Top 5 Ways to Get Started Developing as a Topstep Trader For Free:
For traders who aren’t quite ready to jump into the Topstep Combine, these free resources can pack a powerful punch. Even for those currently in the Combine or already funded can find value in many of these resources for ongoing education and support.
1. TOPSTEP YOUTUBE VIDEOS
In my opinion, this is the best possible place for Topstep beginners to initially get started. With all the different forms of content, there’s so much for you to learn not only from the Topstep performance coaches, but actual Topstep funded traders as well.
Here are some examples of the types of videos being posted regularly on the Topstep YouTube Channel:
- Daily Market Forecasts With John Hoagland Each Weekday at 8AM CT
- Daily Market Recaps With Dan Hodgman Each Weekday at 3PM CT
- Coach’s Playbook With Several of the Performance Coaches Every Tuesday at 11:30 AM CT
- Interviews With Topstep Funded Traders From Around the World
These videos will get you familiar with many of the Topstep performance coaches, including John Hoagland, Dan Hodgman, Mick Ieronimo, Jack Pelzer, John Doherty, and even the Topstep Founder and Chief Visionary Officer – Michael Patak.
2. TOPSTEP FACEBOOK COMMUNITY AND GROUP COACHING
After watching some Topstep YouTube videos, the Topstep Facebook Community and weekly Group Coaching sessions allow you to interact with thousands of other traders. The Facebook Community alone has thousands of members from hundreds of countries.
There’s no doubt that trading can be a lonely and difficult endeavor – and not many people outside of the trading community truly understand what it takes to succeed. So these opportunities to socialize and receive mentorship can make a huge difference.
3. TOPSTEP BLOG POSTS
The Topstep Blog mainly features Weekly Kickoff Levels each weekend from Senior Performance Coach, John Hoagland. Within these posts, John identifies trends and areas of importance in various futures products like crude oil, gold, and S&P 500.
I highly recommend John’s analysis to be paired with his Daily Market Forecasts on YouTube each weekday morning at 8AM in order to follow his most up-to-date reactions to what’s happening in the markets. After all, the markets are constantly changing.
These are incredible insights from an experienced trader with roughly 40 years of futures trading experience under his belt.
4. LIMIT UP! PODCAST
The Limit Up! Podcast is hosted by 2 Topstep Performance Coaches – Dan Hodgman and Jack Pelzer. It has nearly 200 episodes to choose from on various trading topics. This podcast is similar to the Coach’s Playbook series on Topstep’s YouTube channel.
This is yet another Topstep resource to hear professional traders discuss market corrections, inflation, avoiding burnout, trading psychology, meme stocks, strategies, daily routines, and various other topics relating to life as a trader. Here are a few examples:
- What Kind of Trader Are You?
- How Daily Routines Make You a Better Trader
- Building Long Term Success in Day Trading
5. 14-DAY TOPSTEP FUTURES FREE TRIAL
This brings us to the absolute best free resource of all – the 14-Day Topstep Futures Free Trial. The free trial allows you to trade various futures products within a $150,000 simulated account using the TSTrader platform powered by Tradovate.
While I think this is the best free resource because it provides a sneak peak of the Topstep Dashboard and what it would be like to go through the Combine and get funded – I don’t necessarily think new traders should be diving straight into it cold.
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I would personally save the free trial for after taking full advantage of the previous four resources and going through a high-quality training program to legitimately prepare. By doing so, the free trial can be used as a warmup right before the Combine.
Unfortunately, there is no free trial opportunity offered for the Topstep Forex program at this time – only Topstep Futures.
Living The Topstep Mantra – “Always Trade For Tomorrow”:
Not only does Topstep provide an amazing opportunity for virtually anybody serious enough about trading to get funded by passing their objective Combine, but I think the underlying message they send to traders is phenomenal – “Always trade for tomorrow”.
What this means is that no decisions you make today should prevent you from trading tomorrow. The sad reality is that far too many individuals make just one or two impulsive and irrational trading decisions that end up knocking them out of the markets for good.
But at Topstep, the educational resources and support are all about risk management, self-control, and living to trade another day. No shiny object or thrill is worth being eliminated from the game. In the end, it’s all about building good habits for longevity.
If there was one major complaint I have about Topstep, it would be that they don’t offer any courses for traders to go through in order to prepare them for the Combine. They offer many helpful resources (as discussed above), but no structured, step-by-step courses.
Regardless, Topstep provides a safe environment for traders to learn and potentially get funded with large five or six-figure trading accounts. I highly recommend leveraging the posts, podcasts, videos, coaching, community, and free trial opportunities.
Let me know if these free Topstep resources have helped you become a better trader and possibly even get funded.
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Written by Matt Thomas (@MattThomasTP)
- What is Topstep Futures – Earn a Funded Futures Account
- Trade With Profile – The Profile Trading Development Pathway
- What is the Topstep Trader Combine – Prove You Can Trade
- What is a Funded Trader Program – Earn a $150,000 Account
- How to Day Trade For a Living Starting With $5,000 or Less