Some people label day trading as a “get rich quick” scheme. Others suggest that betting is more profitable. The truth is, day trading can be both a way to get rich quick, and to make lots of profit. Unfortunately, the downside is that some people end up losing a lot of money.
Why is it that those people lose money rather than make it in day trading? The answer is simple: they don’t apply a structure or discipline to what they do! Let’s face it; any form of buying and selling is a risk. Even selling physical products at a retail store is a risk.
The trick is to make those risks calculated, and limit any potential losses you might make. In today’s blog post, I will share with you some information on how you can become a day trader – and a successful one at that!
Don’t quit your day job
I always tell people not to quit their day job when they start day trading. At the end of the day, you need a constant source of income to pay your bills. If you have a bad spell with day trading, how will you pay your bills?
Some people consider day trading to be their day job. But here’s the thing: having such an approach to day trading is a bad idea!
If you become a successful day trader, that’s great. Unfortunately, those that are not soon become broke and have no job to rescue them out of financial hell.
Learn the lingo
When you buy and sell shares for profit on a daily basis, you need to know the language of stock trading. Here are some examples of common terms:
- Securities. These are things that have a value, and can get traded with others. An example is company shares;
- Stock. A term that describes the ownership of company shares;
- Trade. The buying and selling of securities;
- IPO. Short for “initial public offering.” The term describes the first sale of a company’s shares.
It’s not uncommon to spend an entire day behind your computer screen. The art of day trading involves making precise buying and selling decisions. Every second counts, and if you wait too long to make a decision, you might end up losing a lot of money.
Do lots of research
When I first started day trading, I did plenty of online research into the companies I wanted to trade securities in. Having lots of knowledge helps to gain an accurate assessment of a company’s value.
Ebooks such as www.rockwelltrading.com/day-trading/free-day-trading-ebook-1-2/ are also useful. They help you to do the right research.
Have a plan
An effective strategy is key to becoming a successful day trader. You need to set personal limits on when to buy and sell, how long to trade for, and when to “cut your losses.”
I hope this guide has been useful to you. Let me know how you get on by posting in the comments section below. Good luck!