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My top 3 passive income opportunities compared side-by-side

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My top 3 passive income opportunities compared side-by-side

Below is a comparison table of the top 3 “passive income” opportunities I’m most excited about for re-claiming my time and living life on my own terms! #freedom #vanlife

Each is in the cryptocurrency space (sorry folks; crypto just far is superior at the moment. If you’re looking for non-crypto, try these: PoD, property, books & audiobooks – all are fairly passive and suitable for van life).

Unlike PoD, books, property etc, none of these opportunities provide income direct to your bank account – they are all blockchain or cryptocurrency-based.

The 3 are all very different in how they operate, however each provide you with the opportunity to create an extremely passive source of income.

  • Best risk-reward: YieldNodes (via server rental & masternodes)
  • Lowest risk: Freeway (via “stablecoin” & crypto 50% APYs)
  • Highest risk-reward: ⚠️StrongBlock (via becoming a ‘node operator’)

Yieldnodes is server rental with profit share on masternoding, AuBit’s Freeway is based on asset management and StrongBlock enables you to create nodes and earn rewards. I’ll also provide a few other bonus opportunities at the end of this article.

The rewards and/or crypto yielded from each opportunity can be exchanged other crypto such as Bitcoin which can then be exchanged be withdrawn to your local bank account. Or, you can spend the crypto directly via a crypto debit card, now available with many wallets and exchanges such as Crypto.com, Coinbase, BitPay, Nexo or HyperPay.

Overall, I’m excited about all three of these ‘new world’ opportunities and am excited about their potential…

stronger

Stronger (STRNGR)

$ 13.03

April 2022 update: ⚠️ Stronger tokens (ticker: $STRNGR) are now used to create nodes and are distributed as rewards (previously, it was $STRONG token). ⚠️Price has dropped significantly, lots of stuff happening in coming weeks/months…please proceed with extreme caution until more information is known!!!

My top 3 ‘passive income’ opportunities compared

I have grouped these under the umbrella of ‘passive income’ as they all have the potential to provide a fairly passive form of ‘income’, however that term might not be technically accurate for tax and other purposes…Note that no income claims are being made and nothing in this post should be seen as financial advice: please always consult with a professional in your jurisdiction.

These 3 opportunities are difficult to accurately compare like-for-like so, below the overiew table, I’ve written a few paragraphs on each and provided links to more in-depth reviews of my experiences.

Freeway YieldNodes StrongBlock⚠️
Reward system APY: 20-50% (USD, EUR & crypto) Profit-share (average 11% monthly) Node rewards (0.1 $STRNGR per 7,000 blocks)⚠️
Minimum cost to participate Low - as little as you want! Medium - 500 EUR (approx 600 USD) paid in BTC High (varies) - 10 $STRNGR (see price above & X10)⚠️
Crypto beginner-friendly Yes Yes Not really⚠️
Rewards currency The deposited token/coin (+ FWT if you stake) Euro. However withdrawals are converted and sent via $BTC or $SAPP. $STRNGR token.⚠️
Rewards delivered Daily; rates depend on APY. Monthly; after profits have been collected and calculated. Continuously; as the blocks tick, so do your rewards.⚠️
Can withdraw initial (or sell as an asset) Yes Yes, after around 7 months can withdraw deposit* No⚠️
Rewards withdrawal information Anytime (depends on the notice period you choose: see full article). Delayed. Request profit withdrawal by 15th to receive by 8th of following month. Initial can be withdrawn, after approx 7 months. Claim rewards anytime, however ETH network fees to claim are PER NODE (5 nodes = 5 x ETH gas fees!!).⚠️
Withdrawal cost Only network fees - depends what you are withdrawing. None. ETH network claim fees can be expensive and are 'per node' eg $5-20 each.⚠️
How to grow? Do nothing (it automatically self-compounds!). Set auto-compound percentage using a slider (compounds monthly) Claim stronger rewards and create a new node.⚠️
Cost to grow Zero (it automatically self-compounds!). Zero. No cost associated with auto-compounding as the funds are not removed. Varies. Claim STRNGR (eth fees), create new node (eth fees) & pay $14.95/mth node (eth fees).⚠️
Speed to grow N/A: automatically self-compounds daily (ie "fast" but lower returns than the other 2). Monthly: option to automatically compound profits every month. Varies/slow: Approx 111 days inc fees starting with 1 node to create new node from rewards.⚠️
Referral system Yes - provides boost for you AND the person who uses your referral link. Yes - basic affiliate program offering 5% CPA No⚠️
Security options Login, 2FA (Google Authenticator). Login, 2FA (Google Authenticator) or SMS Everything is via MetaMask (ie you have full responsibility).⚠️
Company/project age AuBit 2019 2018/19 StrongBlock 2018 (Strong nodes 2020)⚠️
When did I start participating? January 2022 December 2020 June 2021⚠️
How to get started

The above table provides some ‘at a glance’ information that enables you to loosely compare each opportunity.

Use your mouse or finger to scroll down the table and see all the comparisons – from minimum cost to participate and withdrawal fees to how ‘beginner-friendly’ it is..

Below, I go into a little more detail. You’ll also find links to individual in-depth posts on each.

YieldNodes

YieldNodes is a server rental and profit sharing opportunity based primarily on masternoding. If you’re new to crypto/blockchain that won’t mean much, but it’s basically providing computing power for processing transactions and storage of blockchain ledgers. Fortunately, you don’t need to know anything about that to participate!

It is a relatively new company (2019(, small in size and the team are clearly working very hard and being very diligent in their communications. The minimum to participate is 500 Euro (approximately 600 USD) which is paid in Bitcoin (or Sapphire — a coin/token that is now owned by the Yieldnodes Decenomy team).

They have a simple method to deposit directly via either Bitcoin or with a bank card / transfer using third party services.

Of all three, their platform/service is the easiest to use (and easiest ‘concept’ to understand!).

Yieldnodes has been delivering results since 2019. I discovered them in November 2020 and invested in December 2020. Yieldnodes take 15% of the profit they make and distribute the remaining 85% to its users. The profit since 2019 delivered to users is 11% per month average and, over my full six months, this is almost exactly what I have received — there was a bumper 19.2% spike in February during the crypto bull run explosion and during the May/June crypto crash we seen a rather impressive 7.9% and 9.1% respectively.

The YieldNodes user experience is excellent, and whilst they have FAQs and are very responsive, you don’t really need them as everything in the dashboard is intuitive. They also provide a concise monthly email report/news that breaks down the monthly profit and activities, which I love. If you register an account you will receive the monthly email report (ie. you do not need to deposit to receive it).

Yieldnodes is the most passive of all three opportunities — it has a simple auto-compounding feature built in; literally, set and forget. If you are not compounding (or are partially compounding) you can request to withdraw your monthly return each month.

* The other good thing about YieldNodes is that you can withdraw or liquidate your deposited capital after around 7 months (6 months + the month-ish ‘withdrawal request’ timeframe). Note that a ‘compound’ is counted as a deposit, and so the same withdrawal rules applies each time you compound. Obviously if you were to withdraw your initial, your monthly return would drop as you’d have less capital to earn from, but it’s good to know AND it should be taken into consideration when assessing against other opportunities, such as the other two in this post!

However, the withdrawal process for Yieldnodes is the slowest and most controlled of all three; you can’t just withdraw your profit-share as and when you please. The Yieldnodes business model requires them to carefully manage their hardware and coins, so to withdraw (which you can do monthly), you must submit your request before the 15th of the month and the withdrawal will be sent by 8th of the following month via Bitcoin or Sapphire. However, each week they update the dashboard with weekly profits made. Read more about my experience with Yieldnodes here, or head on over visit the Yieldnodes site (if you register, you will also be able to see the community audits; look for the link at the bottom of the left sidebar menu).

IMPORTANT: the minimum deposit for Yieldnodes is 500 Euro, sent via Bitcoin….be sure to send enough BTC to make sure that at least 500 EUR arrives in your account after network fees….it’s rather annoying thinking you’ve sent 500-worth, only to end up with 498 in your account 😬 😡 🤦‍♀️ #doh! If in doubt, send a bit extra – it won’t go to waste because you will be able to deposit it all 🙂

The above banner uses my referral link (https://yieldnodes.com?a=589wrQL3KKjzPJD). You do not have to use it, and it makes no difference to you, however if you deposit using it, I earn a small commission 🙏.

StrongBlock ⚠️

April 2022 update: ⚠️ Stronger tokens (ticker: $STRNGR) are now used to create nodes and are distributed as rewards (previously, it was $STRONG token). ⚠️Price has dropped significantly, lots of stuff (apparently) happening in coming weeks/months, however comms past few months has been poor…please proceed with extreme caution until more information is known!!!

StrongBlock generates income for their users via Strong nodes and ‘nodes as a service’ (NaaS) offering. Note that the barrier to entry is much higher for StrongBlock than YieldNodes or Freeway, both from a technical point and monetary. However there are potentially great rewards to be had.

If you’re new to crypto, Strong is probably a bit technical to be your first crypto venture (you’ll need to be familiar with wallet security, MetaMask functionality and Gwei/gas fees…and ideally have a hardware wallet); crypto newbies are probably better starting with Yieldnodes or doing some basic crypto trades and ERC20 token transfers first + read up on Metamask, wallets and security.

I stumbled across StrongBlock in March/April 2020 but unfortunately didn’t look too closely (price was about 5X higher when I eventually bought #doh!). I created my first node the first week in June 2021, a few more first week in July and made my final purchase in August so compared to the other two, it’s relatively new to me. However, I feel this might be the goose that lays the golden eggs as the market cap is low and the business model has a lot of potential (note that StrongBlock is currently not generating profit — it is a ‘startup’ of sorts still refining its technology and business model)…basically, IF StrongBlock is successful in finding ‘product-market-fit’, things could be rather awesome for node operators.

Strong nodes requires the most capital to get started with as each node costs 10 STRNGR (+£14.95/mth, +ETH network fees). Multiply the current price of Strong by 10 (and add a bit extra!) to work out roughly how much a node would cost you (ie the minimum to get started).

Current Strong price:

stronger

Stronger (STRNGR)

$ 13.03

The current return is 0.1 STRNGR per 7,000 blocks — around 0.092 STRNGR day, per node. If the price and rewards were to remain stable, it would take around 111 days to return your capital, taking into account ballpark fees and Gwei. If the price of the Strong token goes up, that would reduce and if the price goes down, it would take longer. I like to think of it as 0.09, just to allow a bit of leeway.

The rewards will be subject to a decay or taper however details are not yet known. If you’re starting out with just one node, Strong will be the slowest to ‘compound’ as you need to wait until you have accumulated 10 STRNGR before you can do anything with them (plus fees)…ie. around 111 days, including fees.

If compounding is your plan (ie using your node rewards to buy more nodes), it is better to try and start with as many nodes as possible (within reason!) so you can accumulate 10 STRNGR faster. Due to gas fees, in reality you generally would not want to claim any more frequently than 2 weeks anyway (how long totally depends on Gwei gas prices &/or Strong price) so there is a ‘limit’. But essentially if you started with 2 nodes it would cut ‘compounding’ to about 55 days, 3 nodes would be around 37 days. [⚠️ no longer accurate due to price crash!]

Note that by ‘compounding’ I mean the ability to create a new node using the rewards generated by your existing node(s).

To ‘withdraw’, you claim rewards ($STRNGR tokens). Each time you do this there is a ETH gas fee per node and a variable based on the number of STRONG in the claim…because of this, it generally makes more sense to withdraw less frequently regardless of how many nodes you have eg. every 2 weeks depending on what the gas congestion is like and Gwei price (check at one fo the gas estimator tools EthGasWatch or ethereumprice.org/gas…unfortunately GasNow.org has stopped operating) otherwise gas fees can eat up a lot of profit.

For claiming rewards, I have varied 1-3 weeks based on factors such as if I am compounding and gas fees.

Like many blockchain companies, StrongBlock is a ‘startup’. It has been operating since 2018 with an experienced CEO, David Moss (ex-EOS), and their Strong Nodes as a Service (NaaS) launched December 2020. At time of writing, Strong sits around position 500 in market cap and so has a lot of room to grow. However, with crypto, and especially with ‘single coins/tokens’, there is also great risk due to the massive volatility in price.

StrongBlock’s business model is decentralized ‘Blockchain as a Service‘ (BaaS), however we are currently in early days and most of the rewards come from Strong itself — that 10 STRNGR you pay for a node essentially pays for node rewards.

Why? Well StrongBlock need to grow it’s number nodes and prove the concept before it can commercialise and become self sufficient, until then the node rewards are primarily funded by node purchases. A lot of the ‘information’ is quite speculative at this stage and so it is currently a high risk investment with potentially very high returns. The commercialisation phase is about to commence with the move towards StrongChain #excitingtimes.

Watch this space and also *please keep up with the AMAs regarding rewards and any potential reductions…I try to share notes on all the AMAs all here > Read my full post about Strong Nodes here.⚠️

Freeway

Aubit’s Freeway provides the best return for “stablecoins” via their background asset management (something only previously available to the extremely wealthy).  Their vision is to democratise finance and make it possible for anyone to gain access to incredible returns, from as little as $1.

Whilst the return is much lower than the other two in my Top 3, I’m sharing it as the APY is incredibly high for a “stablecoin” investment (and crypto too!), Freeway is relatively new (ie. lots of room for $FWT growth ie increase in price) and it is regulated* (ie. it has insurance etc); if you are risk-adverse, this is the one to go for.

* please read the full Freeway article for more information on their EU-regulated brokerage.

At time of writing, Freeway is the only fully regulated platform in the world offering crypto and fiat deposit rewards. Yes; your funds are as close to 100% safe as possible!

Freeway and their “supercharger” products provide you with a self-compounding high yield on various assets, including USD and EURO. Cryptos are also available, inc BTC, ETH, BNB, ADA etc, however the best rates are currently for USD and EURO. 43% now and up to 50% in the near future! Until late-March, 2020 you can earn 43% APY on USD or EUR (buy/deposit via various crypto token options eg BTC, USDT, BNB) with no other requirements. 

You need to register an account and do KYC (yes; this is a regulated platform and KYC is required), then simply follow the instructions to make a deposit/buy.

Until they stop the promotional 43%, the standard base rate is 20% (ie without staking any $FWT!!) which is still much, much better than my ISA, stocks and shares or pension performance! There are various methods to increase from the base rate of 20% to 50%, including locking up your deposits for a defined timeframe, staking 5% of your holdings in $FWT tokens (which you will also earn on!!!) and being active, which is yet to be defined.

The company was founded by Sadie Hutton and Graham Doggart in 2019 as AuBit and is rebranding as Freeway during 2021/22.

I personally have a stack of $FWT (so I can get as close to that 50% as possible in the future!) and am moving a portion of profits from “high risk” endeavours to the platform regularly.  I see big things for Freeway in 2022 and it feels really good earning such high return with minimal risk.

Read my full article on Freeway here.

In Summary

I’m blown-away by all three of these opportunities. I encourage you to read up more on whichever interests you most — or all of them — and do some due diligence. Note that they are all very different and each have characteristics that mean they cannot easily be compared ‘like for like’.

These would all be deemed “high risk” opportunities. Please do your own research – nothing in this blog is financial advice!

Ping me a message if you have any questions 🙂

Here are links to more in-depth articles on each opportunity:

  • Best risk-reward: YieldNodes (via server rental & masternodes)
  • Lowest risk: Freeway (via “stablecoin” APYs)
  • Highest risk-reward: StrongBlock (via becoming a ‘node operator’)

BONUS:

Project X — it is a ‘node model’ passive income crypto that launched in December 2021 (and so is fairly new and not yet proven). The rewards are excellent (better than Strong) and there is a lot of room for growth… Obviously, as a new project, this would be deemed very high risk… but, with potential of very high rewards.

And another: POKT Network is something I got into early 2022. Combined with POKTpool it provides another means to earn passive rewards / passive income and the technology is interesting (decentralized web3 API service) with great growth potential for price appreciation of $POKT and passive income.

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Disclaimer: As with everything on this site, this article is for informational purposes only and is not advice of any kind. I simply share my experiences and my opinions for information. I am not a financial adviser and I am not providing investment advice or financial or legal advice of any kind. Cryptocurrencies (and most business opportunities) are high risk. Many of the opportunities I discuss exist in new, high risk and unregulated markets. Some methods require significant investment of time and/or relevant skills. Please do your own research and due diligence; do not blindly follow anyone!

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