Def: Because someone earning a few hundred grand a year is probably not using IB/Quote Tracker, is definitely not a newbie and already makes more money than 99.99% of the people on this board and probably doesn't need my advice nor anyone else's advice for that matter. Because a newbie is far better off trading with a firm than losing his own money, and the environment is far better for someone starting out into this business. Two newbies starting out, I will put my money on the one who went with a prop. firm anyday. Because very very very very few traders can day trade, swing trade, options trade, futures trade at same time without conflicting their objectives. Most people are much better off at concentrating on one time frame / vehicle and ace it. Because someone earning a few hundred grand a year probably wants to move on to the next tier in this business, and he can either start trading incredible sizes, run a hedge fund or a trading desk, and working with a professional firm is probably the best way to go for either one of those pursuits. Because even if you do work for my firm you can still trade options, futures, swing trade, in any other account, if you feel like it. Even if eventually those will definitely collide and you will probably giving up one or the other anyhow. Because no matter how good you are, there are always someone much better than you, and you will find more of those individuals at a professional firm than message boards or chat rooms, where you have people telling you they pull off 1-4 points off Nasdaq fast movers every single day but they can't do better than IB/Quote Tracker after you just blew a 15 games winning streak. Because anyone who ever traded with bullets will tell you that it is one of the greatest advantages about working at a prop. firm, particularly in this bear market, and I can confirm that even if I don't use it as much as I should. Because I don't want to see people giving up years of their life and thousands of dollars fighting an uphill battle, and I believe working at a prop. firm is without a doubt the best thing since real time data feed for a newbie day trader.