I just made the transition from full time employee to full time trader. I was not fully prepared, and I paid the price. Trading is a business, and you should treat it as a business. You must have a disciplined strategy or trade setup, and rules. Most businesses lose money starting out. You should be prepared to "pay tuition" until you start making any money. My suggestion is to start daytrading on a playback of a real time data feed. Do this for several months until you you develop confidence. You may also want to consider trading overseas markets like Hong Kong or Europe. So you can keep your job and still trade in your off hours.