Passive Income Ideas

Here is a list of Different Income sources. Some passive income ideas some can be done as a side income.

Passive Income Ideas

passive income ideas

1. Solar Panels – In Ontario the government will pay you for your clean energy. When this was first introduced the rates were a lot higher. But if you install a > 6 kW ≤ 10 kW (microfit) rooftop system. Based on 2017 rates you will get 28.8 cents per kwh. Generally you tap into the system and get paid for your hydro. I looked into one when we got our new place but there was no room at the transformer where I live. (country) A system will cost about 30-35K to install and will generate on average 300-400 per month in income on a 20 year contract. 10 years to pay off then it’s pure passive income. The panels average life are 30 years.

2. Dividends – Buy stock in good companies and collect passive income in the form of passive income.

3. Cash Back Credit Cards – Purchase stuff you normally do with your cash back card and pay off the balance before you get charged interest. Earn 1-4% on each buy.


4. Rental Units – Buy and rent out a house a room or basement, you can even rent our part of your property for storage.

5. Rent stuff – Post a ad on kijii and craigslist etc. I rent out my kayak and am looking into buying some have a heart traps and portable scaffolds. A friend rents out wedding linings. It’s all cash and just requires you to post a ad once in awhile. Ask for a deposit and take a pic of their photo id.

6. Air B n B – I know a couple people who do this. Great money. Rent out your place for the night/weekend. My wife’s sister does this and just stays at her boyfriends or parents on the weekends and rents out her place in Toronto. I’d be worried about my stuff but people who do it don’t have problems based on previous references of renters.

7. Advertisements on Website – You can sign up for various advertising agencies. I use google adsense.

8. Affiliate Marketing – Get paid a percentage when someone makes a purchase from your affiliate link. I currently use amazon and web host Canada.

9. Write A Book – They say everyone has a book in them! Write a book and hopefully the passive income pours in.

10. Sell your e book – Put your E-book on amazon or your website and collect the profits.

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11. Own A Business – This one can go both ways. Running a business can be a lot of work, but there are businesses out there that the owners do nothing anymore just collect the cheques.

12. Certificates of Deposits – Although the interest is low, you could invest in these.

13. Tax Leins – I know in the U.S you can go to court houses and find tax leins to invest in. Seems like a decent return. I don’t if Canada offers this.

14. Annuity’s – Basically a investment to earn money for life.

15. Peer to Peer Lending – Lending Club is one site. You set how much you want to invest and split it among a lot of accounts for diversity then create a monthly income.

16. Write for sites – You can write articles for sites and get paid a premium for it. I’m thinking Seeking Alpha. I’m sure there are more options out there though.

17. Create A Course On Udemy – I haven’t done this but have seen it posted. You can create your own course on whatever you like and when people buy it you get money! Udemy

18. Design T-shirts/Logo’s – Create different designs and idea’s and put it on Cafe Press and earn $$

19. Trade Options – This is something I want to learn more about. Basically a contract to buy or sell stocks at a set price, and earn a premium for the risk.

20. Ads On Youtube – Setup a you tube account and put ads on them. You can make any type of videos you like. My son used to watch kids opening kinder eggs for hours. I’ve thought of setting up his own account for when he gets his. =)

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21. Selling Stock Photos – Everyone is always taking pictures. Why not put them on Shutterstock or Istockphoto and start making money off your pics. People will buy them for their websites or businesses. This is something I want to do. I’ll keep you posted.

22. Promoting A Product – Celebrities or people with a big enough following get paid to promote products.

23. Searching or Shopping Online – Sites like  Swag bucks and Inbox Dollars Will reward you while doing the normal tasks you do online.

24. Car Wash – Own a car wash, work a couple hrs a week filling the soap etc or hire that out. Seems like a nice cash cow.

25. Storage Units – Same as above, not to much work once it gets going. If people don’t pay maybe the guys from storage wars will come by.

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26. Vending Machines/ Games – The hardest part would be finding businesses that would let you put this in their place. Candy and stuff would need to be restocked. Fooseball tables would maybe need some light greasing and to empty all that money!

27. ATM Machines – Again once you find a business that doesn’t have one, its easy money.

28. Laundromats – People got to wash clothes, and if I have some really really dirty cover all’s they are going to the laundry mat. Nice passive income here. Make sure you check the quarters if they are old enough they are silver and worth more!

29. Buy Blogs – Recently I have been reading about people buying established blogs. They already are getting the traffic and creating a income. Find something your interested in and post the odd day to keep the site going.

30. Advertise on your car – I always thought this was a good business idea but never acted on it. Sign up on Free Car Media and if you meet the criteria, they will send you the logo to put on your rear windshield or send you somewhere to wrap your car in some advertisement. I think the site said $50-300 per month. I signed up but currently nothing in my area. Just hope you don’t get a erectile dis-function ad. =)


Side Incomes

These ones contain work, and would be separate from your normal day job.

1. Survey sites – I personally use Mysurvey It definitely won’t make you retire early, but everyday they are sending me surveys. I don’t do them right away and lose out on the higher paying ones. The odd night ill knock out a couple. I’ve made over 10 bucks over the past 3 weeks. They just offered a survey for 10$ to track my expenses this month. Easy 10 bucks I do this anyways. There is a bunch of survey sites out there. If you know a better one let me know.

2. Set Up Websites – If your a blogger you probably know the basics. Why not make some extra cash at night.

3. Resell Stuff – Buy stuff cheap and resell them on Ebay, Amazon, KIjii, Craigslist etc

4. Drive for Uber – I know people who do this. They love it.

5. Gardening – Place a free ad on sites online and charge money to shovel snow, weed flower beds, clean leaves etc. Our company charges 50$ a hr to weed and clean up gardens. We have to turn a lot of it down because the guys don’t want to weed all day.

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6. Handy Man – Lot’s of people need a handy man, fixing leaky faucets, switching light fixtures, drywalling, mudding etc

7. Senior Help – Honestly this one bugs me. We have a bunch of senior clients and their kids don’t really help them. One told me his daughter came by and he asked if she can change some light bulbs and just laughed and didn’t do it. With our regular clients I change their light bulbs when they ask and refill their soft water tanks with salt. Simple tasks that are hard for seniors. Make some extra money or some fresh cookies.

8. Transcriber – This one I want to do but haven’t gotten to it. There’s a couple sites out there that pay you to listen to audio and type it all down. Somethings easy to do for 1-2 hrs a night. From what I have read you can expect to make 15$ to $30 a hour depending on how good you are with a keyboard.

9. Newspaper/Flyer Delivery – I had to put this. I did this as a kid. Its extra money and good exercise.

10. Teach English to foreigners – This is something I have wanted to look into. You can do it at night online using a camera so they can see you. Right now I cant find the link, but it seems pretty lucrative. I would think there’s sites out there for every language then.



Well that’s all I can think of at the moment. I will constantly be updating this list. Do you got any ideas I missed both passive and non passive? Please share as it’s great to have a updated list of all the options. Hope you got something out of this list. Have a great day!

Hey I’m Rob, creator of Passive Canadian Income.

In 2011 me and my wife had almost $60,000 in debt and a negative $7,000 Net Worth. Through hard work and financial education we paid all that off. Now we are focusing on increasing our Passive Income Streams to make the money work for us. Feel Free to Follow along the Journey!

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18 Responses

  1. Leo T. Ly says:

    Wow, this is a very extensive list. I really like #17, creating a course. I definitely want to create a weath building course in the future. I have written my six steps to save a million dollars. All I have to do is make them into actionable steps for readers to follow.

  2. Troy says:

    On the issue of solar panels, I think Elon musk came out with really good looking panels that double as roof tiles! That was a really big concern for a lot of home owners. They just didn’t like the fact that solar panels looked like an eyesore on their roof

  3. Great list of ideas. I love the solar panel and clean energy stuff. Just would require a lot of capital up front to implement before paying for itself.

  4. Pellrider says:

    I didn’t know the job Transcriber. It is a nice list for making extra income. Thanks for sharing it.
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  5. DivHut says:

    These days, with the Internet, there are so many creative ways one can earn extra cash “passively.” Of course, most things aren’t truly passive as everything requires some degree of work more or less. I actually considered laundromats several years ago but never pulled the trigger as any decent size mat is very capital intensive and requires a good amount of cash to start. Great list!
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  6. Great list – also I love the new layout and design 🙂

    Are you using the Skyscraper method for SEO?
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    • Hey Erik, Thanks a lot. Glad to hear you like it. I found I had alot of people go to my main page and not really look around and leave. I like this more myself. Its the hueman theme and I use yoast seo. What is the skyscraper method?

  7. This is an awesome list!!! With the internet today there is definitely no shortage of possibilities to earn money. They are not all glamorous but with some hard work it’s definitely doable!!!
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  8. Love lists like these, there are plenty of great opportunities out there for passive income. Heck, I guess I didn’t realize how many of these I have tried over the years. But now I have a place to go to when I have idea.


  9. Cade James Davis says:

    Great read, always looking for extra ways to make cash. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.

  10. Daniel says:

    Nice. I will see what I can start from your list. The solar panel seems a great return just that it involves lots of capital before start getting returns.

    • Rob says:

      Hey Daniel


      I recently got our solar panels up and running and actually just our first paycheque.
      Good luck with adding some new sources.

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