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10 Ideas for Passive Income: How to Make Money While You Sleep

Updated: Feb 27

Make money while you sleep!
Make money while you sleep!

Do you dream of making money while you sleep?!?

Passive income is a type of income that requires minimal ongoing effort to maintain and generate. While there is often an upfront investment of time and money, passive income streams can provide a consistent source of income without the need for ongoing work. If you're looking for ways to make money while you sleep, here are 10 ideas for passive income.

Ideas for passive income

These ideas for passive income while you sleep are only the beginning and can all become income streams for you. Advice from gurus will tell you that you should focus all your attention, become an expert, and then expand from there. I'm not an expert, but I believe that advice is sound. So keep that in mind as you work through the list below.

I like to pair some of these ideas together. For example, you can build a blog, like the one you are reading, and take any earnings and invest them in dividend stocks. That is actually something I do now. Now I have money working for me through two of the income passive sources below!

Invest in dividend stocks:

Buy stocks that pay dividends and earn passive income from regular payments. For example, companies like Apple and Coca-Cola offer dividends to their shareholders. As mentioned above, you can take the money from any of these income streams and invest it into dividend stocks for a quick and easy additional passive income stream.

Create an online course:

Share your expertise and make money while you sleep with an online course that students can purchase and access at any time. Platforms like Udemy and Teachable make it easy to create and sell online courses.

Rent out your property:

Turn your property into a passive income stream by renting it out on platforms like Airbnb. For example, you can rent out a spare bedroom or vacation home to travelers and earn rental income. My family actually invested in a second home this past year and we are renting it out for some additional passive income.

Invest in index funds:

Invest in a diversified portfolio of stocks and earn passive income from the returns. For example, Vanguard's S&P 500 Index Fund offers exposure to the largest U.S. companies and pays out dividends. This is basically the same as investing in dividend stocks, but with more diversity. Meaning, you are more likely to follow the market as a whole, but your swings might not be as dramatic as if you were to invest in a single stock.

Create a digital product:

Create a digital product like an e-book, software, or template and sell it online. For example, if you're a graphic designer, you can create and sell templates for social media graphics. With the development of so many artificial intelligence tools doing this exact thing, it is becoming easier and easier to make these types of products, but the market is becoming harder to make money as well.

Use affiliate marketing:

Promote other people's products and earn a commission on sales made through your unique affiliate link. For example, you can promote Amazon products on your blog and earn a commission on sales made through your affiliate link.

Create a blog or YouTube channel:

Build an audience and monetize your content with ads, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing. For example, you can start a YouTube channel about cooking and earn money from ads and sponsorships.

Invest in a business:

Invest in a business or franchise and earn a share of the profits without actively working in the business. For example, you can invest in a local franchise and earn a share of the profits without managing the day-to-day operations.

Use robo-advisors:

Let automated investment platforms manage your investments and earn passive income from the returns. For example, platforms like Betterment and Wealthfront use algorithms to manage your investments and earn returns on your behalf.


There you have it, ways to make passive income while you sleep. Whether you're looking to build wealth or just earn some extra cash, these strategies can help you achieve your financial goals. Don't wait, start building your passive income streams today!

There are SO many ways to make passive income! Don't limit yourself to the list above. Be creative and leverage the skills you have to try and increase the amount of money you can make every day/week/month/year. The more you make, the more you can save, and the more you save, the sooner to you can think about things like travel and retirement!

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