10 Things You Need To Know Before Starting Trading From Home

So you’re considering trading from home, but what exactly should you know before taking this step. Preparation is crucial when taking the steps to begin trading from home. Having a concise and thorough plan in place will ensure that you are sufficiently prepared. 

Trading from home is an easy option for many as it provides greater flexibility in allowing them to incorporate this new profession into their daily schedules. 

Below we have identified 10 things that we think you should know before starting to trade from home.

Knowledge is crucial 

Knowledge of the trading market is crucial. Not only will you need to ensure that you are fully informed of the general trading procedures but you will also need to ensure that you are fully aware of any changes in the market at all times. Learning to trade can take a lot of time and is a process that requires a lot of patience and effort on your behalf. While there are courses available that can supplement your learning there are also many websites that you can visit for detailed advice and tips on stocks.

Choose a market

You will need to choose a market in which you are going to begin trading in and this depends on a few variable factors. Your capital is going to play a significant role in deciding the market that you are going to trade in. The capital is going to determine how compatible a particular market is with the funds that you have available. Also, consider your interests as this is an important factor too. So long as your capital allows, you should begin trading in a market that appeals to you as this is going to make it a more enjoyable experience. Some markets are also better suited to those starting in the trade than others. 

Set aside sufficient funds and open a brokerage account

Managing your funds is a crucial part of trading, not only can it help to determine which market is best for you but you will also need to consider how much capital you want to risk per trade, while also remembering that you may experience losses too. Those who utilize money management strategies aren’t going to require a huge amount of money to begin trading.

Many traders may wish to open a brokerage account. As such a brokerage account allows you to buy and sell stocks etc. They provide a saving solution that can help with achieving future goals. Before contemplating opening a brokerage account we would advise you to conduct thorough research to determine the different types available and whether a brokerage account is right for you. 

Familiarise yourself with the trading terminology

To begin with, trading terminology can appear rather confusing. During your first few weeks as a trader, you are likely to stumble upon terms that make little sense to you and so it is important to ensure that you familiarise yourself with all of the important trading terminologies. There are many resources available that can help educate you on different terms. 

Know your trading style

Different trades adopt a particular trading style and your trading style is going to be influenced by multiple factors, one of the most prominent being your motivations and work circumstances. For those working from home, day trading is likely to be the most common style, while it requires focus, it isn’t as demanding as alternative styles. Conduct research into the different trading styles before assessing which is best for you. 

Dedicate sufficient time to trading

Trading from home is still going to demand your time, although it offers greater flexibility, it isn’t recommended if you have limited time available. A strategy that requires your constant focus isn’t going to be the best option if you are hoping to trade from home alongside an existing profession or you are responsible for other commitments like childcare. Trading can often require you to monitor the market at different times throughout the day so you must be prepared to move quickly. Assessing the long term implications of trading from home and the time that it is likely to consume will allow you to select the most appropriate trade market. 

Ensure that you are equipped with the basic trading tools

When beginning to trade from home, you will need to ensure that you are equipped with all of the basic but essential trading tools. Select a trading platform that accommodates your trading style. Those who are new to trading will likely benefit by testing different options before deciding which one caters to their preferences. You will need a computer or monitor that has a fast processor that can keep up with the demands of your trading program. You don’t want to be in the middle of training only to be confronted with a lagging computer. A speedy internet connection is essential and can impact how well your trading program performs. 

Choose an asset class that is suited to you

There are many different types of asset classes available some of which allow traders to establish a more diverse portfolio. An asset class refers to a group of investments each of which is subject to the same laws and regulations. Simply put, an asset class is essentially a broad investment and having a greater mix allows for easier management of potential risk.

Understand the best times of the day to trade

Some traders will trade continuously throughout the day during regularly set sessions while others will trade during a specific time frame. It is important to time trades for greater success. For beginners, this can be a particularly daunting task and so it may be worth avoiding the rush hour periods to begin with. The morning tends to be the most volatile time of the day hence why most traders will trade between the hours of 9.30 am to 10.30 am. It is unlikely that you are going to need to dedicate your whole day to trading but rather specific times. 

Are you willing to take risks?

Trading often rewards those who take risks in the process. There are many risks associated with different types of trading and so it is important to be aware of this beforehand. Of course, we aren’t suggesting taking risks that are going to be damaging but rather those that encourage you to be adventurous within your trade. You will need to manage and limit any risks that are going to be harmful to your trade by enforcing effective risk management. 

Dorian Koci

Dr. Dorian Koçi is a historian, Director of National Historical Museum of Albania and lecturer in Tirana State University, Faculty of History and Philology and New York University of Tirana.