Three weeks into January, I’m finally starting to recover from the holidays.

It’s pretty much a universal truth that we spend way too much money in November and December. Every year I try to keep it under control – but things just seem to happen that time of year. Travel, gifts, unexpected visitors, holiday parties, office events… it’s enough to empty your pockets, that’s for sure.

And when you’re an angel investor, you never know for sure when that next windfall is coming. It could be months or even years before I have the opportunity to cash out on one of my portfolio companies.

Granted, I invest in enough companies that it shouldn’t be too long – but still, sometimes it’s nice to know exactly when you can expect to refill your coffers, so to speak.

That’s why diversification is so important. Angel investing is, needless to say, my favorite way to make money. It’s an exciting adventure that has the potential to produce unbelievable returns in just a few years. But it’s not the only way to make money – nor should it be.

Personally, I like to supplement my angel investments – which are, by definition, unpredictable – with asset classes I know I can count on. Here are three of my favorites.

1. Business Development Companies (BDCs)

A Business Development Company is a publicly-traded business that invests capital into dozens – if not hundreds – of late-stage, cash flow-positive startups. Their portfolios can include everything from tiny companies you’ve never heard of to giant household name brands. What I love about BDCs is that their share price is typically pretty stable. Plus, they pay monthly or quarterly dividends… which makes them a reliable way to bring in regular influxes of cash.

2. REITs

A REIT, or real estate investment trust, is a company that owns and operates real estate assets – office buildings, hotels, apartments, malls, and much more. They’re a great way to share part of the income that’s generated by these huge commercial properties. Depending on the type of REIT you’re interested in, you can invest either via the stock exchange or through a broker. Much like BDCs, REITs pay dividends on a regular basis. I like to have some of each in my portfolio – after all, these markets are prone to irregular changes. When the private equity market is down, the housing market may be up, and vice versa. That’s why getting dividends from a variety of sources is a smart way to keep the money coming in.

3. Pattern Trading

You already know I’m not a huge stock market guy. But if you’re not doing at least a little bit of trading, you’re missing out on an extremely important asset class. The only problem is that the stock market is dangerous. If you don’t know what you’re doing – if you don’t have a system to follow – you can lose everything in the blink of an eye. That’s why I love pattern trading so much. You can literally look at years, even decades, of historical patterns and make informed decisions based on things that have happened predictably in the past. But it’s far from easy to do… which is why I always follow Tom Gentile’s lead. He’s a close friend of mine, and he may just be the best pattern trader in the entire world. Tom’s spent more than six years developing the most sophisticated pattern trading system I’ve ever seen – and next week, he’s going to share some brand-new information about it with us. Keep an eye on your inbox – missing this one would be a big mistake.

What are some of your favorite ways to pad your monthly or quarterly income? Share them in the comments section below – I want to hear from you!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for that exciting announcement next week. It could completely change the way you look at your monthly income – I know it did for me.

Until next time,

Neil Patel


26 responses to “3 Ways to Boost Your Income Between Angel Investments”

  1. Portion of my portfolio is invested in simple multi-family residential property. Somewhat reliable quarterly payments, and sizeable lump sum payments from refinancing. And.. capital appreciation.

  2. since joining angel investments; i have not seen any programs to invest 50.00 or so as claim since your intial marketing to get investors. what has come accross to me i can not afford; so if there are company’s out there that you have for 50.00 min investment please list those.

  3. Hi Neil, My Name is Alfred Mantoura, I hope this Email is going to YOU and your Office manager. Any way I joined your organization about 10 days ago (today is jan 23, 2020) because I was impressed with your summit presentation on the boat with Robert and mike. By the way, I used to live five minutes from Knotts Berry Farm in Orange county California where you used to work. I am thankful, God has answered my prayers by sending you to me, I am very excited I have already invested in FOUR startup companies!! I understand when you say that angel investments are unpredictable, but with all due respect you should not say this to Angel investors that just joined, you got to be positive, and throw away negativity, sure it is unpredictable, Life is unpredictable neil, tomorrow might never come, you got to take chances in life as you know. Anyway I like the three asset classes you mentioned in this Email, How do I get access to them, see what they all about and invest in them, this is a great idea, our returns will exponentially grow. Again Thank you for your time and attention, You are GODSEND,I am very excited to be on you team!! and My dream is to meet you and Robert one day!!

  4. Hi Neil,
    I just invested in Tom Gentile’s Cannabis Trading Lots yesterday and I just finished setting up my Options Account. I’m also getting ready to do my first trade that was sent by Tom.
    Wish me luck!
    Thank you for the recommendation.

  5. Neil, the only way that I know to pad my monthly income is to work 70 hours a week at my present job. This is why I became a member of angle investors. I am really hoping to become great at it.


  6. I have a small account Neil of around 10K and I would like to sell enough stock to place $1000 into a startup company. This would balance my portfolio of risk vs reward. BUT tell me how much money I would need just join? The fee to join is way to high in my opinion may even cost more than I will recoup from the investment. Please help me figure out how I can do this without destroying my other investments? I am being very sincere with you.

  7. Ive been a member since August 26 2019 and I havent get a chance to start any investment due to my school. And i dont know where to start. I need a mentor or coach that guide me please.

  8. I’m interested in learning more about business Development companies. Can you provide information to me?

  9. Hello Neil,
    I am entrepreneur CEO Milena’s Boutique. I am making my own product, handmade. Candles body butter and creams are all naturals no chemicals. Candles you can use is a moisturizing or solid perfume body butter. I did email couple of time for help and never received any answer form you.
    I was interested in How to Make $10K a Month Online/10K Profit Roadmap Video was removed did not have a chance to get involved.

    • Hi Milena,

      Great to meet another entrepreneur! Unfortunately, the 10K Profit Roadmap offer has expired. We’re working on something similar for people like you, so stay tuned!


  10. Hi Neil, I signed up as an investor. I know nothing about investing or trading but you have provided a great way for us common folks to learn about this field. My current financial situation I think is not allowing me to get involved fully in program. I really want this to work for me. I want to gain financial freedom.

  11. I have been trying to follow it all but money is very limited. How do i get started with a small investment .
    It seams everytime i think i can invest it cost even more for just info

  12. Master Limited Partnerships are nice, but can have some interesting tax consequences. Still, very good for making money in between.

  13. I make my money from 5pm-2am at buffalo wild wings as a cook. Its a fast paced job that pays my bills while I attend college classes. I’m 26 now and i was a truck driver for 5 years before I decided to go to college. Truck driving was fun but i have a spine condition that wont let me do it anymore. I’m going to college with hopes to become a physical therapist.

  14. I am not only novice to to all this but just plain new. My inbox is filled with so many opportunities to join this and that. It truly is overwhelming. I have paid out thousand’s to get to be be part of angel investing and then thousand’s to be apart of the other investing groups recommended by A & E. These are all subscription pricing that leaves me with little to no money to actually invest. Now that I have these, I need help in setting up brokerage accounts. Is there any way that we can use or A&E subscription to get discounts when registering with the others like Tom G.

  15. I was under the impression when I joined the Angel’s program that I would get at least (2) two investment opportunities each month. You see, i’m on a low budget income…hoping to change my situation with these two investments with as low as $50.00. When will I get this information without being asked to join other programs
    that cost thousands of $$$ that I don’t have at this time?
    Please advise…

    • Hi Chas,

      Right now you’re looking at The Startup Investor. It’s our free educational newsletter that covers topics ranging from angel investing to other asset classes.

      If you’re a member of the Angels & Entrepreneurs Network, you can find all your monthly startup recommendations on the Angels & Entrepreneurs website.

      Hope this helps!

  16. Concerned:
    Hello Neil, I watch the video with you, Robert and Mike. It was informative, exciting and gave me hope. But, apparently there is buzz on the internet about the video mentioning investors can invest as little as $50’s into the startups. But, not actually finding the channels to this information on your site. Please don’t tell us this was just a lead to attract more traffic Neil. You really don’t strike me as someone who would mislead your investors at all and it’s certainly not a good start with your new found partners. Wouldn’t you agree Neil? There is enough corrupt and shady business’s out there now. People, myself included, want to find a business that gives them hope. Certainly not another one that offers deceit. Please offer your onsite on this for me as well as the hopeful ones who have joined you and look to join like myself. Thank you Neil….Sincerely, Bart…

    • Hi Bart,

      Yes, it’s absolutely true that you can invest in startups for as little as $50. I’ve even seen crowdfunding private equity opportunities with a minimum as low as $10.

      Of course, the representatives of each startup are the ones responsible for setting whatever minimum investment amount they think is best for their raise (and their company). Some do opt for a $50 minimum while others prefer to take fewer, larger investments only.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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