I've read many of the threads on here for the past few weeks and thought I'd ask for some advice. I'm a 26 year old Equity Research Compliance Officer, and fed up with working the 9-5 (more like 730-530) corporate job. I have thought about giving it up and trading full time for the past year now. I even had 2-3 phone conversations with a guy from SMB last year about trading with them, but it just wasn't the right time. Now, I have gotten married and have a little more capital under my belt. My wife makes decent money ($75k-$80k), and I have about $20k in capital to put up to trade. I also have the Series 7 (and 9/10, 24, 63, 87 and CMT levels I and II) and have been practicing day trading on a simulator that uses real past data feeds (I know it's not the same, but that's the best option I have at the moment). Unfortunately, with working for a full service FINRA broker/dealer and being in equity research Compliance, my personal trading is very restricted. Commissions are $34.95 each way and I have to hold most stocks for 30+ days. This has not allowed me to practice my preferred intraday strategy with real money, but I do well with what I can do. I am strictly a technical trader and have done a lot of self-study over the past 4 years. I do not consider myself a novice. My question for you all is this, with my background and situation, do you think I should put up my $20k with some prop firm that will leverage me up 5-10 times or wait until I can raise some more capital and just do retail at Interactive Brokers with PTD 4:1 leverage? I am not really interested in these training firms that charge thousands for a course and then may give you firm capital to trade with. I just want to trade. If I do it for a year or two with my wife helping to support us and lose it all, well then I am confident I can go back into Compliance with my licenses still not expired and resume my depressing, boring career. I am very entrepreneurial and want to control my life, not have it controlled by some company. Is it crazy to think a person can make $40-50k a year starting out with $20k capital? With $100k in BP, making 1% a week doesn't seem unreasonable, but I know 40%-50% annual returns take some serious skill. Any help you can give me to help make this a reality will be greatly appreciated.