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The Beginners Guide To Investing Online

Uncategorized 25/06/2014 8:12 am

The growth of SMEs in the UK

We are all about the growth of SMEs here at HUB Workspace. We love to see the small businesses in this community grow and thrive. (Did you know that the number of SMEs in the UK grew by an average of 137% from 2011?) But for a great SME to grow so rapidly, it usually involves an injection of funding.

In 2013, SMEs have raised £332 million from the alternative finance market (crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending etc, invoice trading etc) and it continues to grow. Now is the perfect time for investors to get on board and invest in small businesses that they believe have amazing potential.

How to invest online

GrowthFunders, an online equity crowdfunding platform have provided a list of top 10 tips for first time investors who have come across an investment opportunity that they would like to invest in – for either business or personal reasons.

It can be rather daunting to invest in unlisted businesses online if you’ve never done it before. There are a number of points that need to be taken into consideration before you throw your money into the pot, and you need to understand the risks and (more importantly) the benefits of your investment. We understand how you feel and we want to make the often-confusing world of online investing as clear as possible.

Check out the Top 10 Tips for first time investors below. Each tip will take you through to a more detailed blog post for you to read, and educate yourself. Enjoy!

1.    What is online angel investing?

2.    How online angel investing is good for the UK economy

3.    What is the risk v. reward profile

4.    How to invest online

5.    What tax benefits are available to investors?

6.    The 5 ”M”s of investing

7.    The “what”, “how”, and “why” of building a diversified portfolio

8.    Due Diligence: Top 5 areas

9.    Co-investment and syndication opportunities in equity crowdfunding

10.  Making money: exit strategies

Do you have any specific tips for investors that haven’t been covered in our blog? We’d love to hear from you on our Twitter page @HUBWorkspace

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