When I first started earning money it was 2000, I was in India. I straightaway jumped for stocks and within a year my invested amount lost half of its value. Poor stock picking coupled with the burst of the dot-com bubble taught me what not to do with money when you are a beginner. Since then I committed many mistakes, at the same time, I did things that worked very well for me.
A few of the mutual funds I bought between 2003 and 2005 got almost tripled its value before I sold them off. I had mentored people towards their first investing since then, A little disclaimer, I am not a financial expert and don’t take my advice for granted, consult with someone you trust before taking any of the steps I mentioned below. The following ideas are lessons I learned with my life and lives of the people (at work and within the family) who came to me for advice.