It takes money to make money

Definition

This idiom ‘It takes money to make money’ means that money is necessary to generate more money. It implies that having a certain amount of money is necessary to secure a greater amount of money.

Examples

If you want to get out of debt, it takes money to make money – you have to have the funds to invest.

If you want to start your own business, you have to have money to get it off the ground – it takes money to make money.

If you want to invest in stocks, it takes money to make money – you need to have the money to invest in order to get a return on your investment.

Origin

The origin of this idiom is uncertain, but it is believed to have been around since the early 1900s.

FAQs

Q

Is it possible to make money without money?

A

It is possible to make money without money, but it is much easier to make money when you have an initial investment.