A bit late to the party and I haven’t read the other comments, BUT… I was late to the bitcoin party and have had to invest in other avenues. There are plenty of coins out there. Redcoin, which is meant for tipping, Fun, which is built for gaming and gambling, and then you have Ripple which is looking at being the first coin adopted by the banks so it can be regulated.
Basically, crypto at the moment is a bit like the wild west. It’s not regulated and you can lose a heap of cash just by entering a code wrong. You don’t get it back - it’s just gone. My advice would be to look at the team behind the development. You want guys with a bit of a pedigree, not just some dude in his apartment with a stack of hardware.
The ones I have been lucky with are listed above, and you can add Tron to that as well.
The great thing about this trading is it’s instant. Coins go up in value - sell them. They drop - buy them. There’s no waiting for markets to open. It’s a 24-7 trading experience.
I suppose the last thing I’d advise you to do is get a digital wallet to keep your coins offline. Look into it - as the currency is largely anonymous, if it gets stolen from wherever you’re keeping it online, it’s gone. In your digital wallet (USB with software in it) you can have both code and a physical (button) release to activate.
Sounds confusing? It is. I still don’t really know 100% of what I’m doing, yet have made a couple of grand overnight a few times while I’m sleeping. Of course, I might be back here in a week lamenting my losses and asking advice on bridges to buy.