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Good suggestions. I have many of these. One word about the “app” idea. I had a great idea related to personal taxes that I tried to get off the ground with my accountant as a partner. I would say it’s difficult to do this unless you have a coder on your team. Hiring someone is not really viable financially unless the app is simple. When we finally got the quote for a coder to write what we wanted (and after doing lots of mock ups ourselves and getting a demo for investors) the estimate was about 750k just to really get started.
One word of advice, and something I intend to do once I have the money saved up, is to build or buy out property that can support apartments or townhomes. One tough mistake some people make is buying a pair of homes to rent out and they get a nice $2,000-$3,000 a month but that’s it. Buying a house is expensive and the rental prices keep lower income families from potentially coming to you with their money to rent. If you have an acre to work with (more or less is OK too) you should be talking to a contractor to build apartments or townhomes. You will make a little less per unit BUT your audience grows significantly because now you can have college students, single parents, older folks, etc. all able to afford your rental units AND instead of capturing one $1,000-$1,500 a month payments, you can probably charge $700 a month per unit (or more, depending on the market) and build maybe 3, 4, 5, 10 units for the price of a home or two and now you’re making something like $2,100-$10,000 a month. It all depends on what you have to invest but if you’ve got $250,000+ I’d highly suggest you talk to a bank/investor that can get you in touch with a good contractor to build on a property and get permits and take out a matching $250,000 loan (I’ve read that $500,000 is plenty to build a good amount of apartments to start) and you can fill up your apartments and make a killing every month. You’ll have more tenants to deal with but if you’re competitive with your pricing you won’t have a hard time keeping tenants or replacing them.

Flynn, who blogs at Smart Passive Income and discusses his secrets at the Smart Passive Income podcast, defines passive income as “building online businesses that take advantage of systems of automations that allow transactions, cash flow and growth without requiring a real-time presence. We don’t have to trade our time for money one to one. Instead, we invest our time upfront, creating valuable products and experiences for people, and we reap the benefits of that time invested later,” he says, adding, “It’s not easy. I just want to make sure that’s clear.”
In 2007, Pat Flynn making $38,000 a year when he created a blog to help him study for a professional exam. When he realized he had thousands of visitors daily, he put ads on the site. When he wrote an ebook and sold it on the site, he earned more in one month than he ever had in his life. Now, six years, 12 websites, 100,000 email subscribers and 9.5 million podcast downloads later, Flynn, 31, has earned roughly $2.7 million dollars online with “passive income” strategies. He blogs about his secrets at SmartPassiveIncome.com, hosts a podcast by the same name, and told us about his journey in this Q&A. Here are his tips on getting started generating your own passive income. 
In 2007, Pat Flynn making $38,000 a year when he created a blog to help him study for a professional exam. When he realized he had thousands of visitors daily, he put ads on the site. When he wrote an ebook and sold it on the site, he earned more in one month than he ever had in his life. Now, six years, 12 websites, 100,000 email subscribers and 9.5 million podcast downloads later, Flynn, 31, has earned roughly $2.7 million dollars online with “passive income” strategies. He blogs about his secrets at SmartPassiveIncome.com, hosts a podcast by the same name, and told us about his journey in this Q&A. Here are his tips on getting started generating your own passive income. 
To create residual income, you need to create something that people will continue to buy on a regular basis long after you’ve created it. A house is a prime example of this as people will continue to pay rent for the right to live in the house. A business needs to have products that are sold over and over again rather than trading the business owner’s time for money.
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