I have been trading retail for a number of years. I seem to be doing well with tape reading and scalping. Commissions are low (0.005/share). I don't mind the slow learning curve so far, but would like to speed the process if possible. I am considering going prop, but have yet to start poking around. The big value I see is working with others. The less important features to me are leverage, and perhaps lower commissions. The disadvantages are profit splits and platform/desk fees. Acquiring the licenses aren't a big issue to me. I will probably spend several months to a year with very low share sizes ( < 30k/mo), so getting desk fees waived probably won't be an option at first. And while honing my skills, I won't be using much of the leverage offered. So my questions - In your opinion: Is the lower commissions and bouncing ideas off other (hopefully more mature) traders worth the disadvantages? Also, if I were to ask to start on a part-time basis (i.e. a couple of hours each morning), would I be laughed off the floor?