Hi all -- I need some help. I'm reaching out in hopes I can get some good advice from those that are successful with automated trading. I've read a lot of posts which had a lot of good information. My goal: Quit my job and trade full time via automated trading First thing, I am not planning on quitting my job any time soon. I know that this will take a long time and I am willing to put in the time. I've already put in nine years and I'm willing to put in another nine or more to get this right. Some history on myself: I have been trading for nine years as I said. I have lost a lot of money and made a lot of money. I want to keep it going in the right direction now. I have been writing strategies for about seven years now. I am a programmer and have a lot of experience coding strategies. I have only done manual backtesting which has been difficult with my current trading platform. I have not been able to do forward testing. I have been victim to over curve fitting. It is indeed deceptive and can suck you in making you think you're a genius. I am currently moving to Tradestation so that I can make use of its back and forward testing tools. I am not concerned with making strategies. I have made quite a few and don't really know if any of them really work because I haven't done the right testing on them. Most of my strategies are intra-day. I may look to do some based off a daily chart at some point but I'm starting with intra-day. What I am looking for are tips on what I need to do next to get to my goal. Here are some of my questions: 1) How long do I need to do backtesting? 2) How much forward testing? 3) How would I know if a strategy is good enough to start to take live with real money? I would like to back and forward test, then paper trade it, then go live with it if everything is good. The problem is, I just don't know how to say when each step is "good". 4) Are there any books that are highly recommended for this stuff? 5) I've heard that you really need to be running multiple strategies on multiple symbols to be successful. Is that true? 6) Is there anything else that you would like to share that you wished someone would have told you before you started with this? 7) Are you trading full time using automated strategies? Is there anyone really doing this for a living? I've been at this long enough and I know that making a lot of money up front is ridiculous and won't happen. I am ready to start on this automated path while I work my full time job and some day when the day comes, I want to quit my current full time job. Thanks for any help you might have for me.