By nature, entrepreneurs looks for great investments that can make them money both in the short run and over time. This need to succeed is what ultimately fuels them toward success. Many examples of serial successful entrepreneurs exist today. People like Mark Cuban, Reed Hastings and Elon Musk are great examples of how the best ones perform. They are invested in dozens of companies in different industries, all of which have the potential to turn a great profit.
An entrepreneur must be discerning and gain an understanding of the business and industry in which the investment will be made. Not all investments are good ones and to be able to determine which one is a good one will determine the fate of the entrepreneur’s investment.
With this is mind here are some smart investment ideas for entrepreneurs to consider.
Trading Binary Options
The stock market is at record highs, pricing out many who would like to participate and worrying those who are in already about whether they should expect the market to continue its lofty heights or come crashing down to reality. As a result, it has become increasingly hard for many to jump in even though they are attracted to it.
One way to take advantage of a hot market at a fraction of the price is to trade options. Options can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of buying the stock outright, and can prove to be more beneficial when the movements of the stock reflect the direction of the option. The options market can get complicated and convoluted, but a simple way for entrepreneurial minded people to get involved is to set up a binary options account at a company like Binary.com.
Binary options are attractive because of their simplicity. The investor must essentially only guess whether something specific will or will not happen. As an example, a binary option may be as simple as whether the share price of a company will be above $30 on December 4th at 9:30 am. If the share price is $33 at the appointed time, the option automatically exercises and the option holder gets a predetermined amount of cash. Entrepreneurial types can manage their own option accounts. Like with all trading involving stocks, there is a risk that the investor will lose some or all of his money, so caution should be exercised. But the simplicity, low cost, and high income potential of binary options make it a great business for entrepreneurial minded people.
Investing in Technology Start-ups
The technology boom is in full effect right now and it seems like anything that is tech is seeing its fortunes rise. Companies like Facebook, Snapchat, AirBnB, Jet.com, Google and Amazon have made their investors and entrepreneurial founders billions of dollars and each week a new company seems to emerge and become a high flyer. Pick a known company in the industry and there is a story about its sky high valuations and stock price and tales of how it has made many millionaires.
But even though this is what we are seeing on CNBC and Fox Money all the time, the truth is that like with any industry, there are many more losers than winners in tech, and picking a winning start-up in the technology industry is a science and an art.
The science part is getting to understand the start-up’s management, products, potential and industry. These factors will give you a strong fundamental understanding of the factors needed to determine the potential of the start-up but they will not give you the full picture.
Entrepreneurs must also have a good gut feel about the particular company and their guts can often be the intangible factor that makes the investment attractive. The gut can tell you that the timing is right, and that the rationale behind why the company is launching its products and services resonates with the marketplace. This combination of factors will get you much further down the road toward making a great decision, but in the end, it will still require a leap of faith on the part of the entrepreneur.
Take your time and do your research, and good luck investing.