Actually I'm pretty freakin scared. After years of trading and watching the markets I've now spent the last few months developing some strategies on Tradestation. I coded my ideas in and they look really good. They work long and short and the equity curve is beautiful. It's based on last year. It's an intraday system and it's about one trade per day usually a few hours long. It's trading the Q's simply because it's what I always watched. I figure if it works there I can always switch to the futures later but for right now it's where my comfort level is. It seems too good to be true but whichever way I look at it, it looks good. Worst case is slippage may reduce returns, 20% tops but the curve should still be nice. Of course past performance is no guarantee.....but. My plan is to initially watch it at home but eventually I want to be able to leave it so I can do my usual work. Even though I'm a lowly tradesman, I enjoy getting out and meeting people and doing my mechanical things. Besides, it actually pays the bills. I'm going to start slow with low BP and ramp up if it proves out. I just bought a new laptop today that will be dedicated to the trading. That was a huge purchase for me...psychologically. Part of the reason I'm so freakin nervous is that I've been down this road before....and it didn't pan out. I didn't lose and in fact made some money daytrading stocks, but it was stressful, and interfered with my real job so I gave it up. It was not automated and was totally different than what I'll be doing now. I went from dreams of big yachts, to buying a dinghy. Really. Nice dinghy though. I have this feeling that if this doesn't work out, then that's it, nothing is going to work for me. That may not be rational but... Anyhow, not sure why I'm writing this and boring y'all. I guess I'm being self-indulgent. I'm just so wound-up about this. I need to vent. Perhaps some of you have been here before. Can this really work? Maybe some issues I should look out for? I'm getting a UPS and intend to monitor while away via team-viewer on my DroidX. I guess worse comes to worst I still have my dinghy. Sanity? Who needs it?