Warren Buffet, the legendary investor worth billions of dollars, once said, “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” Since we can all learn something from Buffet’s success, today’s the perfect day to learn an essential financial skill. Building wealth while you sleep can turn any financial situation into an overnight success story. There are countless ways to build the wealth all of us desire.
1. Go Big With Growth Stocks
I’m addicted to checking my E-Trade app every morning when the markets open. The rush of adrenaline I feel when my portfolio makes a considerable jump overnight is second to none. Many men and women go all-in on growth stocks, emphasizing tech companies like Amazon, Nvidia, and Alphabet. While it can be risky, the upside of these growth stocks can deliver monetary gains without you lifting a finger.
2. Be a Landlord
We’ve all felt we could be a better landlord than the ones that have lorded over us throughout our lives, haven’t we? Well, considerable passive income is available if you aspire to be the best landlord you can be. Owning commercial or residential real estate is a full-time job, but there’s nothing like the feeling of a monthly rent check being deposited into your account while you sleep.
3. Collect Ad Revenue
If you have your own website (personal or otherwise), you’re leaving money on the table by not placing ads wherever possible. While millions of internet users install ad-blocking software on their web browsers, countless users (our parents, mostly) still subject themselves to endless streams of advertisements. Capitalize on that fact by monetizing your website and receiving much-deserved pennies on every click-through.
4. Invest Long-Term
Although there’s nothing sexy or exciting about it, investing your hard-earned money into sensible mutual funds is one of the most efficient ways to earn passive income in 2024. Your diverse portfolio protects you against one individual stock tanking your nest egg while still giving you plenty of upside. Fortunately, investing in a mutual fund through most major banks’ smartphone apps is easier than ever.
5. Affiliate Marketing
Participating in affiliate marketing makes me feel a little icky, but I can’t deny it’s an excellent way to bring in passive income in 2024. Setting up a blog or YouTube channel is one of the tech-savviest ways to start affiliate marketing. You can also go the old-school route and get in the good graces of a multi-level marketing program. If you’re passionate about selling goods, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a little kickback from people who buy it using your link or recommendation.
6. Collect Royalties
Sometimes, successful wealth building can result from something random, like recording a song in your bedroom that unexpectedly becomes a hit. If you’re musically inclined, releasing original music and uploading it to streaming services like Spotify is another solid option for accruing passive income that compounds while you sleep. However, artists quickly note that you won’t get rich overnight. A successful music career is much more than having a few million listens on Spotify.
7. Open a High-Yield Savings Account
Although inflation is generally regarded as a net negative for society, no one denies that it’s a net positive for savings accounts. Opening a high-yield savings account is a savvy way to protect your investment while ensuring a healthy return with zero risk. While not all banks offer high-yield savings accounts, they offer one significant advantage over a traditional CD: You won’t be penalized for withdrawing money early.
8. Collect Subscription Fees
You’re in luck if you run a service for which people are willing to pay a recurring subscription fee. Subscription-based businesses are among the best ways to earn passive income because people are notoriously bad at canceling said subscriptions! Recent research reveals that 42% of people forget to cancel a service they never use.
9. Sell Something
One of my favorite pastimes is finding something lying around my house I no longer want or need and putting it up for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or OfferUp. It’s the ultimate “set it and forget it” strategy. I often forget I have anything for sale and am shocked when I get offers for my unwanted items. Talk about a perfect passive income strategy.
10. Lend Money and Collect Interest
Sometimes, the best way to build wealth while you sleep is by lending money to friends or family (while collecting a healthy amount of interest). There’s nothing wrong with doing things the old-fashioned way. The next time you get a phone call from a loved one asking for money, remember to include the most essential part of the transaction: interest.
11. Operate a Vending Machine
If you’re like me, you’ve lived your entire life without realizing the dream of vending machine ownership. Think about it: Passive income, unlimited snacks, and the pride of owning a small business. Don’t scoff. According to studies, vending machines can easily create more than $75 in weekly revenue.
12. Outsource Your Freelance Work
Did you think all methods to earn passive income were legit? You’re wrong. Although I would never do this, many freelance writers outsource their assignments to writers who charge less than they do, ostensibly pocketing the difference. It’s a great way to thumb your nose at the institution of journalism while making excellent money (that’s sarcasm for those keeping track).
13. Rent Out Your Home
Renting out your home (or individual rooms) is another excellent way to make passive income. Many people take advantage of Airbnb’s platform to earn a lot of money. In this scenario, not only can you make money while you sleep, but when you’re away on vacation, you can also make passive income while your houseguests sleep.
14. Rent Out Your Vehicle
Refusing to rent your vehicle — especially a second vehicle — is a stubborn way of saying, “I don’t want to make passive income in 2024.” Services like Turo aren’t fly-by-night companies; they’re legitimate platforms that protect you and your vehicle and give you the peace of mind needed to lend your car to strangers. Unless you need a daily driver, you’re leaving money on the table by not letting other drivers use your vehicle.
15. Create an Online Course
People are always looking to better themselves, so if you have something you want to teach the world, don’t be afraid to monetize it. Creating an online course on nearly any topic is a perfect way to make something lasting that continues to bring in money (if what you have to teach is valuable). Doing so benefits you and the endless number of men and women wanting to learn.
16. Write a Self-Published Book
Authors rejoice: Self-publishing is one of the most effortless ways to earn passive income in 2024. Platforms like Amazon have user-friendly self-publishing options, and your book (whether virtual or physical) will live in their store forever. Every time a customer purchases your book, you reap the benefits.
17. Sell Stock Photos or Videos
Anyone with an eye for photography should embrace the opportunity to sell stock photos and videos for websites that host them. It seems every good picture needs to be licensed these days, right? Thankfully, money can be made by selling your photos and videos as stock photos. Even bland B-roll traffic footage can bring in a nice chunk of change.
18. Roll the Dice With Cryptocurrency
I’m terrified of the volatility of cryptocurrency. That doesn’t mean you have to share my fear, however. Investing in cryptocurrency may be the riskiest way to make passive income while you sleep, but it arguably has the most upsides. Nobody really knows what causes the ebbs and flows of crypto coins, and waking up one day to see a massive return on your investment is a happy thought.
19. Become an Influencer
If you don’t mind being looked at as a vapid, irresponsible individual, being a social media influencer is another excellent example of how lucrative passive income can be. As an influencer, you can help shape the next generation of men and women to do the least amount of work as humanly possible while still making an impressive amount of money. (In a way, it’s the new American dream.)
20. Rent Out Your Pool
Some smartphone apps allow you to rent your backyard pool, similar to Airbnb. Although I’m not in love with total strangers using my beloved pool for their leisure, I favor making money off that amenity. I can’t believe the things people will pay money for in 2024.
21. Become a Content Creator
While being a content creator is easier said than done if you’re an attractive person with a knack for salesmanship, you can do much worse than being in front of a YouTube webcam all day. Whether you’re a game streamer or a lifestyle guru, content creation is the ultimate passive side hustle. After all, the more viewers who watch your videos, the more money you make (even while sleeping).
22. Open a Certificate of Deposit
As my father says, opening a CD is one of the best ways to make passive income. If you know you won’t need your money for a set period (anywhere from a few months to a few years), opening a Certificate of Deposit with a local bank can yield impressive results. Thanks to higher interest rates in 2024, many CDs earn over 5% over time, which is a fantastic return on your investment.
23. Rent Out Your Parking Space
If you pay for a monthly parking spot in a city or town and don’t use it as much as you thought you would, then consider renting it out to other drivers. Companies like SpotHero operate like the Airbnb of parking spaces. Users pay to use your valuable parking spot. Somebody else should pay you for the privilege if you’re not using it.
24. Chase Dividends
Although chasing stratospheric highs in the stock market is alluring, many savvy investors prefer quietly chasing dividends in the form of well-performing legacy stocks. By purchasing stock shares from companies like Exxon Mobile and Verizon Communications, you can ensure a healthy dose of quarterly dividends being deposited into your account. While these dividends are paid out in relatively small amounts, they will add up over time, making them one of the easiest routes toward a dependable passive income.
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Chris Phelan is an American culture writer, frequently dabbling in the travel, finance, and entertainment fields. He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina where he is constantly amazed at the number of black bears wandering down his street on any given day.
His work can be seen on Wealth of Geeks, NBC, Bravo, USA Network, Yahoo, and countless other online publications.