I recently learned that the pattern day trader rule will keep me from day trading stocks because I have less than $25,000. I found out it only applies to margin accounts so I figured I'd be fine just using a cash account. Then I find out the T+3 rule for cash accounts which seems to imply that I still can't day trade the way I want (roughly 10 trades 5 days a week). Then I read that a buying order also takes 3 days to settle, so you can buy stock using unsettled cash because by the time the buy has been settled the money from the last sell will be settled. I'm not sure I really understand this though.
I also looked at forex trading, but it seems way too unpredictable and I read too much about corruption in it. It also sounded like a great way to lose all my money.
Another option is trading in a prop firm, but I have little understanding of how this works and there seems to be so many options. I really want to stay as independent as I can though, unless this is the best option I have.
To sum up, if I have $10k and strictly want to day trade (I am good at seeing small scale patterns but not very good at figuring out long term trends) what would be the best way to go about it? And if anyone could explain if this T+3 rule would actually affect me or not that would be great.