My advice to anybody starting out in trading would be to start with a demo account, learn as much as possible and to give it at least a year before trading with real money. I've been trading with demos for a year now and I always open my demo account with £100 because in reality I couldn't afford to trade more.
Not only that shop around, try demos with different brokers because with some you'll get slippage with others it will be harder to open or close a trade. Some brokers don't provide a full history with their charts. Some brokers aren't even regulated.
.....but most important of all especially after what happened with the CHF, you need to CHECK YOU CAN'T LOSE MORE THAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR ACCOUNT!!!
Brokers will promise you the earth to get you trading with real money, but my advice is to take your time. My personal opinion about the market is that it's rigged and manipulated on a daily basis and that's not going to change until these regulatory bodies take some real action.
The accounts shown above were opened and then forgotten about because I'd forgotten the password but they show what is possible.
I've traded live a couple of times in this market and every time I've had my fingers burnt.
I wish all you retail traders the very best of luck with your trading & God Bless!!!