I’ve done both professionally for more than ten years.
One of my first endeavors included selling cookies and toys on a stand outside my mom’s apartment when I was 10. When I joined the school band at the age of 8, I played the clarinet outside the local store to raise money (I brought with me a friend that played trumpet). At the age of 15, I started a clothing line called LJ (Limitless Juggernaut) which was sold in a local store in Tønsberg (a small town in Norway). When I was 18, I started a phone company in Norway selling imported phones from China. I made some big bucks at that time (2000 USD a month) while I went to high school in 2008. When I was 19, I joined BI Business School (just like a US business college), and started on a bachelor degree in Entrepreneurship and Business. At that time I founded MyGoodAct.com which I ran for more than five years. It raised more than 1.5 million USD to social causes worldwide (but failed in the end due to low operational cash flow).
As I’ve previously written, I started CCN.LA in 2013, that’s the time I entered the bitcoin market. I made some big bucks on that as well, and withdrew it all (I took the profit). I would have had a lot more money if I didn’t sell all the bitcoins, but at least I was able to sleep well at night after I had secured some profits.
And then I’ve earned some and lost some making different margin investments with CFD (which I do not recommend anyone to start with).
What I’ve learned
There is one clear answer to whether you should invest your money, or use them to create a small business:
Focus on creating. Don’t let trading nor investing become your entire life. If you fail at trading or investing, you won’t have anything left.
What I mean: If your only job is investing or trading, you take the highest risk of us all. If you lose your money, you won’t have anything else to do. You could try to apply for a job – but you will not have an attractive CV. You won’t have any specialized knowledge, except the knowledge of how to lose your money in the markets. I wouldn’t want to be in that position. And be honest with yourself: Do you really want to spend your entire life watching numbers go up and down? Is that your life’s purpose?
Focus on creating
It gives you much more to create rather than trade. You will inspire friends and family; you will become a role model for other people. When you focus on creating a new solution, a new business, a new service, you immediately start to acquire new knowledge. Knowledge that you can use in other ventures if your first venture fails.
And when you succeed with a business, you will be so high on “adrenaline” because your entire life situation will change. Maybe you can leave your regular job to focus entirely on your new startup. Maybe you can hire employees to help you on your new entrepreneurial journey?
Make investing your second priority
I’m not saying you shouldn’t invest your money, money that you earn from other ventures. I’m just saying that you should focus on creating a more fixed or stable cash flow. And only invest money that you don’t need, money that can be lost. If you got enough money flowing from your venture, then there’s no reason that you shouldn’t invest some of that money. But always keep your ventures your first priority, and your investments your second.
Exactly what I do
I’m focusing on creating. Create new businesses, new services. Nothing is more important than to increase your cash flow on a monthly basis. Investments and trading are fun, but you can lose as much as you earn. It isn’t stable enough. To reach my goal of $1 000 000 I’m primarily focusing on increasing my yearly revenue, so should you.
What’s positive with creating?
- You create a more stable monthly cash flow
- You won’t lose money (as you can control expenses)
- You will gain knowledge and become attractive in the job market (entrepreneurs are HOT these days)
- You will get new ideas for other ventures
- You will inspire and help other people to do the same, start a small business and become financially independent
What do you think? Do you already have a business? Are you only focusing on investing?