The easiest way to gain financial independence is to reconfigure your life so that a substantial portion of your income is not actively earned by your labor.

Some common examples of passive income are:

1. Rent from real estate properties

2. Patent royalties for an invention

3. Trademark licensing fees for characters or brands you've created

4. Royalties from books, songs, publications, or other original works

5. Profits from businesses in which you have little or no day-to-day role or responsibility

6. Earnings from Internet advertisements in a blog or on a website you own

7. Dividends from stocks, REITs, equity mutual funds, or other equity securities

8. Interest from owning bonds, certificates of deposit, other other cash and cash equivalents

9. Pensions