Are you tired of only making money while working at your job? There are countless ways to make passive income so that you can make money while you are sleeping, taking a nap, or even while going on vacation. In this article, we’ll share with you 10 passive income ideas to help you make more money. Learning how to make different passive income streams will significantly change your life by diversifying your income as well as the joy of being able to make money while you are not actually working.

Note: This is not financial advice. These are just ideas, but consult with a financial advisor.

Building different passive income streams is something that we all strive for. While the bulk of the money you make might be at your 40-hour job, here are ways to make extra money to have extra funds for a rainy day or possibly a trip you didn’t think you would ever be able to take.

While a lot of people will think that passive income isn’t actually real, don’t believe the haters. Everyone at Walletminded has passive income streams of some sort and we are walking proof that passive income is real and works.

What is passive income?

Passive income is income resulting from cash flow that is received on a regular basis that requires minimal to no effort by the recipient to maintain it. Passive income is not a pyramid scheme or a get rich quick scheme, but it does provide multiple streams of revenues if you choose to put in the initial effort.

What are the pros and cons of passive income?

There are quite a few pros to passive income and just a few cons. To start, you can make money with little work to maintain that extra income. In addition to making more money, you can diversify your income, do what you love and also make money, you can spend more time with your family, and it will even free up more funds to make money while you travel. While there aren’t many cons of passive income, one big thing we must note is that taxes are needed to be paid on all forms of income each year. So while you may have made $10,000, be sure to account for the tax on that $10,000 and not to spend it all at once.

How many streams of income should I have?

When it comes to your money, there is no “one size fits all” model when it comes to passive income or generating income streams. How many streams of revenue should depend on where are at financially and what your financial goals are.

How to make passive income while you sleep

If you’re ready to create a passive income, check out these 18 strategies and learn what it takes to be successful in them.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of our favorite types of passive income streams. Affiliate marketing is when you earn money by placing an affiliate link on your website, social media account, or YouTube video and have people purchase a product through the link you provided.

What is affiliate marketing?

An affiliate is a person or business that shares someone else’s product or service to their audience. As an affiliate for another company, you are provided with a link that tells that company where their sale came from. One of the most popular affiliate marketing channels on the internet is none other than Amazon. Picture this, you do a search for “what are the best mountain bikes this year?” More than likely the top 5 results on Google are websites that link out to Amazon with their picks on the top 5 mountain bikes you can buy. Since the website is an affiliate of Amazon, Amazon will pay that website and business owner for every sale coming from their referral link for a certain amount of time. When someone purchases a mountain bike or product from your link, this is known as a conversion.

Where can I place affiliate links?

The opportunities are endless with affiliate links. You can add an affiliate link to a blog post, within your email, on your social media accounts, within a podcast, or even by sending someone a text message telling them to buy something.

What kind of affiliate products should I promote?

We highly signing up for affiliate products that are within your area of influence. If you are in a mommy blogger group, we recommend to sign up for affiliate products that this audience you can relate to.

Pay off your high-interest debt

While paying off your high-interest debt isn’t the most appealing or attractive passive income strategy, it does help you save your money in the long run. If you currently have debt and are paying up to 26% interest, we highly recommend knocking your debt down as fast as possible. Your debt is costing you a lot of money. Whether you are paying off student loans, credit card debt, and/or a mortgage, you may be unnecessarily spending thousands of dollars each month on minimum payments and high interest. Did you know that the longer you have debt, the more interest you will pay in the long run?

Getting rid of debt will help relieve you of financial stress and will help bring extra joy back into your life. When we were in debt, we decided to tackle the credit cards with the highest interest first. Our Chase credit card had 24% interest rates. Once we paid this card off completely, we decided to focus on our next highest interest rate card and use the minimum payments we were paying on our Chase card to our next credit card. By pretending that we didn’t have that extra amount from paying off our credit card, we were able to pay off $30,000 in debt in under a year with this method.

High Yield Savings Accounts

One of the passive income ideas that often gets overlooked is to use a high yield savings account. High yield savings accounts are a great way to grow your savings with very little risk. While there is little risk, this also means that there is little reward. With banking accounts such as Ally and Betterment, you can earn up to 2.38% with a balance as low as one penny.

The average national savings rate is just 0.09%, so these high yield savings accounts are not applicable to every bank. We highly recommend using a high-yield savings account that offers the benefits of monthly interest returns.

Upload music to Spotify and other streaming platforms

If you are a musician or have dabbled in music, we highly recommend uploading your music to Spotify and other streaming platforms. We wrote up a guide on how to distribute your music to Spotify, YouTube Music, and Apple Music here. While it may take a little bit of effort to produce a banger, music streaming platforms help you earn passive income so that you can make money while you are sleeping or relaxing.

Rent out a room in your house

Even though you may not own real estate at the moment, you can still rent out a room in your home. While renting a room out in your house will most likely not make you rich overnight, you may be able to make a nice side income of this depending on how many rooms you can rent out. In addition to renting out a room on a monthly basis, you could also rent out a room on a nightly basis via Airbnb.

Invest in dividend stocks

While this passive income idea may take a bit of upfront capital, this is one of our favorite passive income strategies. A dividend is the distribution of reward from a portion of the company’s earnings and is paid to its shareholders. These dividends can be issued as cash payments, other property, or as shares of stocks. By investing in dividend-paying stocks, you can make a great passive income stream with little work. We highly recommend doing your research on the best dividend stocks for passive income.

Start to blog

Blogging typically takes time, effort, and a lot of dedication. While a blog can take quite a bit of time in the beginning, blogging can turn into a passive income stream. While there is no one size fits all strategy for how to make money while blogging, we recommend looking into affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, influencer marketing, and advertisements on your website.

Write a book

Writing a book for passive income is not necessarily something you can do overnight. It will take quite a bit of time and effort to finish your book, but it will take very little effort and work once the book is released.

Sell a course

Creating a course is also not one of the easiest tasks to get started with. You will most likely need a good microphone and the ability to look presentable in front of a camera. In addition to this, you will need to structure your content in bite-size pieces that the audience will love.

10 Passive Income Ideas To Make Money While You Sleep

Start an online store

It is getting easier and easier to start your own online store. Thanks to Shopify and other developments in the e-commerce space, you can build a store with products on it in less than one day. If you don’t wish to handle the inventory and ship products yourself, you should consider dropshipping where people will purchase from your store and then behind the scenes you will be working with suppliers who will then ship the product to the person.

Shop at cashback websites

Shopping at cashback websites will not earn you a lot of extra income, but it is an easy way to earn back some of the money while you would have normally spent while shopping online. Ebates is a cashback website that will give you certain percentage points back for every purchase you make using one of their partner stores. By using Ebates, you can earn 6% at Walgreens, 5% at Amazon, 6% at Macy’s, 8% at Gap, and 3% at Kohl’s.

Utilize credit card reward points

Travel reward credit cards are popular right now since they are seen as getting “free” points from the credit card company. While we recommend using your credit card with caution and to not land yourself in debt, we love travel reward cards due to the cashback or travel points nature.

Peer to peer lending

With peer to peer lending, you loan money to individuals and businesses for a return. It’s an online platform that connects lenders with borrowers, so you don’t need traditional banking relationships or financial resources to start investing. You can also set your own interest rates and terms so that you can tailor it to the kind of return you’re looking for.


Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are a great way to invest in real estate without having to buy and manage physical properties. REITs are pooled investments, so you can put your money into a variety of different types of properties such as residential, office, or industrial buildings for a return. This is a great passive income idea if you’re interested in the real estate market but don’t want to be too involved with property management.

Dividend stocks

Dividend stocks pay regular dividends to shareholders from earnings generated by the company. Investing in dividend stocks is an excellent way to generate passive income since the dividends are usually paid out on a quarterly basis. It’s important to do your research when investing in dividend stocks to make sure that the company is reliable and has a good track record of paying out dividends.

Bond Laddering

Bond laddering is a strategy wherein you invest in bonds of different maturities. This allows you to get a steady stream of income from the interest payments while also taking advantage of potential changes in interest rates. You can buy bonds directly or through an exchange-traded fund (ETF) and then keep them until they mature.

Advertise on Your Car

If you have a car and don’t mind driving around with advertisements on it, this is a passive income stream for you. There are companies that will pay you to put advertisements on your car, which can be great if you’re looking for a flexible side hustle.

Create an Online Course

Creating an online course is another great way to make passive income. You can create a course about anything you’re passionate about and then sell it on an online platform like Udemy or Teachable. Once the course has been created, all you have to do is advertise and market it and your income will start rolling in without much additional effort from you.

Rental Arbitrage

Rental arbitrage is when you rent out a property that you don’t own and then sublet it for a profit. This can be a great way to make passive income if you find the right deals, as long as you have the capital to get started. You can search online for properties in your area or use an online platform like Airbnb to find potential renters.

Start a Podcast

Starting a podcast is a great way to make passive income. You can monetize your podcast with advertisements or offer premium content to listeners for a fee. It’s also possible to generate revenue from sponsorships and affiliate marketing, so the potential for earning money from podcasts is huge.


These are just some of the ways you can make money while you sleep through passive income sources. With some research and hard work, it’s possible to find even more opportunities that will provide financial security in the long run. The key is to find something that fits your lifestyle and interests so that you can benefit from it in the long run.

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  • Gio Watts

    Gio Watts brings over 10 years of digital marketing experience to his role as marketing manager at Walletminded. In his current position, Gio oversees brand marketing, campaign management, and audience growth initiatives. Prior to joining Walletminded, Gio held marketing roles at several ecommerce and SaaS startups, most recently serving as senior marketing manager at CloudTable Inc. There, he specialized in paid social advertising and content marketing. Gio holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of Oregon. He is a certified content marketing specialist and frequently guest lectures at his alma mater. When he's not devising omni-channel marketing campaigns, you can find Gio coaching youth basketball and indulging his passion for live music.

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