How to Make Passive Income Online (3 Legit Models From Someone Who Made $5+ Million Online)

Today I'm going to show you how to make passive income online. I'll be showing you 3 different business models that you can choose from to start with so that you can build a business that works for you.

If you'd like to see specific examples from several different businesses that I own, here are 9 ways that I earn passive income online:

With that said, please read on for some really important information about this desire we all have to earn passive income, because there's a lot of information about it online, and not all of it is true.

There are several different definitions of passive income. I'm aware of the traditional definition, such as earnings derived from a rental property, but there's a better way that I have years of experience with and have also taught tens of thousands of others to do.

It involves building online businesses that take advantage of systems of automation that allow transactions, cash flow, and growth to happen without requiring a real-time presence.

In other words, we don't trade time for money. Instead, we invest our time upfront to create assets in the form of an online business that can continually pay us back later.

There are several different ways to achieve this, and the 3 models I share in this video will give you an idea of how you might approach an online business that works for you.

COMMON QUESTION #1: Does generating passive income mean you don't have to put in any work to earn money?

No. Not at all. Creating various passive income streams takes time and a lot of hard work. It's about building a real business that solves a problem, and creating systems, or hiring people such that it can be run on auto-pilot.

COMMON QUESTION #2: Can you create a passive income stream that requires zero upkeep or attention that will pay you back forever.

No. All passive income streams, even traditional ones, require some form of upkeep and maintenance. Real estate portfolios and market investments cannot (correction – shouldn't) be walked away from forever, and neither should any type of online business.

With that said, however, online businesses can be fashioned in a way so that you can walk away from it for a while and it can still continue to run. An online business is a storefront that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (even on holidays), and much more than real estate or market investments, building an online business gives you a lower barrier to entry, as well as a lot more potential upside.

Just think – how much would an extra $1000 per month help you? Imagine how much it would cost to invest to obtain an additional $1k per month in tradition forms of passive income, while building a business online is much more achievable.

Let's do some math to give you some perspective:

Imagine you sell a $25 product. You only have to sell 40 of them, per month, to earn an additional $1000/month.

Imagine you sell a membership into your program for $25 a month. You only need 40 members to generate an additional $1000/month. But then the next month, you obtain an additional 40 members who also pay you $25/month. Now you're making $2k per month.

The most important thing, however, is that whatever product or business you create, that it helps solve a problem. All good businesses solve a problem in some way, shape, or form, so make sure you watch the video to learn exactly how you can approach building a business online of your own.

Links mentioned in this video:

SPI Podcast Interview with Brian Casel:

Tools I used to start selling my first product / ebook:

Also watch 3 Passive Income Myths, BUSTED:


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CoreysCave - February 28, 2018 Reply

Another great video. I like how you sell value over getting rich fast! That’s why I was drawn to your podcast, because you are not a sleazy salesman.

    Grigore Tiberiu - August 30, 2018 Reply

    This is just superb, I’ve been looking for “businesses that generate passive income” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Qonmily Passive Formality – (just google it ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my work buddy got great success with it.

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TruFinancials - February 28, 2018 Reply

Love the rant and being upfront with people about the hard work that goes into creating passive income. The EP model is what I’m going towards. Using YouTube as the starting platform and go from there. Great video Pat!

    Pat Flynn - March 5, 2018 Reply

    If someone wants the fast, magical way, then they are in the wrong place. The reality is that this stuff is hard. I want people to succeed, and I want to be the one to help them. Thanks for being here!

    d s - July 2, 2018 Reply

    Winner of a video, I have been researching “passive income online store” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried – Qonmily Passive Formality – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some incredible things about it and my m8 got excellent success with it.

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TheGolden90s - March 2, 2018 Reply

$500 a month passively, is 70-80% of my monthly expenses living in Medellin, Colombia

    Ninja563 - November 25, 2018 Reply

    @xtreme6492 Damn I wish

    Angela S. - November 30, 2018 Reply

    @Natalia Igaa The rupiahs value is almost nothing here. Wow. I would be wealthy. $200 USD is about $2,800,000.00 IDR. I think I am gonna go online and so some shopping. I’m sure the shipping is high

    Σπύρος Γάκος - December 15, 2018 Reply

    Selling cocaine or finding escobar’s money

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Mitch Allen - March 4, 2018 Reply

EP model. I’m a tech writer and like to create How-To niche blogs on areas that interest me. So it’s a good fit.

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Isaiah Campbell - March 5, 2018 Reply

I like the idea of putting in hard work now to reap the benefits later. I never really liked the thought of feeling like you are forced to work 40+ hours a week for the rest of your life until you are an elderly person. I’m not averse to hard work at all but I just feel like you also need to enjoy your life and not let work fully define your entire life.

    Philip Roa - June 5, 2019 Reply

    Basically it’s about working hard vs. working smart.

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    UTREW BVGF - July 1, 2019 Reply

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    BVGFR BGHF - July 4, 2019 Reply

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MoosesWorkshop - April 1, 2018 Reply

Will have to check it out. Thank you for the info!

    Pat Flynn - April 1, 2018 Reply

    Thanks so much for checking out the vid! 🙏🏼

Delores Johnson - April 7, 2018 Reply

Hi pat Delores from Detroit ,Mi thanks very helpful information you have a new subscriber.☺ I think the EP Model is for me.

H. F. - May 3, 2018 Reply

This dude is legit. I’ve been following him since 2010. He has grown into a more successful business guy.

    Pat Flynn - May 3, 2018 Reply

    Thanks that means a ton 🙏🏼

    Sunshyne & Rayne - May 24, 2019 Reply

    Ok but how have YOU grown because the point of this video is to help others grow right? I need to see evidence of other’s growth in the comments.

Pat Flynn - May 7, 2018 Reply

This video is about the business models. If you’d like to see specific examples of different businesses I’ve created that use these models, here are 9 ways that I earn a passive income online, including income and what’s working best:

    All NEed 4 U - May 1, 2019 Reply

    interesting vedio

    Edgar Arenas - May 30, 2019 Reply

    Just wonderful, I have been researching “best passive income business opportunities” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Qonmily Passive Formality – (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my colleague got amazing results with it.

    md. mahabur rahman - June 16, 2019 Reply

    I do me please

Monwarul Digital News Network - May 23, 2018 Reply

Brilliant man, I loved your video, thanks. I like the 3rd option, which is AA

Chiki Bang Bang - June 7, 2018 Reply

You just got a new sub, thanks for the time you spent on this subject 🙂

    Pat Flynn - June 7, 2018 Reply

    Thank YOU! 🙌🏼

Jose Martinez - July 31, 2018 Reply

Xavi Hernandez really knows how to make money

    Jadon Whittemore - November 18, 2018 Reply

    Wouldn’t have gotten the reference if I wasn’t an og fifa player 😂😂😂

    Chris - November 25, 2018 Reply

    @Quốc Hùng scam

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    Kitchen Vlog - July 10, 2019 Reply

    new supporter ………Stay Connected
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Sushant Aryal - October 8, 2018 Reply

The best way to make passive income is to teach others about making passive income

    Hope Ong'uti - May 7, 2019 Reply

    I’m surprised no one caught on the sarcasm or talked about its possible harm. While it is humor, it will scare some people from Pat, those that have not yet heard that he has been and still is doing other passive income businesses of his own, many successful ones and some that failed. Those businesses are the reason for his relevance and authority to teach on the subject; lessons that will of course, justifiably, earn him more passive income.

    Márcio Branco - May 31, 2019 Reply

    I would say, the best way is to SELL a nice but empty dream ! Plp are emotional and will allways love to hear what they want, they will buy it, and life will take care on showing them the hard truth.

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Angelique Roux - December 7, 2018 Reply

FP = service-based freelance (to get started) to problem-solving product
AA = audience & advertising (affiliates, Adsense, sponsorships)
EP = expert (you can be an expert to someone else who knows just a little less than you do) to product (ebook, online course)

I’d love to hear Pat talk about print on demand & dropshipping businesses.

    Steven Clark - June 7, 2019 Reply

    I would say there is another type of passive income from passive investments that go for high returns like

YeshuaLivesInUandMe - April 1, 2019 Reply

Thanks for the info! I’m going to do the Expert module thanks again!

EARN ONLINE FROM 1000 DOLLARS A DAY - May 17, 2019 Reply

As always, the video is on top……..

Dylan Chan - June 20, 2019 Reply

What is passive income? 1:16
1. The FP (Freelance to Product) Model 2:33
2. The AA (Audience and Advertising) Model 5:31
3. The EP (Expert to Product) Model 8:06

Nolan Lara - July 17, 2019 Reply

I’m not that smart. I’m fine with making 50 bucks a day with *GotBizOpp. com* and this is something easy that people can do for free. Not bad at all. 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️

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