When you're ready to start investing, the first thing you'll need to do is open a brokerage account. But what should you look for in a broker and what do you need to do to get set up? You'll need to determine what brokers you're able to open an account with and also decide what you need in a broker. Do you need one-on-one help? You might want to go with a traditional full service broker. However, you will pay higher fees than you will with online discount brokers, which are convenient, have lower fees and some, even office locations. Once it's time to invest, don't forget to think outside the confines of stocks and bonds.