In a situation when you have a little more time, it is a good idea to acquire new skills that will bring you an additional income. Learning how to trade stocks is a great way to do so. However, there are several steps to consider first that will help you trade like a pro even at home. You need to learn about stock trading and define which strategy you prefer to use, and then start trading.
Before you actually start trading, you need to prepare yourself first by reading stock trading books to master the basics, if you don’t want to waste your money. There are many seminars, but even if you are not willing to invest in training and seminars, it is mandatory to read books and articles on renowned and reliable sites. You will find some very helpful websites for free investment education, such as Investopedia. Of course, you have to check in on the stock market and headline stories on a daily basis, as well, to gain a sense of economic trends and general investing rules. In addition, get inspired by successful investors and read the success stories and perspectives of Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, and other great investors. Or in other words, find a mentor or somebody that will guide you through especially in the beginning, as trading has a lot to do with the way of thinking.
When you first start trading, do it with a simulator and play money, and not with real money until you have practiced enough to invest for real. Define if you prefer day trading or long-term trading and keep in mind that day trading is not particularly recommended for beginners. The reason is that you need to have a good strategy first and certain knowledge. A piece of wise advice by Warren Buffett suggests that you buy and hold your investments, as known as ‘passively investment’, rather than trying to beat the market trading stocks with day trading. If you still want to do day trading, you can use the services of brokers, suited particularly for day trading.
Another important piece of advice to trade at home like a pro is to stay cool. Your decisions need to be based on logic and not on emotions, as getting emotional may become your biggest enemy. To be driven by logic, you need to set your goals, as well as your risk tolerance. Define your goals by finding out what your current situation, needs, and status is (saving for a wedding or a new home, expecting third child, etc) and also what your long-term financial needs include (such as starting a new business, planned round the world trips, etc.). It is advisable to have long-term goals and to target undervalued companies, but with growth potential in the long term. Of course, to identify such companies, you need to have a good understanding and to make a research first, and the articles and books advised above, that you need to be reading on a daily basis, will help you with this.
As a beginner, the best strategy that will help you feel like a pro is to keep things simple. It is good to diversify your portfolio at some point. At the beginning focus on having a more limited stock portfolio that will give you the necessary time to thoroughly assess the risk factor. With time, you will gain a sense of feeling about how to recognize new opportunities by learning about new indexes and exchanges. This will help you diversify your portfolio in the best possible way. You need to keep in mind that you always have to set a budget plan how much to trade.
To sum up, to act like a real pro even at home while stock trading, you need to educate yourself. Read articles about stock trading, books, be aware of the stock market, and have a clear vision and expectations. As a beginner, start with trading small position sizes and gradually increase the amount. This is actually the best piece of advice to receive. And be prepared to learn something every day, as even the professionals who have been trading for more than 15 years are also learning every day.