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Forget cash. ₿usinesses can pay in ₿itcoin!

As cryptocurrency gains acceptance, more people are vying to get their paycheck and other benefits in bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital currencies.

Famous athletes, politicians and everyday employees are now getting all or part of their salary this way.

"Whether you're the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, or you're driving Uber, you can get paid in bitcoin," said Jack Mallers, CEO of Strike, a digital finance company.

In the sports world, the Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major sports franchise to offer employees and players a bitcoin payment option.

Former Carolina Panthers lineman, Russell Okung became the first NFL player to be paid in bitcoin after converting half of his $13 million salary last December. Since then, other top professional athletes have followed suit, including NFL players Aaron Rodgers, Trevor Lawrence, Sean Culkin, Saquon Blakely and NBA player Cade Cunningham.

With major companies, like Paypal and Microsoft accepting payments in bitcoin, the cryptocurrency is also becoming an accepted means to pay wages and other fringe benefits like bonuses and retirement savings for rank-and-file employees.

"With the broadening support for use of cryptocurrencies in payments, it's natural you'd start to see more people saying, 'well, if I can buy the proverbial cup of coffee now with cryptocurrency, maybe I should get paid in it,'" said Garrick Hileman, head of research at

But if you have the option to get paid in bitcoin, should you do it? Here's a few things you should consider first.

Who's paying in bitcoin?

A number of companies are paying workers or making it easier to get paid in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

UnitedMasters, a US music distributor, recently partnered with Coinbase to give independent music creators the option to get paid, in full or in part, in cryptocurrency for their streaming royalties.

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