So when the going gets tough, you’ll need an answer for the above question - and you’ll need to meditate on it when you’re wondering whether to keep going.
The truth of the matter is that for traders who take their efforts seriously, it’s always going to be a process with high rewards and potentially high risks, too. Below, we’ll look into some ways that trading offers you a different experience from a 9 to 5 - and why that can be a very attractive prospect for anyone looking to make a better future for themselves.
You can work for yourself
Being your own boss isn’t essential when you’re getting into trading - there are plenty of trading firms who offer the chance to benefit from institutional knowledge and greater capital. With that being said, flying solo is the preferred end state for any trader who wants an element of control over what decisions they make, what trends they follow and which instincts they listen to. When you get into trading, a major part of the attraction has to be the opportunity for financial independence - and you’ll feel that independence earlier on if you’re working for yourself.
If you’re a solo trader and you quite simply don’t want to turn up one day, then you have that option. As long as you’ve got the appropriate instructions in place, or have no open trades at a given time, you can take some well-earned rest and enjoy the independence you have signed up for.
You can trade from anywhere (within reason)
Independence is all well and good, as long as you are actually putting it to use. Trading from home is a more attractive prospect than riding a packed train to sit in an office, and that sense of freedom can be expanded as far as you want to expand it. You don’t need to stick to the Dow Jones if you’re a trader in the US, or trade specifically on the FTSE if you’re in London. As the bulk of trading happens electronically, all you need is to be set up for remote trading, and you can do it from anywhere in the world.
It takes the correct software, of course: you’ll need the right trading platform and a suitable payment gateway for when you want to cash out. As long as you have established these necessities, you can spend part or all of a year in a beachside paradise while you trade the markets of one of the world’s financial hubs like London, New York or Tokyo.
Trading itself is a varied field
The world of stock trading can look absolutely impenetrable for anyone who isn’t used to it, and there is no doubt that it can be intimidating to the point where some people simply turn away from the idea. But if your belief is that trading is too pressurized, confusing and hostile to newcomers, then you may need to simply find your niche. Once you’re comfortable in one area you’ll find that a lot of concepts are transferable between types of trading.
It’s not such a long time ago that Forex trading became a household topic because of its popularity among people who would never have ordinarily even considered playing the markets. If you’re minded to follow international news anyway as a personal interest, then you can get a feel for how different stories such as election results can move the line, and can apply your knowledge to increase the chance of success. If, on the other hand, you’re trading the stock markets, you’ll get a feel for which ones have greater volatility at which times, and know how to react to that.
Trading is a varied life that offers little in the way of guarantees, but so much in the form of opportunities. Working at it will open up new worlds to you, and there aren’t many jobs out there that regularly offer the same level of variety - in the form of working days, challenges, and rewards. As long as you’re not expecting every day to be the same, it’s pretty obvious why so many people come to see trading as their passport to the financially secure future they want.
This is a contributed post.