Investing may appear to be a complex and confusing area for the uninitiated, but a few simple guidelines to investing money can make the opportunity less of a concern.
The first step to take when considering investing is to read up on the subject.
There are many online sources that offer investment tips for beginners, and the world newspapers cover business markets in a comprehensive manner.
It is worth getting to grips with business news before dipping a toe in the water, in order to understand what goes on in the world of business.
Open a practice account When you have an idea of what business is all about, the best option is to open a 'practice' account in which you invest in actual stocks, with imaginary money.
This is a great way of getting experience in investing, and getting to grips with the ins and outs of stocks and shares, before investing for real, with real money.
Many advisers will instruct you to pay attention to areas of the market that you may know something about.
This is why reading the business pages is important, and also why you should get into looking at share tipping services.
These are available online and offer up to the minute advice from people with experience in the market as to which shares should be considered, and why.
Never underestimate the benefit of someone else's hard earned experience, as they have been through the learning curve that you are about to experience.
Careful planning helps Plan your learning period well - use the tipping services to run one of the training programs, and watch how the shares perform.
This is a sure-fire way of making sure you understand the art of investing.
One vital factor to be aware of is that investing in stocks and shares is exciting to the beginner, and this can lead to new investors getting carried away.
This must be curbed as it can lead to unnecessary losses - shares, as we have seen in recent weeks, can lose value as well as gain, and often do.
Don't be put off by the seeming intricacies of the investment game, as it will soon become clear what is going on: in basic terms, you buy shares at a set price in the belief that they will increase in value, and when they do, you sell on at a profit.
Take a look at local businesses, those that you may be able to get a closer look at, and consider areas that you may have some experience in.
Use all of the possible help that is available - and there is much on the web and elsewhere - before jumping in, and consider how much you want to risk, and where and when, very carefully indeed.
This way you will find yourself well on the way to what can be both an enjoyable pastime and a lucrative move, but remember - investing carries risks: only go ahead if you are willing to take that risk.