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Passive income refers to income that does not require too much effort in terms of money, time, and resources. Whether you have a steady 9–5 job, run your own business, or are a freelancer, one of the best ways to regularly earn additional money without putting in a lot of effort is to find a way to earn a passive income. The whole concept of passive income has gained a lot of traction lately.
To do this, you might have to invest time or money to create something upfront, and then this will help you generate income down the road with only a little additional effort along the way.
Some easy ways to generate passive income are listed below. You can act on these as a student or even a working professional.
1. Make an app
Making your app can be one of the most effective ways to generate passive income. If you have the idea and skills to design and create an app, you can generate a constant flow of money in your life. It doesn’t have to be a very complicated application; a simple app with long-term use will do the trick perfectly. It could be a gaming application, a photo editing app, or simply a reminder app. The core concept is that increased downloads of your app lead to greater profitability and can provide the motivation to release additional apps and generate additional income.
2. Start a blog or YouTube channel and monetize it
If you enjoy writing and know how to present your ideas to the world interestingly and cohesively, then blogging might be the best option for you to generate passive income. You have to start by choosing a broad category of topics—something that appeals to a larger audience—and then work towards establishing your niche. Once all that is done and you start putting out high-quality content on your blog, it will become a constant source of income for you.
It’s the same way with starting your own YouTube channel. If you are someone who enjoys making videos, be it about traveling, gaming, cooking, podcasts, or even poetry, you can start your own YouTube channel and monetize it to earn a decent passive income. Once you have enough followers and your channel generates enough traffic, you start getting paid from YouTube. And you can also do sponsored posts and brand advertisements to earn extra money.
3. Selling photography online
Selling photography online might not be the most obvious idea to generate a passive income, but it can allow you to scale your efforts, especially if you can sell the same photos over and over again. You can work with different organizations like Getty Images, Shutterstock, or Alamy. The first step is getting approved by the platform, and then you license your photos to be used by whoever downloads them. The platform then pays you every time someone uses your pictures.
4. Write an eBook
Writing an eBook can be a good opportunity to take advantage of the low cost of publishing and even leverage the worldwide distribution of Amazon to get your book seen by potentially millions of would-be buyers. You can quickly design the eBook on an online platform and even test-market different titles and price points. An eBook can function not only to deliver good information and value to readers but also as a way to drive traffic to your other offerings, including audio or video courses, other e-books, a website, or potentially higher-value seminars. It could be an under a 100-page book on one specific topic or even a poetry book, and it could generate decent money for you.
5. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a way that you can help brands that are looking for ways to spread the word about their products. You can also become an affiliate of a given brand or company like Amazon and promote their products to your followers or readers on your social media accounts. In this way, you will earn your passive income through commissions for marketing your products online, gaining a piece of the profit from each sale you help make.
There are plenty of ways to earn passive income, and you don’t have to be a business owner or have a specific set of skills to take advantage of them. Start exploring your options and take the first step towards earning more money without putting in more effort.
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