Gundi Gabrielle’s Passive Income Freedom, another of the author’s “SassyZenGirl Guides,” offers beginning entrepreneurs an overview of how to create passive income streams.
As with her other books, this one displays the author’s credibility, written in her unique, conversational, and relatable tone of voice. In the introduction, she reviews her own experience transitioning from classical orchestra conductor to bestselling Kindle author who makes a six-figure income via passive income streams. The book, she promises, will articulate the exact ways she and others have done this successfully.
The 23 blueprints for passive income she offers are extremely varied, from selling video stock footage to running a piano rental business to selling merchandise on Amazon. Each blueprint includes an overview of the business, its virtues, and a generic step-by-step guide for getting started.
While there’s much fodder for thought here, with only a few pages per business, Gabrielle can’t provide more than a limited sketch to help readers understand each business model. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine someone using this guide to accomplish the cover page’s promise: to “go step-by-step from Complete Beginner to $5,000-10,000/month in the next 6 months!”
In fact, such overly enthusiastic language is the book’s biggest drawback, distracting from the real wisdom it imparts. For example, while Gabrielle realistically notes that “[starting passive income businesses] was scary, there were disappointments and it was never as easy as they claimed,” she elsewhere undermines the point by using the word “easy” to describe many of the businesses (“Merch is a pretty amazing, easy to start blueprint…”; “Shopify makes it incredibly easy to start an online store”; “A simplified version of DFY that is almost ridiculously easy to do…”).
Gabrielle presents some interesting money-making possibilities, but all take persistence and hard work. For those who can look past the get-rich-quick hype and treat pursuing passive income streams as serious business, Passive Income Freedom offers a useful way to start brainstorming.
Also available as an ebook.