Since the introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been on an incredible rise. The value is always going up, and so is the speculation about BTC’s future.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin had already gone past the $2500 mark – and the trend is still expected to continue. Incredible! Isn’t it?
Considering bitcoin’s popularity, it is clear as rain that this currency is surely going to play a huge role in the B2B (Business to Business) community in future. However, the question is; what role will it play and how will bitcoin affect the B2B community worldwide?
Anyone with the slightest of the knowledge of business community would know that the volume of B2B transactions is way too higher than the volume of P2P (Person to Person) transactions.
Moreover, bitcoin has all the potential and tech to replace traditional payment systems – wire transfer being the most common one. In terms of speed, wire transfer is quite slow. The transfer between two countries may take up to a week; which, in business terms, is a waste.
Another traditional payment method used in the business community is ACH (Automated Clearing House). The method is cheaper but slower than the wire transfer, so it needs replacing too.
On the other hand, the client, as well as the merchant prefer instant Bitcoin payments and is a perfect fit for it. The crypto can be used to send/receive payments within a short period of time which may range from one to a couple of hours.
After reading all that, one might wonder: “if Bitcoin is instant and convenient, what’s stopping it from breaking into the B2B community?” It’s the acceptability and lack of usage. Bitcoin payments can only work if both parties are willing to use it – and considering the risks associated with this currency, not many are ready to accept bitcoin as a payment method.
However, if the business community decides to go with bitcoin, here are some benefits that they can enjoy:
Compared to conventional payment methods, Bitcoin is super-fast. The ability to complete international transactions within a few seconds/minutes can solve the speed issues.
Low transaction cost is another advantage of Bitcoin. Where other methods cost up to 10-40 USD, transactions through Bitcoin only cost a few cents.
The majority of the adult population relies on services like Money Gram or the Western Union for money transfer. Services like these follow a set of rules and restrictions imposed by the government; which greatly affects one’s ability to do business.
However, Bitcoin can solve the issue as it is regulated by a third party to impose restrictions on users. It ultimately provides users with more freedom and makes the transfer process simple. Anyone with a regular PC and access to the internet connection can transfer the coins to whichever part of the world they want.
These are some of the pros that Bitcoin brings with it for the business community. However, all is not that simple. Bitcoin adoption in B2B community can also bring about some harms with it – security and price volatility being the most common ones.
One of the biggest issues with Bitcoin is that the security is the responsibility of the individual making payments. For example, if someone is sending a certain number of bitcoins to someone else, the first thing they will need to make sure is to send it to the right address. A slight mistake and the coins are gone forever.
Another issue is that your computer at which bitcoins are stored must not have any spyware and other suspicious programs installed on it. It compromises the security of the bitcoins.
Another issue with Bitcoin is high volatility. The value of Bitcoin changes in a matter of minutes. With such instability, it’s almost impossible for the business community to adopt Bitcoin payments.
Although Bitcoin is the most popular form of cryptocurrency and allows instant transfers, there some issues with it – stopping it from a wider adoption. Once these issues are dealt with, there is no doubt that bitcoin will rule the business world.