Research the stock market and stock trading.
A good website is www.investors.com
Go to the website, locate the "How To Invest" section on the left side of the screen, and click on "Investor's Corner".
When that screen comes up click on "View Archive". Read the articles in the archive.
Another good website is www.investopedia.com
When you are ready to start trading stock open an online brokerage account with a firm such as Scottrade.
NO account maintenance or inactivity fees.
Free real-time stock quotes and charts.
Free "GainsKeeper" software for cost basis accounting.
Free real-time Dow Jones news.
Excellent trading platforms (very user friendly).
Excellent research sources.
Excellent customer service (over 350 Branch offices nationwide).
Member of SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation).
Account protection in excess of SIPC.
$500.00 minimum to open an account.
$7.00 online trading commission for stock over $1.00 a share.