If the headline to this article caught your attention, then you probably have at least a moderate interest in markets and thus already semi-qualify to consider becoming a part-time trader.
Trading is cyclical in terms of the number of participants. Rampant bull markets turn everyone into stock market gurus, while long slumps in stocks cause many participants to switch their focus to other endeavors. On the other hand, traders have the luxury of being much more agnostic to the market’s direction. There are very profitable opportunities in both up and down markets.