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The Why and How to Get a Bitcoin Job

If you’re dedicated to bitcoin, getting a job in the industry can be incredibly rewarding because it fulfills the desire to advance technology.

Coming out of Bitcoin Conference 2022, you might feel a bit down about meeting and spending time with Bitcoiners. I have also found that attending these events gives you an added sense of urgency to do something more or get more involved in some way. One way to do this is to participate in bitcoin projects or work in a bitcoin job. At Bitcoin 2022, I spent time at the Bitcoiner Jobs booth with colleagues from Swan and Bitcoin Jobs hopefuls. Here are some previews:

First of all, why do this?

There are a few main reasons why people work in Bitcoin jobs:

  • You think bitcoin is the most important thing, and you can’t think of any other industry that would be more exciting or energizing to work in.
  • You see a huge opportunity to be in this space early.
  • Some Bitcoiners are unemployable in other industries due to their attitudes or mindset.
  • You HODL a bag of bitcoins and want to do what you can to help more precoiners and newcoiners find their way into bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin companies are generally remote working friendly.
  • Bitcoin companies will usually give you the option to get paid in bitcoin.

When you work directly in a bitcoin job, you are working with other like-minded people for a common cause. It’s great to have this shared vision of what’s wrong with the fiat world of today and to work together to build the new world of tomorrow. When working with other Bitcoiners, you feel less need to self-censor yourself than in fiat work. You feel more connected and as if your work makes a difference.

Working at a bitcoin company can give you a similar vibe to attending bitcoin conferences and meetups.

The trade-offs over Fiat jobs

To be clear, it’s not for everyone. Some people simply make too much money from their regular job to even think about giving it up. In these cases, it is “chopping wood, carrying water”. Keep stacking that fiat and converting it to bitcoin whether you buy, earn or mine.

Taking a bitcoin job would be like trading income for those with specialized skills. It’s similar to the tradeoff of working at a FAANG company for the high pay and stock options versus the higher risk game of working at a small tech start-up where you get equity and have more benefits if the start-up gets bought out.

What are the ways to get involved in Bitcoin?

You might find a Bitcoin open-source project to contribute to, take a job at a Bitcoin company, or even start a business serving the industry. If you’re an enthusiast who follows the industry closely, chances are you can spot gaps or unmet needs – perhaps you could create a product or service to help? Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t necessarily have to be a developer to contribute. You could be a writer, work in customer service, have transferable skills from the energy industry, or perhaps work in sales, design, operations, or many other roles.

Bitcoin has a thriving ecosystem, much of which is crying out for the right talent to join. If you want to get into bitcoin development and contribution, check out organizations like Blockstream, Chaincode Labs, Spiral, MIT DCI, HRF Bitcoin Development Fund, and Brink. Various bitcoin exchanges and companies sponsor developers. There are programs to support and train Bitcoin and Lightning developers, such as Qala (see my interview with Abubakar Nur Khalil) and Summer of Bitcoin. There’s also Base58.info by Lisa Neigut of Blockstream and Programming Bitcoin by Jimmy Song.

Find a bitcoin job

So what does it take to find these kinds of jobs? You can search platforms like BitcoinerJobs.com and post your profile there. You can network and meet people at Bitcoin conferences, events, and meetups. Having open source contributions or previous experience in a bitcoin business is a plus.

Building your portfolio of work in the space and becoming known for one specific thing will help in any application process, and it might even help jobs. find you. In some cases, a person does a job in the area “for free” but then gets paid to continue doing that job, or at least something related. In other cases, I’ve seen people create their own jobs by starting or contributing to a side project that later becomes a full-time business.

For example, some people start by producing educational content on Bitcoin, Lightning, security and/or privacy topics and are then hired by a Bitcoin company to continue creating this material in-house or working as customer technical support. Others start counseling services to teach these concepts.

Build your profile

There are different ways to support Bitcoin and open source projects, as you can contribute in several ways:

  • Help with documentation or writing tutorials
  • Suggest new ideas or features and feedback to developers
  • Spread the word in a meaningful way
  • Code or code review
  • Project-related research

If you want to learn more about contributing to Bitcoin open source projects and how it can dramatically improve your Bitcoin career prospects, check out my interview with Rockstar Developer and BTCPay Server’s Pavlenex.

Make the most of Bitcoin conferences and events, especially if you meet with Bitcoin company executives or staff and describe how your skills or enthusiasm will help you in a particular role.

Bitcoin Employers

Generally, Bitcoin businesses benefit from hiring Bitcoiners. You get more passionate and motivated employees who genuinely care about the cause. Sure, there will be Twitter shitposting during work, but that will be more than offset by the reduced need for Bitcoin training. Bitcoiners as staff will also help you recruit other Bitcoiners to the team and create the right kind of company culture as well.

In summary

If you just have this deep feeling that the fiat work life is not for you, definitely consider taking a bitcoin job. I know people who have taken pay cuts to work in a bitcoin company who have not regretted their choice. It allowed them to work on something they were really passionate about with a team that shared a similar goal. Whether you want to contribute to Bitcoin open-source projects or work in a Bitcoin company, good luck, there’s a lot of work to do!

This is a guest post by Stephan Livera. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or bitcoin magazine.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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