5 Points on When to Go Pro in Forex

12/18/2015 9:00 am EST

Focus: FOREX

For those traders who dream of quitting their job, going pro, and making a living out of forex trading, Yohay Elam, of ForexCrunch.com, shares a list of five important points worth considering before it becomes even fathomable to take that leap.

Most forex traders do it while having a day job, some trade during their free time, and some do it when the boss isn’t looking. And some think or dream of quitting their job and going pro and making a living out of forex trading.

When can this be done? Here are five important points:

  1. At least a year of profitable trading: In order to evaluate if you have the basis for trading forex as a profession, a full year of successful internship is necessary. During the course of a year, you’ve seen many different phenomena in the markets. This is minimal experience.
  2. Significant income for three months: Are you already making a significant monthly income from trading? Significant means that it pays the rent or mortgage, covers a big savings plan or is a sizable portion of your overall income.
  3. Plan for scaling up: Making a significant sum from trading is great, but can you scale it up to making a living? How? Take the time to make a plan on how your trading routine will be…your timetable is different when you don’t have a day job. The free time needs to be successfully utilized from day one.
  4. Deep pockets. In deep pockets, I don’t mean needing to be rich. If you would be rich, you wouldn’t need any trading, would you? I mean that you can continue your life as usual for some time with your current income from forex. Given that you don’t scale quickly, you’ll need money to cushion your expenses. The more money you have, the more patience you’ll have with full time trading, the greater chance you’ll have to succeed.
  5. Plan B: Following the previous point, you need a Plan B in case it doesn’t work out. This could be returning to your previous job, pursuing another path, etc. If you know the worst case scenario, you’ll clear out the uncertainty and you’ll have a better chance to succeed.

By Yohay Elam, Founder, Writer, and Editor, ForexCrunch.com