If you already have some experience you’ll know full well it is certainly possible to trade from home around a day-job.
You CAN get started with a very small trading bank (and it’s nothing to be ashamed of).
And, if I’ve been doing my job properly, you’ll know my material is very much geared towards simple and clear explanations of what to do and why, so you can make good use it whatever your level of experience.
But for those who are still finding their feet, or are perhaps brand new to trading, I’m taking us back to basics this week…
If you’ve been bitten by the trading bug and are still not quite sure about taking the plunge, let me give you some words of wisdom that might help…
5 top tips that’ll help you trade Forex from home
1) Trade in a way that suits your availability
It can be so tempting to try and adopt a particular trading system or strategy you’ve discovered, but do take the time to figure out if it’s going to fit in with other demands on your time.
It is perfectly possible to trade alongside a day-job, or while looking after your children at home, but a strategy that needs you to continuously monitor the screen probably isn’t going to be the best way to do it.
In this situation I think you’d be best looking at a true ‘hands-off’ strategy
You’d just need to check in on your account once a day, perfectly possible to do this in the evenings, and the beauty of this approach is it can really help with your self-discipline. You can’t mess around with your orders at the wrong time if you’re not sitting there watching them work!
2) Set aside your start bank. Protect it and nurture it
There’s absolutely no stigma attached to trading a smaller bank. These days you can get seriously started by setting aside just a couple of hundred pounds and I’ll bet there are many traders who wished they started at a smaller than they actually did!
After all, it’s inevitable that there’ll be the odd ‘beginners mistake’ while you’re learning your craft. Better to get those out of your system on a small scale I reckon!
3) You can buy the most valuable trading tool ever for just 79p
What’s the most valuable trading tool you’ll come to rely on time and time again do you reckon? Is it super-secret indicator that tells you exactly when it’s time to buy? Or a Forex ‘robot’ that slaves away in the markets on your behalf so you never need lift a finger? Or how about a special smartphone app that means you never need be away from the markets for more than a minute?
Nope, nope, and nope again.
The most valuable trading tool you’ll ever have is one you’ll create over time yourself: It’s your personal trading journal.
What gets measured gets improved. And by poring over your trading notes you can spot some very revealing patterns indeed. Your records can help you cull weak areas from your trading and really let you capitalise on your strengths.
You can record your thoughts and actions in a digital document but there’s something about writing it down on paper that makes it so much more personal and potent (or is that just me being a bit old-fashioned?).
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, get yourself one of those spiral-bound reporter’s notebooks – 79p each at my local newsagents – and you are in business.
4) You must be willing to embrace risk
The simple fact is as traders we are rewarded by a willingness to assume a level of risk. I’m not talking about doing anything reckless, or approaching trading with a gambler’s mindset, but the old adage of ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ applies here just as it does in any speculative venture.
And however you look at it, there is risk involved wherever money is concerned….
Stash your savings away in a high street bank and there’s a risk that you might find yourself fighting to actually get your hands on it one day – just like account holders at Northern Rock did a few short years ago (and next time the outcome could be much worse!). Even holding your funds in hard cash exposes your buying power to the eroding effects of inflation – you’ll find the value of your money diminishes over time.
So an appropriate level of risk is going to be a factor however you look to protect or increase your wealth. You can’t really avoid it and it’s something that shouldn’t be feared.
5) There are 3 simple truths when it comes to trading
I’m a strong believer in effective trading being simple trading. You don’t need to have a computer set-up to rival mission control at NASA, you don’t need to know loads of complicated theory, and you don’t need to use any of the fancy tools you’ll find on the trading platforms (although it’s perfectly fine to do so if the tool gives you a profitable edge to some degree).
All you need do is enter and exit the markets in a way that gains more money on the winnings trades than gives back on the losing trades. And the great news is there are loads of different ways to do exactly that!
So that’s one of the 3 simple truths. Here are the other 2:
You don’t need to know what will happen next in order to make money.
So don’t worry about predicting the market’s every move. Just find the conditions that give you a profitable edge, pull the lever on the trade, and accept each result trade-by-trade.
You will get a random pattern of winning and losing trades.
Don’t let your ego trip you up by wanting to be ‘right’ all the time. You will get losing trades, it’s a fact. So welcome them with open arms. Every losing trade takes you one step closer to the next winner and remember what we just agreed…
You’ll be entering and exiting the markets in a way that gains more money on the winning trades than gives back on the losing trades. It means there should be nothing for your ego to be worried about!
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So take those 5 tips with you as you start preparing to trade from home. I’m sure they’ll help set you off on the right foot.
And if you’re already actively trading is there anything from that list of tips you might be able to add to your current modus operandi?
HINT: Trading Journal!