Passive income you can fairly broadly as revenue you earn even when you aren’t actively working. Another name for passive income is residual income.
By contrast active income is money that stops coming to you when you stop working. If you get paid a salary and you quit your job or get laid off, most likely you’ll stop getting paid. You may get a severance package to help you transition, but your boss won’t keep paying your salary unless you keep showing up for work.
Similarly, if you do contract work for clients who pay you, and if you’ll stop getting paid if you stop doing this work, that’s also active income. You may have more flexibility with contract work, but you still have to do the work to receive your payments.
With passive income, you would keep getting paid whether or not you do any meaningful work. You may do a lot of work up front to get the ball rolling, but eventually you reach a point where the passive income stream gets activated. At this point you can essentially stop working on this income stream if you so desire, and more money will keep flowing to you through this stream regardless what you do or don’t do.
Passive income doesn’t mean permanent income. Some forms of passive income may last a few years. Other forms may keep going for decades or even for centuries across multiple generations. But all forms of income eventually dry up for one reason or another.
Passive income doesn’t mean 100% secure income. Some forms of income are more secure than others, but there’s always a risk element. This is one reason it’s often wise to create multiple streams of income, so you can reduce the risk.
Passive income doesn’t always mean perfectly 100% passive with no maintenance required. With any income source, you may need to do a little maintenance to keep it going. Sometimes this is really easy and only involves checking your mail and depositing checks. Sometimes it’s even more passive when the money is deposited directly into your bank account every month.
Passive income is a spectrum of possibilities. Some income streams are very passive. If you do essentially no maintenance on them for years, the income will keep coming.
Other income streams are semi-passive. You may need to do some work to maintain them even if you’re not working for a salary. For example, if you own a house and rent it out, you may earn passive income as rent payments from your tenants. But you may also need to invest some time, energy, and money to maintain the property, to find new tenants when the place goes vacant, insurance payments, and property taxes.
Passive income doesn’t mean it’s passive for everyone. There may be other people with regular jobs who do some of the work that enables you to receive passive income. You may also leverage technology to do a lot of work for you. The level of passivity is perspective dependent. One person’s passive income is another person’s active income.
You also need to distinguish passive income from moocher income. Moocher income is what people try to earn when they succumb to a get rich quick mindset. This is an undisciplined attitude that seeks to get something for nothing. The idea is to find a way to mooch money from people or the economy without providing any meaningful value. It is possible to generate income this way since markets contain plenty of inefficiencies, but it’s not a recomendeble approach.
It is possible to create passive income in a way that generates good value for others. This is more sustainable in the long run, and it’s better for everyone. Fortunately there are lots of ways to create value.
Creating passive Income said, isn’t for the lazy ass delusional types who spend six hours a day playing computer-games. Creating passive income streams is work. You can meditate on abundance, invoke the Law of Attraction, and pray all you want, but also expect to do some real work if you’re going to make passive income a reality for you. Creating streams of passive income is a very active endeavor. You must do the work first; then you can enjoy the results.