I teach English overseas. Been doing that about 9 years. I first got interested in investing back in college but never had the cash to do it (although I did put excess financial aid money into CDs that paid a rate similar to my loan rate). After teaching in Japan a couple years (and reading a lot on MF - when it was a decent site - yahoo finance, and studying on Investopidia), I finally had some money to play with and bought my first stock in 2005. It was Starbucks. I was initially interested in growth stocks, but have recently become more interested in dividend stocks (especially REITs/mREITs). I'd considered owning rental property, but stocks have a lot less overhead. I'm hoping to eventually be able to live off my investment income. I never saw myself as an investor (and maybe I'm not), but I do enjoy it, as well as my day job.