Real estate investing is an option, but it does require a big outlay of capital for a down payment (often 10% of the purchase price or more) and it is an expensive investing option. Dealing with tenants can be difficult if you need to evict them; you may find yourself getting called every day with reports of broken furnaces, air conditioning, plumbing, etc. Refurbishing and flipping a property can quickly get you over your budget and give you very little return on your money.
A better investment is stocks and options, as they don't need a big outlay of capital and can offer quite a lucrative and stable return if you choose them well. You can choose the stocks yourself, or you can hire a stockbroker to make informed choices for you. If you hire someone, keep in mind that they will likely charge a fee, and that fee will come out of your pocket.
You will save money if you invest in stocks that you choose yourself. If it seems a little intimidating, don't worry. With some knowledge and education, it doesn't have to be. Anyone can learn to invest in stocks and become successful at it.
First, purchase some books on stocks and investing, and make sure they are written by successful investors. Some well-known authors and investors are Derek Foster, Peter Lynch and of course Warren Buffet. They have all written books that are easy to understand and read, as well as giving solid how-to tips and strategies on how to make stock investing work for you.
Do some online research on your own to check out some companies you may be interested in. Learn all you can about what they do, their earnings, their customers, etc. If you can't find the information on their website, contact them and ask them directly.
Now that you have an idea of what companies to invest in, you can invest by paper trading, or artificial trading. This just means that you keep track of the prices on paper for a month or so; or, even better, open an account online on a trial basis. There is no risk to you or your money this way. Also, an online account will give you many strategies and tips on how to choose your stocks for better results.
You are finally ready to invest with your own money, once you have done your research, read some books and know what companies to choose. Start with small amounts at first if you are still nervous, until you gain some confidence. Pretty soon, you will have an extensive portfolio and you will feel great knowing that you can retire in comfort. Investing for beginners is quite simple.
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