They say earning the first million dollars is by far the most difficult
. That doesn’t seem very difficult to believe does it? When you’re starting out, most of your assets are held in real estate which isn’t very liquid and doesn’t work as well in terms of generating compound interests:) However, it does look like it’s easier than ever to make that first million, just take a look at this chart:
That being said, being a millionaire clearly does not mean what it used to, especially in this era of ultra-low interest rates. Someone earning 4% on $1,000,000 (which would be fairly good) would only generate $40,000 before taxes. And that is for a portfolio of 100K. It’s unlikely that someone with a net worth of $1M would have all of his money in the market.
Will $1M Be Enough?
Clearly not for me. It’s a good starting point though so if I can reach that point in the next few years, I’ll be able to start working on #2!:
Why Do I Post This?
The reason I post this monthly update is both to keep myself accountable but also have a more public discussion about my plans and how I can become financially independent as quickly as possible.
With both sides of the US government acting like complete fools these days, more than ever I feel like being financially independent is critical, don’t you? So here is how I went about this whole process:
For example, if my base salary is currently 100K, my objective is to make 100K of passive income on an annual basis. This could be done through a variety of methods which I will be exploring of course. A few people tried to figure out how much capital I have by looking at the USDP size. The main issue is that the USDP is only part of my dividend income. I also get income from my ETF holdings, etc.
My primary objective remains to generate 100K in passive income on an annual basis as soon as possible, ideally from a few different sources.
-Following the reading of Berkshire’s annual letter, I did get inspired and wrote about building my own little Berkshire
-I did publish the March update of the USDP
How Much Do I Really Need?
I am aiming for an income of 100K or so, before taxes as a first goal. To be clear, I feel like I need significantly less than that. Why? I’ve described how I am living off of significantly less right now (I’m paying taxes, paying my house, saving, etc). I also have the option, as discussed of retiring in a foreign location. I discussed the idea of needing 100K in yearly income here.
Overall, I feel like aiming for the same level of income as I am currently making is very very reasonable and I could easily live with less but why aim lower if I’m confident I can reach that 100K?:)
Why Am I Doing This?
I’m a strong believer in working with clear objectives but also holding myself accountable so writing about these objectives will without any doubt help me reach financial independence more quickly.
Current Passive Income Flows:
7.70% – Dividend/Investing Portfolio: Not much to report here but the expected dividend income did increase slightly, always a good sign.
8.08% – Private Investment In My Online Company: No changes here although I did meet my biz partner and we do expect to raise our kickbacks later this year which will hopefully make a decent difference.
It’s not spectacular by any means yet. That being said, I am 32 years old and do have a decent base (I could live with less easily).. I will continue to work on getting that total as close as I can do 100%:)
Passive Income Ideas
0% – Real Estate: I have started writing about adding real estate to my income flows. One aspect that I love about Real Estate Investing is how much of an inflation hedge it will represent for my portfolio. So I started looking into some aspects such as investing into residential or commercial real estate as well as the question of becoming (or not) a landlord. I’ve also looked into the possibility of renting property that I’d own though AirBnB (and an updated post here) and a few other questions I had been wondering about.
0% – P2P Lending – I started exploring the idea and wrote my first post about it here🙂
0% – Annuity – No intention of buying an annuity for the time being
0% – Farming – I know it sounds crazy but I’ve started looking into it as you can see from my post a couple of weeks ago
0% – Other ideas – I could end up starting other businesses or projects will I’ll certainly keep you posted about.
What I Am Not/Will Not Include
–Pensions: I do know that the government will be paying me a sum of money once I retire. However, given how poor government finances look like these days, I personally think it’s crazy to count on the government actually fulfilling its promises. It won’t happen. Yes, there will be money, but not anywhere what is currently being promised. Whatever I do end up getting will be a nice surprise.
–I feel like I am being extremely conservative here. By not including my government pension and also not including the fact that lower revenues will mean less taxes to be paid, I’m overestimating the amount of passive income that is truly needed. That is more than fine by me. I’d also like to think that my house will be paid by then making my level of spending lower all things being equal.
My Long Term Passive Income Objectives
January 2014: $12,000/year
January 2018: $25,000/year
January 2023: $50,000/year
January 2030: $100,000/year
It’s easy to look at a chart like this and think that I’m still so far away from my goal but I’m getting there, step by step.
Do you have any questions or comments? I’d love to hear any ideas or how you’ve been managing on your end as well!