There are three main ways to obtain Bitcoins.
- You can get paid in Bitcoins for selling goods or services. Prior to accepting and storing your Bitcoins you will need to setup a Bitcoin wallet. Your Bitcoin wallet will have a public address (known as a public key) to share with the person paying you in Bitcoins.
- You can purchase Bitcoins from someone in person, a Digital Currency Exchange (DCE) or from Bitcoin ATM(s).
- Lastly you can mine Bitcoins using specialized computer equipment and programs. However mining Bitcoins profitably is usually cost prohibitive due to the initial cost of getting started.