Why Learn To Trade? The biggest reason for learning to trade is simply the absolute possibility to make as much money as you want, when you want, on your terms! With the rise of the internet and increased popularity of amateur trading its very easy to start and the setup costs are negligible: Most importantly you need a home computer and an internet connection, which most people have already anyway Then open a free online trading account with a reputable broker and fund it Finally buy a charting software package from as little at $10-20 per month. Sometimes these are available free of charge from your broker! In short, you can be up and running in no time at all. Learn To Trade Because Traders… Have the opportunity to make as much money as they want simply by deciding how much money they want to trade with. You can just as easily trade with $10 per trade as $10,000! Can choose to place just 1 trade per week or 20 trades a day. There are no quotas or targets in trading! Can spend just 30mins a day trading or 24hrs a day if they wish. The markets don’t even care whether you show up for work at all! Can either trade at 8am, have a lie in and start at 11am or go golfing for the day and start at 8pm. There are no start times! Can trade from the office, home, Starbucks or even from a sun lounger by the pool in Mauritius! Can trade in their pyjamas if they want. There are no dress codes! Have no bosses to tell them what to do, employees to manage or customers to satisfy! Is This You? Happily Employed: I have a steady job that I enjoy and don’t wish to give up. However I’d still love a little bit of extra money each month without having to take a second job or give up too much precious free time. Trading is the perfect solution. You can spend from as little as 30mins each day trading to generate extra cash. The amount of money you can make each month is just limited to the size of your trades.For most new traders, trading starts with a small account to make that little bit of extra money to supplement an existing income. In fact there are many traders for whom this is all they want and despite being very good traders choose not to take their trading any further and that’s absolutely fine. Unhappily Employed: I have a job but to be honest I don’t love it and I work to live, not live to work. It would be great if I could find a replacement income and eventually give up my day job. Great, why not try trading? You can learn whilst still holding down your day job easily enough and without it impacting on your work. If you then decide it’s not for you that’s okay, you’ve still got your job and no harm done. However, if trading is working out for you then fantastic, resign and congratulations on becoming your own boss! Retired or Student: I’m retired, don’t work full time or just have a lot of free time on my hands these days. I’d really like to make better use of that time, make a bit of extra money in the process and at the same time keep my brain challenged! Trading is ideal for you. You can spend as much or as little time as you want trading and learning to trade. Be assured that your brain will definitely be challenged! To be clear though, whilst trading is tricky to master, it isn’t complicated or difficult to learn in principle (some of the best traders around don’t have a qualification to their name). There is a wealth of learning material out there to read, watch and study depending on your intellectual appetite and dedication. Wannabe Millionaire: I know that I’m never going to make the kind of money I need through my work to afford the lifestyle I want. Brilliant, trading could well be the ticket to your millions! In trading there are no pay freezes, company salary brackets, glass ceilings or other similar income limiting factors. If you are person who wants to make a lot of money then trading may be the answer for you. In trading the amount you can make is just limited to the amount of money you have to trade. Quite simply if you have a particular trading strategy that typically nets you 1-2% of your total trading pot or capital per trade, then it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what kind of money you can make if eventually 1% of your account = $1000! So What Are You Waiting For?! Know the expression, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”? Well, the great thing about trading is that it is very easy to get into and you can just as easily stop if its not for you. Admittedly trading is not easy to master and does require dedication and discipline, more than time or money in fact, but how will you know whether its for you or not if you don’t at least give it a try?!