Nevertheless, a proper passive income can be generated if you play your cards right.
Let’s explore the factors that you need to consider before you buy mining hardware: Initial Investment The initial investment in efficient mining hardware is probably one of the things keeping you from pulling the trigger, and for good reason. Mining hardware is expensive! In case you were not aware, the vast majority of mining operations are in China, primarily because of cheap electricity more on that later.
Since ASICs are expensive, many average consumers do not have the capital to invest. Large mining corporations operate mining farms with thousands of ASICs. Instead of mining being spread out across the world, the validation process is controlled by fewer people than first anticipated upon Bitcoin’s inception. Some hardware might not pay itself off at all. The additional factors below are largely responsible for determining your ROI period.
You can use the calculator above to determine your projected earnings based on the ASIC you’re using, and your electricity cost. Block Rewards and Transaction Fees Every time a block is validated, the person who contributed the necessary computational power is given a block reward in the form of new-minted BTC and transaction fees.
Bitcoin’s block time is roughly 10 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, a block is verified and a block reward is issued to the miner. When Bitcoin was first created, miners received 50 BTC for verifying a block.
Everyblocks — roughly 4 years — the amount of BTC in the block reward halves. As the Bitcoin block reward continues to halve, the value of Bitcoin is predicted to increase.
So far, that trend has remained true. First, the amount of newly minted BTC often referred to as coinbase, not to be confused with the Coinbase exchange halved to 25 BTC, and the current coinbase reward is Eventually, there will be a circulating supply of 21 million BTC and coinbase rewards will cease to exist.
If BTC is no longer minted, mining won’t be profitable anymore, right?
Transaction fees are issued to miners as an incentive to continue validating the network. By the time 21 million BTC has been minted, transaction volume on the network will have increased significantly and miners’ profitability will remain roughly the same.
Of course, block rewards have a direct impact on your mining profitability, as does the value of BTC — since the value of BTC is volatile, block rewards will vary. Additionally, successfully confirming a block is the only way you will generate any revenue whatsoever by mining. This leads us to our next point: Block Difficulty If you were able to connect the dots, you probably realized that a block reward is worth a whole lot of money.
The market is currently bearish — block rewards are always subject to change. If block rewards are worth so much, why isn’t everyone buying ASICs? Mining Bitcoin is not easy — that’s why millions of dollars have been invested to research, develop, prototype and sell specialized mining hardware.