While you can earn much money in the stock market, starting to trade does not have to be an expensive proposition. Regardless of how little money you have to initially invest in this wealth-building option, you can likely successfully get your start. If you are starting with a small amount of money, however, you may need to be a bit more careful with your choices to ensure that these limited funds stretch as far as possible.
Set a comfortable budget. Before you begin investing, decide how much you can invest. If you fail to set a budget before you start buying stock, it can be tempting to overextend yourself and buy more than you can really afford. When setting your budget, think about how much you can afford to lose. If you can’t afford to let the money go, don’t put it in the stock market.
Pick the right time. Timing is everything when it comes to stock market investment. Try to buy when the market is in a slump instead of buying on a high day. Your money can go much further during these slump periods.
Buy low-cost stocks. Instead of investing in a pricey and proven stock, look for low-cost stocks with growth potential. If you buy a low-cost stock, you can purchase significantly more shares for the same amount as you could buy only one share of a more expensive option.
Seek a low-fee service. If you are only investing a small amount of money, service fees can make a big difference for you. Before deciding upon a brokerage firm or online trading platform, carefully explore the fee structures associated with each option. Seek the option that has the lowest fees, as these fees can really eat into your profit if they are high.
Avoid panic selling. Because you haven’t invested your entire nest egg in the stock market, there is no reason to panic should the market dip. If you see your stocks drop by a few points, don’t rush to sell it. Instead, stick with it as it will likely rebound.
Reinvest your earnings. As you make money through your wise stock purchases and sales, don’t immediately pull this cash out, but instead reinvest to increase your earning potential.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.