Step two: Wait. It could be a short time or a very, very long time before you get back your investments, but when you do... you'll hit the jack pot.
Step three: Selling points. Really, this one is completely up to you and how long you are willing to wait. The usual sell point is 60, but some people wait for much higher numbers than that. Just realize the higher you go, the longer the wait.
There is a stock market avvie on Neo. If you put 1mil into any stocks you want, you'll get the avvie. KSON or any of the very, very expensive 1000+ stocks do not work, if I recall. If you're willing to take a risk and want the avvie quickly, there are a few 100+ stocks right now.
Bargain stocks link. You cannot buy under 15 unless you have a special boon.
Edit edit: SWNC is falling like a rock. It may have just been on the rise for one day and will crash low once more. Hopefully not! As far as I know, this is the most exciting stock at the moment in terms of activity, but I could be wrong.
That's my favourite guide on stocks, which I think should be in such a thread as well.
I use it myself, though in an adapted version, where by now I usually sell 1000 shares every day I play if they are in the 45+ range and buy 1000 shares in the 15-17 range, or sell 500 shares if there is none of my stocks in the 45+ range and buy 1000 shares of the 15-17 range to increase my portfolio.
I think I made some bad investments as I have yet to see HELT and FAER rise above 20. I've had these stocks for at least a couple of years now.
There are no bad investments. Those stocks which tend to stay in the low for a long time usually eventually rise and break the 100 and more. Just like KSON has been above 300 for well over a year now I think, while before they were pretty low as well...