Three Unique Side Hustles for Passive Income

Whether it’s a tough time or a time of inflation, finding ways to make money are essential.

Many people have chosen side hustles to bring in extra income to support their needs or to save for something important—such as a home, car, or trip. Others do it out of necessity if extra bills pop up that they need to fund.

Here are three out-of-the-ordinary stories of side hustles helping to create passive income.

Michael Corbus, of Oak Grove, Oregon, has been performing as a Neil Diamond impersonator since 1994. Under the name of Happy Diamond, he realized he sounded a lot like him when working as a DJ.

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He added a Neil Diamond impression to his comedy act as a 24-year-old, with the Diamond bit emerging as his most entertaining. When he started, he made about $1,500 per show-up until 2007, when he took a ten-year break when his daughter was born.

Corbus hasn’t met the real Diamond, nor does he know if Diamond is aware of him. “It’s a goal of mine to be the Internet’s top Neil Diamond tribute artist. Most Neil tribute artists/impressions are focused on live shows and traveling to perform from place to place to make money,” he says.

Corbus has built a 150-seat amphitheater in his backyard (including an indoor enclosure for winter months), which he uses for performances and for his annual Diamond JAM fundraiser, which he broadcast live on Facebook for the first time this year, charging a small fee.

“Facebook has given me some money-making tools as my audience has grown,” he says. “The money is slowly growing, and the idea of walking out to my backyard to sing and make a little money really appeals to me, and the idea of doing it from home.”

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