OUR FIRST $2,000 OF PASSIVE INCOME – 5 Beginner Ideas We’ve Put into Practice that Earn $62/Day

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Passive Income has been a financial goal of ours for a while. Here are five ideas we’ve put into practice that have earned $2,000 in passive income so far this year.

0:00 – Intro
0:40 – Our Story to Passive Income
4:57 – Our 5 Passive Income Streams

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We’ve managed, after many years of trial and error, to hone in on passive income streams that work well for us. And although we’re still beginners when it comes to passive income, we feel like we’re on a good track so far. All of these ideas can be implemented regardless of where you are in life. High school, college, professional, etc.

1) YouTube Revenue
Ever since getting back from Hawaii, Mike has turned YouTube a big science experiment. We got a glimpse of what earning money on YouTube could be like shortly after returning to the mainland, but it didn’t last long because YouTube changed their partnership policies and his original channel didn’t meet the new standards. He created a photography/technology channel that was more successful, but still didn’t feel like him. This channel, however, fits a lot more with both of our personalities (especially his, with him being a math nerd) and is a lot more enjoyable to create content for. Being partnered on YouTube will hopefully allow us to travel and work more freely in the future, as we’ll be able to take our work with us wherever we are, rather than having to stick to one location to work.

2) Amazon Associates
If you’re large enough on social media (YouTube or Instagram for example), or have a website of your own with enough traffic, you can join Amazon’s affiliate marketing program. This allows you to create custom affiliate links through Amazon to products you use, an if one of your visitors or followers makes a purchase after clicking on your links, you get paid a small commission.

3) Dividend Investing
We use an investment platform called Robinhood to do our investing currently. It’s simple and easy to use. Our investment strategy is to create a dividend portfolio of ETF’s, REIT’s, and stocks that we can use to subsidize our income more and more into the future.

4) High Interest Savings Account
This is where we park our emergency fund and any extra cash we have sitting around. We use Ally bank, and while they may not have the best interest rate available for HYSA, they’ve been very pleasant to bank with. Currently Their interest rate is 1.1%. When we first joined, it was closer to 2.4%. Once things get back to normal in the economy and interest rates go back up, we expect Ally to raise their savings rates again.

5) Credit Card Rewards
Using credit cards as a stream of passive income is a strange idea. Although we don’t make much cash back from our purchases, the cash rewards we do receive from everyday purchases is cash we wouldn’t have received normally. And since we don’t really have to work for it, we’re counting it as passive income.


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Mike and Brit says:

Hey everyone – we should have clarified something in the video. YouTube is an interesting topic when it comes to passive income. On the front end, it's anything but passive. Videos take a lot of time and energy to make. It is very similar to working from home or having a regular job. But on the back end, once the video is finished, it's more like a book in that it's out there to earn revenue forever (or in this case as long as YouTube is around). So there's the passive aspect in that sense. In our minds, YouTube has aspects of both passive and active income. What are your thoughts about doing YouTube as passive or active income?

Margaret Mims says:

OMG, I am so happy for y’all. What I love most about your channel is your TRANSPARENCY. Thank you for showing us your wins too. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 My family has similar goals too. TRUE FREEDOM.

Justin Yon says:

I'd like to see this every month. To see the growth. It would show people that it is all possible.

Marge Davies says:

Please don’t hold up your fingers when you say
a number. We are not children. Thank you.

Rosebud says:

Another great video guy! Hubby and I were just talking about mutual funds today! Ha! Great timing. 😄 Keep it up!

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Kim Thompson says:

Wow, $889 in the second month is impressive!!! I always thought you needed several tens of thousands of subbies and views to generate income.

Centsible Living With Money Mom says:

Thank you for the break down all

Living Strategically says:

We are traveling to Hawaii later this year. It will be our 50th state to visit. Can't wait to see it! 🌺

Joe B says:

How do you define passive income? Is it any income earned that is not related to working for an employer?

Michelle Gets Smart says:

The jump from May to June for your channel revenue! Ahhh!!! So pumped for you guys!

Henry Pacheco says:

This is a great video but I don’t agree with YouTube being on there because that’s a job, it takes work and time to create and edit. To me passive income is money you make without doing anything

LauriefromCA says:

Congrats on the awesome You Tube income spike up in income! I'd say you two made a huge difference in the video where Brit got emotional and you both answered the 'Good, Bad, and Ugly' questions from listeners. That video was fantastic!

My passive income is renting rooms in my home. 2 rooms $795 each (includes all utilities). $1590 a month. Once someone is moved in, it's about 5 minutes of work a month. And it's been steady income for 15 years. Housing has always had as demand! Find a need and fill it!

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