monthly expenses. How stressed would you need to be about losing your job? Would it really be that big of a deal? You could take your sweet time to find the job you really like because you don’t need to worry about money. And once you find the job you like, wouldn’t the combination of your salary and passive income make it really easy to put away money for retirement?

Everybody should have creating passive income as a priority in their investment strategy. The following are a few great strategies for creating passive income:

1) Invest in Real Estate

Real estate has probably created more millionaires in the United States than just about any other investment strategy. The way you create passive income with real estate is by investing in rental properties that generate enough cash flow to cover carrying costs while still generating a profit for you. Rental properties can be great passive income sources because you don’t necessarily need to be directly involved in the day-to-day management of your properties. You can hire a property manager to handle that for you, which frees you to find more great real estate investments.

Though real estate is a great strategy for creating passive income, there is a significant learning curve for getting starting and plenty of pitfalls to trip you up. Before you start investing, take the time to do your homework. Get your education first, invest second. And once you start investing, take care not to overleverage yourself by taking on too much debt. While debt can be a great tool for multiplying investment returns, it also can be a nasty double-edged sword that can ruin you. Use it carefully and you can do well. If you accumulate a large portfolio of paid-off investment properties, it can generate all the passive income you could ever need.

A great resource for beginning your real estate investing education is the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki.

Upside: The potential to make you a millionaire or multi-millionaire.
Downside: Significant learning curve to get started and it often takes a good amount of capital to invest safely.

2) Invest in Stocks That Pay Dividends

Another strategy for creating passive income is investing in dividend stocks. If you’re not familiar with dividends, they are payments made by a corporation out of its profits to stockholders, usually as a fixed dollar amount per share owned. The more shares you own, the more dividend you receive – and you don’t have to lift a finger to earn it.

The problem with dividends is that it usually takes a significant amount of capital invested in a given stock to make a lot of passive income. Additionally, by investing a large dollar amount into one company you are taking on the risk of something bad happening to the company that can either cost you your dividend or your entire investment (think Enron!).

Upside: Piece of cake to do (once you have the capital). All you do is log into your brokerage account and buy the stock you want.
Downside: Takes a lot of capital to generate enough passive income to live on and carries the risk of bad financial results and/or bankruptcy.

3) Affiliate Marketing

Another great strategy for creating passive income is affiliate marketing. The great thing about affiliate marketing is that it carries zero risk because you don’t need to invest a single penny to get started.

You make money with affiliate marketing by promoting products and services offered online in exchange for a commission when they sell. If you can write articles, create websites, or blog from the comfort of your home office, you can be an affiliate marketer. Once your content is generating a significant amount of traffic, you can start racking up sales that can generate a nice passive income on the side for you.

Though there are plenty of affiliate marketers making tremendous amounts of money, it’s better to think of affiliate marketing as an extra-cash-on-the-side type of business in the beginning. Over time, as you master how to do affiliate marketing, it very well may start generating full-time income. There are plenty of people out there that are making hundreds of dollars per day in their spare time through affiliate marketing. And once you’ve done the work to get the system set up, it can continue to generate income whether you’re actively working on your marketing or not.

Upside: Easy and free (or at least very low cost) to get started.
Downside: Probably won’t make you a millionaire, but can potentially make you enough cash to live on and reinvest in things that will make you a millionaire (like real estate!).

Hopefully you’ve made creating a passive income stream a core component of your financial plan. Passive income offers income security in the event you lose your job, plus it greatly increases your income generating potential because it is not limited by your time, energy, or your company’s desire to continue to give you raises.

If you would like to find out more about creating passive income with affiliate marketing, check out the link below.

– M. Robert

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What is Passive Income?

Personal finance gurus are always talking about how in order to truly become financially free, you must have enough passive income to exceed your expenses. That’s great, but what is passive income and how do you get it?

In its simplest form, income can be broken down into four categories: earned income, portfolio income, leveraged income, and passive income.

    Earned income, as you probably figured, is income that requires you to show up to get paid. Money is earned from your individual time and energy. This is how most people earn their living – as an employee.
    Portfolio income is the interest, dividends and capital gains that comes from the ownership of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.
    Leveraged income is created when one activity earns more money with larger captured audiences. A speaker at a conference, for example, may largely put in as much effort to arrange and give a speech to 20 people as 1,000 people, but can earn much more money with the larger group.
    Passive income is income that requires an upfront investment and keeps paying over and over while the required involvement dissipates. The initial effort creates a cash machine that brings money in many times over, though the participation becomes minimal.

As you can tell from above, earned income only pays you what you put in. In other words, it requires your time and. You can earn raises and promotions, but your income is limited because there is only one of you.

With passive income, on the other hand, you can create multiple streams of income that continues to bring in money long after you did the work once. As you continue to add more and more cash generating machines, your passive income streams increase along with your wealth.

Let’s look at a few examples so we can get started making passive income streams.

    Cash Flow Positive Real Estate: Passive income can be generated from residential or commercial properties. Real estate is what most people think of when it comes to passive income. But, it’s only passive income when the rent you receive is greater than your mortgage, taxes, maintenance and expenses. Otherwise, your rental property is just a liability that costs you money – not makes you money. If this is the case with you, you are probably speculating to make money off the appreciation.
    License a Patent: Got a great idea or an invention? License it and get paid anytime anyone uses your licensed patent.
    Become an Author: Copyrighting materials that earns royalties, such as books or e-books, music or lyrics, and photos or images, is another way entrepreneurs create passive income.
    Automated Fulfillment Websites: Build an e-commerce site that can effectively process and fill orders with little involvement in order to produce some passive income.
    Pay for Use Items: Vending machines, quarter car, coin laundries, washes, video arcades and storage units can all earn passive income.
    Build a Successful Business: A successful business in these terms means a business that can run with or without your heavy involvement. How often, for example, do you see the owner of a McDonald’s franchise on location? A franchise that is cash flow positive and has a team to run the business is earning passive income for the owner.

Realize that passive income does not necessarily mean that there is no involvement on your end. Creating passive income streams often involves a large investment up-front, but in the end it requires little or no interaction.

Also, just because you make an earned income now (opposed to a passive income) does not mean you should quit you day job and open up a quarter car wash. To start building passive income streams you will likely need to keep making an earned income in order to convert that income into passive income by purchasing rental properties, etc.

Once your passive income is greater than your expenses, you can make the decision to stop making an earned income and live the rest of your life financially free.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

A fabulous vegan chocolate ice cream recipe from Alice Currah of See the full post at Kitchen Explorers.



  • One 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar or 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Whisk the coconut milk, sugar/agave, and cocoa powder until well mixed.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine bowl and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Freeze the ice cream immediately after churning.


Coconut milk can often be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store. I use Chaokoh brand. No not substitute a light coconut milk for the regular. Otherwise the texture of your ice cream will be icy.

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Marinated Eggplant in Oil

Marinated eggplant can work wonders on an antipasto table, or as the filling to a great sandwich or bruschetta. Watch Mary Ann Esposito make Marinated Eggplant in Oil at!



  • 4 to 6 cups red wine vinegar
  • 2 medium size firm eggplant, end and stem trimmed and discarded, and cut in 1/4-inchrounds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh mint or basil


  1. Fill a non-reactive pot with vinegar. Add the eggplant slices. Bring the vinegar to a boil. Lower the heat and cook the eggplant for 2 minutes. Remove the eggplant slices to paper towel-lined platter with a slotted spoon.
  2. Fill sterilized jars with layers of eggplant, mint or basil; add salt and peppercorns to taste. Cover jars completely with olive oil, making sure the eggplant is submerged. Cap and refrigerate for 6 weeks. Bring to room temperature to serve.

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