As you may already know, I own and write on several websites. In order to be able to do this, I must be very consistent with my writing schedule. It also helps to have several interesting ideas racked up on my laptop so I don’t waste too much time messing with the inspiration fairies in my head.
But this morning, the fairies have taken over. They made me close my ideas notepad and open a blank word document. They want to make my fingers dance across my keyboard because I really feel happy. Do I have a big announcement to make? I am going to buy another blog soon. Not really. I am just happy for what we (my partner and I) have done over the past 3 years.
My best friend (and partner in this adventure) is currently on his honeymoon in Vietnam for 2 weeks. During his wedding, I had the chance to meet several of his friends which I had heard about all these years but never had the chance to meet. This came to me as a true inspiration; talking about passive income, about creating your own business. Most of them are looking toward the avenue that we are already on. We jumped in the car and are driving fast on the information highway.
For once, I guess I have to consider myself lucky. I hate to say this because I don’t believe much in luck. I do believe that when something good happens in your life, you are the maker of this event. Same thing if your life sucks 😉 But this time, I guess that all the right conditions have united to make our project grow and, maybe one day, drive us to financial independence.
For the past 12 months, each time I felt nervous about my budget and my financial obligations (having a wife at home is marvellous, but it adds its share of financial pressure), my Blackberry was there to comfort me. The little “bzz bzz” in my pocket each morning telling me that I had received money from Paypal is amazing.
I remember my latest shopping frenzy; I went to buy some nice clothes for Christmas. I hadn’t done this for a while and I was looking at the young lady piling up my clothes and thinking about how big the bill was going to be. While she was packing up my stuff, I saw the rude number, $375, on the computer register. My Blackberry was there once again to comfort me: I received an email telling me that I had received a payment for $650… I guess this is what we can call passive income!
Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t happen overnight. Before my Blackberry buzzed to tell me I was making money, before I could even afford to pay for a Blackberry, we worked many hours without earning a dime. While I was doing my MBA, nobody could understand why I would put my books aside and use precious paper-writing time to simply open my laptop and write “meaningful” posts about personal finance.
I am still far from being able to live off of my online income. However, it now pays for a lot of things in my life and will definitely help me pay back the loan from my parents in a few months time! I guess this is the perfect balance for now: I’m not working like an idiot, I still have a social life and my kids still remember who their father is while I make extra money in the meantime!
Actually, my only regret is that I had not started this earlier. On the other hand, I now have a safe career and a very promising source of passive income growing at the same time. Today, I am truly grateful. This is a feeling I wish for you all. Enjoy your day with a smile!
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