When you have set up and run your own business, working hard to reach the stage where your success means you are looking for somewhere to invest money, you need to know where to start. If you don’t know how to make or manage your investments you could easily lose more money than you make.
Investing has positives and negatives, so it’s important you get a handle on what you want to do and why. When you have money available to invest, you can either play safe, by putting it into a bank savings account or by buying some government bonds. These will give you a return on your investment but, frankly, in these days of low interest rates, not very much. You won’t lose money, but you certainly won’t make a lot in most cases.
Explore Your Options
Investing wisely is a skill, and you shouldn’t enter into investments without doing your homework and taking professional advice. When you start to develop an investment portfolio, you’re looking to use the resources you have to provide additional revenue streams for your business. These can be essential in helping you further develop your company without necessarily having to resort to loans – you probably know already that these can be costly. They can be extremely useful as you build your business but are invariably financially draining over time.
Developing A Strategy
You may be brilliant in your line of business but if at the beginning of your investment planning you are unsure of the best approach, contact somebody with experience in the industry. One route you could take is to seek advice from Fisher Investments. Ken Fisher is a highly respected figure in the investment world. His company manages billions of dollars worth of funds, and he is a regular contributor to Forbes magazine. Fisher Investments CEO Damian Ornani is also a very experienced investment manager and you’ll find that securing this level of experience to help you develop your strategy will stand you in good stead for the future.
Areas Of Investment
When you are discussing and deciding on your investment strategy, you need to decide what kind of risk appetite you have. If you risk everything on one endeavor, because you think the shares of a particular company have been doing well and are likely to continue doing so, you could be heading for a fall. Global economic circumstances or political fallout can suddenly make a real difference to stock prices and if you’re only invested in one business sector or geographical area you could be in for a nasty shock.
The majority of successful investors hold a diverse range of investments, so they are not exposed to a specific downturn in the market in any particular sector. Effectively you can hedge your bets, holding some safer investments while being bolder with some medium to high-risk holdings.
Investments can be a highly effective way of increasing your business income but you probably already know that what goes up can come down. That is why sound financial advice can help make a real difference to the choices you make.
Invest What You Can Afford
It can be easy to think that investing will make you a lot of money quickly. Some short-term investments may, but you should look to the longer term to get a good return on the money you are putting in. It’s never a good plan to invest more than you can sensibly afford in the hope that your investments will pay off instantly. It usually doesn’t work like that. If you are prepared to be patient with your wealth accumulation you’re far more likely to make good returns that will benefit your business – and you.
You didn’t go into business with your eyes closed so don’t go into investing with those peepers tight shut. Read investment news in newspapers, magazines and online and find out what the experts are saying and what types of industries you might want to put your money into.
The financial industry certainly has its uncertainties but as a mainstay of the worldwide economy, the chances are that you will get a good return on money invested. Banks and other financial institutions usually make significant profits, distributing money to shareholders through dividends. Look at how a number of financial institutions have performed over the years, especially following the 2007/08 economic crisis, and make an informed decision.
Energy stocks are well worth examining. As with money, everyone needs energy. Fossil fuel companies are still generally strong but as the renewable energy market continues to develop investing in some of these companies could pay a generous dividend in the future.
The big tech companies, providing computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, have been hugely influential in the investment marketplace. As the world continues to develop its online and mobile presence, it’s an industry that could provide a serious return on investment. As with any industry, it depends on the innovation each company develops to keep it at the forefront of the sector so that consumers will continue to be willing to buy its products.
Investing in startup businesses will not only help the businesses but can also provide excellent returns. These are likely to be higher risk investments so you should do your homework before investing, but you could be backing the next big thing.
Property investment is always an option and with land and property prices either stable or increasing in certain parts, especially in big cities, there are options to explore for investing in warehouses, commercial buildings and other rental properties that could bring a regular return on your money.
Invest For The Future
If you need a quick return on your money that is unlikely to be achieved through stock market investment; medium to long-term investment is the best strategy. Develop your business investment plan by looking to the future and don’t expect instant returns. Investing needs careful thought and management, and you may be more comfortable putting money into certain sectors than into others. Whatever you decide to do ensure you are fully informed about what’s involved and then move into the products you are comfortable with.