Best ways to generate passive income

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Generating passive income is a great way to secure your financial future. While there are many different ways to do it, some methods are more effective than others, but all will require at least a little bit of effort upfront before they can start generating truly passive income.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best and most reliable methods for earning extra cash without doing much work. So whether you’re looking to save for retirement or just want to have a little extra spending money, read on for some great ideas!

Invest in dividend-paying stocks

One of the best ways to generate passive income is by investing in dividend-paying stocks. These are stocks that offer a regular stream of payments to shareholders, usually quarterly or yearly. The best part is that you don’t have to do anything once you’ve invested; the dividends will come in no matter what. And as long as the company is doing well, the stock price should also go up, meaning you’ll make a nice profit in the long run.

High-yield savings accounts

With a high yield account, you can make money on your balance without having to worry about moving it around or taking any risks. And since the interest rate is usually higher than what you’d find with a regular savings account, you can make more money in less time.

So if you’re looking for a reliable and easy way to make some extra cash, a high-yield savings account is definitely worth considering. Don’t expect to get rich, but a good savings account can be a source of passive income.

Create a blog

A great way to generate passive income is by creating a blog and monetizing it using something like Google AdSense. This can be done in a number of ways, such as through affiliate marketing, ad revenue, or selling products and services. The key is to find a monetization method that works for you and stick with it. Once you have a good flow of traffic coming to your site, the money should start rolling in. Read about my experience starting this blog and learn what you need to get started with yours in my post; Show your work – Start blogging today.

Real estate / REITs

Another great way to generate passive income is through real estate investment. This can be done in a number of ways, such as buying a rental property or becoming a landlord. Again, once you’ve made the investment, you can sit back and let the money come in. And as long as the property is doing well, you can continue to make a profit off of it.

Buying a house can be expensive and not everyone has enough money. But you can also invest in something like REITs (real estate investment trusts) which is another way to invest in real estate without the same amount of money requirements and can be a great way to earn passive income.

Digital design / Print-on-demand

If you have a background in graphic design, web development, programming, or other areas of digital technology, you can use these skills to generate passive income. Sell your designs on print-on-demand sites such as Printful or RedBubble, create a course on something you’re knowledgable about on Skillshare. While practically all of these options require an upfront investment of your time and skill, they can turn into truly passive income over time.

Cashback rewards

Cashback rewards from credit cards and apps can be a great option for earning passive income. These programs offer a percentage of your purchase back as a rebate, usually 1-3%. And since most of the work is done by the app or credit card company, all you have to do is shop like normal and collect your rewards.

There are a number of different cashback rewards programs out there, so be sure to check around and find one that suits you best.

Write an e-book

Finally, another great way to generate passive income is by writing an e-book. This can be a great way to share your knowledge and expertise with the world, and it can also be a very profitable venture. The key is to find a topic that people are interested in and write about it in a way that is engaging and informative. Once you have a finished product, you can start selling it online and making a nice profit.

If you don’t find yourself much of a writer, you can create what are called “low / no content books.” Think of things like journals, notebooks, planners, etc. Once created, these books can be published on Amazon KDP, and Amazon will do all the heavy lifting for you as far as printing, shipping, and returns, and you collect a percentage of each sale. I’ll write a post on this in the future, but there are many guides you can find online already.


It’s not easy to find the time and energy for a second job, but it can be worth your while if you’re looking for ways to earn more money. I hope this article has given you some ideas for ways to earn extra cash without much work. Do you have ideas for generating passive income that I did not cover here? Share them in the comments below!

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Published: December 11th, 2021

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