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5 Crucial Steps of Starting Your Own Online Trading Business

Written by Jessie Connor

There are many reasons people decide to try their luck in the business world. No matter your reasons, you need to understand that starting a business – any business – is no walk in the park. First and foremost, you need to make sure that your business idea is solid and unique because the modern business world is a volatile market. On the other hand, even if there are similar businesses on the market, don’t let that discourage you. If that’s the case, you’ll just need to come up with a unique offer that will make your business stand out from the crowd.

However, if you want to make money and be your own boss, but you don’t really have any business ideas, nor do you have something unique to offer, you can try your luck with the online trading business. Do keep in mind that learning how to trade stocks is not easy either – you will have to do your homework and develop the same level of skill, just like you would for any other profession. But the upside is that this business model is already tried and tested, which significantly reduces the chance of failure. So, let’s see how you can start your own trading business.

1. Educate yourself

In order to be able to start trading online successfully, you will first need to educate yourself. You’ll have to get familiar with every last little detail of the job which means that simply watching a couple of videos or reading a book or two won’t be enough. Instead, you have to get your hands on every available resource out there and make sure you’ve researched everything down to a T before you invest even a single dollar. Also, try to see if you can find any demo trading options so that you can practice what you’ve learned before you actually get in the game for real.

2. Make a business plan

Next, just like wit any other business, you should make a business plan. Without a solid business plan in place, you can’t really hope to get far in your endeavor. So, determine what style of trading you want to pursue, come up with a risk management strategy, decide on software and tools you wish to use and choose your trading strategy. Once you know what you want to do and how you want to do it, things will be much easier.

3. Diversify your portfolio

In a trading business, diversifying your portfolio is very important. Instead of choosing to put all of your assets in a single market, you can choose to spread it out among various options. For instance, option trading is far less risky than stock trading, because it allows you to buy underlying stocks at a predetermined price before a certain due date, but without any obligations. That’s why you should you should familiarize yourself with various option strategies as well, to make sure you’re not putting all of your eggs in a single basket.

4. Give your trading business a clear structure

Next, you’ll also have to have a clearly-defined business structure. This step is very important as it will determine your future tax obligations. So, consult with an accountant beforehand and choose whether you want to run your business as an LLC (limited liability company), sole proprietorship or you’d rather partner up with somebody. The business structure you decide on will determine how you’ll need to approach the TTS (tax trader status) in the future. However, do know that you’ll only be paying taxes if you actually manage to win, so focus your attention on making money and let other professionals (such as your accountant) worry about taxes.

5. Use trading technology

Finally, just like in any other type of business, make use of all the available technology you have at your disposal to ensure your trading success. Nowadays, you have all the technology that was once reserved only for institutional traders readily available for retail traders as well. Fast computers, all-electronic markets and direct-access trading are just some of the things that have made trading in this day and age significantly easier. Additionally, trade automation, innovative tools used for market research and high-tech testing platforms offer you even more benefits. So, you should definitely use all of these – and any other you might find – to improve your trading game.

As you can see, trying your luck as an online trader does include some risks, and it definitely doesn’t come easy. However, the benefits it brings, such as being able to become your own boss and generate a significant income, make it totally worth it. So, learn all you can about the world of trading, register your business, decide on your strategic approach, obtain all the necessary technology and start boosting your income today!

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About the author


Jessie Connor

Jessie Connor is a Brisbane based writer and researcher, and a regular contributor at several business and lifestyle blogs.