I’m Trying to Double My Passive Income Using 3 Strategies


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  • I’m trying to double how much passive income I make — first, by investing it in new side hustles.
  • I’m on the lookout for the best high-yield savings accounts and CDs to roll my money into each year.
  • While I prefer low-risk investments, I also sometimes put money in an index fund like the S&P 500.

For most of my 20s, the only financial goal I had was to stay out of debt. But once I turned 30, I started taking managing my money more seriously. Not only did I open up a retirement fund and an emergency savings account, but I started working hard to grow my net worth through passive income.

One way I quickly did that was by switching where I kept my cash. For over a decade, most of my money sat in a checking and savings account with a bank that offered very low interest. Once I moved all that money to a bank that had a high-yield savings account and CD, I was able to earn thousands of dollars a year in interest.

While earning that money is a great boost to my finances, I also have a goal of doubling the passive income I earn from my high-yield savings account and CD every year. Here are the three ways I work to do that.

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1. I fund a passive income side hustle

I usually put a huge chunk of my money into a high-earning CD that has a 12-month term. Once the CD matures, I take a portion of the interest I earned that year and use it to find a passive income side hustle.

For example, last year, I used $250 from the interest I earned on my CD to create a new online course. The money helped me pay for a course hosting platform, hire a virtual assistant, and a video editor.

Once the course launched, it brought a variable amount of passive income every month (from $150-$600 a month). Not only was I able to double that initial investment, but the money helped me fuel a new recurring passive income stream.

2. I put it back in another high-yielding account

At the end of the year, I look at all the high-yield savings accounts and CDs I have my money in and look for banks offering the best possible rates. I take some of the money that I earned in interest the previous year and roll it into new accounts.

At the start of this year, I took $2,000 that I earned in passive income from my high-yielding accounts and put it into a 12-month CD that offered 5% interest.

By reinvesting a portion of the passive income earned on these accounts every year, I can guarantee that the money will continue to grow, and eventually, over time, double.

3. I invest it in an index fund

While most of the ways I reinvest my earnings from these high-yield accounts carry minimal risks, I do put a portion of the money into an index fund.

In the past, I picked the S&P 500 index fund, since it’s made up of about 500 of the largest and most profitable firms in America. It’s also known to average about a 10% return annually over long periods.

While it might take seven to 10 years for the money to double in this index fund, and there’s no guarantee, I consider this a long-term investment and once the money goes into the index fund, I leave it there, untouched.

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