All over the internet, people tout the success they’ve found with passive investing. Nine times out of ten the pitch includes words like “easy money” or “overnight success”. The idea of it is appealing – who doesn’t want to make money while they sleep – but is that the reality?
So today we’re breaking down the idea of passive investing. What works, why it works, and how it can work for you.
WHAT WORKS: The biggest “secret” of passive investing is that the investor is starting with a valuable resource. That could be time, money, connections, or assets – but most likely it’s a mix of them all. You’ll often see wealthy people suggest that their success came from real estate, owning a business, or some other seemingly passive activity. But in reality, their revenue is more closely tied to how they use the resources they already have access to and the safety nets they have in place.
WHY IT WORKS: Utilizing something you already have is the cheapest & safest way to make a killing. A lot of the most esteemed business leaders have access to money & systems that are inaccessible to the average person. You can still learn from their successes, but you’ll have to adjust how their methods can work for you.
As a financial planner, I’ve seen enough clients buy investment properties to know that not everyone is cut out to be a landlord. Failure is a typical part of the investing & growing process, so make sure you leave space to mess up and grow from it. Despite what the internet will tell you, there isn’t a secret way to make easy money. Everything takes work & skills, but the best choice is to pick a path that utilizes what you already possess. Leverage your resources, negotiate your value, and limit your expenses until you carve out a profit. Start small, see what works, and then build the momentum. You got this.
Lindsey Swanson is a Certified Financial Planner professional and the founder of Stripper Financial Planning, a fee-only RIA. She started her business in 2020 with the goal of reaching stigmatized groups and a focus on promoting financial independence through education. She supports sex-workers across the United States and works remotely from a small town a few hours outside of Napa, California.