An Average investor would think about shares and funds when it comes to the word “investing” but Investing has lot of other options as well. According to research, it shows that lot of people world wide, now think about alternative investment methods. Trend started with the booming of these other options of investment and the falling prizes of shares.
Thinking about other investment options with low risk margins, Real estate, exporting, Work from home, Freelancing, Social networking sites and many other alternative options come into mind. You have to think of investing your money in an industry that has the lowest risk margin.
Real estate sector is booming all around the world, especially in Europe and Australia. Recent researches done in Australia shows that, people prefer to invest in real estate more than they do in the mining sector, which is unpredictable. Land prices have started increasing at a rate never recorded in history before. There is a risk margin again, because you have to think relatively with the average income of the majority. There is a point, that an average person will not be able to afford even a small apartment or unit. First, second and may be the third owner might make a profit by selling a house or land. You have to research the prizes of apartments and houses before you buy. The latest researches show those people, who invested in real estate sector targeting a short term profit, have the difficulty in selling their investment property. Prizes will go up eventually, but there is a threshold. Average person, usually the first home buyers will be unable to afford a home of their own. Investors should consult a financial advisor or think about the time frame they are planning to get a return from their investment.
Exporting opportunities have increased with the decreasing Dollar value. Manufacturing businesses are rare to profit from exporting, because still China is the largest supplier. Most manufacturers are outsourcing to China because of the low labour costs. Primary industries keep on thriving in the export market. I am not going to talk about exporting very much. Let’s see what other opportunities of alternative investing we have.
Work from home
Many people tend to start their own work from home businesses. Many women today, are work from home moms. Work from home is becoming popular rapidly. Many men also tend to work from home due to increasing pressure in their workplaces. We find lot of couples working from home these days. Government assistance to work from home businesses has increased recently. Small Business Corporation offers seminars on tendering and other business issues with advisers ever ready to give assistance. Lot of big businesses has started outsourcing work to these home businesses because they will have less problems in employing people, and also they can get the work for a cheaper prize. These home based businesses work as independent contractors. They are the starting point of outsourcing.
Outsourcing to Freelancers has become very popular with the work from home moms. Now it has expanded overseas. India has become the major freelancing market place with its highly English literate people. Many Indian IT companies are freelancers. It is very hard to beat the competitive prizes of the Indian freelancing market place. Many businesses tend to outsource to India. Many American companies have invested in the Indian freelancing market. With the sprouting network places and increased communication methods, you can do the whole accounting function of a business from overseas.
Social Networking places
Social networking places have become very popular with the increasing freelance workforce. We see that many small Social networking sites mature in to mass communication and meeting places of business people all round the globe and then sold to other companies for millions of Dollars.
With all these businesses sprouting up over the Internet, alternative investment methods have become the most popular market place of the world. In future, AIM will be the most popular around the globe.
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