To get started, you need to purchase bitcoin from an exchange. Create an account with Coinbase.com. (Estimated time: 10 minutes)
Setting up your Coinbase account is very simple. It is a similar process to registering for Paypal or Skrill.
You will need to give them your name, home address, email address, cell phone number, and verify your checking account with them before you can purchase bitcoin.
You can either securely log-in to your banking website to verify your checking account, or choose for two micro-deposits to be made to your account before you can purchase bitcoin.