To be successful with your investing, it's important to start as early as you can. Yet many beginning investors mistakenly assume that they need a lot of money to get started. In reality, you can invest as little as $100 in ways that will provide much better returns than you'll get in your savings account.

In the following video, Motley Fool investment-planning editor Lauren Kuczala talks with longtime Fool contributor and financial planner Dan Caplinger about how to go about investing $100. Dan points out that many mutual fund companies allow people to invest small amounts as long as they commit to making regular additions to their account. In addition, other specialty investments such as savings bonds offer a chance to invest small amounts to get returns that will be better than some other fixed-income options.