If you’re looking to grow your money and boost your balance at the same time as taking on a new venture or making a turn at the crossroads of life, you may be wondering about investment opportunities. Do you want to make more money? Do you want a change of scenery? Do you want to use your skills to maximize your income or are you keen to add another source of income? If you’re interested in investing, here are some ideas that could pay off.


Setting up a business

Running a business isn’t easy, but if you get it right, it can be both rewarding and lucrative. If you’re eager to take a new direction or you’re not happy in your current job, setting up your own company may be a risk worth taking. Think carefully about what you want to do, and play to your strengths. How can you use your talents to make money and what interests you? Perhaps you’ve got a trade, but you don’t want to work for somebody else. Maybe you’ve got a passion for inventing, and you want to try and get a product to market. If you are thinking of launching a startup, it’s essential to do extensive research beforehand. You need to make sure that you have a business plan, which outlines how you’re going to turn your ideas into a profitable venture.

Once you’ve mastered the figures, and know what you’re going to do in the coming months to get your idea off the ground, there are additional things to think about. If you plan to employ people, for example, work out how you’re going to recruit the best candidates and consider whether you want to hire freelancers or outsource aspects of the business if you don’t have employees with the relevant skills on-site. You’ll also need to look into taking out liability insurance for small business owners to cover yourself if anything goes wrong. If you own a business, and you make a mistake that has a negative impact on your customer, this policy will protect you. If you do employ people, seek advice related to employment law. As an employer, you’ll need to make sure that your work premises are compliant with health and safety guidelines, and your employees operate in a safe environment.

If you want to invest, but you don’t want to be a part of the business, it may be possible to look into ventures where you can be a silent partner, or you can take a share of the business. This means that you will reap the financial rewards without contributing to the day-to-day running of the company.

Investing in property

Many people choose to invest in bricks and mortar. Whether you choose to buy a house or an apartment, do it up and sell it again or you want to buy a second home to rent out, you can make a lot of money from property, provided that you make the right choices. It’s important to separate buying a home and buying to make money. When you’re looking for a new home, you need to have that emotional connection and you need to think about whether the house will suit your lifestyle. When you’re searching for an investment opportunity, your mind should be focused solely on the numbers.

If you’re hoping to take on a fixer-upper to make money, look out for potential, and make sure you’re not buying a money pit. Doing work to a house can make you a lot of money, but steer clear of homes with major issues, such as damp, structural problems, and roofing issues, which can prove very costly. If you’re looking for a quick turnaround, it’s best to stick to properties that need a cosmetic revamp.

If you’re hoping to find a property to rent out, prioritize location, and consider your target market when you’re updating the decor. If you’re going for a luxury holiday home, your approach will be very different to searching for a property suitable for university students, for example.

Once you find a property, use your negotiating skills to get the best price, and don’t pay more than you want to or what you can afford. This isn’t a dream home you’re going to live in forever, so let your head rule your heart. Are you looking to invest your money and boost your income over the next three, five or ten years? If so, you may be thinking about taking some calculated risks. If you’re bold, and you do your research, there’s no reason why investing in a business venture or property can’t pay off. Just ensure that you plan ahead, do your homework, and use your head rather than your heart.