I traded at two places (6 months total), no capital contribution. I didn't really ask questions walking into it. It wasn't so great in both cases. Now I'm looking at a situation where I might put up my own capital. (I had a possible opportunity out in NJ, but I just didn't have the flexibility to make a full time commitment) I guess the obvious advantage would be trading on my own time since its my money. The training and no cap deal out in NJ would have been better, but it just wasn't possible. Now I'm still looking to trade in their office and looking to find someone to learn from. What are some things I should ask? I've decided to ask if my money would be locked up, commish rates/fee/desk fees. Now i'd like to be able to know if the person i'm learning from is profitable. Maybe one way to do this is to ask for a pnl sheet. Another suggestions would be to just ask to sit next to them for 1 week before making the dive. Had I done this in my first two places, it would have been evident that neither place had a profitable trader. (there were only 2-4 traders in each place) Any other things I should look into?