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Money Matters with Nimi: Let Your Money Work For You

International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day or May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working class, promoted by the international labour movement.

Entrepreneurship is widely promoted and there is much focus on the independent business, that the very concept of working in an office for a monthly salary for your entire career can make one feel inadequate. 

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. We must be mindful of the fact that for many people, a steady monthly income is a comfortable, relatively safe place to be. This is their chosen path through which they can thrive, excel and make a significant impact.

Do not leave your full time job if you are not ready; the right step or time is determined by your own unique circumstances. Most people simply cannot afford to do this with the financial obligations that they face. Keep being your best, and keep learning every single day. If you enjoy what you do, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t continue doing it.

You can build a great career by staying in one organisation, or by moving to various companies over time. Follow your own path and don’t feel intimidated or insecure by colleagues who resign to run their own businesses. It is important to stay focused on your own goals and not someone else’s.

Most people live in the cycle of active income, which ties their time to their income. Active income can be earned only by investing time and effort directly in return for money. The salary you get from work is a direct result of your efforts. With active income, if you don’t work, you don’t earn. 

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The road to financial freedom

Are you living from pay-check to pay-check? Are you always agonising about not being able to pay your bills? Financial freedom is attained when you can work because you want to and not because you have to. If you are serious about financial freedom and security, then do embrace the passive income machine.

Passive income generally includes income that is not directly related to your daily activity and which you can generate without having to actively work for it. In fact, your money is actually working for you with no extra effort on your part, apart from the act of active investing. 

Creating a passive income stream does not come easily. It takes time, effort, discipline, and consistency at the beginning of the cycle before it becomes passive. It will involve disappointment, failures and frustration, but if you invest your time and effort upfront, it can be the most fruitful and worthwhile investment of your time, as it continues to pay you long after the work has been completed.

Here are some reasons why passive income is so important:

Passive income gives you the freedom and flexibility that comes with not struggling to make ends meet, particularly if the income outpaces your monthly expenses. With this you have more choices; you can engage in work that you love, or even volunteer. 

It reduces anxiety and fear of the future. The inability to pay bills or debt can lead to fear, anxiety, depression and a sense of hopelessness. Just knowing you have that steady stream of income or emergency savings reduces stress. 

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You can do things that you love. We all have things that we’re passionate about but we often have to put them off. Passive income builds that important financial momentum of financial security and freedom that makes it possible for you to support others, to do things. You can get involved in a project that you care deeply about without worrying about a salary.

Passive income in retirement. If you are middle-aged, and have been living solely on your salary, your goal should be to use as much of your income as possible from your remaining peak earning years to create sources of passive income, which is often the only source of funds for most retirees. 

The wealthy are able to detach the time spent from the money that they earn. They earn passive income from various sources including investment property, dividend income, interest income, business interests, royalties, website advertisements and so on.

Interest Income

Interest is a most basic form of passive income. Interest earned on savings account balances, fixed deposits, or bonds is a relatively risk free source of passive income. However interest rates hardly keep apace with inflation, so while it is necessary, it will be difficult for you to grow your capital in this way.

Investment Property

Residential or commercial property for investment purposes is a time-tested way of enjoying passive income alongside capital appreciation. The location and condition of the property is of significant importance for you to realize stable income far into the future.

Dividend yielding stocks

One of the most effective ways to earn passive income is to buy shares in a publicly quoted company that regularly pays dividends to shareholders. A reputable stock broking house will select stocks for you but it is also important for you to develop your knowledge of investing to understand how markets work.

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Both stocks and real estate have the ability to grow in value over time. Indeed, capital appreciation is one of the greatest benefits of both of these passive income sources when you sell your asset. The proceeds can then be used to create other assets.

Invest in a Business

Some of the greatest sources of passive income have come from people taking a chance on a promising entrepreneur, after thorough due diligence.

In discussing the advantages of investing, one should never ignore the ensuing risk. There is always the very real risk of loss as markets can be volatile and prices can go up and down. A diversified portfolio will help to mitigate this.

It is rare to find people achieving their financial goals and dreams from their salaries and subsequent pensions alone. True financial freedom requires alternative sources of income; passive income. This is the foundation for long-term sustained wealth and future financial security.

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