December 15, 2006 1:48am CST
what does it mean?? If you search the internet for "passive income", you may find a definition or two, but mostly, what you find are web sites trying to sell you on the passive-income-flavor-of-the-day. It's frustrating, I know. I don't know about you, but before I jump into any opportunity or even before I take a trip, I like to do my research. That being said, there are a lot of good opportunities out there. But before you start spending money, let's discuss what passive income is and, most importantly, what it isn't. Webster's dictionary defines passive income as "of, relating to, or being business activity in which the investor does not have immediate control over income". I don't think that tells the whole story. Passive income is money that you receive over and over again without having to do much work (notice I didn't say "any work"). It is different than earned income in that you are not receiving money for your time (like you would a job). But depending on the passive income stream that you choose, you may in fact have immediate control over your income. But I'll get to that later. Why would you want passive income? Well, like Robert Kiyosaki explains in his book "Rich Dad Poor Dad", that is the main difference between the rich and the middle class. The rich invest their money in various passive income streams. When their passive income exceeds their expenses, then they are financially free. "Financially free" simply means that you do not have to have a day job to pay your expenses. And you are "free" to then do whatever you want! What Passive Income Isn't Before I go into telling you what passive income is, let me first tell you want it isn't. Passive income is not the same thing as "residual income". Residual income is money that you receive on a regular basis after having done work once. The best example would be TV sitcoms. Some actors get "residuals". Actors get paid for filming the show. Afterwards, some actors get paid each time the show repeats. Sales people that sell services, subscriptions, or renewable products (like insurance) sell that item once and, providing the customer renews, will get a commission off of each renewal. Royalties from the sale of books and music are also residual.