I see a lot of people chasing the dream of passive income.
Like unicorns, the Tooth Fairy, and – sadly – Santa Claus, truly passive income does NOT exist!
The only true ‘set & forget’ passive income comes from sub-standard investments such as bonds, CD’s, mutual funds, dividend stocks, and the like.
All true income-producing investments require at least some work in selecting/maintaining the income source
e.g. Rental real-estate requires work to locate the best deals, then requires further work to locate and retain the best tenants, and requires even more work to maintain the property.
Of course, some of this can be outsourced to Realtors and property managers, but you cannot outsource your worry (e.g. if the property lies vacant and your mortgage payment falls due).
Even more, a business can never truly be passive: you will always have to worry about staff, clients, and finances.
Even if you hire staff to manage all of these areas for you, you will still have to oversee – and, worry about – them!
In my experience, the higher the return you expect, the less passive is your investment.