paycheck mentiality. it is not doable for you. do not quit your job, stay there. if just for the sake of several hundreads per day donot trade options. options create headache tax book keeping problem. trade future, like a contract of crude, treasures interest is a good enough. $150 is just one to three crude 1' or3' bars. piece of cake, make sveral hundreds in day trading future in your account size. day trade futures are better choice. you dont need book keep each trade for the tax purpose (nowash sale adj. etc.). plus you do not have PDT limitation, your account is just $20k, you can not day stock options! of course you can trade future options, that is harder than stcok options since the volume is too thin, almost nottradable. I trade options mainly swing, todaybuy, next day or next week to close. day trade options when optionis near expiration, like thursday/friday. most time, I hold days even weeks months in long term trend. but I hate book keeping, IRS should not set those damn rules. so occasionally I trade futures. I do not want to have hundred pages of trade record to report to IRS.