The good news is, there are other ways to invest in real estate outside of real estate notes. One option I’m really excited about is a company called Fundrise. Fundrise offers an investing scenario similar to the one above. They buy commercial properties and allow investors to invest small sums of money. Obviously, this is yet another hands-off investment. You may own part of a commercial real estate project, but you don’t even see or deal with the property itself.
Mutual funds are a large aggregation of stocks, bonds, and other financial investments, except that they are managed by professional investors. The advantage of mutual funds is the possibility of diversifying your financial investment over a large pool of investments. Unfortunately, it is not easy to predict the risk and rate of return through mutual funds and depending on the professional expertise of mutual fund managers, the success is likely to vary.
My 10-year-old son brought home a book from our park’s free library box. It was a biology textbook – teachers edition. He said it looked interesting and hey, it was free (having no idea you could sell it). I scanned it in my Amazon seller app and realized it was worth around $150. He was so excited. We listed it for sale for $130 and it sold! Going to tell him, he just made $130!
20. Etsy – If you like to create arts and crafts, you can sell them on Etsy.It’s completely free to open an Etsy store. You simply sign up, post pictures of your creations and starting selling. You can choose your payment option, but PayPal is generally the easiest. Etsy makes it easy to sell and keep track of your inventory. There is a small listing fee and they take 3.5% of every sale you make.
You can sell your ebooks through Amazon's Kindle program or Apple's iTunes Connect, which gives you access to a large majority of the digital-book reading market and the barriers for entry are incredibly low. You don't need to invest lots of money to make this happen, but you do need to invest lots of time, not only in writing the ebooks, but in marketing them as well.
It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves of late: Why not just put all of our investments in cash, 100 percent, just until things calm down? Those who are close to leaving the work force may be prepared enough financially to leave stocks behind for now. But investors with a time horizon beyond a few years may be doing real damage to their long-term finances by fleeing for the comfort of the safe and insured. This section is aimed at helping you find the investments that best match your personal strategy and tolerance for risk.