A series of articles is now on Examiner.com for the purpose of helping new traders and investors; and those wanting to trade more professionally with more consistency.
What will you trade? When will you trade it? Under what conditions will you trade it? Where will you enter? Where will you place your target? Where will you place your stop?
You need to know all of these, and before you buy a stock.
These articles are categorized by topic and all have something for you to think about before you place trades. You can be well on your way to making a trading plan that fits you, and most importantly a plan with rules that can keep you from blowing up your account before you get enough experience to become successful.
Trade wtih plan.