Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I'll try to make it brief. I was forced out of the US Air Force seven years ago due to a workplace injury as an IT professional. It developed into a severe chronic illness that left me unable to maintain employment. I was forced to become a stay at home dad and I have been one for the last five years. One year before I was kicked out of the military, I was exposed to an educational trading company and I bought into it. I loved everything about trading but I ran into a couple problems (low capital and crippling pain) so I stopped. I figured out what was causing my health problems and worked my butt off for the last 3 years to restore my health. I no longer struggle with chronic illness. Now that my children are all in school, I have been thinking about finding a proprietary trading firm to work with. I believe that teams perform better than individuals and I prefer working with people than by myself anyway. After scouring through this forum for answers, this is what I have learned about a potential career as a new trader at a prop firm: 1. Proprietary trading firms are ideally looking for traders with great track records of success. The trader seeks out these firms so that way they can have greater access to capital to make more money. Win-win for both as each takes a cut of the profits. 2. Some prop firms will allow new traders to come in as long as they put up some capital at risk and buy into their educational program. (I'm leery about this approach because I don't know how to discern whether or not the firm is legit. I also wonder if the firm will truly coach new traders through their trading mistakes long enough for the trader to become profitable.) Or some firms are looking to bring on students finishing from colleges with STEM degrees. 3. Get a regular full-time job and trade on the side. Once trading becomes profitable enough to live on, consider quitting full-time job to become a full-time trader or a prop trader. Are these observations usually true? Is there anything else that I'm missing or that I have wrong? My ultimate goal would be to become a trading coach/trainer but (obviously) I would want to excel as a trader first. I have two final questions: 1. Are there any great remote prop trading firms that train and coach new traders into becoming excellent traders? 2. Do you have any suggestions for me as an aspiring trader in my position? Thank you!