Gotta say, I never could have imagined how well this would be turning out to be. Since starting to do monthly updates about my passive income project, my revenues have been increasing steadily almost every single month. Part of it is expected as investments continue to compound and I reinvest all income. Another important part though is that since I know that every month I’ll be reporting my numbers here, it makes me think about it a lot more. I’m trying to be smarter about my expenses, creative in finding new income sources, etc. As time goes by, my objective is to be able to live entirely off of these new income streams but also be able be diversified enough to be ok no matter what happens. In many ways, that is what’s behind my interest in dividend income. For now, I prefer to avoid using actual numbers (might change later on) so what I will do is express all of this data in %. The objective of course is for all of these flows to end up generating 100% of my current income. I also want to gradually make sure that my income producing assets are not all locked away in accounts that will only be available upon retirement. In terms of income, I will be using my gross household income. Counting the bonus would only make things more difficult to track and would not represent how I currently live on my finances.
For example, if my base salary is currently 100K, my objective is to make 100K of passive income on an annual basis. This could be done through a variety of methods which I will be exploring of course. A few people tried to figure out how much capital I have by looking at the USDP size. The main issue is that the USDP is only part of my dividend income. I also get income from my ETF holdings, etc.
My primary objective remains to generate 100K in passive income on an annual basis as soon as possible, ideally from a few different sources
April Updates-I did take a look into the idea of owning Bitcoins, which would not provide income but would help diversify my assets.
-It was a rather slow month but I did post an update of the Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio
How Much Do I Really Need?I am aiming for an income of 100K or so, before taxes as a first goal. To be clear, I feel like I need significantly less than that. Why? I’ve described how I am living off of significantly less right now (I’m paying taxes, paying my house, saving, etc). I also have the option, as discussed of retiring in a foreign location.
Overall, I feel like aiming for the same level of income as I am currently making is very very reasonable and I could easily live with less but why aim lower if I’m confident I can reach that 100K?:)
Why Am I Doing This?I’m a strong believer in working with clear objectives but also holding myself accountable so writing about these objectives will without any doubt help me reach financial independence more quickly.
Current Passive Income Flows:5.38% – Dividend/Investing Portfolio: I am currently generating a dividend yield of about 3.43%. This portfolio will be increasing over time. I use a bucket system which I will be writing more about but the main retirement components are a long term dividend portfolio (see the Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio) and an ETF portfolio (see BuildYourETFPortfolio for more details on how I build mine). I saw a slight increase here thanks to markets rising and a similar yield.
7.48% – Private Investment In My Online Company: I have discussed how my web company has been the best investment of my life so far. I’m happy to say that I was able to slightly increase my monthly income from the company even though it wasn’t expected. I certainly hope that will keep happening.
It’s not spectacular by any means yet. That being said, I am 31 years old (soon to be 32!) and do have a decent base (I could live with less easily).. I will continue to work on getting that total as close as I can do 100%:)
Passive Income Ideas0% – Real Estate: I have started writing about adding real estate to my income flows. One aspect that I love about Real Estate Investing is how much of an inflation hedge it will represent for my portfolio. So I started looking into some aspects such as investing into residential or commercial real estate as well as the question of becoming (or not) a landlord.
0% – P2P Lending – I started exploring the idea and wrote my first post about it here
0% – Annuity – No intention of buying an annuity for the time being
0% – Farming – I know it sounds crazy but I’ve started looking into it as you can see from my post a couple of weeks ago
0% – Other ideas – I could end up starting other businesses or projects will I’ll certainly keep you posted about.
What I Am Not/Will Not Include-Pensions: I do know that the government will be paying me a sum of money once I retire. However, given how poor government finances look like these days, I personally think it’s crazy to count on the government actually fulfilling its promises. It won’t happen. Yes, there will be money, but not anywhere what is currently being promised. Whatever I do end up getting will be a nice surprise.
-I feel like I am being extremely conservative here. By not including my government pension and also not including the fact that lower revenues will mean less taxes to be paid, I’m overestimating the amount of passive income that is truly needed. That is more than fine by me. I’d also like to think that my house will be paid by then making my level of spending lower all things being equal.
My Long Term Passive Income ObjectivesJanuary 2014: $12,000/year
January 2018: $25,000/year
January 2023: $50,000/year
January 2030: $100,000/year
I love seeing that little blue line above the red one, it’s a very nice thing to see:) So far so good in terms of reaching my next objective of $12,000 per year by January next month. In fact, I’ve already surpassed that amount and will work hard to get closer to my $25,000 goal.