Dima Pavlenko // Software Developer

How to Convert One-Time Clients into Streams of Passive Income

My small portfolio (28 January 2024) as a beginner F.I.R.E enthusiast [ Financial Independence, Retire Early ]

In the world of business, the notion of turning a one-time client into a continuous source of income may seem like a daunting task. However, with strategic financial planning and a forward-thinking approach, any business can leverage the power of investments to create a steady stream of passive income.

As an example,  lets say your side hustle is teaching guitar or  occasionally providing one-time consultations to your audience on YouTube (like myself). You get payed from time to time around 30$/100$. If your monthly expenses are covered by your main job, why not invest that side income into dividend stock?

This way you essentially max out the customer LTV ,(“Lifetime Value“), that otherwise would become a single meal or bill payment. This approach is also one of the most respectable ways to treat your clients hard earned income, knowing that he literally invests in your business, by you making the best use of his purchase.

So instead of immediately giving this money away (as demonstrated in “The Richest Man in Babylon“), you take a historically feasible chance to create an infinite money stream. Potentially building generational wealth for years to come.

The Power of Dividend Stocks

When a client seeks your services for a one-time consultation, the income generated from that transaction is typically considered a one-off occurrence. However, by investing that income wisely, you can generate passive income that keeps flowing in regularly. One effective way to achieve this is by investing in dividend stocks – shares of companies that distribute a portion of their profits to shareholders in the form of dividends.

Screenshot from Stock Events, a simple app I use to estimate annual dividends. The monthly dividends come from Realty Income (OREIT stock, while quarterly dividends come from the VOO S&P500 ETF and rest of stocks (KO + FTS).

Index Funds: The Foundation of Stability

For those looking for a stable and diversified investment, index funds are an excellent choice. Vanguard‘s S&P 500 ETF (VOO) is one such example. By putting your money into VOO, you are essentially investing in 500 of the largest and most stable companies in the United States. The diversity of this investment helps mitigate risks associated with individual stock performance, providing a solid foundation for your investment strategy.

Steady Quarterly Income with Coca-Cola (KO)

Coca-Cola (KO) is a well-established company that not only dominates the beverage industry but also rewards its shareholders with regular dividends. Investing in KO allows you to benefit from a steady stream of income, as the company typically pays dividends on a quarterly basis. This consistent payout can be a valuable addition to your passive income portfolio.


In Coca Cola app you can collect “caps”, be entering serial numbers on cans and bottles, that you can exchange for cool merch, tickets, meals and more.

Monthly Dividends with Realty Income (O)

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are another avenue for generating passive income. Realty Income (O) stands out as a monthly dividend payer, making it an attractive choice for those looking to receive income more frequently. With a diversified portfolio of retail and commercial properties, Realty Income has earned a reputation as a reliable monthly dividend provider.

Diversification and Risk Mitigation

While investing in the stock market comes with inherent risks, diversification is a key strategy to minimize potential downsides. Dividend aristocrats or kings, such as Coca-Cola and Realty Income, have a track record of consistently increasing their dividends. By spreading your investments across multiple established companies and industries, you can create a more resilient portfolio that is better equipped to weather market fluctuations.


Transforming one-time clients into sources of passive income requires a strategic approach to financial management. By investing the earnings from your business into dividend-paying stocks like VOO, Coca-Cola (KO), and Realty Income (O), you can create a diversified portfolio that generates regular income. While risks exist in the stock market, careful selection of reliable dividend-paying stocks and maintaining a well-diversified portfolio can provide stability and long-term financial success. With a thoughtful investment strategy, businesses can turn their one-time clients into a sustainable source of passive income, securing a brighter financial future.