Regardless of whether you’re a newbie, or have some experience with stock trading, there are some creative and fun ways to brush up on your skills.

Learning the basics of stock trading is a fantastic way to build the mentality of an investor and thus improve your financial decisions and spending habits.

Aside from being a cool side hobby and giving you the opportunity to make money, with trading you’re also engaging your mind and exercising your thinking skills.

But nothing lasts longer if we get bored soon. It shouldn’t feel like an obligation either.

So here are some practical and exciting ways to practice your stock trading skills and get better at it over time:

1. Join a community.

You don’t need to do it all alone.

Chances are, no one in your surroundings wants to be an investor and deal with the stock market, but so many other people out there are interested in it and want to discuss it with like-minded individuals.

Find them online for a start. If most of them are at the same level you can exchange ideas, share knowledge and experience, do research together, or experiment with different techniques.

2. Use an app.

Learning has never been easier with all the apps and tools available out there these days.

If you’re using so many already, and spend a lot of time daily on your phone, why not make it a habit to practice your stock trading skills this way too?

There are plenty of apps to help you effortlessly learn the basics of trading, build discipline as a trader, and how the stock market works, feel more comfortable doing this, and enjoy great design.

This is the perfect solution for those who are busy to take up a new hobby that involves so much knowledge and practice. Or for those who don’t want to go through tutorials and read books on the subject

3. Learn from the best.

There’s a great deal of wisdom in the lives and mindsets of those who’ve already achieved what you’re going after.

Even if you won’t be becoming a pro in this any time soon, it’s worth checking out the biographies and success stories of some of the greatest in the field.

Reading about people like Warren Buffet and his mentor Benjamin Graham, author of one of the best books on investing ‘The Intelligent Investor’, will change the way you look at money, stocks, financial market participants, handling risk, taking smart decisions, and more.

What’s more, you can apply all these principles to other important aspects of your life and get results.

4. Buy your first stock today.

At the end of the day, nothing beats action.

Invest just a little so that you can open an account and feel like you’re part of the game. Doing this will help you initiate a big project and take it more seriously.

Then, you can make a plan on what to do next and what rules you’ll stick to no matter what.

Also, now’s the time to set some limits so that all your investments and actions from here on can be smart enough so that you don’t end up losing money.

Start small. It’s a learning process, after all, if you want to make money trading.

But doing just this one little thing today will let you call yourself a stock market trader.

What about you and your trading skills? Do you have experience already, and what other fun ways to improve them do you know about?