Becoming Successful in Forex When There is NO Time : Tips for the Family Guy with a Full Time Job – Part No.2

On yesterday’s post we talked about the disadvantages people have when they attempt to become full time forex traders or even simply successful traders when they have full time jobs and families that take up substantial amounts of their time. Near the end of the post I pointed out that patience and a long term look are bound to be absolutely important to the success of a person in this situation and I also said that exploiting strengths and reducing weaknesses was also an important part of this journey. On today’s post I will elaborate on the more practical aspects of this advice and I will lay out a plan that you – as a person with a full time job and family – can follow to become successful in forex trading in the long term.

Many of you may be asking how I came up with such a plan if I don’t have a full time job nor a few kids to make my life a lot more complicated. The truth is that even though this is not the case my advantage is that I know what has to be done to become a successful trader even if I did not do it from the above mentioned situation. This has allowed me to extrapolate what I learned to device a plan for people in such a situation. Of course, I would not bother to tell you this plan if I had not put it into practice before, something I have been doing for a while with a friend who has a wife, two kids and a full time job. For the past year this friend has been executing my plan to the letter and his results have been very good – a positive evolution towards a long term profitable trading outcome. Certainly he is not even close to quitting his day job but he made profit this year and did not wipe his account (a true achievement for having such a small amount of time !).

What was the plan he followed ? When he asked me to help him become a successful trader I told him about all the disadvantages I talked about in yesterday’s post and I said to him that he had to approach trading in a very particular way to achieve success. Since I knew he had no clue about what he needed to do I laid out a plan for him so that he could go towards long term success in trading with under 5 hours of work each week. This is what I advised him to do :

Forget about short term trading, to trade one hour charts you need to stay at least 5-8 hours a day in front of your computer, to trade even smaller time frames you need even more time. If you attempt to trade short term charts when you get home tired at night you will definitely only get frustrated and lose.

Learning is the top priority, understanding what you are doing is the most important part of trading success. I told him to dedicate 2 hours each week to go through learning material and through its application. I encourage him to read classical book in currency trading and technical analysis and to actually PUT that knowledge in practice over visual backtests of at least 5 years of data. Often people read a lot but they fail to apply the concepts and knowledge they acquire.

Daily trading systems, perhaps one of the most important things I told him to do was to start trading daily systems and STICK with them. I encourage him to do evaluations of several different daily systems and to stick to those that had profitable long term results. He ended up trading a very simple MA cross based system on the EUR/USD. One pair, one decision each day, efficient, trend following trading.

Keep a journal. I told him that keeping a detailed journal of his trades was VITAL. Since the system traded once every few weeks it was actually quite easy to do this and visual backtesting analysis of his systems became CLEAR.

Learn to program. I said that evaluation is a significant part of success and that coding was an important thing to speed up evaluation. I insisted that he spent one “learning session” every month to learn how to code on mql4. The result was that after a few months he was able to start coding and backtesting his simple daily trading strategies.

Profits, for now, do not matter. When you start trading everything seems to be about the profits. I told him that profits are the reward for learning and that the first thing you wanted to do was learn and then profits would come. I advised him to just trade the systems he designed and evaluated without concerning himself with “last trade was a winner or a loser” or “I have lost all the trades”.

So to sum it up, what you need to do is to approach trading in a way that exploits your strengths (your willingness to become a successful trader) and diminishes your weaknesses (lack of time). Putting a very strong emphasis on education and focusing on the evaluation and trading of daily strategies seems to be the best way for people who have “very busy lives” to start to become successful traders. Certainly it will take a few years to get there but the road is much easier, much clearer and much more rewarding than attempting to trade at a play field where you will most likely lose. By using systems that require little baby sitting and just a few quick minutes of analysis my friend was able to go from not trading at all to becoming at least a person in a clear path towards long term profitability in forex trading.

I hope that the above article has been helpful to all of you who are facing this situation of wanting to become successful trades with little time to do so :o) If you would like to learn more about automated trading systems and how they can be used to achieve profits in trading through understanding and sound design please consider buying my ebook on automated trading or joining Asirikuy to receive all ebook purchase benefits, weekly updates, check the live accounts I am running with several expert advisors and get in the road towards long term success in the forex market using automated trading systems. I hope you enjoyed the article !

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