If you have bothered to take time to write on-line though why not see if you can make the effort worthwhile?
If you chose to write for fun, well good for you. The pressure will be off. For the rest of us let's take a look at passive income and what it means.
Passive income is money that you may earn with little or no continuous effort. Take for example the articles you create on websites such as Hubpages and Helium. If the subject matter is evergreen they could earn you money ad infinitum.
You may choose to update them occasionally, tweet them, or post a link on face-book but you do not have to if you do nott want to. Sometimes though this refreshing will gather new readers.
Choosing the right platform for you and your needs
Some freelance writing websites offer good money but need continuous effort on your part. You may find that each month the clock is re-set and, unless you are active on the site you earn nothing. It is up to you to work out if this suits your style and needs. If you are retired it may do so. If time is sometimes in short supply it may not.
It is no good choosing the most profitable site if it will not work for you.
With such a choice of writing sites available research the opportunities. Before you invest a lot of time and effort in any given website test the waters. If you decide its not for you then you have lost little or nothing.
Look for ones that fit your talents. What is your thing? Is it news, fashion, politics, fun stuff, products, travel or what? Choose the best platform for your style and skills.
We all have life skills. Many on-line writers have not received special training. It is all about using your knowledge and learning how to express it. It takes time but given the right amount of perseverance we all improve.
Expect some knock backs
When you write on-line there is always someone wanting to knock you. If it is valid then take it on the chin. However, if you feel it is someone bullying you, being over critical or the like make sure that the site's "moderators" are aware. Overly critical and abusive interaction often leads to members leaving or giving up. Don't let such people win. We all have something worth contributing.
Take the positive criticism and work with it. It could make all the difference as to how much you earn and how successful a writer you become.
Although you may have found a site which in effect offers passive income remember times changes. Many sites, including established ones such as Hubpages have had to change their rules lately. This is due to changes in Google and how we all use the Internet. When this happens you will have to update your work if you want it to still attract revenue. Ignoring any warnings from the site will simply mean your passive income disappears.
Sometimes there are other maintenance chores you will have to do to keep earning from your old articles, hubs and reports. Some will require you to read, rate and or comment on other member's work. Helium is such a site. If you do not maintain your rating stars there your old articles could become worthless. At Helium your articles are there for the long haul. You will not be able to routinely delete or move them.
This means that you must be conscious of any site's current rules. Such maintenance may be brief but essential. There are many other things to be aware of and learn but hey we are still learning too.
Try to diversify your writing. It can be hard writing on more than one site but it is always a good option. Sites come and go so this will prevent you being left high and dry. That said it could be a good idea to keep a copy of your work just in case.