If you put $500,000 into a candy store with the agreement that the owners would pay you a percentage of earnings, that would be considered passive income as long as you do not participate in the operation of the business in any meaningful way other than placing the investment. The IRS states, however, that if you did help manage the company with the owners, your income could be seen as active, because you provided “material participation."

When I purchase an existing online business, I look for cash flow over the past year and where the money comes from. I want the sources to be more passive so that it does not take a lot of my time. Also, typically I will make an offer that is 18 – 24 months of profit so that I know that I will get my money back within the next two years. I hope that helps!

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I have done everything on this list except for invest through Robo-Advisors, and there are a few on this list that have a soft spot in my heart (because I consider them absolutely effortless) and a few that I feel required a little more effort than the term ‘passive income’ allows for.  Nonetheless, whether it is passive or not really that passive, these are the best ways to earn money without spending 8 hours a day earning the money, know what I mean?

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I used to be wary of Ebates (now called Rakuten) because I thought the cashback didn’t amount to much, but now I love it.  I’m converted!  To earn money through Ebates.ca, all you have to do is sign in and then look for your online retailer and shop through the Ebates.ca portal.  Then you get cash back in a few days (it says on the Ebates.ca website).

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