When you choose an equity to invest in, don’t allocate more than 10% of your portfolio into that company. It is unwise to invest more in one place. With lower investment, you will greatly reduce your potential for losses. Consider when you will want to start living off the income from your investments. If you can avoid living off the interests and dividends you receive, reinvest them right back into the markets. With enough time, compounding is a power that can take even trivially sized investments and manifest them into substantial portfolios that will serve you much better, later in time.
A stock’s price is not the only indication of how expensive it is. Since stock, values are contingent upon earnings, a stock that costs a hundred dollars might actually be inexpensive if the earnings’ outlook is optimistic. Likewise, a stock that costs only a few dollars might be quite pricey if the associated company’s earning projections are not bright. Recognize where your understanding ends and do not invest in companies which you do not fully understand. If you invest directly through a self-directed online or discount brokerage, choose investments in companies for which you have researched quite a bit. A company that invests into oil rigs is a lot harder to understand than a landlord company. Let a professional advise you on stocks from companies that you are unfamiliar with.