Investing

1.Invest in real estate.
Relatively stable assets like rental properties, or potential development land in a steadily growing area is a good way to build wealth. As with any investment, there are no guarantees. Many people, however, have done quite well with real estate. Such investments are likely to appreciate in value over time. For example, some people think that an apartment in Manhattan is almost guaranteed to increase in value over any five-year period.

2.Invest your time.
For example, you might like having free time, so you give yourself a few hours a day to do nothing. But if you were to invest those few hours into getting rich, you could work towards having 20 years of free time (24 hours a day!) with early retirement. What can you give up now in exchange for being rich later? Investment advisor Dave Ramsey likes to tell his radio audience, «Live like no one else today so that you can live like no one else tomorrow.»

3.Avoid purchases that are likely to depreciate rapidly.
Spending $50,000 on a car is sometimes considered a waste because it’s likely that it won’t be worth half that much in five years, regardless of how much work you put into it. As soon as you drive a new car off the lot, it depreciates about 20%-25% in value and continues to do so each year you own it. [2] That makes buying a car a very important financial decision.

4.Don’t spend money on stupid stuff.
It’s hard enough making a living. But it’s hard and painful when the things you spend your hard-earned cash on are financial black holes. Reevaluate the things you spend money on. Try to figure out whether they are truly worth it. Here are some things you probably don’t want to spend that much money on if you plan on becoming rich:
Casinos and lottery tickets. The lucky few make money. The rest of us lose it.
Vices such as cigarettes. Heavy smokers can only watch their money go up in smoke.
Huge markups like candy at the movie theatre or drinks at a club.
Tanning booths and plastic surgery. You can get skin cancer for free outside if you’d like. And do nose jobs and botox injections ever look as good as promised? Learn how to age gracefully! You’re not the only one getting older.
First-class plane tickets. What are you getting for that extra $1,000? A hot towel and another 4 inches (10.2 cm) of leg room? Invest that money instead of throwing it away.

5.Save money for retirement.
Keep saving. It seems that fewer people are saving adequately for retirement. Some feel they may never be able to retire. Take advantage of tax-deferred retirement plans such as IRAs and 401Ks. The tax treatment they embody will help you save faster for retirement.
Don’t put all your trust in Social Security. While it’s a good bet that Social Security will continue to work for the next 20 or so years, some data suggest that if Congress doesn’t radically alter the system — either by raising taxes or reducing benefits — Social Security won’t be available in its current form. It is probable, however, that Congress will act to fix Social Security. In any event, Social Security was never designed to be the only resource for retirees in their later years. That makes it all the more important that you save and invest for the future.
Invest in a Roth IRA. A Roth IRA is a retirement account to which working individuals can contribute an annual sum of $5,500. That money is then invested and gathers compound interest. If you wait until retirement age to take money out of your Roth IRA, the money that you withdraw isn’t taxed, because it was taxed at the time you first earned it.
Contribute to a 401(k) account. This is an account set up by your employer where pre-taxed contributions can be invested. Your employer may choose to match all or part of your contributions. This is probably the closest thing you’ll get to free money in your life! Contribute at least enough to take full advantage of the match.

6.Put money in the stock, market. Invest money in stocks, bonds, or other vehicles of investment that will give you an annual return on investment (ROI) great enough to sustain you in your retirement. For instance, if you have one million dollars invested and you get a reliable 7% ROI, that’s $70,000 per year, less inflation.
Don’t get enticed by day traders who tell you it’s easy to make a quick buck. Buying and selling dozens of stocks every day is essentially gambling. If you make some bad trades — which is unbelievably easy to do — you can lose a lot of money. It’s not a good way to get rich.
Instead, learn to invest for the long run. Choose good stocks with solid fundamentals and excellent leadership in industries that are primed for future growth. Then let your stock sit. Don’t do anything with it. Let it weather the ups and downs. If you invest wisely, you should do very well over time.

7.Stay rich.
It’s hard to get rich, but it’s even harder to stay rich. Your wealth is always going to be affected by the market, and the market has its ups and downs. If you get too comfortable when times are good, you’ll quickly drop back to square one when the market hits a slump. If you get a promotion or a raise, or if your ROI goes up a percentage point, don’t spend the extra. Save it for when business is slow and your ROI goes down two percentage, points.