Originally Posted by slycbnew
General recommendation is that you have 20bi's to support whatever your limit is at microstakes, higher at small stakes, so < 5% would be more standard per table.
Of course you have to start somewhere. If you're keen on starting at 10NL for instance you can often start playing with a BR smaller than recommended. Mostly because you're willing to reload some amount and thus putting larger %'s of your BR at risk affects your game less.
I'm currently doing the same type of thing. Didn't think I was getting the right "education" at 5NL due to buy-in difference (200bb at 5nl vs. 100bb everywhere else). So I jumped to 10NL with only like $75 in my BR, knowing I'm willing to load up additional money if I go broke. With all that, I've been able to play relatively carefree and not focus on how big a hit my BR could take.
BRM is primarily something you have to stick to when your BR is all you have or when it is very large/stakes you play at are very high.