5 Unconventional Ways You Can Make Money From Bitcoin (And Other Cryptocurrencies)

Firstly, what is Bitcoin and how does it work?

In simple terms, Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, which is essentially a currency that is not owned by any particular group or person. It allows fast and cheap transactions, and the more people start to use it, the more its value increases. In fact, if you had bought $5 worth of Bitcoins 7 years ago, it would now be worth $4-5M.

And bitcoin could still be in its infancy, since its number of transactions are only a fraction of what the banks and other financial institutions are currently doing. Which means there is a huge potential for more upside. So, how can we get a share of the pie?

1. Investing in Bitcoins

This is the most common way for retail investors to get in on the action, by simply opening an account and purchasing the coins. Some of the common platforms are Coinbase and Coinhako, and it is not hard to open an account and take a nibble. The challenge here is making sure you do not end up buying at the high, so take advantage of price dips (usually happens when there is some negative news about cryptocurrencies) to accumulate more coins.

2. Trading Bitcoin Derivatives

If you are more interested in profiting from the short-term movements in Bitcoin, then you can use derivative instruments that track the price of Bitcoin, for example products like CFDs (contract for differences). The price of the derivative will track the price of Bitcoin, moving up and down in sync with the actual price of Bitcoin, so by buying or selling the derivative, you can profit from the price moves in Bitcoin without actually buying or owning Bitcoin. To do this well, you will need to know how to read charts and price action.

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3. Lending out Bitcoins

Lending is perhaps the oldest way to use money to make money. Basically, you loan out money to a relevant party and they pay you back, with interest. Interest rates will vary with the risk involved. If you get collateral in exchange for your loan, interest rates will be low. No collateral means higher risks, but it also means higher interest rates. So if you have already purchased some Bitcoins, you can loan them out for some extra interest instead of just keeping them in your account.

4. Bitcoin Mining

Bitcoins are created through solving complex algorithms that create blocks that are added to the public ledger. The public ledger is the history of all transactions conducted through bitcoin. Basically, miners build the public ledger and allow the whole bitcoin system to function. As they create new blocks, miners are rewarded with new Bitcoins. This encourages more miners to get in on the action, which allows the Bitcoin community to grow. In the past, people could use their home computers to mine Bitcoins, but over time mining has become more difficult as the algorithms have become more complex. Now, you’ll either have to buy a specially built mining rig, or join up with a Bitcoin mining pool that harnesses the power of multiple computers.

5. Bitcoin Arbitrage

This is perhaps the least common way of making money from Bitcoins due to its difficulty level. If you have started dabbling in Bitcoins, you might have noticed that the prices of Bitcoins can vary a lot across different exchanges. For example, if the Bitcoins in Singapore are cheaper than the ones in China, you could buy some Bitcoins here, transfer them to China, and cash them out over there. The challenge however would be bringing your money back to Singapore, and also you would need a bank account in China. But some people have managed to come up with creative solutions around theses problems.

Guest Speaker at Bain & Co Consulting

Last week, I was very privileged to be invited to Bain & Co (one of the top 3 business consulting firms in the world) as a guest speaker for their quarterly lunch talk.

It was great fun sharing with the consultants how to better manage their personal wealth, and my personal journey of how I started with a small trading account and grew it into a million-dollar portfolio of businesses, real estate, stocks, etc, using my 15-minute a day trading strategies.

Looking forward to some exciting new projects to help my students further grow their trading profits into more and more different asset classes! 😀

 

It was great fun sharing with the consultants from Bain & Co. 😄 Thanks for the gift! 🎁

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Grand Opening of Hustle Cafe – Awesome Brunch & Craft Beer!

After months of hard work and preparation, we finally launched Hustle Cafe, a brand new concept providing awesome brunch and 12 taps of craft beer (and cider).

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. 😀

Hustle Cafe occupies level 1 of the building, and on level 2, we have a co-working space for like-minded individuals to network and create synergies with their business.

And finally, on level 3, we have a training room, where classes on entrepreneurship, business growth and social media are conducted, and with that our whole business functions as a closely-knit business incubator community.

Do drop by when you are free, and have a chat with the friendly staff to find out more. See you there!

P.S. My favourite is the Carbonara pasta and Salmon Rosti, and for drinks I like number 3 and number 9. 😀

P.S.S. I will be having a workshop on trading and investing, and if you are keen to find out more about angel investing and why I invest in businesses such as this, do drop by to have a chat!
Check availability: http://synapsetrading.com/trading-foundation-workshop-2/

 

Grand opening on 21st July! Can’t wait! 😋 #hustlecafe

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Chilling at my new cafe and making some trades. 😎 #hustleco

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How to Grow a Strong Tribe Through Sound Business Principles & Integrity

Last week, I had the privilege to attend a 7-day training program in Johor to learn from Bill Allen, David Neenan, and the legendary Marshall Thurber.

It was a great time making new friends, learning (so many amazing individuals here!), and reflecting on turning 31 (on the first day of the course) this year.

Last year was an eventful year for me, in which I continued to grow my training business, bought a new house, and invested in 10+ new businesses.

During the 7 days, I also read these 3 books during my free time (in between the eating/drinking/massage sessions), which further gave me insights and clarity on how to build network by following sound business principles and sticking to my integrity. I am looking forward to many new exciting projects coming up soon.

Here is a summary of some of the key learning points from the course and the books:

  • How to position yourself as an expert in your field
  • How to develop sales funnels and build a strong “CULT-ure”
  • The story of the sea quirt – don’t stop learning!
  • Claiming responsibility gives us power over our lives.
  • Moments of hardship and difficulty are the times when we strengthen the muscle of responsibility. Only through challenge do we grow.
  • 4 options when you hit the wall: change yourself, change the system, get out, suffer.
  • When you are perturbed and aware, it means that an opportunity for a breakthrough may be at hand.
  • “Most of the best things that ever came my way seemed, at first, as if they might be the worst.”
  • Simply acquiring information is not learning – knowing vs. doing
  • Luck is what happens when preparation meets action.
  • Mistakes = great learning moments
  • A lateral thought is an innovation that takes an entirely new tack to solving a problem.
  • Lateral thought > Niche (Lag) > Leverage > Value
  • Commodity > Product > Service > Experience > Transformational offer
  • “Emergence by Emergency” – Bucky
  • Do you allow others to love and support you? support vs. propping up.
  • Values are the ideas that guide all your actions. Abundance is an attitude that shapes your reality.
  • What legacy do you want to create for this world?
  • Speed learning – learning is not time dependent, and once you get it, you get it.
  • Leadership – being able to make good predictions.
  • Hero vs. Victim mentality
  • The power of priming
  • The importance of a good network – strong connections & weak ties
  • Communication is the response I get
  • Interesting vs. Interested
  • The importance of “Essence” and “Emotions” – Go Hydra! 😀
  • Cyclical vs. Structural change
  • 2 most important things: time & attention
  • Clarity is power!
  • The law of Abundance – Sharing is having more!!! Cooperation vs. Competition.
  • “Financial freedom is having enough” – when is enough for you?
  • How to use leverage to amplify your resources
  • Ephemeralization – doing more with less
  • What business are you really in? (Hint: same for all biz)
  • Sometimes you need to slow down to get there faster
  • All decision are driven by emotions – get to the heart of the matter
  • DyVal = Quality/Investment
  • Request > Suggest > Surprise & Delight
  • The concept of Precession – always keep moving!
  • Theory > Method > Tools > Metrics
  • Network Science – how to build strong networks
  • What do you want to do in life once you have enough money?
  • Dissipative structures and Perturbation
  • How to deliver powerful presentations – the “Essence”
  • The concept of Entrainment
  • Mastery is to simplify the complex
  • Values vs. Policy – United Airlines case study
  • Client vs. Customers – how to attract more missionaries
  • Lemonade stand game – Revision of GAAP vs. IFRS accounting standards

 

Here are more photos of the event:

Photo with Bill and David, all business superstars. 😎 #7daysbizschool #futureofbusiness

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Photo with the legend himself! #marshallthurber #futureofbusiness #futureofbusinessasia

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Once again, a big thank you to all participants and organisers, and for those who are keen to join next year, please drop me whatsapp/email and I will link you up with the organisers for next year’s event.

Cheers! 😀