One of the most common questions people ask themselves when starting a new business is “When should I start investing?” This article will provide some insights on when you should start investing in your business.
There is a ton of buzz about investing these days! Should it be part of your plan? How will you know you’re ready to start? Maybe you are already investing and didn’t even realize it.
Here are four indicators that may shed light on this.
1. The growth of your emergency fund is looking strong.
Investments can be unpredictable since life doesn’t always let us know what will happen. Having at least three months worth of expenses saved up is a good way to make sure that you have the stability you need in any situation that happens. An emergency fund makes it so that you’ll never have to touch the other investments you set aside for your future. Once you have a good start on your emergency fund and it feels like stable, you could switch to buying both.
2. You can use that extra money to pay off your credit card.
Congratulations, you have an emergency fund. You can handle your bills and any high-interest debt you may have. You even have money left over to invest- and it can all start with a small amount. Over time, your investment could grow beyond what you expected and make a big difference in your financesThe key is to stick with it so the money invested can work for you.
3. We’re on your side.
Investing is an ongoing process that’s more successful if you know where you’re headed. That’s what goals provide – direction for your investments and a motivation for the future.
4. You have access to a retirement plan.
If you have the option to contribute to an employer sponsored retirement plan, it may have already helped you with your investment strategy. You can invest money each time you get paid into these types of retirement plans, and this will help grow your earnings over time. Some employers even offer to match employee contributions up to a certain level. That’s essentially free money, and those extra contributions can help a lot over time.