I see a lot of posts by different people stating that it's impossible or at least very hard to survive on an account less than 5K. Let's take mini futures as an example (that's what I trade). I've traded everything from stocks to options to bonds to futures since I began trading two years ago at a prop and then for myself. I've lost probably about 30K in this time period. I settled on mini futures, as it's the best instrument for small fish like me in almost all respects. I currently net $150/day when averaged for the last three months. I started with an account size of $1,000, and still trade only one contract with a $500 margin (TF/ES/ZN). My plan is simple - tight stops with 1/4 r/r, and daily limit of 3 stops or 6 trades. I adjust my trade according to price, and if it's green, I set the stop to at least break-even, sometimes a small profit. If I hadn't had to pay off debt every month, my account would be $10,000 right now. According to all the aforementioned posts, I must be a liar, because no one can start with a small account and return 1000% in three months.