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From One Income To Another

By Guest Author On March 3, 2011 Under Success Secrets

Let us take a look at the different types of income. They are:

1. Earned Income    –   obtained from working for someone or a company.

2.  Passive Income   –   income generated from business.

3.  Portfolio Income –   income generated from investments in paper assets.

Earned Income comes from having a job in a company or in someone else’s business. You get paid for your time and services rendered. The income an employee can generate from working for an employer is limited. There is the possibility that an employee may devote extra effort thinking the employer will pay him/her more.

Although, it’s a rare possibility for the most part, when the going gets tough, but even then, it’s still possible. . And even if it happens, it is still limited. When there is additional profit gained by the employer as a result of the employee’s extra effort, the employer will get the bigger “slice of the pie”. You are, in effect, making someone else rich through your added effort. It is a good act but it is also a fact. Maybe you’re telling yourself mentally: “Hey, that’s not fair.” Fair or not, that’s the way life is, when you work for money.

If you are an employee, you get your money or paycheck after everything else. It is earned income, less taxes and everything else deductible, before money reaches your hand. And if ever the money reaches your hand, the next place it is bound to go is to pay your bills. If the amount is not enough, you are bound to borrow, which makes you debt-ridden if it accumulates. Now, this is one big mistake. Don’t ever get debt-ridden. It is the shortcut to poverty.

Earned Income is a safe way to generate an income. There is not much thinking to do. Except for a few high paying, high profile jobs, your work is mostly concentrated on a few things where you keep repeating the same functions. Unconsciously, this discourages creativity, so boredom starts to set in. It is because of this boredom that getting to work every morning is such a drag and you keep on looking forward to weekends, holidays, and vacations.

Unless you really love what you do without consideration to the income it generates, or unless you are highly paid, or unless there is a lot more to learn in your job, or unless financial security is of no importance to you, there is no reason for you to stay long in the “rat race.” The earlier it is to get out of the trap, the better chances you will start creating wealth.

Passive Income is generated from businesses. You can sell products or offer services, or a combination thereof. Examples are buying/selling real estate, trading merchandise as in wholesaling and retailing, etc. In many instances, you need not be physically present in your place of business. There are also small businesses like vending machines where you don’t really need an employee to visit those machines for refill because you can do it yourself. You can also go with franchising; either be a franchiser or a franchisee. The list is endless as long as you do what you love to do.

The beauty of going into your own business is that you work for you, not for someone else. You enrich yourself, not someone else. You need discipline to manage your time but you are allowed a certain level of flexibility because you get to set your own schedule.

Another advantage of going into business, especially in your own corporation, is that you earn and spend before tax is deducted, unlike being an employee where you are taxed before you spend.

Portfolio Income, just like passive income, is making money work for you. Portfolio Income is generated from paper assets like bonds, stock market, certificate of deposits, and mutual funds. They are called paper assets because literally, they are businesses that revolve on papers. Financial knowledge is vital when it comes to portfolio income. Your intellect interacting with creativity can either unmake or make you rich.

It is best to have a combination of the different types of income. For example, if you are an employee, it won’t stop you from making passive income on the side by building your own business through MLM. At the same time, you can invest the money from your passive income in stocks and generate portfolio income.

Set the combination that you are comfortable with and which is within your means. Having a diversified income source means you have more avenues to create your own wealth.

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