There are two ways you could make a return on your investment: (1) selling your share in the company for more than you paid for it, and (2) receiving dividends from the company.
Selling your shares
Ideally, the business you’ve invested in will grow to a point where it lists on the stock market (“going public”), is bought by a larger company, or the company management buys back equity from investors. At that point, you might be able to sell your shares and make a profit.
In addition, if the company you’ve invested in becomes profitable, it may be able to pay dividends. Read more, including some examples of the exits and dividends our investor community have realised, on our investor returns page.
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