7 Tips for Passive Index Fund Investing

7 Tips for Passive Index Fund Investing | Personal Finance

Not sure how to get started with investing in the stock market? Investing your hard earned money can feel daunting. I get it. Before we get into passive investing strategies, here's my story...

In 2019, I quit my corporate job, sold my condo, gave everything away, and moved across the country. In that order, within a month.

I tried leaving the 9-5 grind 3 times. The first time was ugly and messy. Second time was a little better. Third time was the charm.

In my mid-30s, I reached financial independence retire early (FIRE) by creating multiple income streams from investments and side hustles.

It was mainly through my passive investments, I was finally able to leave a career that was no longer a fit. More importantly, it was time to get away from East Coast winters!

7 Tips for Passive Index Fund Investing | Personal Finance

So I gave everything away and left all my furniture. I took my favorite pair of heels though. Other than that, I shipped my car and gave away everything else.

It was time to start a new chapter. Being born and raised in Hawaii, I had enough of East Coast winters. So I picked Southern California as my new home.

Although, I didn't have another job lined and was just starting up my business, I was financially independent. Prior to resigning, I was able to get my finances in order with passive investments and other income streams.

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Interested in creating passive income through index fund investing too?

You probably already know that the path to financial wealth is to have your money work for you. Investing in index funds allows your money to compound over time so that you can earn money while you sleep.

Not interested in stock picking and day trading? Want to sleep soundly at night despite the volatility of the markets? Me too.

Here’s how I minimize risks:

  • Diversify across different asset classes

  • Diversify within asset classes

  • Diversify across markets, countries and currencies

  • Diversify across time

What does it mean to be diversified across time?

I’m talking at least a ten year long term investment strategy. No jumping in and out of the market.

Even the top financial gurus are not able to predict the right time to buy stocks. By adding to my index fund portfolio systematically over months and years, I reduce my risk and increase returns over time.

Which passive income strategy is best for you?

Quiz: Best Passive Income Strategy for Your Personality!

7 Tips for Passive Index Fund Investing | Personal Finance

Create multiple income streams.

Whether it's passively or actively earned, millionaires have an average of seven income streams. After all, having multiple income streams is one of the great keys to wealth.

There are many ways to have a side hustle these days. You don’t even have to start a business to do so.

This includes freelance writing to renting out your car. Investing in rental properties is a great way to create cash flow too.

For years, I experimented with different types of side hustles. Eventually, I got to get a feel of what I enjoyed doing and let go of the activities that were not as enjoyable.

During my weekends, I taught yoga and wellness workshops at a local hospital. I also worked the front desk of a yoga studio at one point too.

There are many different methods to create passive income streams. The possibilities are endless! Currently, I earn passive income mainly from index fund investing.

Get creative with ideas in this gig economy.

Got great ideas and content to share online? Overwhelmed by how the online space is so noisy?

Not too long ago, I was struggling to find my voice in a saturated social media world. I hustled and slept VERY little. Then I burned out.

What was I not seeing? I didn't want to throw money on ads that only brought in "likes" but zero sales.

After months of trial and error, I found that I was getting sales and clients through a counter-intuitive approach.

The possibilities seem endless!

Whether you are looking for another side hustle or run a full-time biz, there are an increasing number of ways to make money.

7 Tips for Passive Index Fund Investing | Personal Finance

Are there any part-time opportunities that you may consider taking on in order to explore a different industry? Any fun side hustles you’ve been thinking about trying?

The gig economy centers around the concept of creating an income from short-term tasks. This encompasses those who are full-time independent contractors to those who moonlight by driving for Uber/Lyft several hours a week.

About to take the leap? Already resigned?

The trend toward a gig economy is real. Maybe everyone around you is a #girlboss. If you never want to step foot in an office again, what would you do?

Get Your Financial Ducks in a Row...Before You Resign

When it comes to being a dropout, there’s one thing I know for sure. It’s not as easy or glamorous as it seems on the surface.

Whether it’s dropping out of Corporate or college, there’s a lot of unknowns involved. They say fear of missing out (FOMO) is a real thing. Well fear of the unknown is also no joke.

While I don't recommend resigning without a plan, sometimes you know when enough is enough.

Creating passive income helped me leave the 9-5 lifestyle once and for all. It wasn't easy leaving a steady paycheck and company benefits behind.

Those golden handcuffs are no joke!

Having passive income allowed me to leap with more peace of mind. To help others create passive income streams, I put together this Passive Income Quiz.

Which passive income strategy is best for you?

Quiz: Best Passive Income Strategy for Your Personality!

7 Tips for Passive Index Fund Investing | Personal Finance