These days, people are looking for ways to invest their money and make it work for them, instead of the other way around. With corporate downsizing and home based businesses on the rise, many are realizing that company and government pensions may not be there for them. Luckily, there are alternate methods of ensuring a comfortable retirement and investing for beginners strategies.
One investing option is real estate; however, it is expensive to get started and will require a big down payment of 10% or more of the purchase price. If you decide to fix it up and sell it, or 'flip' it, you could quickly go over budget and not receive the return you wanted. If you deal with tenants, it can be difficult if they keep calling you to fix various things like the furnace, plumbing, etc. It is also very difficult to evict them.
A much better investment is stocks and options. It requires very little capital and can provide you with a predictable, stable income if you choose well. You can hire someone to make those choices for you, or you can choose the stocks yourself. Hiring someone means you will pay them for their services, out of your profits.
It is much better to be able to invest in stocks of your own choosing. If that seems a bit intimidating, it doesn't have to be. With a bit of education and knowledge, anyone can become successful at stock and option investing.
A good first step is to buy some books on the subject, written by accomplished investors. Warren Buffet is a leader in the investment world and he has written many how-to books including tips and strategies on how to make stock investing a lucrative venture. Peter Lynch, Derek Foster and David Chilton have also written books on the subject that are easy to read and understand.
Once you've read some books, you will want to conduct your own research. Pick some companies that you are interested in and look them up on the Internet. Learn more about their business and what they do, who their customers are and what their yearly earnings are. If you can't find enough information on the website, contact them and ask them directly.
Once you have some companies in mind to invest in, you can paper trade or use 'fake' money. This simply means that you are going to keep track of the stock without using any real funds. You can do this on paper, but it is better to open a trial account online to keep track of them. There is absolutely no risk, as you aren't using your own money. You will get a better idea of how the stock market works and you will gain some tips and knowledge on how to choose your stocks wisely.
Once you have learned what companies to invest in, how to trade and how to make money, you can use your own capital to invest for real. If you are still nervous, then just start with a small amount of funds until you gain more confidence and are comfortable with the methods. You will soon find yourself with a diverse portfolio and you will be able to sleep at night knowing your money is working for you. Investing for beginners can be very easy.