Ethereum is here to stay. At least for a while. And therefore many early adopters are looking for ways to make money with Ethereum. The cryptocurrency world is an industry that will make many millionaires and billionaires in the following years, and it’s your choice if you want to ride the wave and profit from this new technology.
Participate in Ethereum bounties or airdrops
Probably the simplest way for a newcomer to the cryptocurrency space to earn some ETH and other tokens is to participate in “bounties” and “airdrops”.
Cryptocurrency bounties are essentially online microtasks that pay a small amount in ETH or ERC-20 tokens for their completion. Some of the most popular bounty categories include writing articles, making tweets, or creating YouTube videos.
You can find these Ethereum bounties on dedicated platforms like Bounty0x, or in the “Bounties” section of the Bitcointalk forum. There are no barriers of entry for participating, which makes it an interesting option to make money with Ethereum.
Airdrops are essentially free coins that are sent to your wallet by projects that want to build a community. You will notice that often these coins are sent to your wallet without you having to do anything. However, in order to find the most lucrative airdrops, you will have to do some research and participate manually. An excellent place to get started is the popular site Airdrop Alert.
If you are a bit tech-savvy then you should probably consider starting mining Ether. Especially if you think that this digital asset will keep increasing in value for the next year or two. This is important because depending on what mining equipment you buy and how much electricity costs where you live, it can take up to 6 months to pay back your initial investment. For this to happen it is very important for the price of Ethereum to remain at its current price. Of course, if it increases then this timeframe will be even shorter!
The people over at 99bitcoins have built an Ether mining profitability calculator. I highly recommend you to check it out before you purchase your equipment. This way you will know beforehand if this little “venture” is going to be worth your time. Additionally, you will be able to predict how much money you will be earning from your mining rigs every month.
It’s definitely a nice side income to have! Especially if the electricity costs are low where you live.
Cryptocurrency lending has become more popular with the rise of Ethereum‘s Dapps. These decentralized applications allow users to establish secure loans through smart contracts. However, Ethereum loans are proven to be even more popular in Bear markets.
And why is that? It seems that investors don‘t want to cut their losses after a 30-90% decline. Their way to keep going is by asking for a loan, which is supposed to pay out once the prices recover.
This creates an opportunity for all those seeking to make money with Ethereum. Just like traditional loans only, in this case, the lender is using next-generation money. It is very simple to start lending Ethereum, there are platforms such as Nexo which take away all the trouble of the process.
Nexo offers an 8% interested for those who are willing to lend their cryptocurrency. For users asking for a loan, it is as simple as proving that you own x amount of cryptocurrency (BTC, ETH, etc.), and the platform will immediately show you the largest amount that you can receive.
For those interested in lending (making money), you simply have to transfer the amount you would like to lend to your account and you can get started. There are also many other Ethereum lending platforms, such as CoinLoan, Salt Lending or EthLance.
For a more in-depth guide about lending Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, have a look through our lending guide.
Investing in Ether
Although this option may seem obvious, I thought it is a good idea to include it in this post along with some interesting facts. In 2016 alone, Ether increased in value by nearly 1.200%, and it is showing no signs of slowing down.
The creation of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance in February has added a lot of credibility to the project and resulted in the price skyrocketing to new record highs. At the time I am writing this post the Ether price is around 350$. Many members of the ETHtrader community on Reddit, expect Ethereum to hit 800 USD by the end of 2017. So there are still some profits to be made there.
While in most cases it’s not a good idea to do long-term price predictions, I do think that Ethereum might hit a market capitalization of 1 Trillion USD in the next 10 – 15 years. The current market cap is of 30 Billion USD. That would mean that every 1.000 USD you invest in Ether today, would be worth 30.000 USD in a decade.
You can also play around with crypto trading bots. There are a lot of good ones which can help to increase your stake in ETH while you sleep.
As always, please do your own research. This is not investment advice.
Become an Ethereum freelance programmer
Experienced blockchain programmers can earn up to 300K USD per year. And since there are rather few programmers with these skills and the demand keeps rising, you can expect this salary to skyrocket even more in the coming months.
Of course, we are talking about professional programmers with 5+ years of experience in the blockchain world. However, if you are interested in programming then it’s better to start learning now than never. One of the best resources I have found so far for learning blockchain programming is Basel Ismail‘s answer on Quora. He wrote there a very extensive guide on how to get started. Another good resource is Blockgeeks.com, you will find their website especially if you are a beginner in the programming world.
Once you feel confident enough to start selling your services as a blockchain developer, you have many platforms to choose from. The biggest of all is definitely UpWork, there you’ll find many clients looking for people like you to complete their project. Secondly, there is Freelancer.com, however, what I have noticed so far is that this platform is more focused on the lower end of the market. So you should expect to earn less on average on Freelancer.com than you would earn on another platform. And finally, there’s jobs.ethercasts.com and moneo.io, both platforms are targeted at the upper end of the market. I recommend you that you make an account at these two once you have at least 2 years of experience.
Every time a new technology pops up, newcomers need blogs they can trust to get their information from. As I have seen on my Google Analytics dashboard, the interest for content like “What are some real world uses of Ethereum” or “Ethereum price prediction 2017” has spiked like crazy. So If you are a good writer, a good researcher and you are passionate about cryptocurrencies, I strongly encourage you to start your own blog.
Once you get a decent amount of traffic you will be able to monetize it either by displaying Ads, selling courses, selling your own E-Book, or even through consulting services!
Make Ethereum DApps
Ethereum has made the development of a completely new category of software possible. Ethereum’s core technology can be used to make so-called “smart contracts”, which can be used to build DApps (Decentralized Apps).
DApps have practically limitless applications and it’s your task to come up with an amazing idea that you can later monetize. The cool thing about DApps is that once they are set up properly, they can make you money day and night without any need for maintenance or supervision. This allows you to eventually build up a portfolio of DApps that provide you with a nice monthly passive income. An example of one extremely successful DApp is the online gambling website Etheroll.
If you are also looking for ways to earn BTC and not just ETH, then you should definitely check our in-depth guide on how to make money with Bitcoin.
Alexander has worked in community growth for multiple cryptocurrency companies. He is now the Sales and Operations Manager for CoinDiligent. In his free time, he writes articles sharing his industry insights. You can get in touch with Alexander on LinkedIn.