Earning Salaries in Bitcoin: Examining then Pros and the Cons

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Permit me to start this discourse by saying that I had quite a great difficulty coming up with the title of this essay. At a point, I contemplated between picking the word cryptocurrency and Bitcoin.

After much thought, however, I finally settled for Bitcoin. I took this decision because Bitcoin is undoubtedly the king of cryptocurrencies. And if anyone wants to get paid in cryptos, the preference will most likely be Bitcoin. Therefore, it makes sense to focus on Bitcoin.

In the paragraph that follows, this essay will examine some of the notable advantages and the disadvantages of receiving salaries in Bitcoin.

The Pros

One clear advantage of receiving salaries in Bitcoin is the chance of getting caught in a bull market. If your salary was, for instance, paid in Bitcoin in early 2017 (when one BTC was trading for as low as $1k before skyrocketing to about $20k by the end of the same year) you were likely to have made an unimaginable fortune.

Not only that, receiving your salary in Bitcoin automatically makes you an elite because the population of those transacting in Bitcoin today is still far below 0.5% of the world's population. So, earning your salary in Bitcoin prepares you for the future ahead.

Also, receiving your salary in Bitcoin puts you under lesser scrutiny from regulatory bodies who have a penchant for encroaching on the freedom and privacy of innocent citizens.

Finally, getting paid in Bitcoin inherently cuts your spending appetite. You don't want to be like the proverbial guy who paid for pizza with 10k Bitcoin. More seriously, the anticipation that Bitcoin could increase in value will likely cut your propensity to spend it but hodl it instead.

The Cons

Just like a bull market could improve your fortune if you receive your salary in Bitcoin, a bear market can unleash unimaginable hardship and heartbreak upon you. Your $2k salary in Bitcoin could be $1k or less in a matter of weeks, the reason being that Bitcoin is a very volatile asset.

Another disadvantage of getting paid in Bitcoin is that you could lose everything in a matter of seconds if you are targeted by notorious hackers. This risk is minimal (if nonexistent) if your income is paid in fiat currency.

In addition, receiving salary in Bitcoin may result to undue charges and loss of revenue in the process of converting Bitcoin to fiat through the exchanges out there.

Sometimes, the charges on withdrawal could be as high as 5% or more. So why receive your salary in Bitcoin when you'll still have to eventually convert your earnings to fiat in the end, even at exorbitant charges?

Conclusion

Bitcoin is an emerging digital asset with great potentials but it is still very limited when compared to the traditional monetary system.

Therefore, if I would ever consider receiving my salary in Bitcoin right now, I will opt for 50% Bitcoin and 50% fiat. This way, I would have cleverly mitigated against the risks associated with both payment mechanisms.


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I would rather prefer fiat because cryptocurrencies are banned in my country. What about your country my friend?

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So sad to hear that. Cryptos are still allowed in Nigeria. So, how are you coping, friend?

Dear @gandhibaba! I am just trying post on Steem and doing nothing more.

It's true that Bitcoin's transaction fees are the highest of all crypto. But I would like to receive my salary in BTC, but I would exchange it for another more stable crypto (USDT, TUSD, USDC, etc). And I would use another crypto to make the transactions, one with lower or no fees, like STEEM, or XRP, or TRX. There are many alternatives, and perhaps this is the best thing in the technological world of blockchain: asset swapping.

And best of all, there's no need for a third party or the middle man.

Little by little the blockchain technology will change the way we see and use money, as you mentioned in your other post. I guess Satoshi must be a time traveler or an altruistic alien.

My regards, my friend

Hi @gandhibaba

I must support your thinking, and I think I share it.

Therefore, if I would ever consider receiving my salary in Bitcoin right now, I will opt for 50% Bitcoin and 50% fiat. This way, I would have cleverly mitigated against the risks associated with both payment mechanisms.

However, I can tell you that this type of thinking can be derived from the country where we live, but I am also sure to believe that in the future only cryptos will govern our world.

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charges on withdrawal could be as high as 5% or more

Do you mean banking fees, crypto-exchangers fees or something else? Anyway, this is too much. Crypto-exchanges charge you normally 0,1-0,3 percent. Banking fees, mostly between 0,1-0,5 percent. I know it depends on the country but 5 percent seems exaggerated.


Another question is, if taxes on loans or taxes in crypto-incomes are higher in your country. Most people have to spend the big part of their salary immediately, to live.

Well, thanks for your observation. I agree that in most countries the fees may be significantly lower. But in Nigeria, one could lose as much as that or close to that to local exchanges who buy far below the standard Dollar/Naira exchange rate. The figure you quoted was based on that assumption. Thanks for pointing it out.

So high? Interesting. "Banking the unbanked" - that's why cryptos and Facebook Libra are promising in developing countries...

Exactly the point. I know bankers who have been sacked for buying cryptos. With no legislation, fees are crazy here.

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