No, I'm a database guy (and part time at that as I'm retiring). And there are many many hoops to jump thru to be a financial planner.
But the best way to do this is to just try it on a small scale. My first introduction to stocks was when I turned 21 my parents bought me like 5 shares of a Dayton company called Dayco. (I'm from Dayton) I remember seeing stock listings in the paper. So looked up Dayco and I saw it said 16.
I literally didn't even know they meant 16 dollars.
Medford gave you some solid financial advice, but if you followed his plan to the letter, you'd NEVER get started investing (or it would be so far away it would seem like forever).
So you said you could invest $100 a month. Just try it one time. It's a learning experience. You really don't need to pay anyone to do this.
There's an online brokerage company we used called TradeKing. It was very easy (and $0 cost) to sign up for an Roth IRA brokerage account. If I remember correctly we did everything online. You had to scan your driver's license I think and upload it. They have online chat during normal business hours to talk you thru things.
There are probably plenty of others that are great but I am familiar with them. Once the account is set up you can just mail them a check. (there are other ways also)
I would recommend buying a stock called Realty Income Incorporated. Their symbol is O. They are an incredibly conservative investment. And they pay dividends monthly, so you get some immediate feedback every month. It sells for $44.46 a share so with a $4.95 commission you could (just) buy 2 shares.
Feel free to send me an IM and I'll give you my email address and I'll answer any questions you may have.