@Keith2065 - ETFs are a great way to go and there’s lots of beginner advice on here and Freetrade.
Some basic tips;
Invest only money you can afford to lose. Invest this money for the long term (think 5 years minimum rather than 1-2 years ideally). Don’t invest money you may need at short notice. Even if you sold for profit, the funds need to clear, then the withdrawal can take another 3-4 days.
Do research. Don’t look for companies you hear lots of hype around without proven performance. You may make a quick buck but you may lose more. Think about emerging markets. If we all invested in Zoom, pharma, and biotech 2 years ago cheaply, we will be quids in, but nobody could have predicted the pandemic and the rise some stocks achieved from it. This is where the long game may help.
Finally, and most importantly of all (I think anyway)… you see red, minus figures, losses… don’t sell unless you have considered all factors and simply need to avoid losing it all. The market dips and climbs regularly, throughout the day as well as over a longer time. My golden rule “you only lose if you sell at a loss.” So hold onto it and it will likely rise again in many cases.
I really like to look at least at 3 month views on stocks, if not 1 year views and all time. It’s not a perfect science but my basic rule is not to look at daily performance or even weekly. Freetrade is not a day trading platform so don’t go buying and selling like you are in Canary Wharf
This is not professional advice. It is my opinion only. Others are much more skilled and qualified than me, either professionally or with experience.