Out there, there are so many ways to save money, but when we are limited by our earning potential, we can feel like there is no escape from our self-made financial prison. We can feel bound by our limited finances, and so, it’s at this point that we think to other ways of earning an extra crust. But what if you don’t have the time?

We all have busy lives, either through family members, we have to take care of, or we are working all the hours under the sun, and so this is where people start to look further afield. Stocks and shares are one of the more lucrative options, but we can feel a bit standoffish because it’s a gamble. Is it worth playing stocks and shares when you don’t have much money? Let’s try and answer the question.

Do You Need Lots Of Money?

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to any type of investment is that you need a huge amount of money, to begin with. Technically, this is true, but only if you want to make the biggest returns possible. Now, there are so many options for the beginner investor, that you can put such a small amount of money into certain stocks and shares, so you dip your toe into the process somewhat, and get a feel for it, but without bankrupting yourself in the process.

There are apps like Plum that are doing their utmost to help people get involved with very small amounts of money. But, if you are intent on getting into investing, and expect a big payout, the important thing to remember is that it can take years to get to a comfortable point where you are making good returns. The best thing to do, if you are intrigued, is to start out small.

What If You Don’t Know Where To Begin?

There are numerous guides online that can point you in the right direction that you feel comfortable with. There are numerous resources on sites like Investopedia, and they can break down every single component of stocks, shares, and the various types of investment.

Day trading is one of those where you can get in and get out, but also there are numerous others, such as spread betting, and you can look at these examples of spread betting just to give you an inkling of what it can do. In addition to online resources, there are professional brokers around everywhere. It can be a very intimidating world to get into, but we’re all intrigued because it can put a bit more cash in our pockets.

However, it can be very easy to get blindsided by complex terms, but once you get the basics under your belt, and you feel confident in how you invest, it is something you can build on. For people who are unsure, there are always apps that can help you practice, without actually investing any money. This is a far safer way to get an idea of if it suits you or not, because this imaginary money you’re investing, is going into the real stock market, so you can begin to get an idea of where you would like to invest.

Is It Worth Making A Lifelong Habit Out Of It?

They say that the earlier you start investing in life, the more you will learn and the more mistakes you’ll make. It is always a gamble, and we have to know this going in. But if your lifestyle means you are constantly scrimping and saving, experts suggest you should do your best to put aside at least $500 for investment purposes.

As is the nature of the game, stocks can go up and down, and you can miss the boat, and not get much return on investment for a long time. If you are struggling to get by, it’s foolish to think that investing will solve all your problems, but by getting a feel for stocks and shares and if it’s something that suits you, only you can decide.

You may find yourself on a roll, and when you invest a little bit of money and make some more back, you can then get into the habit of examining certain industries, and get a feel for up-and-coming companies to invest in, and it’s this that could earn you a lot of money.

But it’s important to remember that you play the long game. If you don’t have much money now, and you are thinking about stocks and investing, it’s not going to make you a millionaire overnight, but if you are looking for a way to supplement your income, after some time, it could prove to be the solution to your problems.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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