By now, we’ve all heard that old adage. You’ve got to spend money to make money. It’s become something of a cliche, but being cliche doesn’t make it any less true. Indeed, nobody has ever found success in business without pumping money into their machine. No business has ever gotten off the ground without startup capital. That’s why so many startups and small businesses are desperate to attract investors. They know that money breeds success.
It’s true that there are plenty of businesses out there that are worthy of your time and money. But, even as a sleeping partner, you will need to run some checks before agreeing to any investment. Of course, playing around with money always involves some degree of risk, but you can help minimize it at least.
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Find a Company That Resonates With You
This is perhaps the most important part of any investment. Even if you’re not going to be a hands-on investor by any stretch of the imagination, you need to believe at least in the product. There are millions of companies around the world vying for your attention. Find the one that speaks to you on a personal level. Chances are, that’s the one that’s going to give you financial and moral reward.
Look At the Figures
Once you’ve found one such company, that isn’t the end of the review process. Not by any means. Now, you’ve got to get into the boring facts and figures before you can figure out whether it’s going to be a profitable venture. The key figure you need to pay attention to is the gross margin. That’s how much money they’re making after taking into account production costs. That’s the magic number.
Is There A Market For This?
Take a look around for yourself. There are usually certain trends that can help you come to a definitive conclusion. How well is the business already faring relative to their resources? The overachievers are the ones that you should be looking at seriously. They’re the types of business that just need that little bit of investment before they can take the market by storm. And, consequently, they’ll line your pockets too.
What Do You Get Out Of It?
Of course, investing is an entirely selfish arena. It’s no good pondering how you can help a business if it’s not going to reap rewards for yourself. You need to have a clear understanding on how much and how often you’re going to see a return. Sit down with the chief executive if you need to. Come to an agreement on how you’ll recoup your investment (and more), and how you’ll get out if things go awry.
By no means are those four aspects all you need to know, but they’re a good starting point for evaluating any investment. If any red flags crop up during those four calculations, head for the hills. Otherwise, chances are you’re onto a winner. Now is the time to put money on it.