How to Earn Passive Income Through Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are a solid long-term investment with crypto outperforming most financial markets in recent years despite volatility

Sep 08, 2023 | By Florence Sutton
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Trading and investing in initial coin offerings isn’t the only way you can make money on the blockchain. Cryptocurrency is a unique financial instrument you can utilise to participate in a distributed economy and possibly earn passive income.

Crypto Lending

After doing your research you may opt to invest in crypto lending to earn passive income. In this passive income option, you deposit your crypto into a lending pool where your crypto can be loaned out to other crypto users. Debtors are expected to repay the amount of crypto they borrow from this lending pool within an agreed amount of time and you get to earn interest fees from the loan.

The entire process of crypto lending is facilitated using smart contracts and lenders provide some sort of collateral to safeguard your invested money. You can choose to either deposit your crypto into a decentralised lending pool like Solend on Solana or a real-world assets lending pool where your crypto will be borrowed by real-world businesses that generate cash flow. You can then convert your earned crypto to fiat currency using stable coins like Tether on a USDT to USD exchange. 


If you have great computer and programming skills, you may consider mining crypto to earn some passive income. Blockchain networks reward miners for verifying transactions and solving complex mathematical puzzles that secure the blockchain network. You will need to add specialized hardware like graphics processing units and application-specific integrated circuits to your computer and select a blockchain network that runs on a proof of work mechanism.

It takes many computers working in parallel to create a secure working chain to build and maintain cryptocurrencies on the blockchain. You can choose to join groups of miners called mining pools that combine their computational power to enhance their chances of successfully solving blockchain algorithms. As you solve and create new blocks on the blockchain, you get rewarded with cryptocurrency from the network you are mining.


Staking is a great way for you to earn passive income through crypto with little effort. To participate, you need to allow your crypto funds to be locked up for a certain period of time. After the stated time has elapsed you’ll receive rewards from the blockchain either in the form of new crypto tokens or transaction fees as a reward for staking your funds.


Airdrops are performed by crypto projects where they send free cryptocurrencies to you if you fulfill certain requirements like being a user who has interacted with the network conducting the airdrop. It is mostly done by new cryptocurrency projects that want to distribute their assets and be supported by exchanges and larger crypto projects. You can track upcoming airdrops by using resources like Airdrop Alert and completing the required steps to qualify for a crypto airdrop.

Crypto Savings Accounts

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You can earn passive income from the crypto space by putting your funds in a crypto savings account and earning interest based on the rates and the amount you deposited. This form of saving is similar to the savings options from traditional banks but is instead hosted in crypto exchanges or other specialised platforms that offer the service. Comparable to staking or lending, your deposited crypto funds are used for various purposes including loans and you get to earn from interest profits.

Some exchange platforms where you can host your crypto savings account include Binance, Kraken, and Coinbase. However, it is important that you understand the risks of downtime or security breaches in your selected exchange before opening your crypto savings account.


The cryptocurrency space offers you an interesting opportunity to diversify your investments and easily earn passive income. Your investment goals, risk tolerance, and personal preferences can help you decide whether passive income from crypto is a viable option for you. Choosing to hold your crypto for a particularly long time can potentially reward you with a high passive income.

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