I would greatly apreciate if some of the prop traders out their could answer some questions for me and help in a liitle carreer guidance. I have been reading through most of the threads and their seems to be a lot of chatter about corupt firms and what not. Right now I am trading e-minis from home in a 20K account. I have been able to make a little bit of money each week but not enough to live on . I still have to bartend part time in NJ to pay the bills. My main questions are: 1) how are you paid is it only in the form of % profits generated, I see some firms paying to add liquidity??? 2) How much money can one make prop trading? 3) Can you guys recomend some reputable firms, it seems from the talk in here they are all crooks who are going to take my money. 4) If all someone needs is leverage isn't it just better to stick with futures and trade your own money or is their other reasons for going prop. 5)How much money can I expect to have to fork over. Thanks to anyone who can help with these questions, I am just a liitle confused about how prop trading works. It would be great if anyone has the time to PM and we can talk in more depth thanks Mike.