There are 3 types of income: active income, passive income and portfolio income.

Active Income

Dictionary.com says:
Income for which services have been performed. This includes wages, tips, salaries, commissions, and income from businesses in which there is material participation.

Passive Income

Wikipedia says:
Most types of passive income are derived from real estate/property, while other types of passive income are derived from royalties from patents or license agreements.
An income stream falling into this category is one where money is received usually on a regular basis, where no additional effort has taken place. Most passive income streams require great effort to start with.
Some examples: Interest Income paid from bank deposits, rental income from real estate/property., royalties from writing a book, dividends from shares holding.
Another example of passive income come from network marketing.’
Passive income flows to you or your family whether you are sick, or vacationing, or dead. Passive income streams allow you to make money without having to be there.

Portfolio Income

Portfolio income is income from investments, including dividends, interest, royalties, and capital gains. I would say that portfolio income is a subset of passive income.


KCLau
KCLau

Personal finance author and trainer

    4 replies to "3 types of income: Active, Portfolio and Passive Income"

    • Tiat Leong

      I believe that we should build up our cash reserves via active income and then plough part of it back for passive income.

      Active is a very appropriate. We must do something… we must be proactive about it.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Warm regards
      Tiat
      P.S: We have a choice, to choose abundance or to choose scarcity. What’s yours? http://www.AbundanceLaw.com

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    • Relax

      When passive income break even with expenses, yay!

      when the passive income continues to curve up and gain sufficient surplus, that would be the right time to retire.

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