How to Become a Profitable Part-Time Trader

Having limited time to review charts does not mean you can’t make money trading the financial markets. CMTrading is here to help you become a better trader. Follow the steps below and get a head start on your trading journey. 


If you work full time, a swing-trading style, may suit you better. This is where you review the charts in the evenings to identify trades and leave them open for a couple of days. 

You are looking to do 3-5 trades a week. It helps if you have a more patient and relaxed personality type to be comfortable with this style of trading. 

A second style called, day trading, requires more screen time. You would be opening and closing your trades on the same day. If you have some time in the mornings (around 8.00am GMT) you could potentially do some trading here also. 

This style is more suited to a more active personality type as you could be opening 3-5 trades a day depending on market conditions. 

2. Learn technical analysis

You must nail the basics on what is happening on the charts in whatever instrument you plan to trade, be it currencies, stock markets, oil or gold as your foundation. 

Being able to recognise a trending or ranging market, for example, or what tools work best to help identify where the price may go next is paramount to your trading success. 

This is what technical analysis is, and anyone can learn it, with the right direction, education and support. 


Get a handle on what moves the markets. Big economic news in the USA such as employment numbers, for example, will move the dollar. 

If you plan to trade currencies, find out what is going on both politically and economically in those countries. 

Keep up to date on news in both the Euro Zone and the USA. This will help in your decision-making process when used in conjunction with technical analysis. 

4. Find one strategy and stick to it

Don’t jump from system to system. Find a trading strategy that helps you identify good buying or selling opportunities and stick to it. 

As you get more experience you can adapt your existing strategy and add new ones. 

5. Trade the trend

No matter what you plan on trading, if the price is going up, it’s good to be a buyer, and if the price is going down, it’s good to be a seller. 

By following the trend, no matter what instrument you are trading, you will be giving yourself that best opportunity for success. 

As a part-time trader focusing on the daily timeframes is a good idea to help you identify these trending markets. 


What do I mean? Well basically you open a position (either buy or sell) you then put in a stop loss (to minimize your risk) and a profit take (if the price reaches this it will automatically close you trade) and you walk away from the screens. 

This will help you avoid watching the screens and likely interfere with your open trade. Whether it works out for you or not you can come back the next day if you find a good trade. 

7. Stick to a set of trading rules

A set of rules covering the what, the when and the how you trade are elements of a trading plan that you will need to set up. 

Trading rules will keep you on the straight and narrow and help you to reach your trading goals faster. 

8. Identify where you may be going wrong

When you start out in trading it goes without saying you will make a few mistakes along the way. That’s ok, it’s normal. Identify what they are, be it taking too much risk or overtrading and eliminate them. 

9. Have patience and discipline

Patience and disciple are the two most important characteristics in trading that will help you survive and thrive in the game. 

Wait for the best trading opportunities to come to you rather than chasing after trades that offer a low probability of working out in your favour. 

There are always good opportunities in the markets, the skill is being able to identify them when they come along. 

10. Get in the Game

Trading offers the opportunity to generate a second income for a lifetime. If you have an itch about trading that needs to be scratched, get in the game and give it a go. 

You can trade small positions to reduce your risk in the early days and increase your trade sizes as you build up your confidence and trading experience. 



Additional income stream 

Trading enables you to achieve financial freedom. Through trading, you can earn additional income by profiting from the global markets. By partnering with a reputable broker, such as CMTrading, you’ll be able to unlock your full potential and become a successful trader in no time.  


Beat inflation 

Many businesses have closed crashed and suffered during the pandemic. Trading, however, has continued to thrive. With increasing access to the internet, the markets will continue to grow. Being a trader can offset escalating inflation. There are always opportunities to be made regardless of economic conditions.   


Limitless opportunities 

Even as the war escalates in Europe and globally inflation soars, traders are still profiting from markets. Multiple revenue streams are a buffer against disaster. Forex trading, stock trading, CFD Trading, and Bitcoin trading are all avenues that can be pursued by savvy traders. By diversifying your portfolio, you can tap into as many markets as you want. CMTrading is a gateway to these markets and more! 

Discover the complete education package when you open a live trading account with us.