This thread is for anyone curious about trying it... Long story short, quit my IT job 2 years ago and began trading the markets from home. I will categorically tell you now, you WILL lose more than you make for at least a year (even if the markets aren't as mad as they have been). Any websites that make you believe this is easy and they're making a fortune are probably run by Mr Madoff (ponzi scheme guy). I use 3 trading chat rooms on a daily basis and it's amazing the private messages you get vs the public ones. One guy admitted to me he lost his parents house and all his savings etc. It took me 18 months of frustration (I've gone through 5 keyboards, seriously), research and bloody hard work to finally get it. I'm now making a very good return. If you want to do it, I say go for it, but like anything in life it's not easy. Stay small (trade small amounts) and research obsessively, everything you need to know is on the net.