Step 37: Income Stream 5: Dividend Income

Step 37 of the 100 steps to financial independence: Income stream 5: Dividend Income
Step 37: Income stream 5: Dividend Income

Time to look at our 5th possible income stream, which is dividend income. This type of income is based on company profits paid out to the shareholders of that company. Before you dismiss this type of income as not your thing, read on and then jump to the investing steps later on, as you’ll find that investing can be more or less risky, depending on the risk that you feel you can deal with and you can start with very little money, yet over the years build up a considerable portfolio.

Now back to the dividend income. If you have shares in a company, you basically own a tiny part of that company. If that company then makes a profit, some of that profit goes to the owners of that company, i.e. the shareholders. Continue reading “Step 37: Income Stream 5: Dividend Income”

Step 36: Income stream 4: Capital Gains

Step 36 of the 100 steps to financial independence: Income strem 4: Capital gains
Step 36: Income stream 4: Capital gains

The fourth income stream that we’ll look at is that of capital gains. Whether or not you feel like working towards developing this income stream or not (some people don’t), capital gains in a key source of income to many people.

Capital gains are the profits one makes when selling something at a higher price than the original purchase price they paid. The difference with profit income is that profit income comes from something you made or created over time as part of your regular business activity, whereas a capital gain involves an original investment, and then the value of this investment increasing over time, but not a result of a regular business activity. Continue reading “Step 36: Income stream 4: Capital Gains”

Step 35: Income stream 3: Interest Income

Step 35 of the 100 steps mission to financial independence: Income stream 3: Interest Income
Step 35: Income stream 3: Interest Income

So we have thought about our first income stream, which was a wage coming from a paid job, as well as the possibilities of a second income stream in the form of profit income. For most people either of these might be their main and only income stream and they might have never thought of other sources of income. Yet there are five more possibilities and even though that doesn’t mean you need to pursue them all, it is always good to at least find out more..

Let’s have a closer look at a third income stream: interest income from money lent out. Money lending and borrowing isn’t usually free, as the lender runs a risk (they might never see their money again), so the person who borrows money is required to pay interest on the loan in return, to make lending money more attractive.

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