Quote of the Week: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."~ Benjamin Franklin.

investingInvesting features prominently in most people’s list of goals, however, few actually get to implement it. We want to invest but we don’t do it. Sometimes, even when we invest, the returns are not as good as expected. Why is that so? Probably because we don’t do it the right way.

There are several investing avenues and regardless of the path you take, you need to get the foundations right. These are the foundations.

Getting Started

The first step is to research. Whether you want to invest in a piece of land or in yourself through a professional course, you cannot escape research. Know what will be required of you from start to finish. Understand the investment well. Consider the options available. Assess the risk involved.

Perhaps most importantly, research on the legality of the investment you want to make. Conmen have infiltrated every corner you want to put your money from fake education courses to non-existing plots of land and numerous pyramid schemes. Researching will not only show you the best place to put your money, but also the safest place to do so. The last thing you want is to waste your money while trying to increase it.

Plan, Mobilize, Start.

After researching, you need to plan. Now that you know what’s needed, how do you proceed? Planning will give you some direction. Planning will entail setting the objectives and goals of the investment as well as mobilizing the resources required.

In most cases, the required resources are monetary, how will you get the money required to invest? The recommended approach is to first save then invest, based on a realistic goal. Once the resources are available, start.

Get Professional Help

Enlist the help of professionals to help you get the most out of your investments especially if you are investing in the financial market. If the financial market is too complicated for you, invest through a unit trust. Unit trusts have professional and experienced teams that do the research and investing for you and constantly aim at generating returns that are competitive over time. You can monitor the performance of your investment on a regular basis, and can top up on a regular basis based on your resources.

Conclusion: Investing comes in different shapes and forms. However, the basic guidelines on how to invest remain true for all types of investments. Research in particular is very vital. In fact, it is the difference between a good investment and a bad one.

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