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In today’s age, having multiple income sources doesn’t necessarily mean working various jobs. It could mean having a stable job with some side gigs, having numerous part-time jobs, freelance projects, a business combined with share-holding, or smart investments in multiple revenue-generating sectors. Your sources of income can look different, but managing them can need some standard inputs.

Choose wisely. To manage multiple sources of income, first, you need to understand what diversifying revenue can look like. Freelancing and side gigs are standard today, but choosing them wisely would be the first step in managing them. Check what is trending and which niche has scope in the market. Compare that with what you are currently pursuing and ensure it doesn’t interfere with your ongoing work. See what you can do and choose your cup of tea. Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. Keeping all of these factors in mind, make a wise choice.

Differentiate between primary and secondary income sources. People often choose multiple work areas and get confused when they start growing. This can include having multiple part-time jobs which soon start demanding full-time commitment; it might be about having numerous start-ups and not knowing which to focus on more; it could also look like having a job and investing in a friend’s business and when that business starts growing getting confused between the job and company. Suppose you can determine which of these income sources is the most important for you and will demand the most energy and time. In that case, you can make that your primary source of income and then give your remaining time and energy to the secondary ones.

Automate tertiary sources. As you start diversifying your income sources, most of those come to a standstill point where it demands much less time and energy from you. For example, once you invest in certain businesses, when they gain stability, there are fewer chances of losses, and you don’t need to reinvest or pull out your finances; on the contrary, you keep getting a timely payout. Another example could be starting a social media channel where it gets enough followers that there is a minimum income generated, and you hire people to work on your behalf. You only need to supervise a bit at this point, and the revenue keeps steadily generating. At such times, you can focus on other things and let the people or systems run smoothly on their own. Convert these into your tertiary income sources to innovate and regenerate your primary source.