I don't need to drive for Uber and Lyft, I do so because despite how much they often piss me off, it gets me out of the house and all of the money I make with rideshare goes towards my "fun fund." Rideshare runs add up, and allows me to vacation several times a year without touching any of my investments. This year I spent time in Spain and Hawaii, and at my homes in Denver, DC and Orlando. (and here in Seattle) Having investment properties really isn't as horrible as you may think. Key to successful renting is proper screening and keeping your tenants happy. Happy, long term tenants don't cause problems and they take care of themselves. All you do is verify that rent payments were made on the 1st of each month.