I'm looking for a little advice if anyone is happy to help. My boyfriend has just graduated from his Master's in Financial Law in January and is struggling to find a decent job. He got a First for his Degree and a First for his Master's and is well educated with good experience, but the job market at the moment is providing difficult. (He does currently have a job, but just a student one from University.) His brother started a company when he was young and is now a multi-millionaire after working hard etc. He is giving my boyfriend £30,000 to begin his own company and to try and make a go of things for himself and find his feet. All of his family live in Canada while he lives in the UK. He doesn't want to rush into anything and just blow the money away, so he was asking me for ideas. I had suggested that as the house prices are falling again, he could consider buying a cheap house, use say £25,000 as the deposit, get a small mortgage and use the rest towards doing the house up and eventually selling it. My Dad is a property developer and said he would assist him and get him cheap labour or help with it himself (obviously I know he is not guaranteed a mortgage etc, but just an idea to get the ball rolling.) I know all of this is not easy and doesn't come handed on a plate. I've seen the struggles of trying to sell a house for years and I've also seen occasions where £80k profit has been made in 3 months. And I know it won't come easy to him, but at least he is investing the money and not just chipping away at it in his bank account. I also suggested putting it into a fixed rate bond for a year until he fully decides what to do. His interests are finance/law - specifically anti-money laundering. He knows if the money was mine, I would begin a small hedge fund, but he does not know much about the stock markets and I wouldn't feel comfortable having the responsibility of looking after and investing his £30k for him. I'm a day trader while at University and working for a bank so I know the markets etc, but I don't think it is best suited for himself to create a company on, even if I will be helping him. He said that the business he develops is something he wants to continue and make his future, something which he will support his family on. What would you do? Does anyone have any suggestions? By the way, anything I have mentioned here is JUST an idea and talk at the moment. I would really appreciate any ideas!