Almost everyone has heard of Bitcoin by now, especially given its surprising (although short-lived) move past $20,000 late last year. That growth garnered headlines across the globe and sent many people scrambling to buy up some of this strange cryptocurrency.

Many of these amateur investors probably ended up disappointed – as of today, Bitcoin is hovering around $9,000 to $10,000 – but this is still impressive given that a single Bitcoin cost only a few cents in 2010. Ironically, this volatility makes Bitcoin more attractive to many investors (not to mention the potential of blockchain technology, which is fascinating by itself).

Before you jump in, however, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the particulars of Bitcoin; although many standard investing fundamentals apply, crypto is a very different animal than stocks. We’ve rounded up a number of online Bitcoin courses from Udemy and the DT Shop – including a couple that won’t cost you a dime – to help you get started.

Made by veteran members of the Bitcoin community, this beginner’s course covers all the basics of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Eight hours of material will teach you everything you need to know to get started, from the nature of the Bitcoin economy to how cryptocurrency is actually used in real transactions.

It’s also completely newbie-friendly and aimed at people who have no computer expertise or prior experience with Bitcoin. Best of all, this course is totally free from Udemy; if you learn a bit about Bitcoin and decide it’s not really your bag, then you’re not on the hook for a single cent. Read more from…

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