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Growing Your Passive Income Streams

If you know me or have visited this site before, I'm sure have grown to realize that I am a supersized advocate for passive income.  I believe that growing a diversified balance of income streams will set the foundation for financial independence more quickly than savings and traditional investing alone.  The concept is not radical, but implementation and knowing where to begin in this path can pose a challenge.  So that's exactly what this post is about.  I will highlight some different methods of passive income investing in addition to the pros and cons, and possible barriers to entry for each product.

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5 Cautionary Lessons Learned About Real Estate Investing

I talk a lot about the benefits to be had from property investing, but recently noticed that I likely don’t shed enough light on the less flattering aspects that need to be taken into consideration before going this route. The benefits of real estate investing are real and can be a powerful financial weapon for boosting your net worth, but these benefits do not come without their fair share of work, hassle, education and risk.

That being said, here are some of the more cautionary but real lessons I’ve learned during my time as a real estate investor.

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5 Reasons Why Investing for Income Beats Investing for Growth

Why do you invest?

Such a simple question, right? When asked this, most people’s response has something to do with retirement. But this is normally a canned answer simply because we know we are supposed to save and invest for retirement. The problem is that there is no deeper meaning or motivation behind this type of investment strategy. There’s no excitement. No drive. And I firmly believe this is the primary reason why so many people are underfunded for retirement.

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The Magic of Real Estate

Nearly 8 years ago, I set out on a quest to start investing in real estate. By this, I am not talking about investing in REIT's (Real Estate Investment Trusts) that can be easily bought and sold like stocks; but rather, true, physical real estate holdings. After a few years of education and over-analysis (which definitely led to paralysis), I finally ventured out and bought my first property in April of 2016. This has snowballed into a handful of other properties along the way, which has been a rather exciting journey.

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Reclaim Your Life with Passive Income

You often hear these phrases referenced in conjunction with passive income when scouring the internet:

  • Income whether you show up or not
  • Making money while you sleep
  • Putting your money to work for you

While all of these are true and certainly are benefits, I would argue that they focus too heavily on money and beat around the bush of what quality passive income truly does for a person.

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