I have recently been exploring the possibility of making trading a career. Currently, I own and operate a small business (3 people) and enjoy what I do, for the most part. During the past few months, our company has hit a dry spell and has had me thinking about ways to generate alternate income. Looking at the bigger picture, I have come to realize my current career choice may not lend to being a long term solution, for reasons not worth discussing at this point. Because this is a forum, I figured I would post looking for feedback from others who may have made a career change into professional trading and the experiences they may have. First, as the title of my thread suggests, I would ideally like to make $200 to $400 a day, assuming roughly 20 trading days a month. $200/day would allow me to basically maintain my current lifestyle, $400 would put me in a happy place! In regards to those goals, am I shooting for the stars or is this somewhat realistic? If so, what kind of starting capital would be expected to achieve those numbers. I am also not one of those people looking to find the easy way out. I understand that there is a lot to learn and I do not expect overnight success. Also understand that I am open to trading anything (stocks, forex, futures, etc.) With that in mind, does trading any one of these things makes sense over the other? Finally, just for informational purposes, the reason I have been drawn to trading is that it allows me to continue my current business on a limited basis, if I choose to do so. I have also dabbled in trading over the years, mostly long term positions, and done well. The trading world has always fascinated me and so does the allure of being able to manage my own schedule and working from home. Maybe this is all just a large, unrealistic pipe-dream, but I have always had the mindset that anything can be done as long as you have the determination. My objective from this post was just to look for some basic guidance and expectations from those that have been there. Some of the most beneficial knowledge I have ever gained has come from people with experience and what better way to start than with an international audience of traders. Thanks in advance for any useful feedback.