As an investor you will be putting in or committing money in financial schemes or ventures expecting a financial return or in order to make a profit.

What do investors do?

Investors analyse the economic viability of different entrepreneurial ventures and calculate the probability of success and the risks of failure. They then decide on and invest in suitable schemes or ventures. They may also give advice and support to the startup ventures they invest in for ensuring better success.

What does a typical day at work involve?

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  • Checked Reading financial documents and agreements
  • Checked Keeping in touch with market updates through print and visual media
  • Checked Holding discussions with investment partners

Types of Investors

A venture capitalist is a person or firm that invests in small companies, generally using money pooled from investment companies, large corporations, and pension funds. They do not use their own money to invest in companies.
An angel investor is an accredited investor who uses their own money to invest in small businesses. They are required to have a required minimum net worth to be considered an accredited investor. Many angel investors are the small business owners’ family and friends.

How to become an Investor

Step 1
Take any Stream at +2 level

You can take any stream at +2 level. However taking commerce stream will give you an insight into investments and business related matters.

Step 2
Take Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

Although no formal qualifications are required to be an investor in an entrepreneurial venture, taking a bachelor’s degree in any discipline (preferably BBA or BCom) which is generally of 3 to 4 years duration, is advisable.

Note :

You may take a Postgraduate degree in Management with Banking and Finance or Entrepreneurship as specialisation, to give you a deeper insight into making investments. However such qualifications are not essential requirements

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Skills Required

Analytical skills

Analytical expertise is highly essential for an investor who needs to constantly carry out a detailed study of the schemes or ventures to decide what to invest on and to foresee the future of his investments and take necessary action.

Numerical skills

Good numerical skills and quantitative ability help an investor to become more aware and sensitive to key numbers and ratios involved in the financial aspects of investing.

Attention to detail

Being able to spot important details and identify discrepancies or risk factors at a glance is a valuable skill for an investor.

Patience and Perseverance

Great amounts of patience and perseverance is required to be able to persist in the face of ups and downs of

Goal setting skills

An investor should be able to think with a long term perspective and set goals which are realistic and achievable.

Media Literacy

This is absolutely essential in order to keep abreast of happenings in the financial world and be aware of factors that may have consequential effects on investments.

Problem solving skills

Great investors must have the ability to act quickly with sound judgement to evaluate a problem and come up with a solution.