I am writing this post on my deck, admiring a beautiful afternoon outside while my kids are sleeping. I just finished building a nice fireplace in my yard and I have decided to pull out my laptop for the very first time since I am on vacation (it’s my second week already!). I haven’t have to work much over the past 2 weeks and still, my online income is coming in… this is what I call passive income!
When I go on vacation, my wife has imposed a rule; no blackberry during the day and no laptop either. I can’t say that I find her too rough with me since vacation should be used to disconnect from everything and enjoy your time. Since today she is taking a nap with the kids, I have decided to enjoy my afternoon with a nice bowl of ice cream while writing this post.
Wait, this ain’t passive income since you are writing during your vacation !?!
Right, technically, I am working right now and if I work while on vacation, I am not earning passive income. However, what really is really happening right now is that before taking out my laptop and writing something, I had evaluated my options:
#1 Take a nap (too boring and I don’t like wasting my time with sleep even though my body requires a rest once in a while.)
#2 Read a book (I am currently (finally!) reading The 4 Hour Workweek and enjoying every single page. But right now, I just didn’t feel like thinking too much 😉 ).
#3 Play MarioKart (All right, I want to play right now but I would rather write a few articles before I turn on the TV 😉 )
This is obviously the option I have chosen. The fact is that each time I write an article, I’m having fun. I don’t consider this as work for my online company. When I coach my VA, deal with advertisers, search for keywords or interesting affiliate programs, this is called work. But when I write, I am just having fun. The fact is when I don’t write for 2 or 3 days, I have plenty of ideas that fill my head and I just need to write them down.
The nice thing about the online company is that all the other tasks that are really considered work can either be:
#2 delegated to my VA
Obviously, I cannot ignore most of my tasks for a long time but I can just put all my projects on the shelf and let my blogs run. Everytime I go on vacation, I am not completely available and my blogs get the same amount of traffic (or almost). Sometimes it feels like I could just take their income and do nothing and it would still work for a few months… maybe a year.
When I wake up in the morning and I secretly look at my blackberry to see how much I made yesterday, I realize how cool it is to have a sideline making money. I not only receive my day job pay check as usual, I am also getting my sideline pay check too!
While reading The 4 Hour Workweek, I have plenty of ideas to automate more of my routine and try to earn more money with less work. I hope it will happen in the upcoming year!
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