# Validator Guide
Running a validator on a live network is a lot of responsibility! You will be accountable for not only your own stake, but also the stake of your current delegators. If you make a mistake and get slashed, your money and your reputation will be at risk. However, running a validator can also be very rewarding, knowing that you contribute to the security of a decentralized network while growing your stash.
⚠️ Warning: It is highly recommended that you have significant system administration experience before attempting to run your own validator. You must be able to handle technical issues and anomalies with your node which you must be able to tackle yourself. Being a validator involves more than just executing the Appchain binary.
If you need help, please reach out on the validator-chat channel under VALIDATORS category on Discord (opens new window). The team and other validators are there to help answer questions and provide tips from experience.
In this tutorial, we will learn how to run a validator node for an Appchain in the Octopus network.
What you will be doing