If you are looking for a way in which you might be able to financially prepare for the future, stock market investing could be something that you might want to consider. This is a way, if done wisely that you can earn income that will help you have a more secure future. If you are a beginner you can learn how to buy different stocks and you can do it without having to invest a lot of money in a professional broker.
The most important thing you need to do is to figure out what your investment goal is. Ask yourself if you are looking for something that is long term or are you going to need to be able to access your money in just a few months? This is going to help you determine how aggressive you will need to be with your investment plans. If you are going more for the long term investment then you are going to want to buy stocks that appear to be stable and are slow growing and have a larger growth rate in the long run. However, if you will need to get to your money in a hurry then you will need to be a lot more aggressive with your investment strategy and you will need to buy stocks that are higher risk and have a bigger chance of faster growth.
You next will need to register with an investment account and this can be done with an online broker. Two good examples would be E-Trade and Sharebuilder. A lot of online brokers will charge only a small fee as compared to the larger amount that other professional brokers will charge you. They also will allow you to invest much smaller amounts of money than professional brokers will allow. So online brokers are far better for the beginner especially.
After you have done this you need to set up a direct deposit that you will have between your online account and your personal bank. This will let you transfer money quickly to your online broker so that you can easily sell and buy the stocks that you are interested in.
Once you have this all set up you will be ready to start buying stocks through your online stock account. You can use the account investment rating tools that are offered to sort out stocks by all their different risk levels along with their growth potential. If you happen to be a short term investor and are looking for some quick growth then you will end up buying the higher risk stocks but if you plan on being there for the long term then you'll be picking the lower risk stocks with the slower growth. For a beginner this is probably the safer route in which to go even though it will take longer to turn over a large profit.
Final Note: As tempting as high risk, fast growing stocks might be, remember that they also will lose value a lot faster than the slower growth and lower risk stocks.