What comes to your mind when it’s payday at the workplace? When that cheque you have been looking forward to all month checks in. Do you think it’s time you took your car back to the road because you can afford a full tank without straining? Do you look at payday as an opportunity to indulge in drinking on the pretext of rewarding yourself? If these two questions describe you, it’s about time you considered how prudent you are when it comes to spending your money.
A prudent person thinks along the lines of saving and investing. Saving is a hedge against the proverbial rainy days but it limits you from the benefits that come with investing. Investments offer returns, unlike money that sits idle in an account in the bank. However, investments come with risks that may make you lose some if not all your money. While saving focuses on short-term goals and emergencies, investing focuses on long-term goals and earnings that the principal amount invested will generate. Investing is the way to go but before you start, you should have some savings for like six months to cater for your day-to-day expenses as your attention will mostly be on your investments. For you to benefit from investing:-
a) Have clear investment objectives
Know exactly why you want to start investing and the span of time you are willing to wait prior to your investments generating tangible returns for you. Again, take time to understand the associated risks that come with your kind of investment. For example, the risks involved associated with shares are different from those associated with buying land.
We all know what they say about putting all eggs in one basket. To save yourself from the heartache of losing all your money in one investment, you should spread your money over various investments such as bonds, unit trusts, and shares among other viable areas.
Many people make the mistake of waiting until they get a certain amount of money that they think is enough for investing. The problem with this behaviour is that many people end up finding other reasons for spending. Moreover, by letting your money stay idle in an account somewhere, you deny yourself a chance of getting returns. Inflation also erodes the value of your money and you should make a decision to invest in areas that appreciate in value such as land.
It’s okay to have money and not know where to invest it. There are many professionals and consultants that can guide you on the proper areas to invest in. These are the people you should see counsel as they will inform you on the nitty-gritties of investment.
I am an upcoming creative writer and pencil artist who has passion for anything art. I like travelling and meeting new people. I am currently pursuing commerce, finance major at the university of Nairobi. Through my writing, I hope to impact in the lives of people. I run my blog at www.mwauramswati.wordpress.com