If you’ve never invested your money before, you may be a bit shy to jump into the world of investments. You’ve probably heard all of the horror stories of people sinking tons of money into an investment, only to lose it all. It’s enough to make you sick to your stomach, but it’s good to know that this is just one result of an investment. Yes, it’s frightening and it does happen, but not all of the time. If everyone lost the money they invested, no one would ever do it. The reason why some people are always investing their money is that they have seen great gains from it. These gains have made some of investors very wealthy. They didn’t go from novice investors to millionaires overnight though. It took some risk taking and lots of work researching to make educated investment decisions. Find out what it takes to start investing and make you more comfortable investing.

Research

Investing takes a lot of time and effort because you must do a lot of research, and this means lots of reading. If you want to invest in the stock market, you’ll need to research stocks’ histories and read what the analysts are projecting (if you trust them!). After a while, you’ll start to get a feel for why stocks rise and fall under certain market conditions. Paying close attention will help you figure out when you should invest and when you should sell. This is the same for other types of investments that fluctuate with the market, like real estate, which moves with interest rates. You must learn how your investment will react to different scenarios, so you can determine when you should throw your money into the pot.

Start Small

Don’t take all of the money you want to invest and throw it in. You may just have a bit of fainting spell if you end up losing it all. Take a small portion of the money you want to invest to start, so you can get comfortable with investing. As you make money, increase that amount slowly. It will help you get used to the highs and lows of the market.

Diversify Investments

Many successful investors spread their money across multiple investments. This is called diversification. If one investment doesn’t generate revenue, others could, which could make up for the loss. Combining high and low risk investments will help you see the differences. High risk stocks mean they are volatile; they can go up and down in a heartbeat, so you can make or lose a lot of money quickly. Low risk doesn’t usually have such volatility, but it also doesn’t make you a lot of money like a high risk investment can.

Get Ready to Take the Rollercoaster

Investing is a lot like a rollercoaster ride. You’re anxious when you’re about to go on the ride. You’re holding your breath as the investment goes up, and your stomach drops as it goes down. When you see the next climb, you know what to expect, so you hold your breath. You may close your eyes or you’ll keep them open, throw your hands up and enjoy the thrill of going down, around, and back to a complete stop once the ride is over.