My parents were really good at giving me advice about most things. Most things that is, except investing. I guess they were brought up being told that you don’t talk about money. We never had any serious conversations about investing, which never bothered me until recently. I had reached that point in life (finally) where I had a good job, paid off my student loan, and had some rainy day money in the bank. It all left me wondering, what’s my next step?

I read a blog about the 50|30|20 rule, and I stick to that: 50% for fixed costs, essentials, food, rent, getting to work, 30% for discretionary spending, and 20% for saving.

I know I want to buy a condo and get on the property ladder, so that is a big goal for me. I have an online advisor who is helping me get that nest egg together. I’m maxing out my available RRSP limit which is 18% of my income. 10% of that I’ll use for my down payment, and the other 8% will go towards actually retiring one day.  That leaves me with 2% of my income to invest as I see fit. But until recently, I was still struggling with where. And how?!

A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling Facebook and saw ad online for FrontFundr. Turns out they are Canada’s largest investment crowdfunding platform (which essentially is like crowdfunding for adults - instead of perks or early access to products, you get shares in private companies). I never knew that investing in private companies was even an option for me, given I’m no Kevin O’Leary!

Speaking of Dragon’s Den, I already knew that I loved watching the show and choosing the companies I would back if I were a Dragon. FrontFundr is kind of like that. I just go on their website, review the opportunities, and can invest starting at $100.

So, I did it, I backed a company with a very cool product. I completed the whole process from my phone, and it took me about 10 minutes once I decided which company I liked. I love the company. The team know what they’re doing and the numbers stack up. I know this is high risk, but I also know this is a company that I believe in -- I want them to be successful. I like the fact I can go out with my friends and talk about the company. It’s my company; I own shares in it. Most of my other investments are personless, I don’t connect with anyone, but this is one where I can truly say I own the shares.