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5 ways to start earning passive income with a $500 investment, according to financial pros

Discovering additional ways to generate passive income is one of the top personal financial goals I have for this year. I've started to accomplish this in a variety of ways over the years, from transferring my funds to a high-yield savings account to providing digital services through my company that generate revenue without much of my time being used.

Even if some of the novel techniques I've been investigating involve me to invest a significant amount of money, identifying new ways to generate passive income is a means for my finances to develop and improve (for instance, by purchasing an apartment to rent out and collect monthly income). Because of this, I pondered what other activities I might engage in that wouldn't need me to invest a significant sum of money up front.

Following are five suggestions from financial planners and counselors on how to start generating passive income with a $500 or less investment.

1.Real-estate crowdfunding
I've constantly wanted to start investing in real estate to generate passive income, but I refrained when I realized how much money it would require to purchase and rent a property.

Financial advisor Cynthia Meyer claims that there are websites for real estate investing, such as Fundrise, that provide choices where consumers may start investing with just $500 to take part in a commercial real estate investment.

The finest real estate investments, according to Meyer, are made by long-term investors since they are all illiquid.

2. Peer-to-peer lending

Peer-to-peer lending is another thing I've never thought about doing with my money to generate passive income. Peer-to-peer lending, according to Meyer, is a different possible strategy for generating a consistent flow of passive income with a lower initial outlay.

"Earn interest by lending money to another person through a peer-to-peer lending network. Loan options are often characterized by the borrower's credit quality, and private lending might be dangerous "Meyer explains. LendingClub, Prosper, and Upstart are a few possibilities for peer-to-peer lending.

3. Start a side hustle

Financial advisor Tania P. Brown asserts that you may launch a business with just $500 if you've ever desired to do so with the intention of earning some extra passive income.

All you need to start an internet company, like a blog, according to Brown, is hosting and a website. "Webpage hosting may cost for as low as $2.88 a month, and if you are tech-savvy enough, one can either construct a website for free or purchase a responsive website (most are under $100)." Finally, add affiliate marketing, and you're on your way to passive income. One are able to save lot of money if you're prepared to put in a lot of effort to learn as you go. There are free solutions available on websites such as Teachable and Thinkific if you choose you would really like to monetize your expertise.

4. Invest the cash

Financial expert Justin Yoo suggests investing the money in two different ways if you're ready to take on some risk or wait a little while before fully accessing the passive income.

If you have money that you won't need right now, you might think about putting it in high-quality equities, he advises. "$500 might not seem like much, but with a 10- to 15-year time horizon and the power of compound interest, it can go a long way. It's crucial to start young and to start someplace."

Yoo then advises investing the money in an IRA for later use.
For people ready to part with their money before turning 59.5, retirement funds provide several tax advantages, but there are liquidity restrictions, according to Yoo.

5. High-yield ETFs or mutual funds

A high-yield savings account was one of the first ways I generated passive income, but I've never thought about other high-yield accounts. Alex Caswell, a financial planner, advises me to do that.

"Try an ETF or mutual fund that is concentrated on greater yield if you're seeking for the simplest approach to get passive income. This might be a fund with a high dividend yield or one that prioritizes better yielding bonds "affirms Caswell.


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