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Eight Ways To Raise Money For Investing

Jun 26, 2008
When you are new to investing you may have little or no funds with which to invest with. Let's take a look at several ways to get access to money so you can begin your investment career sooner rather than later.

1. Savings - The old fashioned way like you were told to do as a kid. Remember, all great investors are great savers. If you are not saving money now then you are never going to become wealthy until you start saving. Make sure you pay yourself before you pay anybody else. Simple but powerful words.

2. Sell something - In this modern society we live in where we just have to own the latest of everything. Well the good news about that is that you are bound to have plenty to sell. Put an add in the newspaper or the easiest way, E-Bay. Now the harsh reality, stop spending money on things you don't need. Wait until you have real wealth then pay cash for them.

3. Tax - Minimize your tax as quickly as possible. The wealthy don't become so by paying lots of tax. Get yourself a great accountant and get good advice on how to lower your taxable income. There are plenty of ways to do this. Starting a side business is a great idea. Pay your expenses and spend, then pay tax from what is left over. It is much better than being taxed and then spending what is left. This will send you broke, quickly.

4. Income - Tomorrow you are going to see your boss and get that pay rise. However, first you need to get your reasons down on paper why you should get a rise. Write down some good solid reasons why you should get one. If you don't deserve one then take a long hard look in the mirror. If you can't do your best working for someone else how are you going to give yourself the best? Be the best that you can regardless of what activity you do and the rewards will come. Ask for 10% extra. If you don't get it but you know you are worth it, then get another job. Only you will know if you are worth it.

5. OPM (Other peoples money) - The most successful business people in the world today always use OPM, always. Do you think Donald Trump puts up his own money to finance that new tower? No way, he never puts up his own money. Use the banks, or do vendor finance deals. Borrow, beg or (actually, you better not steal) borrow some more. As long as the investment pays more than the interest things will work out. You must do due diligence here. Good debt is the key here and I will do another article on good debt shortly.

6. Using equity - So you own a house or part of a house. Excellent, then you have valuable equity which the banks love and in Australia you can release about 80% of that equity. Should you spend that equity on a holiday like the rest of the herd? No. Put that money to work in property or shares and allow yourself to have the income that it produces.

7. Parents equity - Times are getting tough, that is for sure. Talk to your parents if you can and explain that it a new world for young and smart investors. Go over everything and show the folks exactly how your chosen strategy works and how you both can benefit. Profit share with them if you like. Better yet, teach your parents and give them a better retirement. It is your duty.

8. Superannuation (401K) - Are you satisfied with the institutions taking care of your life savings with various financial planners and fund managers getting massive trailing commissions? Then start to manage your own SMSF (401K) and put it to work harder and smarter. There are some awesome opportunities out there right now and you can find one that resonates with you. Pay for good advice here. I repeat, pay for good advice.

So there you have it. Eight ways in which to get a leg up in your new investment journey. You might not be able to do all eight ways, but I'm sure you can access at least four of them.
About the Author
Clint Maher is dedicated to helping others learn about wealth creation. You can visit his website and get your free E-book and DVD to learn how to invest. You can view his wealth creation blog.
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