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The Passive Income Lie

RT Cunningham | July 13, 2020 (UTC) | Blogging

passive incomeYes, passive income is a lie. It’s a lie that a lot of online “entrepreneurs” want you to believe. For income to be truly passive, it has to magically arrive in your bank account all on its own. Everyone knows that’s impossible but somehow, some way, people get hoodwinked into believing it is possible.

There is such a thing as “almost passive income” and that’s what I’m writing about today. “Almost” is as close to passive as you can get.

Generating Almost Passive Income Requires Non-Passive Actions

If you read enough websites that talk about it, you’ll become familiar with terms such as “passive income” and “residual income”, with someone’s definition to go with each. A dictionary can tell you what they mean, without the bullsh*t you have to wade through at some sites.

Cause and effect is where I’m going with this. You have to do something for something else to happen. Things don’t just happen, even if people like to phrase them as such. The first step is a decision and that’s active, not passive. You can remove most of the activity surrounding your income, but it’s still not 100 percent passive. 100 percent passive is impossible.

You can set things in motion and treat it like it’s passive and it can be passive, but only for a limited time. Eventually, you’ll have to do something active to get things going again.

Using My Websites as Almost Passive Income

I don’t write every day. Skipping days at a time is common. Skipping weeks happens, but it’s not as common. I usually make as much money when I’m not writing as when I do. Sometimes even more.

In essence, I get passive income for a period of time. But it’s temporary. If I decide not to write for something close to a year, I seriously doubt I’ll get a lot of new visitors and returning visitors will get tired of waiting for something new.

I guess I’m trying to explain things the best way I know how. The fact is, passive income will never remain passive income. You have to put the wheels in motion to get your income in an almost passive way, but it’s not truly passive - at least not for longer than a temporary time period.

There’s a saying I really like to repeat these days: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. It’s even more important when someone says they’re going to teach you how to do what they do and that very act itself is a lie.

An Almost Passive Income Test

I started this blog on July 10, 2020. It will take me weeks, possibly months, to build it up to more than 500 posts. Some of my posts will be new material, but a lot of it will be rewritten old material. I will do as little as possible, other than writing and rewriting, until I’ve merged all of my other websites into this one. I’m sure I’ll write about the results of this test when I get there.

An increase in income can be expected, but I’m not counting on it. Since the only promotions I’ll be doing will be Facebook and Twitter shares, I don’t expect a bunch of new followers. Anything’s possible, I suppose.

Photo Attribution: NikolayFrolochkin from Pixabay
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in April 2016.

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