Is Bitcoin mining still profitable in 2018?
Is there still a chance for me to reap profits through Bitcoin Mining in the current mining scenario?
This is probably the most common question Dubai, UAE and in general Middle Eastern traders have these days when considering investing in Bitcoin and it is actually an important one. Bitcoin mining was unarguably the best ROI investment of early 2010s. But is it still the best?
Background of Profitability in Bitcoin Mining
Mining Bitcoin has become more difficult now than it used to be at the start of 2010. Hence, regular desktop PCs were more than enough to mine a Bitcoin. Users did not have to spend a fortune on GPUs or other pieces of hardware and older PCs were adequate for mining purposes.
Consequently, there were no expenses involved other than those of electricity. Moreover, since there was no concept of GPU or ASIC miners back then, the competition for mining was equal for anyone in the network and everyone had a fair chance.
However, people started spending money on GPU, FGPA, ASIC miners and other hardware to gain an upper hand in the competition. Subsequently, mining also became harder and electricity costs also increased.
Profitability in 2018
Despite the ratio of profits decreasing in Bitcoin, many people are still able to generate steady revenue through careful planning. Before setting up a Bitcoin mining rig, one must think about certain factors.
Firstly and most importantly, a miner needs to realize the costs of electricity in the Middle East. If you live in a part of a Middle East with high electricity rates then mining is not recommended as you will not be able to generate handsome profits. However, if electricity is cheaper at your area of residence then you should probably think about mining. Also do keep in mind about the costs with respect to each month and season.
Secondly, you need to calculate how much energy your mining hardware consumes. It is important because if the cost of the mining exceeds the rewards, then it will be a fruitless endeavor. Thirdly, you need to keep in mind the price of Bitcoin with an estimated high and low. If Bitcoin’s price plunges too deep, then you will be in a loss.
Additionally, there are many websites available that you can find through a simple Google search for determining the profitability of Bitcoin mining. If you believe all the calculations are indicating a positive return, then you should not wait more and go for it. Moreover, there are various mining hardware in the market that offer low consumption of energy and thus help to maximize profits
It is obvious that the costs and expenses associated with mining have naturally lessened but so have the profits in comparison to the massive ones made in early 2010s. However, Bitcoin mining can be still a tempting option for many. If you live in the Middle East and are hoping to have a side business or an additional stream of revenue, then Bitcoin mining is an option worth checking. Have a cost-benefit analysis and decide for yourself if it will be able to generate desirable profits for you.