This is a great question! So I am a full time day trader and have been for a few years. However, i dont tell anyone that I’m a day trader and certainly dont tell them how I pay my bills. I have a degree so I say I am a locum, which is like a contractor so I work depending on vacant shifts.
The reason I do this is because when I first started out and explained what I was doing, a lot of people tried to talk me out of it and were generally negative because of the negative connotation of wall street/ brokers /bankers. Second, it’s hard to explain what I’m doing as most people dont understand it. They think its gambling/ risky/ waste of time/ doesnt work etc. It took longer to explain what I do, so its easier to say I work in my degree. Lastly, family and friends all thought I was wasting my time and stupid to be doing anything else other than work from my degree. They do not understand why after studying I would change careers.
I learnt very early on, that this is my life and I only have 1. So better do what I want so I have no regrets. I have to pay my own bills, I have to invest for my retirement, no one will do it for me.