Investing; a word often heard in the financial world. What does it mean really? Well, investing is the act of committing money or capital to an endeavor with the expectation of obtaining an additional income or profit.
Every day we work hard towards earning a living and splurging our own hard earned cash can be tempting; whether it’s by treating yourself to dinner, buying that new outfit or the simple great pleasures in life. However, investing helps you in making smarter choices by prioritizing your financial future over your present desires.
In simple terms; investing your money is setting it aside while you go on with your busy schedule and have that money work for you in the present and in the future as well.
What investment is not!
Often investment is misinterpreted for gambling; but the two are totally two completely different ways of getting value for your money. The former is all about certainty while the latter is all about risk. With investing if you do it right there will be no loss of money while in gambling; the uncertainty of getting profit for your money is high.
Where should you start?
Many Kenyans put off investing thinking they need a lot of money to start, which is not true as you can start investing with as little as 5000 Kenya shillings per month.
The earlier you get started, the sooner you can learn more about it, the more beneficial it will be for you in the future.
Do your research on which type of investment will be more advantageous for you, understand it in order to minimize any peril that might occur.
Begin with low cost investment types if you do not have a lot of money to start. It will get you to figure out more about investments.
To invest, you need to manage your money. Start putting aside money you want invest monthly; whether it’s buying capital, shares, stocks or bonds. You can start with a small amount of money then build your way up by disciplining/ committing yourself to what you are investing in.
Why are you investing?
In order to get more profit and value for your money, you need to know yourself and why you are investing in the first place. Your investment strategy may vary from another person’s investment approach. Every person has different reasons for investing, goals and different timelines as well.
Define your goals and objectives before you commit yourself to an investment. Questions to ask yourself may include-:
Do I want a steady cash flow?
How much in return do I want from this investment?
Which timelines am I looking at
Is it short term or long term?