A prudent person thinks in the lines of saving and investing. Saving is a hedge against the proverbial rainy days but it limits you from the benefits that come with investing. Investments offer returns unlike money that sit idle in an account in the bank. However, investments come with risks that may make you lose some if not all your money. While saving focuses on short term goals and emergencies, investing focuses on long term goals and earnings that the principal amount invested will generate. Investing is the way to go but before you start, you should have some savings for like six months to cater for your day-to-day expenses as your attention will mostly be on your investments. For you to benefit from investing:-
a) Have clear investment objectives
Know exactly why you want to start investing and the span of time you are willing to wait prior to your investments generating tangible returns for you. Again, take time to understand the associated risks that come with your kind of investments. For example the risks involved associated with shares are different those associated with buying land.
b) Spread your investments over different areas
We all know what they say about putting all eggs in one basket. To save yourself from the heartache of losing all your money in one investment, you should spread your money over various investments such as bonds, unit trusts, shares am among other viable areas
c) Do not procrastinate
Many people make the mistake of waiting until they get a certain amount of money that they think is enough for investing. The problem with this behaviour is that, many people end up finding other reasons for spending. Moreover, by letting your money stay idle in an account somewhere, you deny yourself a chance of getting returns. Inflation also erodes the value of your money and you should make a decision to invest in areas that appreciate in value such as land.
d) Seek counsel
It’s okay to have money and not know where to invest it in. There are many professionals and consultants that can guide you on the proper areas to invest in. These are the people you should counsel from as they will inform you on the nitty-gritties of investment.
e) Shun fear
Take your fears head on. Embrace them. Of course there is going to be a bunch of naysayers who try to discourage you, but for you to reap maximum benefits, you must be a risk taker.