I've been reading up alot about trading and am interested in taking the plunge as a day trader. Currently the options I see are: 1. Join a prop firm that pays you salary - best and most difficult way of getting in. 2. Join a prop firm where you put up your own capital. This is what I'm leaning towards. I met with T3 Capital and they offer: - 95/5 payout - $5000 minimum to start - $90 a month data feed - Mentoring, which is to me the most important thing right now. I need to follow professionals so I can minimize my mistakes. 3. Start out on my own from scratch. What do you guys think is the best way to go? I'm earning a comfortable salary right now in engineering but I don't want to do this for the rest of my life. I figure if all else fails, I can always go back to it. Plus I have enough saved up to last me a year. I figure I can put up $40,000 into a trading account once I feel comfortable making steady consistent profits (hopefully within a year) but even at a 25% return rate that would mean I'm making $10,000 a year.