How to Create a Stable Income by Staking Crypto

By Aleksandra Wilson
4 min read November 30, 2021

Staking Explained

There are proof of stake networks such as Polkadot and Ethereum that are rewarding users for staking crypto. Unlike Bitcoin, secured by mining, more recent crypto utilizes a different mechanism of consensus. That other mechanism, known as PoS (proof of stake), uses crypto assets to validate transactions. It means that users commit their crypto to the network to aid the blockchain. In return, the users get rewards, usually in the form of the same crypto they have staked.

In simple terms, a blockchain is a database of transactions that don’t rely on a central authority for maintaining them. Some blockchains, such as Bitcoin, use mining for securely validating the transactions. The problem with mining is that it implies high electricity consumption and expensive hardware. Therefore, this option is not within reach of most people. 

Networks like Cardano, Polkadot, and Ethereum 2.0 changed all of that to avoid complications. Staking is the newly implemented mechanism based on committed funds. This new mechanism gets rid of the mining hustle. Proof of stake chooses validators based on the amount of crypto held in a node. Other users can delegate the assets, or the validator can stake them. 

About the Validators

Staking can be financially enticing; just like miners, validators also get rewards in cryptocurrency. The reward is earned when they stake the asset, and whoever delegates crypto to the validator also receives a portion. The portion of the reward is based on how much they’ve staked minus the validator’s share. This can be particularly attractive for investors who hold assets instead of day trading them, regardless of how small they may be. 

One of the main advantages of staking is that even though complex math supports it, it requires very little tech knowledge. All of the mentioned elements combined make it a more accessible option for most people. Therefore, it’s expected that its growth will be even faster as more people who try it spread the word.

Ways of Staking Crypto 

In general terms, there are two options for staking crypto. The first, as mentioned before, as a validator running a node on your own. If you decide to plunge into this option, you should know that it requires a bit of effort. A stable and secure infrastructure is a must, as well as having experience. Also, the minimum of coins needed to stake is usually too high. For example, to be an Ethereum 2.0 validator, it’s required to have at least 32 ETH.

Because of those reasons, among others, staking is more commonly done by delegation. You choose to delegate your crypto to a validator that already has the required setup. This way, the validator is the one doing the work of keeping the node running for you. In return, the validators will take commission from the staking rewards. 

It should be noted that by delegating your coins, you’re not handing over their guardianship to the validator. Your assets remain in your custody all the time, and usually, the rewards are reinvested automatically. 

The Exchanges

The majority of exchanges handling crypto run validators; this enables their users to stake with them. To do so, they have to use the user interface of the exchange. Among the major ones are Binance, Coinbase, Bitfinex, KuCoin, Kraken, OKEx, and Okcoin. Typically the staking process on exchanges is very similar. What differs one from the other is the available crypto for staking, the locking period, and their fees. 

Despite all of this, not all big exchanges enable users to do staking. Some like Gemini and Robinhood don’t have it as an option right now but have stated that they may offer it in the future. 

Other Things to Consider

Also, it would be best to consider that to comply with regulations, some exchanges might not allow you to stake. This option may not be available for you if you live in particular jurisdictions such as Hawaii or New York. As usual, we encourage you to read more about the subject, especially if you’re considering investing in it. 

Remember that even if it takes longer to take action, it’s always better to make a fully informed decision. A decision taken in the heat of the moment without enough information can potentially lead to considerable losses.

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