Background: I have been involved in the markets, especially forex trading, for about 8 years now. Over the past year I have finally become consistantly profitable. It just started to click with me. My tentative plan: I want to continue to trade my money for 6 or 9 more months. I want the track record not really to prove to anyone else, but to prove it to myself. Once I am confident I plan on raising money from family and trading it. I think I can raise 7 figures. I know that trading others people's money, especially family, can create a lot of stress and bad feelings. This is why I dont want to start until I am confident in my track record. For this plan lets assume I can trade profitably and consistantly. After that I was thinking I could expand to trading other people's money through a small fund I create. I know this is really forward thinking but I would love to hear anyone's thoughts. I am would like to hear suggestions on things I need to do in order to make this happen. Are there specific certifications I would need to have better success? Any advice would be great. Again, I hope this doesnt turn into an arguement about trading or not trading family member's money.