Bitcoin is a protocol that was born from a small community and has grown fast since. There are a lot of things you can do to help Bitcoin to spread and improve over time.
Obviously, using Bitcoin is the first thing you can do to help its development. There are probably many cases where it can make your life easier. And you can accept payments with Bitcoin yourself.
Be the network
You can join the Bitcoin network by keeping full node software running on your computer. You can also do some Bitcoin mining to make the network more secure by helping to process transactions.
Bitcoin is free software. So if you are a developer, you can use your super-powers to do good and improve Bitcoin. Or you can build amazing new services or software that can use Bitcoin.
The easiest way to help is to donate a few bitcoins to the Bitcoin Foundation. Or you can help directly fund any project related to Bitcoin that you believe will be helpful in the future.
Join the Foundation
The Bitcoin Foundation is one of the largest organizations dedicated to standardize, protect and promote Bitcoin. It funds the salary for Bitcoin software developers, organizes conferences, and provides many important resources.
Speak about Bitcoin to interested people. Write about it on your blog. Tell your favorite shops you would like to pay with Bitcoin. Or be creative and make yourself a nice Bitcoin T-shirt.
The Bitcoin wiki is full of useful and detailed information and we are constantly improving the information it contains - just like Wikipedia. You can help keep the wiki accurate and up-to-date.
You can help to increase Bitcoin availability by translating or improving translations inside important parts of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Just pick a project you would like to help.
Meet the communities
You can join Bitcoin communities and talk with other Bitcoin enthusiasts. You can learn more about Bitcoin every day, give help to new users and get involved in interesting projects.