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My Passive Revenue and Targets (April 2024)

Wow, it’s very late in Might to be reviewing April. That’s been a operating theme currently.

I’ve revealed a month-to-month passive earnings replace for greater than seven years. For a decade, I’ve revealed common life objectives that I don’t replace that usually. This yr, I merged the 2 reviews.

I hope it can make sure that I’m accountable for my objectives a minimum of as soon as a month. You’d assume it will be significantly better than taking a look at them as soon as 1 / 4 and pondering, “WOW, I didn’t do any of those.” Nonetheless, thus far, I haven’t discovered an excessive amount of distinction.

Nonetheless, it’s helpful to place objectives in a spreadsheet and usually replace it. I’m very happy with what I accomplish on the finish of yearly. Earlier than I had this construction, the annual John Lennon lyrics, “So that is Christmas… And what have you ever achieved?” killed me.

Steal this concept and make it yours. I make an absurd variety of objectives I do know I’ll by no means full. It provides me the flexibleness to fail on some issues so long as I’m making progress on others. Most individuals would do the other, concentrate on fewer objectives, and goal to finish them. It’s a lot much less overwhelming. Do no matter works for you.

Passive Revenue

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My Passive Revenue Pyramid

I’ve three facet hustles with a passive part: a dog-sitting enterprise, this weblog, and managing an internet site for a non-profit. All three require some lively work. Nonetheless, I can receives a commission for all three even whereas working a full-time job. I haven’t blogged a lot this previous month, however I nonetheless make some cash from it. I do another hourly work that isn’t passive earnings, in order that isn’t included right here.

Prior to now, I’ve written a complete month-to-month article on this passive earnings. I’ve determined to chop out a lot of the fluff and provide the numbers. If this space of passive earnings appears off or complicated, maybe the final full article will make extra sense.

Canine, Weblog, and Net Revenue

Canine boarding earnings in April was a blended bag. On one hand, we had a very good rebound from March after we had been on trip for 2 weeks. Alternatively, April is often an especially busy month. We made solely about 1/3 of what we did the earlier April. Nonetheless, these months had been too busy, and I’m unsure I wish to do this a lot enterprise once more. I feel taking a weekend off for the eclipse meant that we missed out on a number of purchasers who usually guide week-long holidays.

As you’ve most likely observed, I didn’t weblog very a lot. I used to be nonetheless attempting to catch up from journeys, shopping for a brand new automobile (and the pains of getting it registered). Running a blog nonetheless earned some cash, nevertheless it was the worst month of the yr. Final April, I made twice as a lot. It’s not a very good development, however actually, it looks like I’m getting out of it the trouble that I’m placing into it.

The non-profit web site I handle doesn’t pay a lot, however I really like being a part of the group. I hope so as to add extra web site work all year long.

April’s canine, weblog, and web site earnings was $3,482.09.

The earlier month, it was $2,370.00.

Whereas that could be a good improve, it’s disappointing for April. Since we’re principally by way of Might now, I can say that it’s trying significantly better going ahead.

As a result of this canine, weblog, and web site earnings requires some work, I solely depend half of it as passive earnings. Extra on that later.

Rental Property Revenue

We now have two rental properties. They nonetheless have mortgages, so the rental earnings isn’t far more than breaking even. We’re nearly achieved with the mortgages, although, and so they’ll make far more cash (round $25,000 a yr).

For the aim of this report, I calculate their earnings utilizing the next method:

(Rents After Estimated Bills) * (Fairness Share Owned) = Passive Revenue

Estimated bills are insurance coverage, property taxes, condominium charges, and estimated condominium upkeep. Fairness Share Owned (EPO) is our complete fairness divided by the property worth in Zillow. (Zillow could be very correct for our condos.)

Zillow thought our properties had been value $200 {dollars} greater than the earlier month. That’s simply noise. We repay a few thousand {dollars} of mortgages each month. That additionally helps our EPO.

The rents after bills are $2,218/mo. In March, we owned 80.79% of the properties. Utilizing the equation above, this may be $1,791 in earnings.

Final month, it was $1,789. The acquire of $2 is about as insignificant because it will get.

Managing rental properties requires some work – a number of days a yr. Because of this, I solely depend 80% of this quantity as passive earnings.

Dividend Revenue

My spouse has been maxing out her retirement accounts for slightly greater than 20 years. I maxed out my retirement accounts for my first ten years of employment, nevertheless it obtained a lot harder after I turned self-employed. Nonetheless, with funding progress over that point, we’ve obtained a pleasant nest egg.

For the dividend earnings portion of our passive earnings, I assume we invested all the cash in brokerage accounts (retirement and non-retirement) into an ETF that conservatively pays a 2.5% dividend. I exploit this 2.5% quantity as a result of I’m too Lazy to trace the precise dividends from all accounts. Additionally, dividend funds are very inconsistent, with most funds coming quarterly. Is 2.5% a good quantity as an estimate? I’ll allow you to be the choose, however one ETF, iShares Core Excessive Dividend (HDV), is paying round 3.85% proper now.

I even have profit-sharing earnings with a non-public firm during which I personal a small stake. I get a examine every month that behaves like a dividend – it’s simply taxed slightly in a different way.

Once I took these numbers on Might fifth, the markets had been the tiniest bit down from the month earlier than. The markets have been so good currently that it’s arduous to do not forget that they take a month off typically.

For April, our dividend earnings, utilizing this estimation, would have been $4,605.

Final month, it was $4,627. I don’t thoughts it taking place $22. In January, it was $4,349. Some individuals say the financial system isn’t nice, however I feel everybody can agree that Wall Avenue goes properly.

Not like the earlier two sections, this earnings is 100% passive. Because of this, I don’t have to regulate the numbers.

Whole Passive Revenue

Canine/Blogs: $3,482.09 – Adjusted to $1,741.05
Leases: $1,791 – Adjusted to $1,432.80
Dividends: $4,605 – Stays at $4,605

I can’t appear to make Excel make a prettier X axis

Canine/Blogs Blue Line
Rental – Pink Line
Dividend – Yellow Line

Whole Adjusted Passive Revenue: $7,778.85

Final month, we had been at $7,243.20. That month, we had been on trip, and the distinction is extra canine boarding this month. The extra passive areas of actual property and dividends didn’t do an excessive amount of.

Right here’s a graph of the numbers since 2017, after I began protecting monitor:

(The blue line represents the month-to-month complete adjusted passive earnings. The Pink Line represents the 12-month common. This helps take away a few of the seasonality of canine boarding. That X-axis is basically annoying me!)

Our 12-month common is $8,006.12. our excessive is $8,581.87 final August. It would take a while to get that prime once more. We’re doing much less canine boarding. The rental and actual property markets appear to be close to their highs.

My spouse continues to work as properly. She now has 25 years within the navy and shall be getting a pension that successfully doubles all this passive earnings. Her job has gotten simpler and seemingly extra enjoyable, so she would possibly keep 30 years and develop the pension extra.

I can’t consider wherever else to place this info, however our web value grew 0.09% final month to a different all-time excessive. That’s not a lot of something, nevertheless it’s not dangerous when the markets are barely down, and we’ve spent a whole lot of journey and a brand new automobile.

Total, it’s up 6.20% for the yr. Our liquid money is right down to solely 3.33% of our web value. We’re spending, and our web value is rising. Over time, this may occasionally shrink much more. Over the following couple of months, we’ll attempt to perform a little higher at saving.

Enterprise and Different Cash Targets

Private Revenue ($85,000)

Two years in the past, I remodeled $98,000 in facet hustles. Final yr, I made $88,000. I’ve lately in the reduction of on canine boarding a bit, so I’m aiming for $85,000 this yr. Via April, I made about $26,826.53, which is a $80,479.59 tempo. Normally, the summer time months decide up for canine boarding. It appears prefer it’s going to be shut this yr.

Full Property Planning

I have to do some critical property planning… the type that includes legal professionals and monetary/tax advisers.

Final month, we met with the property lawyer and made nice progress. He gave me a listing of round ten inquiries to work on. A type of questions was to determine who’d take the children if my spouse and I died. I didn’t know if my brother would wish to signal as much as take two extra youngsters since he’s so near being kid-free himself. Thankfully, our youngsters are lower than eight years away from being authorized adults, so it wouldn’t be a long-term dedication.

This was the hardest factor to determine, as a result of it trusted one thing exterior our management. I’m going to up this activity 90% achieved.

Child Wealth (Aim: 50,000 Web page Views)

For the third yr, I hope to get 50,000 web page views on Child Wealth.

In 2022, I launched Child Wealth and wrote a whole lot of articles. It had 4,200 web page views that yr. In 2023, I obtained concerned in different tasks, however I tripled visitors to 13,708. There’s not a lot progress currently. If you’re a daily reader, you realize that I barely have time to put in writing weblog posts for Lazy Man and Cash. This text itself could be very late. I haven’t been in a position to do a lot on Child Wealth in any respect.

I’m as much as 22,757 web page views all time.

Skilled Enhancements

I’m on the lookout for extra web site work, so I have to arrange an internet site to point out off what I can do. I additionally have to replace my LinkedIn profile. I haven’t up to date it since about 2006. Will probably be enjoyable explaining an almost 20-year hole whereas I’ve been running a blog and canine boarding.

I’m unsure if I’ll get extra web site work in any respect this yr. I used to be going to do it, as a result of I had a neighborhood enterprise group keen to advertise me. Nonetheless, it’s taken me so lengthy that they’re selling another person who can do a lot of the similar stuff.

Well being

I’m placing extra concentrate on well being this yr. As you may inform from the above, our monetary state of affairs is nice. Now, we simply must be wholesome sufficient to get pleasure from a number of a long time of spending our cash.

Lose Weight and Physique Fats (Aim: 175lbs, 22.5% physique fats)

I began January 1st at 192.5 kilos and 26.3% physique fats in accordance with my Fitbit scale. That was 4 kilos over my common (188.5) for final yr. Most of that was vacation weight, so I knew it will be simple to lose. On the finish of April, my weekly common is 182.5. My physique fats was round 24.2% on common.

I haven’t been in a position to weigh myself as a lot as I’d like. I had a routine the place I’d do it very first thing within the morning. With our new pet, I’m sleeping on the sofa the place it’s simple to deliver her exterior in the midst of the night time. I’d typically eat or drink one thing with out enthusiastic about it early, and it will throw off my constant weight-measuring plan.

In different information, I’ve reached a plateau. In March, we had a cruise, and I wasn’t listening to weight-reduction plan or train. In April, I used to be simply too busy with various life occasions. The excellent news is that I maintained the load loss from the start of the yr.

We’re far sufficient into Might the place I can say that I’m making features once more.

Well being Factors (Aim: 350)

This yr, I’m monitoring my well being by giving myself a rating on the finish of the week for weight-reduction plan and train. The highest rating in every is 5 factors.

Once I give myself a 5, I’m saying that I usually had the fairly finest week doable. I can solely have a few off meals per week and nonetheless get a 5. The remainder of the time, I’ve to eat with a objective, equivalent to half vegetables and fruit or half plant protein. If exit to eating places so much, then my rating goes to get shut to at least one.

For train, I’d must put in a really strong effort day by day to get a 5. More often than not, I’ve gotten scores of ones, as a result of I’ve uncommon put aside time for additional train.

With 52 weeks, I can earn a most of 260 well being factors every for weight-reduction plan and train.

For April, I used to be between a 2 and three for weight-reduction plan and a 1 and a couple of for train. I’m not happy with both one.

By the top of March, I had 68 factors for the yr. By the top of April, I had 86. That’s a tempo for 258 factors, which gained’t get me to my purpose.

With the nicer climate, it ought to be simpler to train extra. I additionally wish to take the brand new pet on common walks.

Well being Appointments

I’m seeking to do a number of well being appointments this yr.

Earlier this yr, I accomplished a whole lot of dental work. Now, I simply have regular cleanings for the remainder of the yr. I’ve one in a number of days.

I additionally had an ADHD appointment scheduled with my basic practitioner. I did an evaluation at ADHD On-line as a result of managing insurance coverage and reserving native testers is insanely troublesome. She prescribed me a really low dosage of Adderall. I don’t know if it’s the medication or placebo, nevertheless it’s been nice.

Lastly, I had physique scans from DexaFit after watching “You Are What You Eat” on Netflix. I’m additionally obtained a VO2 max check for cardio health and an RMR metabolic evaluation. It looks as if I’ve some work to do on my physique. I didn’t rating almost in addition to I wished to.

DexaFit had my fats proportion at 31%, whereas my Fitbit scale mentioned 25% (on the time). I do know that DexaFit is extra correct, however I’ve constant entry to my Fitbit scale. I’ll use Fitbit to measure progress, and perhaps I’ll use a mean for subsequent yr’s objectives.

I’ll go to DexaFit in September or October and see how issues look then.


I nearly by no means get time to do a interest. I’ve too many roles and home/child administration occurring. Under are simply a few of the issues I’d love to do:

  • Be taught AI

    I wish to turn into actually good at being a “immediate engineer,” with a stretch purpose of getting paid to be one. AI is advancing so quick that I’m unsure if being a immediate engineer is even going to be a factor going ahead. You would possibly see some AI paintings at Lazy Man and Cash.

    In April, I went to a neighborhood speak on AI. Seems the particular person giving the speak was a pal of a pal who works at Microsoft. Perhaps I’ll pursue that connection.

  • Canva

    My youngsters use Canva at college, and they’re higher than I’m. That’s simply unhappy.

  • 3D Printing

    We obtained a 3D printer for Christmas. It was nonetheless within the field for some time. It’s out of the field and arrange a bit, however I haven’t realized feed the filament but.

    I’ve to scrub up the basement and promote a drum set that the children misplaced curiosity in. Then I can set it up on an actual desk as a substitute of it simply sitting on the ground.

  • Rubik’s Dice

    Final yr, my 10-year-old mastered the Rubik’s Dice. He’s not a full-speed cuber, however he can resolve it in about 90 seconds.

    I can do it, however I have to have the algorithm in entrance of me. The purpose is to do it while not having the algorithm. I didn’t get wherever with this one.

  • WordPress Weblog as a Journal?

    I ought to be protecting a journal of some type. Lazy Man and Cash is my cash journal. The purpose is a journal for all the things else.

  • Program in Python

    I wish to make a toy program to get my previous software program engineering abilities going once more. After seeing how the brand new ChatGPT can code, I ponder if that is even a helpful purpose.

  • Be taught to fly a flight simulator
  • Be taught to play Backgammon
  • Play a contemporary track on an ukulele

    I’m asking for a Jack Johnson ukulele guide for Father’s Day, and my youngsters have realized play over the past two years at school. The instruments are in place to make progress on this one.

My hope was that with sufficient of those choices, one thing would stick. Up to now, nothing has.


Declutter and Set up Home

Yearly, we now have some house enchancment objectives on the record. Final yr, we obtained new carpets and inside paint.

This yr, we want to declutter and arrange the entire home. We’ve made a whole lot of progress every month, however there all the time appears to be much more to do.

In April, my spouse labored with an inside designer to get some temper boards put collectively. Just a few of the objects have are available in and we now have to set them up.

That is a part of deliberate way of life inflation. For various years, I obtained low-cost Ikea stuff. I’m not large into fashion, however my spouse needs stuff that appears nicer now that we now have more cash. That’s honest. She makes some huge cash, and if that’s the posh she needs, it can work for me.


I feel I’ve talked sufficient about our large March journey already.

In April, we went to the eclipse and did a day of snowboarding. Normally, I wouldn’t depend weekends as journey, nevertheless it was a notable life expertise.

In June, we’re booked on our annual journey to Block Island.

In December, we’ve reserved our timeshare for Aruba, however we could find yourself promoting the week and never touring. Maybe we’ll go someplace snowboarding as a substitute. I desire the heat in the midst of winter, although.

We’re nonetheless trying into spending per week in New York Metropolis in August. My spouse can save us cash together with her navy low cost on motels. She will additionally work out of the NYC workplace, which implies she doesn’t have to make use of up all her trip. We haven’t cemented any plans for this but, although.


Prior to now, I had a grand plan for what the children would be taught and do subsequent. Now that they’re pre-teens, it’s more durable to persuade them to strive new issues.

I’ve arrange most of their camps. They’ve obtained the identical theater and crusing camps that they’ve liked prior to now. It’s a double dose of them this yr. Our 11-year-old is attempting one week of in a single day camp with the Boy Scouts. That’s an enormous step. We’ll see the way it goes.

I’m calling the New York journey that I discussed earlier than “NY Journey” camp. We’ll go see the Statue of Liberty and stuff like that. For an additional week in August, we’re going to do a staycation camp. That’s going to be principally seashore days – a good thing about dwelling 5 minutes from the seashore.

Sports activities have or will embrace karate, Lego Robotics, Scouting America, and the varsity’s monitor crew. Our 11-year-old ought to get his black belt in direction of the top of the yr. Our 10-year-old ought to be proper behind early subsequent yr.

I’m nonetheless attempting to get them some form of in-person coding class, nevertheless it isn’t going properly. There aren’t a whole lot of assets the place we stay. I’ve tried with their faculty and a neighborhood place that does some youngsters’ coding at faculties. I’m hanging out in every single place. Their faculty is both not or can’t discover a instructor. (If I used to be a instructor, I’d do it.) The native place doesn’t have any after-school applications.

Closing Ideas

April was an thrilling month for the eclipse, new automobile, and new pet. Solely the journey confirmed up on this chart.

We’ve completed the primary third of the yr, and I’m successful some and dropping some. Total, it looks like I’m making nice progress.

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