Here I will be listing off things I have learned in my time trading. Some of this advice may or may not be correct or the norm, but I will be giving my experiences as I work them out for my self.
Do your research, I signed up with a couple different brokers and after I signed up they have been calling non-stop requesting a deposit to activate my account. Yet after a simple Google search, I learned firstly they weren't accredited to operate in Australia and secondly I found comments from other members that were overwhelmingly unfavorable towards those brokers. I was fortunate that I didn't deposit with those particular brokers. Yet, after some trial and error I finally found some brokers that I know feel comfortable using. You can find these on my brokers page