Is the inner investor in you cheering you on to take the plunge? Most intending to invest don’t know where to begin, but the real question is, are you ready to invest? We’ll delve into the areas you need to consider when looking to get the ball rolling. Your dreams and life goals are attainable with the right measure of planning!
- Work out your goals
The first step when considering investment is to identify your personal goals. Successful investors have clear goals and thus it is important to have them mapped out from the get go.
Why are you looking to invest? Consider your lifestyle and what you’re looking to gain through investment. Do you have a family you’re looking to support or are you considering funds for your children’s education?
Other factors include extra cash flow, building equity to buy other major assets, long-term financial security and return on capital you’ve already grown. Taking a step back and thinking about what’s important to you and what you’d like to accomplish in the future will assist you in setting appropriate goals. It’s important to remember that although the goals associated with your investment are personal and have a somewhat emotional resonance, you should treat your investment like a business. It is after all, a source of income.
The satisfaction of reaching goals is very relevant to property investment. Creating smaller goals throughout the lifetime of your investment will ensure you reap the rewards and achieve what you initially set out to do.
- What can you afford?
Before you start investing, it’s integral to identify your price range. What can you afford to comfortably invest? Don’t allow investment to become an added stress factor in your life.
When pinpointing what you can afford, consider the effect unforseen circumstances could have on your repayment scheme. How would unemployment, interest rate rises or lack of occupancy (for rental investment properties) restrict your ability to make the payments?
Investing in property is highly rewarding if the initial phases of planning are comprehensive. By considering how periods of instability could affect you, there is potential to deter their negative impact on your investment.
- Are you investing passively or aggressively?
Comfort within your investment also links to the level of risk you’re willing to take.
Are you an aggressive investor, looking to rapidly increase your property portfolio? If so, you will endeavour to achieve maximum return over shorter periods of time. Of course, the return is high and fast, but there are also greater risks in taking this investment approach.
If you’d prefer to passively invest and create a safe and steady income stream, the risks are reduced. This approach requires patience, however stress is decreased and you will slowly but surely accomplish your goals.
- Consider what stage of life you’re in
Lastly, look at the bigger picture that is ‘your life’. What stage of life are you in? Your marital status, family situation and occupation are all contributing factors in developing an investment plan.
Have your children left the nest and you’re now on the path to retirement?
Or are you just getting started with the prospect of a young family?
Consider how your investment strategy and goals coincide with your current and future stages of life. Establish strength in your plans by highlighting the factors in your life that are influential, and will be influenced by your investment.
If you’re ready to pave the way to personal and financial success start considering your options. Build a life of wealth in more ways than one!