I am changing careers and exploring day/swing trading as a full-time business. I have some capital with which I plan to trade. I've also been reading up on TA, direct-access, etc, but I have not tried any kind of trading yet. The way I understand it, I have 2 options on how to start: A. Set up a trading desk at home, open an account at a DA broker, get whatever remote training on their software is available, start trading remotely. B. Find a firm with on-site trading in my area (NY), open an account with them, get trained on their software on-site, trade there (pay them for it) for awhile, then maybe go route A above. Questions: 1. Are there any other options? 2. Which option would be better? 3. If I go with option A, which DA firms should I consider? What should I be aware of? 4. If I go with option B and later switch to remote access, will I either be stuck using the software of the on-site firm remotely or have to get re-trained on another system? Which firms should I consider for option B? How much will I be paying them for trading on-site? What should I be aware of? 5. Is there a danger depositing the capital under either scenario with the firms? Is there deposit insurance? Any help would be welcome, since I'm totally new at this.