As a former Stock Broker, I would say that you should take your time. Don't be in a hurry to jump into the first recommendation that you receive. There are a lot of great brokers out there, but just as many terrible ones so shop around if you are going to use a broker. They can keep you from making big mistakes or they can throw you under the bus for a commission so be careful. You could also educate yourself and skip the broker. If you go that rout, read lots of books from different perspectives. In my experience most financial writers are selling something. A lot of them write books to legitimize their expensive seminars and as such they are just glorified advertising. To sum it up; be educated, be skeptical, don't buy into the fast profit promised by some people. If I seem to be negative about the financial services industry, then I've gotten my message across. When I first started, the industry at least pretended to care about clients. Now they seem to care about shareholder profits before small investors. That's not to say that you shouldn't invest. Just be careful.