I don’t give advice on Quora but I do talk to myself.If I was a non-expert (which we all are tbh) trying to acquire Bitcoin, I would ask myself these questions for the reasons below, in the following order.If I can answer a strong “Yes!” to all of them, then I can “invest” in some Bitcoin.I use the word “invest” in quotes because I am really speculating in Bitcoin.At $42.8 billion market cap with no real killer app yet other than possibly “store of value” (This will stop just like tulips or seashells once everyone decides to abandon Bitcoin as a store of value. Not every store of value gets to become like gold and survive centuries and span many cultures).CryptoCurrency Market CapitalizationsDo you have money you can afford to lose 100% of?If yes, read on.If not, stop. Do not buy Bitcoin until you do, by cutting expenses or increasing income or assets (preferably all of the above).Bitcoin is extremely risky.Do you have an account at a small bank, community bank, credit union, Silicon Valley Bank or similar bank?Meaning not a big bank like Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, Bank of America, etc. The reason is big US banks tend to be stricter about avoiding violating anti-money laundering regulations in Bitcoin and may be more likely to shut your account down.If not, create one and move the money you intend to invest in Bitcoin there first.Are you sure you have good reasons for acquiring Bitcoin?Do you not yet have an account at Coinbase using a secure, private email you use only for this purpose (and which email you will check the security of regularly)?Currently Coinbase seems to be the safest and most reputable. They make you jump through more hoops. I think it’s worth it for safety and security.Opening an account on Coinbase will take several days and a lot of work on your end. Buying Bitcoin through Coinbase can be a pain.But having heard a few of them speak in person, etc. I think they throw up a lot of obstacles if you, e.g, forget your password or do something weird because they do not want a hacker pretending to be you to steal your Bitcoins, etc.Do you have a great thesis on Bitcoin?Do you understand deeply your motivation for speculating in Bitcoin and are you happy with it?Do you have an unfair advantage over others with respect to Bitcoin, such as legal inside information?Do you have a great process to acquire and liquidate Bitcoin?Do you have a great exit strategy?Please read this before investing in Bitcoin. I think liquidity (being able to get out near the then current market price) is a big problem when FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) turns into fear. Terrence Yang's answer to What happens to cryptocurrencies when the next global recession hits?Can you Dollar Cost Average In?Do not buy all your Bitcoins at once because you may be buying too high and get frustrated. Bitcoin is highly volatile.Instead, consider buying the same dollar amount every day or week automatically where possible (dollar cost average in.Are you aware that Bitcoin is super risky?I think right now it is very easy for the US, China or Russia, etc. to drive Bitcoin prices to zero or near zero by, e.g., just enforcing taxes on income on it. I have a theory that the vast majority of people have not reported taxable income on their Bitcoin purchases and sales and if the IRS decides to get very tough that could trigger a fire sale in Bitcoin. I don’t believe most people who own Bitcoin have strong conviction. I think they think they have it but will sell when enough other folks are panicking.Do you promise never to trade on margin?Don't use margin. Ever. A loved once bought stocks on margin (they also kept going up and everyone who day traded in dot com stocks looked like geniuses for awhile). Then she got a margin call. I had to sell my very safe Vanguard S&P 500 index funds to raise cash to help her meet her margin call. I was not happy.Additional disclaimer: I own Bank of America stock. I do not ever disclose my cryptocurrency holdings (neither should you, because they are so easily stolen compared to your FDIC-insured CDs up to a certain amount). I am an investor in Purse, a tiny investor in Coinhako, and a small investor in a cryptocurrency startup fund. I also am a small investor in fund that invested in Coinbase.