Football in England Is Broken and Something Needs To Change

I support the creation of a European “Super League”. There, I said it.

This is not a popular viewpoint, I know. But I’ve thought about this for a long time and I’m in favour. The current system is broken and I can’t see how it can ever be fixed. Not without a major shake-up, anyway, comparable to that which took place when the Premier League broke away from the rest of the pyramid.

Before I get into why I feel this way, allow me to lay my cards on the table. I’m a Sheffield United supporter of 33 years. Even though I left for the Philippines in 2016, I still manage to get to around five to ten games a season, home and away.

I realise everyone will now claim “sour grapes” because, at the moment, we’re shit. But I can assure you, I came to this conclusion last season, during one of my most enjoyable seasons as a supporter. I was able to watch a generational talent, the best I’ve ever seen pull on the red and white strips, as we brushed aside pretty much every team in the league with ease. 

When I Were a Lad…

I don’t want to sound like a boring old man, even though I am a boring old man, and claim that “things were better in my day”. But they were. Big teams like Liverpool had a stranglehold on the title, but many other teams were still in with a shout. The year I was born, Liverpool won the league, but Watford – Watford – finished second. Spurs won the FA Cup, beating QPR in the final. 

The first season I attended a game, Arsenal won the title, but Crystal Palace finished third. Coventry and Wimbledon lifted the FA Cup in 1987 and 1988. In my first campaign as a fully-fledged fan, the unmentionables from across the city finished third and qualified for Europe. Blackburn won the league in 1995.

What’s my point here? Well, none of those teams I’ve mentioned can even dream of cracking the top six these days. It’s literally impossible.

The Impossible Dream

I know someone will mention Leicester, but let’s be real. A billionaire bought them, they had one season of glory and now they’re in the Championship, despite banking Champions League moolah. So how sustainable was that? Yeah, it wasn’t. And that’s the absolute best you can hope for nowadays.

I don’t enjoy Premier League football any longer. I really don’t. Some of this might be due to my age. I’m 41 now, so you could rightly say that maybe I should have grown out of supporting a football team by now. But at the moment, it all just feels like “what’s the point?”

We all want our teams to go as far as possible and win every game. Of course I’ll be cheering every kick next season in the Championship, hoping we can win the league. But I would love it, Kevin Keegan-style, if we could win the league and then say “no thanks, we’ll stay here and defend our title”. 

I don’t want to be back in that joyless, uncompetitive league where, even if we spent one billion pounds, we’d still be unable to challenge Manchester City. Or even Tottenham. 

Real Football

Football in the Championship still gives me that buzz. I love going to games, reconnecting with my old mates, having a beer with my dad and all of the social stuff. You can still celebrate a goal earnestly, without fear of the pedants at Stockley Park getting their microscopes out and engineering a way to piss on your chips. That’s what football should really be about, and I love all of that.

But in the Premier League, it’s just crap. It’s sterile, it’s joyless and it’s a product that’s designed for Kwame in Accra, Faisal in Qatar and Ahmad in Kuala Lumpur. VAR is awful, there’s an undeniable bias towards the bigger teams and the best you can hope for upon promotion is to become the next Crystal Palace, finishing 10th every season. Whoop-de-doo.

This season, everyone is waxing lyrical about plucky old Luton. And you know what, I have no beef with Luton, I quite like them. The entire team there is doing an incredible job and I hope they stay up. But they won’t. And they’ve won five games. Five. From a total of 29. That’s crap. I’m sick of everyone going on about how “competitive” they’ve been, when they haven’t.

And don’t get me started on Burnley. For all this talk of “Sheffield United are the worst team ever”, media darling Vincent Kompany has earned a massive haul of 17 points. That’s three more than the Blades, who’ve played a game less. It’s laughable. 

Haves and Have-Nots

Anyway, back to my point, which is not to fight with Burnley and Luton. We’re all in the same boat. We all came up together, and we’ll go back down together. Last season, Leicester, Leeds and Southampton went down, and there’s a really, really good chance that all three go straight back up. Leeds and Leicester are currently joint-top of the Championship table, with Southampton comfortably in the play-off spots.

The gap between the Premier League and the second tier is as wide as it’s ever been, and it’s only heading in one direction. All three sides that win promotion this season will target survival. None of them will be anywhere near the top six, which is a league within a league. Why? Because there’s too much money at the summit, plus the rules are stacked in favour of the big boys.

Financial “Fair” Play

Nottingham Forest went up and spent a fortune just to stay up. Their reward for that was a points deduction, for breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). Yet we have Manchester City facing over a hundred charges from years ago and nothing is done. 

How is a team ever supposed to compete if it’s not allowed to spend money upon promotion? Especially while others flagrantly flaunt the league’s own laws with impunity. The whole system is broken, rigged in favour of the biggest teams, and clubs like Sheffield United have no way of ever breaking in. 

Which is why I say let them go. Get rid of them.

Go On Now Go

If Sheffield United won the FA Cup, would that experience be tarnished knowing that Manchester City and Liverpool didn’t take part? Absolutely not. I’d celebrate wildly, finally getting to see my team lift a major trophy. I’d be on the first flight over to London to make sure I was part of the occasion.

I think it would be great if the big teams got what they wanted. Let them go off to their boring little European Super League to play Barcelona four times a season so the armchair fans around the world can spaff in their pants about Haaland and Mbappe. But wouldn’t there be less money for the Premier League? Almost certainly, and I think that would be wonderful.

Maybe we’d see Watford finishing second again, with QPR in a cup final. I’d love it, honestly. Return football to the real supporters and take it out of the hands of the suits. Give it back to the families who pay thousands of pounds every year for season tickets and associated travel costs. 

What’s the Alternative?

I don’t see any other way to get a handle on the finances which are spiralling out of control. You can’t impose a salary cap, because the best players would leave for other leagues. You’d have to apply it to the whole of Europe, which will never happen. But even then, they’d all bugger off to Saudi Arabia.

You can’t have any sort of a draft system, like in US sports, since academies just don’t work like that. There’s no way to implement a transfer limit, because then you wouldn’t have a free market. We all know how well-run communist economies are, amirite? 

So what’s the answer? How do you stop teams owned by insanely wealthy individuals and, in some cases, Emirates — essentially small countries — from spending billions and rendering the league uncompetitive? I honestly don’t think there is one. And the Premier League, and therefore the English football pyramid, is suffering as a result.

If You Love Them, Let Them Go

Let them go. Seriously, let them have their Super League. If they do it properly, with some sort of promotion and relegation system, it could work really well. But even if it’s a closed shop, I honestly don’t care. 

If West Ham win the inaugural Premier League MKII title, do you think they’ll be sad they didn’t get to be battered 6-0 by Arsenal along the way? Do me a favour.

3 New Irish Slots for Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day this week, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on Irish-themed slots. After all, they are undoubtedly some of the most popular casino games — from the perspective of the software developers, at least. 

In an already saturated market, no fewer than 40 such titles were released between March 17th 2023 and this year’s celebrations. Begorra, that’s a lot o’slots to be sure, to be sure. Ahem.

Who Is Actually Playing Irish Slots?

The thing is though, I’ve been around gambling my entire adult life, and I’ve never known anyone who actually enjoys Irish slots. I certainly don’t play them. They’re packed full of stereotypes, they often have terrible RTPs and frankly, they all look the same. 

I think I dabbled with the original Rainbow Riches back when I was a deputy manager in a William Hill shop. In demo mode, mind you. But let’s face it — Rocky was far superior anyway!

Even though I produce dozens of slot reviews every month, I can only remember working on one Irish-themed game in the past three years. They just all blend into a giant green mass in my mind. 

For reference, that particular slot was Pot O’Gold by Wizard Games, which does at least try to be a little different. It offers three different bonus games, which genuinely makes a nice change from the standard free spins features.

Don’t Knock It Until You’ve Tried It

Still, you know what they say. Maybe I’m in the minority here. Perhaps I’ve been too harsh and these games are actually quite good? So, with Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d try out a few of the Irish-themed slots released in the past 12 months

Honestly, most of them were complete trash and I stand by my opinion. However, there were a couple that I quite enjoyed. Here are my favourites.

Shamrock Saints (Push Gaming)

Reels x Rows5 x 4
Maximum Payout10,000x
Release DateMarch 2024
Shamrock Saints slot: key information

I do like Push Gaming slots, generally speaking. Jammin’ Jars is obviously a classic, but the Fat series was enjoyable too. Their games often feature really high potential payouts, so the 10,000x maximum win in Shamrock Saints is actually comparatively low. However, the 96.30% RTP is decent for a game that’s inspired by the Emerald Isle.

A wild symbol can be seen on the second reel of the 5x4 grid.
Best St Patrick’s Day Slots: Shamrock Saints by Push Gaming

That’s probably because this isn’t your typical Irish slot. Sure, it stars a bunch of Leprechauns and yes, it’s set in a pub. But there are no rainbows or pots of gold here. Nor will you hear the standard “diddly-dee” of fiddles as you spin the reels. Instead, this 5×4 slot is actually quite dark.

I think that’s the main reason I enjoyed playing it. I’ve already bemoaned the fact that Irish slots are all the same, but this one really switched things up. To be honest, if it weren’t for the Leprechauns, you likely wouldn’t even call it an Irish slot. Either way, it’s certainly entertaining, with its mystery symbols and increasing multipliers.

Hiding Clovers (Triple Cherry)

Reels x Rows6 x 3-10
PaylinesUp to 1,000,000
Maximum Payout7,703.5x
Release DateFebruary 2024
Hiding Clovers slot: key information

We’re back on familiar turf with Hiding Clovers by Triple Cherry. Lucky horseshoes, mugs of frothing beer and green, shamrock-studded outfits adorn the reels grid, which starts out with three rows but expands to 6×10. I can’t say that I’m massively familiar with this particular studio, but I actually did enjoy playing this game. 

A fourth row is revealed due to a winning combination of three J symbols.
Best St Patrick’s Day Slots: Hiding Clovers by Triple Cherry

Although the RTP is abysmal at some sites, plumbing depths as low as 88.15%, it’s pretty entertaining if you can find a better-paying version. In a sort of reverse-cascade mechanism, an extra row is uncovered with every win, potentially creating additional combinations. I don’t see this type of idea often, and I genuinely appreciated the creativity in what is an otherwise tired theme.

My only real gripe is that it’s too centred on the bonus round. I actually found it really hard to win prizes of note until I finally unlocked the feature. Still, at least there’s a Bonus Buy, allowing you to skip straight to the good bit.

Irish Treasures: Wild Celtic Charms (Spinomenal)

Reels x Rows5 x 4
PaylinesUp to 100
Maximum Payout3,000x
Release DateFebruary 2024
Irish Treasures: Wild Celtic Charms slot: key information

I’m not going to lie, this game is awful. It’s everything I hate about Irish slots, riddled with Paddy-painted clichés everywhere you look. But you know when something’s so bad that it’s actually sort of good? Yeah, it’s that. I just couldn’t help but chuckle, for instance, at how innuendo-laden and route one the whole thing is. 

A stacked wild covers the entire fourth reel during the free spins bonus
Best St Patrick’s Day Slots: Irish Treasures Wild Celtic Charms by Spinomenal

An unnecessarily-buxom redhead is the only character in this slot, and she serves as the wild. The game is literally called Wild Celtic Charms, which honestly sounds like something from an adult website. While I can’t confirm how domesticated she is, there are certainly some ample “charms” on display. It’s hilarious, and obviously quite intentional, that the wilds in this game are said to be “stacked”. 

You just have to take it all with a pinch of salt the size of a pint of Guinness. Yet, in terms of the mathematical model, at least, the game is actually fairly solid. You’ll find a perfectly average RTP of 96.04%, for example, though some versions are quite a lot lower. The maximum possible win of 3,000x is adequate, too, while the volatility seems reasonably well-balanced.

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My Top 5 Favourite Easter Slots

I’ve never played any Easter slots before. There, I said it.

Having spent the last three years producing an absurd number of online slot reviews, this is very much a specialist subject of mine. But after discussing how early Easter is this year, I realised I’ve literally never played a single Easter-themed slot before.

As such, I thought I’d better plug this glaring gap in my knowledge, spending this past week sampling as many Easter slots as I could. Here are my favourites.

Easter Eggs (Play’n GO)

Reels x Rows5 x 3
Maximum Payout3,000x
Release DateMarch 2015
Easter Eggs slot: key information

They say the old ones are the best. I’m pretty sure they’re talking about jokes, to be honest. But if they meant Easter slots, I’d be forced to agree with the sentiment. Released back in 2015, Easter Eggs is by far my favourite game that I’ve tried this week. First of all, you would never believe how old it is. The animations are gorgeous, and far better than many new slots I’ve reviewed for lately.

A 40 coin win is earned while playing the Easter Eggs slot base game
Top 5 Easter Slots: Easter Eggs (Play’n GO)

In terms of rewards, it’s always good to see a return to player rate that’s comfortably above-average. Play’n GO advertises a solid-enough figure of 96.75%, but there’s at least one casino out there paying 98.20%. In addition, the volatility is nicely balanced, and it certainly felt on the lower side of medium to me.

As a degenerate gambler myself, I enjoyed the option to potentially spin your wins up even further. Of course, you could just collect any prize money earned as you spin. But personally, I like the idea of guessing the colours and suits of playing cards to boost my rewards. Finally, the dreamy woodwind-infused soundtrack sounds like something straight out of a Vivaldi concerto. Beautiful.

Eggs With Legs (Reevo)

Reels x Rows5 x 3
Maximum Payout667x
Release DateMarch 2023
Eggs With Legs slot: key information

I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for goofier slots, and Romanian developer Reevo has certainly delivered one of those here. The name of this March 2023 release immediately caught my attention, and I did chuckle heartily upon seeing some of the game’s fantastically silly symbols. I’m prepared to forgive the slightly below-average RTP due to this.

The 5x3 reels grid during the Eggs With Legs slot base game
Top 5 Easter Slots: Eggs With Legs (Reevo)

The quirky bipedal eggs are not the only unusual thing about this engaging Easter-themed slot, however. For instance, only the middle row of reels four and five is in play, meaning there are just five paylines on the 5×3 grid. What’s more, this is a low volatility game, which means you’ll hit a steady stream of wins. That’s exactly what I want from a seasonal game that I don’t intend to play for too long.

Finally, the bizarrely-named “additive” symbols are another interesting addition, alongside more standard multipliers. Although they sound like something you should look to avoid in your chocolate Easter eggs, these symbols simply add coins to winning combinations. Special mention to the highly-addictive, toe-tapping soundtrack, too.

Choco Reels Easter Edition (Wazdan)

Reels x Rows6 x 6
Maximum Payout9,500x
Release DateApril 2022
Choco Reels Easter Edition slot: key information

There’s a lot to love about this particular game, but it’s not as high as it could be on my list of Easter slots. Why? Because it’s basically a lazy clone of Wazdan’s 2022 release, Choco Reels. Everything is identical, from the symbols on the 6×6 grid to the gameplay mechanics. They’ve basically just slapped an “Easter Edition” logo in the corner and added an animated Easter Bunny. 

Five bonus plays remain during the Choco Spins feature of Choco Reels Easter Edition
Top 5 Easter Slots: Choco Reels Easter Edition (Wazdan)

Nevertheless, it is an Easter-themed slot, and a highly-engaging one too, bursting with vibrant symbols and fun features. The reels start out with Candy Crush-style chocolate blocks covering the corners of the grid. You’ll remove these as you match symbols across adjacent winning paylines. As you do, this unlocks additional ways to win.

Wipe out all 12 chocolate blocks and trigger the Choco Spins bonus, where you’ll receive six free plays. What’s more, a payout multiplier increases by 1x with each spin. That seems to be your best shot at bagging the 9,500x maximum potential payout. 

Lucky Easter (Red Tiger)

Reels x Rows5 x 3
Maximum Payout800x
Release DateMarch 2017
Lucky Easter slot: key information

I generally enjoy Red Tiger slots, so I was happy to find an Easter-themed game in their back catalogue. Released in 2017, it adopts a classic look and feel, with a 5×3 grid, 20 fixed paylines and a straightforward free spins bonus feature. If you’ve played slots for more than five minutes, you’ll understand what’s required immediately.

4 free spins remain during the Lucky Easter bonus feature
Top 5 Easter Slots: Lucky Easter (Red Tiger)

The jaunty music is as cute as the colourful and cartoonish symbols on the reels, all of which adds to a positive, feel-good vibe. As I mentioned earlier, I do love a punt, so I loved the random element of the free spins game. Here, you must choose one of three eggs to determine the number of bonus plays received. 

My only gripe with Lucky Easter is the maximum possible payout per spin. For such a high-volatility game, I feel like you deserve to pocket much more when eventually landing a big win. That said, I did really enjoy playing this Easter slot.

Choco Bunny Hop (Urgent Games)

Reels x Rows5 x 3
Maximum Payout6,500x
Release DateApril 2023
Choco Bunny Hop slot: key information

Considering this slot dropped in 2023, I was a little disappointed by the graphics. The animations look a little cheap, if truth be told. What’s more, I have to question the choice of colour for the reels. Given that the symbols are all chocolate bunnies or Easter eggs, there’s way too much brown going on within the grid. It’s not a good look.

The 5x3 grid of reels as seen during the Choco Bunny Hop base game
Top 5 Easter Slots: Choco Bunny Hop (Urgent Games)

Why, then, am I including it among my top Easter slots? Well, it’s not a complicated game, adopting a classic 5×3 grid and a standard free spins bonus. This makes it easy to pick up and play, which is perfect if you’re looking to try a new slot over the holiday period. 

In addition, the advertised rate of 97.00% makes it officially the best-paying game on this list. A maximum reward of 6,500x isn’t bad either, especially if you’re only going to be playing for a few weeks tops.

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Work-Life Balance

The subject of finding a healthy work-life balance is en vogue at the moment. With all the talk of “Quiet Quitting” and the “Great Resignation”, there’s already a wealth of articles out there on this topic. But it’s something I’ve struggled with myself recently, so I wanted to scribble down a few thoughts.

Work-life balance Zanzibar
Finding a better work-life balance in Zanzibar!

Working For Yourself Is Hard!

My decision to switch to the digital nomad life was centred around finding a better work-life balance. I was prepared to earn less than in my previous career, since my focus was now time over money. But it turns out I can’t actually shake the drive and ambition, so the early success drove me to try and scale up.

Because my efforts now directly reward me, rather than someone else, I naturally care a lot more. And I find it difficult to ever stop completely. At the moment, I work seven days a week, even if it is only 3 or 4 hours worth of work. Since turning freelance, I have never taken more than 2 days off consecutively.

Nobody told me that being your own boss would mean I’d get no time off!

Finding a Balance

The way I have structured things at the moment, I get to travel a lot while continuing to work. So in fairness, you could argue that I don’t really need a vacation. I can spend a week at a beach, take a couple of full days to relax and then stretch my work out over a whole day. Sleep late, work by the sea, sunbathe, more work while watching the sun set. It’s a hard life!

But joking aside, things have really caught up with me during August. Constantly travelling is tiring. Never sleeping in the same bed, coupled with working from so many different locations, is hurting my back and neck. I can feel myself starting to get stressed. So on my latest trip around East Africa, I chose to right that wrong by taking an actual vacation for a week. It was clearly time to reassess the old work-life balance.

Taking a Break

I’m writing this from Nungwi, on the gorgeous island of Zanzibar. When I used to work for Africa’s largest retail betting operator, I visited Tanzania several times. But I never came to this world-famous island. And that’s why I’m here now, doing something I should have done before, as well as taking a much-needed break.

The plan was to do nothing at all this week. But me being me, I’ve still ended up editing a couple of documents and doing a few bits and pieces. I can’t resist! But I’m making a point of relaxing as much as possible and I already feel a little better.

Righting Wrongs

I’ve been righting a few other wrongs on this trip too. On all of my visits to Kigali in Rwanda, I never once visited the Genocide Memorial. And even though I lived in Nairobi for nine months, I never went on a game drive. Work-life balance? What’s that? Happily, I’ve now corrected both of those things in Rwanda last week.

Work-life balance in Rwanda
Zebra in the Akagera National park, Rwanda

By the way, the Genocide Memorial is absolutely worth a visit. Even if you knew a bit about the atrocities, as I did from chatting with former colleagues in the past, you will likely still be shocked and disgusted at what you learn. The Children’s Room broke me. I had to leave that after looking at just two photographs. Heart-breaking stuff.

It definitely left me thanking my lucky stars for having been born the right time and place to avoid such gruesome horrors. Not to mention reflecting on how badly the wider world handled the situation and really let Rwanda down. It is so easy to convince sections of society to hate each other based on nothing. And those in power will happily encourage you to do it, for their own benefit. Why do people constantly fall for it, over and over again? Urgh.

New Experiences

One of my other goals when I first chose to try out the digital nomad life, was to take myself out of my comfort zone more frequently. So when I met a Nigerian journalist last week in Kigali who asked to interview me, I decided to run with it.

We chatted for probably 40 minutes on a wide variety of topics. And although I probably look uncomfortable as hell on camera, I quite enjoyed the experience. I gave my thoughts on travelling around Africa as a tourist, offering advice on how to structure a trip. She also asked for my views on Rwanda, which I always say is my favourite country in Africa by far.

You Can’t Do It Alone

Another decision I took to try and help with my own work-life balance was using Upwork to hire a virtual assistant. In the past, I would definitely have been too tight to pay someone to do trivial tasks that I could easily perform myself. But freeing up 10 hours per week that would have been spent on monotonous admin has made such a difference.

I personally believe that this is the future of work for many industries. Why hire a team of full-time employees, with all the hassle that goes along with it, when you can outsource to a specialist freelancer? You will certainly pay more in terms of hourly rate. But you’ll get greater and more efficient output. And once the project is wrapped up, you may go your separate ways.

This model makes so much more sense in my mind. And I think more and more people are beginning to agree.

Fiverr Top Seller Status

Today I was awarded Top Seller status on Fiverr. I don’t particularly know what to make of this. But it’s almost exactly a year since I posted anything to this blog, so it seems like a good time for an update!

My best selling gig on Fiverr showing my new Top Seller status

My Fiverr Story

I decided to set up a Fiverr account in July 2020, primarily to give me something to do during the pandemic times. But it wasn’t until the end of August that I figured it all out and made my first sale. So my Top Seller status comes almost exactly two years later.

I wouldn’t say the Top Seller badge is a vitally important thing for me to achieve, as Fiverr is only responsible for around 20% of my income. But nevertheless, it felt good seeing the message this morning.

How to Achieve Top Seller Status

There are certain benchmarks you need to hit and maintain in order to achieve Top Seller status on Fiverr. These include prompt customer response rates, a minimum average rating of 4.7 on your gigs, plus total sales figures of $20,000. But we don’t really understand exactly how freelancers can attain this status.

Fiverr’s level system starts out pretty straightforward. All newbies are assigned “New Seller” status, which is automatically upgraded to “Level 1” and “Level 2” when achievements are accomplished. However, there is no automatic leap from Level 2 to Top Seller. It involves some kind of mysterious input from the Fiverr team that nobody has yet figured out.

We do know that buyers receive a private survey a few days after an order has been completed. Of course, it’s possible to leave a public review for freelancers and clients usually do. But this hidden feedback seems much more likely to be honest, as it’s withheld from the seller. And these reviews almost certainly play a big role in the selection of Fiverr Top Seller freelancers.

My Fiverr profile badge complete with Top Seller status

What Top Seller Means For Me

To be perfectly honest, I don’t really know what achieving the Top Seller ranking means for my Fiverr account. I guess time will tell. My understanding is that I can now create more gigs and have access to increasingly complex add-ons. In truth, these features are useless to me.

What could be helpful is that I now “only” have to wait a week for my gig earnings to clear. And apparently, I gain access to priority customer support. Given how notoriously dreadful Fiverr support is, I won’t be holding out much hope with that one.

I think I’ll use this newly acquired Fiverr status to apply for Fiverr Pro. That almost certainly would be useful to me, as you gain access to exclusive clients and can charge much more for your Fiverr gigs. I don’t know if being a Top Seller has any effect on the likelihood of a successful Pro application or not. As a betting man, I’d say it probably doesn’t. But it certainly can’t hinder my chances.

What’s the Point of This Post, Dominic?

Well, shameless self-promotion aside, it’d be nice if I could help someone new to the world of freelancing understand a little more about the Fiverr Top Seller ranking. It’s taken me almost exactly two years to acquire it. But it’s not stopped me from having a fantastic 18 months in my new life as a digital nomad.

I see a lot of new freelancers in various groups on the internet who pin all their hopes on Fiverr. I’d advise them not to do that. As I mentioned, a little over 20% of my 2022 earnings have come from this particular platform. I’ve actually had a lot more joy through my Upwork profile than Fiverr. Not to mention the clients acquired privately through LinkedIn and other social networks, where you don’t need to pay commissions on your work.

Take Your Time

I’d also advise new freelancers that it’s not a race. I’m not going to divulge figures here, obviously. But I am now earning more money than I ever did in a 9-5, and I had a pretty decent career in the gambling industry before taking the digital nomad route.

When I quit my last job, my targets were quite humble. It was never about the money for me, but acquiring freedom and reducing stress. Because ultimately, life is too short to be slaving away for people who don’t care about you and don’t respect you. But I quickly realised that I could do pretty well and my numbers have gone from strength to strength.

My freelancing sales growth over the past two years

Consistency is the key. Keep grinding away. There will be downs as well as ups and I certainly don’t think I’ve cracked it just yet. But since I shifted to full-time freelancing, I’ve managed to maintain this growth pattern whilst living my life to the fullest.

Digital Nomad

For instance, I spent the whole of June and July travelling through Panama, El Salvador and Mexico, before heading to the beautiful island of Aruba, home to one of my oldest friends. But this wasn’t a vacation, it’s my life now. I have the flexibility to work from the beach. Or take a random day off to visit Chichén Itzá, for instance, which I had always wanted to do.

I could never have done any of this if it weren’t for the freedom afforded to me by platforms like Fiverr.

At the end of the week, I’ll be off to Kigali, Zanzibar and Cairo to tick a few more things off my bucket list. Later in the year I’ll be attending eight matches in the opening week of the FIFA World Cup. I’m sure that’ll upset a few people, given the controversy around the event. But I’ve never been to a World Cup before and the tournament’s going to go ahead anyway. So I figure I might as well.

And speaking of football, my newfound freedom has allowed me to watch Sheffield United disappoint me in the flesh an awful lot more than in recent years. Something that’s very important to me, for some reason.

I don’t think I’ll ever shut up about how great the digital nomad life is and I’d encourage everyone to look into it. It’s much easier to achieve than ever before. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Because if I can achieve Fiverr Top Seller status, anyone can!

Memories Of A Trip To Dublin

It’s October 2008, I’m about to turn 26 and I’m unemployed. When I went to university I had absolutely no idea what to do with my life and ended up leaving with a pretty worthless degree in politics. I worked a string of part-time jobs after leaving, but had no clue what I wanted to do career-wise.

Behold the immense quality of the mobile phone camera in 2008

At that time, I was writing a sports betting blog with a bunch of like-minded friends from uni. I was also about to start a job with William Hill as a level 1 cashier, earning slightly above the minimum wage at the time. But right now, I’m sat in Dublin having a pint with an old friend from university. A group of us have travelled over for the Irish Poker Open, which doubled up as a 21st birthday party for another old mate of mine. I won’t mention what happened with him and the gold-coloured thong.

I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about. It must have been something to do with my lack of career direction. Cammy had been living in London working with Betfair for the past couple of years, but had just moved to Ireland to work for Full Tilt Poker. He asked me why I hadn’t been writing for money. I didn’t know what he was talking about.


He told me that loads of people in the gambling industry were looking for content writers. They would even pay me reasonably well to do it, apparently. I just had to ask.

I didn’t really know where to begin, but I took that advice back to Blighty and had a look around. There were no platforms like Upwork or Fiverr back then, but I took to randomly searching things in Google. By chance I stumbled across a few internet forums, such as Digital Point, and landed a small job.

My first ever writing gig was preparing 300 word Premier League match reviews, for which I would receive the princely sum of $5 each. I loved that job, it was like getting paid to participate in my hobby. Soon after, I ended up stumbling onto a long-term partnership with an affiliate site. I worked part-time for those guys for around four years.

Rounders Palace, as it was then, later rebranded to and I really enjoyed working for them. I would provide casino, sports betting and poker content in return for good beer money, topping up my meagre income from William Hill. In parallel, I was building my own little career in the gambling industry. After I my promotion to Head of Online for EDITEC in 2014, I had to turn the writing in. It was just too much. I was constantly exhausted, mentally.

I was at a crossroads and I chose to focus on my career with EDITEC. With hindsight, I greatly regret that decision.


Fast forward to August 2021. I’m now done with full-time, stressful jobs in the gambling industry. I’ve thrown it all in to return to being paid to pursue my hobby. Naturally, most of what I write about is still related to sports, betting and gambling, for they are my main interests after all. So I successfully bid on a sports betting project on Upwork and it turns out to be for, who are now under new ownership.

In addition to writing weekly football content for BetPal, I also reconnected with the chap I used to write for when he co-owned the site, before they sold it on. I’m now giving him a helping hand curating the content on, his latest venture. I had a lot of fun reviewing Play’n GO’s ZZ Top slot last week, what a banging soundtrack that game has!

Full Circle

Where am I going with this? I don’t really know, I just find it amusing how I’ve come full circle and wanted to scribble something down. A simple conversation over a pint with a mate led to me realising what I should be doing with my life. I started out on that path, the right one, but became distracted by climbing the corporate ladder. That’s just what you are supposed to do, isn’t it?

Only now do I realise I’ve been living life wrong for many years. Perhaps if I’d stuck to the content creation, I could have spent the last few years writing from the beach. Not to worry though, I got there in the end. And in fairness, I had an amazing time of it, travelling around Africa and Southeast Asia for work, meeting some amazing people.

Now I just try to remember that I’m lucky enough to live in a place where other people go on holiday and I’m working for myself, doing what I love. And it all started on a lad’s weekend away, between trips to the bar and Abrakebabra.

Cheers Cammy, I think I owe you a pint.

Fiverr vs Upwork: Which is Better For Freelancers?

Fiverr and Upwork are arguably the biggest freelancing websites in 2021, but which is the better platform for a freelance writer? I’ll share my opinions on the debate about Fiverr vs Upwork for writers, as well as my own experiences around commission, customer services and finding new clients.

I share my own experience as a freelance writer, to attempt to answer the following question: Fiverr vs Upwork, which is better for freelancers?

Brief History of Fiverr and Upwork

Fiverr is an Israeli operation, set up in February 2010 by Micha Kaufman and Shai Wininger. Initially, all services cost $5, hence the name of the company. This was a gimmick, and in fact, most of the services sold on the platform to begin were also novelties. It was the place to be if you wanted someone to record a funny video or sing a silly song. But these days, Fiverr is serious business. It generates $189.5 million in revenue.

Upwork was born out of a merger between earlier freelancing websites oDesk and Elance. In 2013, the platforms joined forces to create the imaginatively titled Elance-oDesk. Unsurprisingly, the new company eventually rebranded in May 2015, bringing us Upwork. They generated $373.6 million in revenue during 2020.

But which of the platforms should freelancers choose?

Fiverr vs Upwork For Writers

Since I’m a freelance writer, I can’t really comment on the difference between the platforms from any other perspective. I feel like other freelancers, such as designers or digital marketing professionals, should still get some use out of my article, but it’s very much written with writers in mind

You can learn more about my own freelancing story, as well as how to start on Fiverr, elsewhere on my blog.

Fiverr vs Upwork: Pricing

The service fee is 20% for both Upwork and Fiverr. However, Upwork offers freelance sellers a greater advantage over Fiverr. As you do more business with a client, the fees decrease.

While Fiverr’s rates remain permanently fixed at 20% of sales, Upwork adopts a sliding scale, which is advantageous for freelancers:

Total BusinessFreelancer Commission
$0.00 to $500.0020%
$500.01 to $10,000.0010%
$10,000.01 and above5%

NB: Both Upwork and Fiverr also impose these fees on any tips provided to the freelancer by clients.

Fiverr vs Upwork: Finding New Clients

Both Upwork and Fiverr take a totally different approach when it comes to matching up freelancers with a potential project. But the burning question is this: Fiverr vs Upwork for writers, which is better?


The main difference between Fiverr and Upwork is that freelancers do not create gigs on Upwork. Instead, clients post a job or project and freelancers scroll through and apply for jobs.

The main idea with Upwork, is that you as a writer must reach out to possible clients with an offer. A client will post a job first, then the freelancers will bid for that job or project. Although clients who are actively seeking to hire freelancers may occasionally contact you directly, most of your Upwork business will come as a result of you bidding on a job contract.

As a freelancer, you will need to search for a project or job based on keywords and phrases. You can filter out more relevant jobs based on the amount you will be paid, or the client’s own reputation. I’ve found this to be a great way to secure long-term business. Often, an Upwork project can last for months. Since the client has already chosen you from a list of applicants, you are more likely to be approached for further work.

Fiverr vs Upwork: the two freelancing platforms take a very different approach to matching sellers with potential clients and new business.

Upwork also allows you to create a specialised freelancer profile, separate to your main profile. This new profile can be customised to give potential clients a more specific look into your skills and achievements when applying for a job. You can apply for work in different areas using your different profiles, to keep things more relevant.


Upwork is free to use as a seller, but freelancers are only allowed to make an application for a limited number of jobs per month. The platform manages these applications using a virtual token called Connects

Freelancers use their tokens to bid on a job, but when they run out, they have to pay for more. They don’t come cheap, either. It’s $1.50 for 10 but if you want to buy in bulk, you’ll be billed les per connect. The most you can request to purchase is 150, which costs $22.50.

Each month, freelancers are given 10 free Connects, so they should be used wisely. This is the one limitation that Upwork has, compared to Fiverr.

Fiverr Gigs

Finding business on the Fiverr platform is completely different to Upwork. Here, the freelancer is the one specifying the terms of work, not the client. 

When you set up a gig, you can specify how much you will be paid, how long you have in which to deliver the work and other key factors. A client who wishes to hire a freelancer will then browse through services offered by every seller, selecting the most appropriate one. This is the main difference with Fiverr vs Upwork, where the freelancer scrolls through adverts, before settling on a relevant job.

I find that maintaining my own Fiverr gigs is one of the hardest aspects of being on Fiverr. One week I will see thousands of impressions. But a week later, the analytics graph falls off the proverbial cliff, with no explanation as to why. 

I’m sure that Fiverr does it on purpose, to share the love around all of the other freelancers, but I’ve never seen anything to prove this other than internet forum conjecture. The only solution is to go back into the market and spy on the competition. Tweak your description keywords, adjust the pricing and add-ons, and hope for the best.

Buyer Requests

Although just a small section of the Fiverr website, these projects within this miniature marketplace are crucial when you are getting set up on Fiverr. The hiring process here is different to the usual Fiverr model and actually works more like Upwork. Anyone looking to hire a freelancer can post a job request and then the freelancers can scroll through and bid on a suitable project.

However, the difference is that you will only be shown certain projects, based on your gig characteristics. For example, if you only offer services relating to blog posts on music, you will never see a job writing press releases for a sports clothing company. There is no way for a freelancer to search the entire database.

Fiverr vs Upwork: Customer Support

Fiverr vs Upwork support. My own experience of Fiverr support has been, on the whole, terrible.

I have contacted Fiverr support on no fewer than seven different occasions. Only once have they provided any worthwhile help. The first five times, my actual concern was never addressed. It was as if the agent couldn’t be bothered to read my query and tried to give me some cut-and-paste, scripted answer.

After finally getting them to read and understand my problem, they were able to assist me satisfactorily less than half of the time. In fairness, they handled my last query swiftly, successfully and professionally. One out seven is not a great look, though.

I’ve also heard, through Freelancing various groups and forums, many tales of completely unreasonable clients complaining about Fiverr freelancers, only for Fiverr to side with the customer. I’ve actually heard lots of stories about buyers acting absolutely wild on there, generally. At times, it seems like as soon as they see that Fiverr logo, they have a license to abusive to you. I haven’t really heard of anything bad like that with Upwork, personally.

I haven’t had to deal with Upwork’s customer service team as often, on account of the site seemingly having fewer crazy buyers than Fiverr. On the two occasions I’ve been forced to deal with them, I’ve found them to be knowledgeable, helpful and more importantly to me, a lot quicker at replying than the Fiverr support team.

Fiverr Pro vs Upwork Plus

So far, we have only discussed the free-to-use elements of Fiverr vs Upwork. But both Fiver and Upwork offer a freelancer the chance to upgrade their profiles. Let’s take a look at these services now.

Upwork Plus

I talked before about Connects, the “currency” of Upwork. Well, the main benefit of a subscription, which costs $14.99 per month, is a monthly supply of 80 Connects. This allows Upwork Plus freelancers to bid for more work.

The other benefits I find to be negligible. One of them allows you to see information relating to the bids of other freelancers, to help you gauge whether or not it might be worth applying. I don’t think this offers $14.99 worth of value, personally.

You also have access to improved reporting tools, but I find it quite easy to report on my own sales just by pulling the data from my regular Upwork account and copying into Excel. That way I can track sales data from multiple other freelancing platforms in one place, rendering Upwork’s reporting fairly redundant. 

Fiverr Pro

It is free to make an application for Pro status on Fiverr, but if you do decide to apply, it can be very difficult to get through the vetting process. I recently applied and was turned down. Although I was not given a reason why, I was expecting this result since my portfolio is not big enough as I only just quit my full-time job.

I ghost write almost all of my work, meaning that I do not have by-line or any way to demonstrate that it really was written by me. This is on my list of problems to rectify in the coming months, before I decide to reapply for Pro. I’m sure this will help me to pass through the vetting process next time around.

The main benefit of being a Pro freelancer is that your services will appear in a separate section of the website, away from the novelty jobs and the lower quality freelancers. In this section, you’ll find high-end business owners and other clients seeking sales copy, or other content for their websites. 

Additionally, Pro users can browse for projects in a manner similar to that of Upwork and the rates are a lot higher.

Fiverr vs Upwork: Which is the Best Platform For Freelancer Writers?

In my experience, Upwork is the best platform of the two for freelance writers.

When I first quit my job to go freelance, I had no choice with Fiverr but to offer insultingly low prices, in order to attract business from potential clients. I had to go with lower prices than I would have liked when starting out on Upwork too, but nowhere near as low as on Fiverr.

Not only did I find that clients were willing to pay more reasonable rates to beginners on Upwork vs Fiverr, but now that I am more established as a freelancer, I find that Upwork is better for long-term project collaboration. Since the commission fees drop over time with Upwork, you get to keep more money for yourself. That can only be a good thing.

The one positive that the Fiverr platform has over Upwork, is that clients bring their business to you. Although a freelancer can put in offers on the Buyer Requests section, that’s just a minor part of Fiverr’s website. 

The Fiverr model of creating a gig and selling that specific package to a client is great for creating lots of one-off or short term collaborations. Personally, I find this particularly useful when business is slow, as it keeps things ticking over between longer-term projects.

In my experience, Upwork is the better of the two freelancing platforms for writers. 

Dominic Field – Freelance writer and editor

Fiverr vs Upwork – FAQs

Is Fiverr better than Upwork for freelance writers?

Generally, no. Upwork is a better platform for long-term partnerships, as the commissions decrease over time. It’s usually easier for new freelance writers to get started on Upwork too. But Fiverr is good for keeping work ticking over, with lots of short-term projects.

Which has lower commission, Fiverr or Upwork?

Both freelance platforms charge freelancers a 20% service fee. The key difference with Upwork, which is an advantage for freelancers, is that their prices drop the more you work with a client. Once you sell more than $500 to the same client, commission falls to 10%. If you do business together for a total of $10,000 in sales, the rate falls even further, to 5%. Fiverr’s service fee remains 20% indefinitely. 

Is Upwork better for beginners than Fiverr?

From my own experience as a freelancer, Upwork is preferable to Fiverr for beginners. To get started on the Fiverr platform, you have to offer incredibly low prices. You must also work extremely hard for little money and be very patient. It took me more than 6 weeks to book my first project on the Fiverr platform, and it was editing a 1,500 word blog post for just $5. Upwork clients seem willing to pay more reasonable rates to new freelance sellers than those found on Fiverr. I am yet to use sites like Contra and Freelancer, so I have no opinion on those as yet.

Which has more sellers, Fiverr or Upwork?

If you’re looking to hire talent to work for your business, you might prefer to start with Fiverr. It’s hard to find exact statistics for the number of freelancers on either platform. Upwork certainly used to have more registered freelancers, but a recent change of business plan, coupled with a purge of millions of inactive accounts, has seen the number of freelancers fall. Fiverr on the other hand, has more than 3 million active buyers annually and continues to grow at 80% year on year (compared to Upwork’s 18%).

Upwork vs Fiverr vs Freelancer

There are now dozens of freelancing platforms and sites, including People Per Hour, Contra and Freelancer. I haven’t really spoken about any of them in this article. Perhaps that’s a future article. But away from Upwork, Fiverr and the rest, Freelancer is undoubtedly the biggest platform. Established in 2009, the job posting model is closer to Upwork than Fiverr, with clients posting requirements and freelancers bidding on jobs.

I am yet to use Freelancer myself, hence not going into any detail. But from my experience of Fiverr & Upwork, it seems like Fiverr freelancers work for far less money than the others to begin with, due to the nature of the platform.

How hard is it to get Pro status on Fiverr?

The main thing you need to know about achieving Pro status as a freelancer is that, although it is free to apply, it is very hard to obtain. No matter what type of work you do, you are free to apply, but only the best freelancers will be selected. In order to apply, you must complete some basic paperwork, submit a portfolio of work and record a 60 second video explaining exactly why you think you deserve it ahead of other freelancers. It is worth the effort though, as you will be able to charge much higher rates and reach out to elite business owners and other VIP clients.

How do I know I will get paid on sites like Fiverr?

Freelancing sites act as an escrow between the seller and the client. The fact that a site like Freelancer, Contra, Fiverr or Upwork provides payment protection for freelancers is undoubtedly one of the best features. Getting paid is just so much easier with these platforms than without. It takes the pain out of chasing up clients for payments and is one of the main justifications that Fiverr offers for having such a high processing fee.

Does Upwork Plus have a free trial?

At the moment, there is no free trial available for Upwork Plus. A month’s subscription costs $14.99.

How can I win more Fiverr Buyer Requests?

Getting your first Fiverr jobs is hard. You need to obtain social proof, in the form of positive reviews, but getting reviews without already having reviews is extremely difficult. It’s a Catch-22 situation. So the key is to make extremely competitive bids. Offer unlimited revisions, the cheapest possible rate and super-fast delivery. You usually only need a couple of 5-star reviews on your gigs before you start to gain momentum, so offer to work extremely hard on a couple of early projects and take the short term hit for the longer term gain.

How to Start on Fiverr With 6 Simple Steps

At first, I didn’t know how to start on Fiverr. But this week, I quit my job to work as a full-time freelancer. Getting set up on Fiverr played a huge part in that. Are you also looking to get started on Fiverr, but don’t know how? Maybe you already know how to begin, but are scared to commence your freelancing journey? Either way, you’re in the right place.

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How I Got Set Up on Fiverr and Quit My Job

In July 2021, I quit my “proper” job to work full-time as a freelance iGaming writer and editor. If I hadn’t decided to set up my Fiverr profile, I could never have done that. It was the platform that landed me my first regular jobs and gave me the confidence to try freelancing permanently.

If you want to read the full story of how I got set up on Fiverr, you can do so later in this post. But for now, let’s talk about the advantages of the platform, before I actually show you how to start up.

Advantages of Fiverr

Getting started on Fiverr, as opposed to any other freelancing platform, has several advantages.

  • You control your own gigs. You have full control over the services you offer, so you can be as broad or as niche as you want to be.
  • Buyers will come to you. You don’t need to make an offer in order to secure work, like with other platforms such as UpWork.
  • Dealing with your payments. In the freelancing world, constantly chasing up payments can be exhausting. But with freelancing platforms, you don’t need to stress.
  • The website is intuitive. It’s very easy to get set up and start creating gigs. You don’t need much technical know-how.
  • The Level system is rewarding. The better you perform against your competitors, the more you will be rewarded by progressing through the levels. 

Read my opinions on the Fiverr vs Upwork debate here.

How to Start: Step-by-Step 

The most important thing to realise when it comes to setting up a Fiverr profile, is that there is no right time to do it. Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Just do it!

You can tinker with your profile and your gigs along the way, as you learn. Worry less about how to start and just register. If you never even start, then you can’t ever make money on Fiverr! So let’s learn how to make an account.

Step 1: Create a Fiverr Account

Setting up a Fiverr seller account is super easy. To begin with, visit and hit the join button in the top right. You’ll see the following screen:

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You can register using your existing Facebook, Google or Apple accounts. But if you wish to create one the old-fashioned way, enter your email and proceed to this screen:

How to start on Fiverr begins with the choice of username. When you start up on Fiverr, choose a sensible username, as you will not be able to change it later. Set up on Fiverr now!

I would advise you to pick a sensible username, as you will not be able to change this at a later date. Once you choose your username and password, that’s it. You are now ready to go!

The first thing you’ll see in your account is a note asking you to verify your email address, which you should do as soon as possible. Once verified, head on over to the Profile section, to fill in your personal information.

Step 2: Complete Your Profile

Filling in your Fiverr seller profile is very important. Access it from the menu in the top right corner, like so:

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Not only is it an opportunity to sell yourself to potential clients, but you can also add a list of skills. These help the algorithm to understand what you do and connect the right people with your gigs.

In addition, your profile allows you to set the languages that you speak, display any qualifications you may have, as well as listing the results of any Fiverr tests you may have taken. 

Step 3: Research Competitor Gigs

Before you think about setting up a gig of your own, you need to know what your competitors are doing. Spying on people offering the same type of gigs as you allows you to set a benchmark for your own gig’s prices and delivery times.

Think about it like this: if there are two equally talented writers, offering the exact same service, but one offers their gig at $10 with a 1 day delivery time, while the other gig is available for $30 and a 5 day delivery, which one are you going to choose?

Remember: keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

Step 4: Set Up Your First Fiverr Gig

Now that you understand what your competitors are doing, you can set an appropriate price, number of revisions and delivery time for your first Fiverr gig. To set up a new gig, choose “Gigs” from the top menu, then hit “Create A New Gig” in the top right corner of the screen.

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You need to complete five steps in order to start your first Fiverr gig.

  1. Overview. Here you must write a snappy title, such as “I will show you how to start on Fiverr” and choose the gig category. Use the search tags to pick relevant keywords and phrases to allow potential customers to find your gig.
  2. Pricing. You can set the cost of your gig, or gig packages, should you opt to offer three different tiers. You can also determine the delivery time, number of revisions offered and other gig extras.
  3. Description & FAQ. Possibly the most important section of your gig. Not only is this the chance to write a sales pitch about what you can offer a potential client with your gig, but it also needs to be carefully optimised for the algorithm. Make sure you repeat lots of keywords and phrases.
  4. Requirements. This is so important. Requirements are a vital weapon in dealing with problematic buyers. You will want to add at least six requirements. Make the client commit in writing to what this gig is about. This may avoid arguments in future.
  5. Gallery. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to knock up a good gallery image. You can use free tools such as Canva that make it super easy. Or you could even pay a fellow freelance seller to make something for you! 

That’s it, your first Fiverr gig is ready to go! 

Tips For Setting Up a Gig

  • Pictures. You simply must include a real photograph of you when you create a gig. And smile! People need to see that you are real and, ideally, friendly. There is so much fake stuff online, no potential buyers want to get scammed when purchasing services.
  • Packages. Feel free to use all three packages, even if you hadn’t intended to. It’s almost like offering three gigs in one. You can also use it to create bulk discounts that seem more attractive to your customers.
  • Pricing. Start out cheap! It sucks, but swallow any pride you may have and destroy any nonsense ideas of what you are “worth” as a seller. Your work is only worth what someone is going to pay. You can’t start making money on Fiverr until you have some reviews.

NB: You will not be able to create certain types of gigs until you complete the corresponding test. For instance, anyone wishing to set up a gig relating to writing must complete the Fiverr English Test.

Step 5: User Buyer Requests

When you are first setting out as a seller on Fiverr, jobs are going to be hard to come by. You need to build up some social proof, in the form of positive feedback on your gigs. But how can you obtain social proof if you can’t land any work from clients? Simple. Use the Buyer Requests section!

Buyer Requests are crucial when you first get started on Fiverr. Knowing how to start making offers could make or break your profile. Set up on Fiverr now!

This part of the website is a kind of marketplace where you can put in custom bids for very specific jobs. You will not see many of these to begin with, perhaps just a few per day. But they are crucial to building up your portfolio. They help you practice the services that you are offering, as well as building up positive feedback.

Tips For Winning Buyer Requests

  • Be Quick. Often these buyer requests are made out of desperation. When someone is in a hurry, the fastest offer will land the gig. As a seller, you give yourself the best chance by acting quickly.
  • Unlimited Revisions. Offering whatever you can to give yourself an edge is key as a seller. You have to be ready to work really hard to earn your first gig.
  • Lowball Offers. Again, buyer requests are all about trying to get an edge. If you want it, you have to make as attractive an offer as possible. Go low!

Step 6: Be Patient

Starting up on Fiverr takes time. You have to put in a lot of work. You should constantly be reviewing your gigs, fine tuning the keywords, monitoring the gigs of your closest competition and hammering the Buyer Requests section.

Without the reviews, without the social proof, you could be anyone. If a potential client sees two identical gigs, but one has more reviews, guess what? They are always going to pick the gig with more reviews. It’s frustrating, but it’s obvious. 

Be patient. Almost every new seller gets started slowly on Fiverr. It will come in time. I didn’t even know how to start on Fiverr, but it eventually clicked for me. It has done for many others too. Keep at it! 

How to Start: Responding to Clients

Now that you understand how to start on Fiverr, it’s important to address the bit that comes next. I cannot stress the importance of this strongly enough. You must respond quickly to potential Fiverr customers. Why?

  • Fiverr is extremely competitive. If you don’t respond pretty much immediately, some other seller will. And they’ll get the gig.
  • Your average response time is tracked. Fiverr displays this on your profile. A quicker response time makes a client more likely to accept your offer.
  • Fiverr punishes you for failing to respond to a client inside 24 hours. This can cause you to drop down a level, impacting your gig performances and ultimately, affecting sales.

The Customer is Always Right

In addition to your response time, it’s important to remember to work on your customer service skills. You are going to encounter rude customers. In fact, let’s be honest, we’re all adults here. You’re going to encounter some complete fucking assholes.

They will game the system, angling for extra revisions for free. They will bombard you with a million questions and stress the hell out of you. You will deliver exactly what they requested, but it will still be wrong. And they will leave you a 1 star review even though they were lovely during your chats and told you everything was great.

You cannot please every client. There is a small percentage of sad, miserable individuals who want to make your life difficult for no reason. They might be broke. They might just be having a bad day. But you cannot fall into the trap of arguing with them. Or being a wise ass. One bad review early on could destroy a gig, or even your entire Fiverr profile. Stay professional.

If you have a genuine dispute, let Fiverr support handle it. Walk away from your computer. Breathe. Smile with gritted teeth as you write “thank you for your comments” after their latest tirade. 

The customer is always right. We know they aren’t, but just go with it. It’s for your own good!

Getting Started on Fiverr: My Own Story 

I didn't know how get started on Fiverr, but eventually it clicked. Not knowing how to start on Fiverr should not put you off. Set up on Fiverr now!

In July 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, I was on the brink of losing my job. By chance, I stumbled across a freelancing platform. I’d never even heard of it before, so I certainly didn’t know how to start on Fiverr.

I’d been a part-time writer before, making extra money churning out poker, casino and sports betting content as a side hustle. Maybe I could try writing again? Could I even make money on Fiverr? I decided to give it a whirl and get started. 

Slow Start

But it did not start well. Given that I had absolutely no idea how to start on Fiverr, that is perhaps a tad unsurprising. It took me around six weeks to book a gig, a $5 job editing a page on a dental hygienist’s blog.

My first client was brilliant and gave me repeat business, which helped me earn a collection of 5-star reviews and get momentum on my editing gigs. But it was a long time before my writing gigs gained traction.

I finally got my break when a client wanted me to write some casino blog articles. Happily, I could write this stuff in my sleep as a gambling industry professional. So I decided to focus on this specific niche, gained more and more customers and steadily increased my prices. 

By now, I had started a new full-time job. Since I could work remotely, I left Manila for the paradise island of Boracay. Safe to say I’ve fallen in love with working from the beach and did not want to leave. With my Fiverr sales figures continuing to grow, I was gaining confidence that I could earn a living doing this. So I decided to call time on the “proper” job.

I left on July 10th 2021 to work as a freelance writer. I could never have done that, had I not got set up on Fiverr.

How To Make Money On Fiverr

This guide is more about getting set up than for you to learn how to make money on Fiverr, so I’ll keep this brief. But the best tip I have when it comes to making money on Fiverr as a new seller, is to choose your services wisely.

Don’t try to offer a gig that you don’t enjoy, just because you heard it made money for someone else. If you care about a service that you offer, you’re far more likely to work hard at it and reap the benefits later. I’m not saying don’t develop new skills, but to begin with, stick to what you love.

Top Gigs To Make Money On Fiverr

That said, some categories do perform better than others. Services like the following earn the most money:

  • Copywriting. Good marketing copy is what ultimately sells a product. And there are so many websites out there today, someone needs to create all of that content!
  • Graphic design. Much like copywriting, all of these sites online today need someone to create the design elements. Good design can make or a break or a website.
  • Social Media Marketing. I see many buyer requests on Fiverr for social media managers. Many people are clueless at social media, but there are also plenty of people that are not, but simply don’t have the time to run all elements of their business.
  • Video Content. Videos are a key part of marketing strategies for companies today. Videos are on every page you see. Think how many times a day you watch videos on your social media timeline, never mind every other site. There’s money to be made!
  • Virtual Assistants. VAs are in high demand right now. Again, many people are just too busy doing other things and will happily pay good money for a professional to make their lives a bit easier.
  • Web development. There are multiple elements to designing and building websites, as well as multiple platforms and languages. The more skills you have, the more money you can make out of building websites.

Get Started on Fiverr – Final Thoughts

So now you know exactly how to start on Fiverr. You’ve heard my story and you have seen how it’s possible to quit your job in order to freelance. You’ve even read my advice on how to get set up. So now there’s only one thing left to do. 

Go out there and start your own freelancing journey. No excuses. You can do it. It’s time to put your newfound knowledge to the test and get started with Fiverr. Good luck!

How to Start on Fiverr – FAQs

Can you tell me how to start on Fiverr?

Setting up a Fiverr account couldn’t be easier. Follow this link, find the join button in the top right corner and follow the simple on-screen instructions. Once you have an account created, you can set up your first gig as a new seller and hopefully, begin to make money on Fiverr!

How do I set up a Fiverr gig?

Log in to your account and choose “Gigs” from the menu at the top. You’ll need to fill in five different sections. Make sure that you have properly researched your competitors, benchmarking the cost, number of revisions and delivery time.

What are Fiverr Buyer Requests?

Buyer Requests is a section of the website which acts as a miniature marketplace. This is where clients can make very specific requests for jobs and wait for freelancers to make them an offer.

This marketplace is crucial when you are first getting set up. In fact, if you ever want to get started on Fiverr, you are going to have to master Buyer Requests quickly. You won’t necessarily make much money, but they are important for building social proof in the form of positive feedback, as well as good old fashioned practice!

How much should my gigs cost when I first get started on Fiverr?

When you first get started as a seller, don’t expect to make money on Fiverr. You absolutely have to go in low with the price of your services. If at all possible, start with $5 gigs. Until you have the first few reviews under your belt, nobody is going to take a risk on you. Scope out your competitors for information on where your pricing should be.

What should I put in my gig description?

Fiverr searches are just like Google searches. Think about the keywords people might use when searching for things online. Also make sure that you are thinking about potential questions that your customers may have. Try to address them in the description of your services. Feel free to experiment when you create a new gig. Try different things and check frequently to see what works and what doesn’t.

Going Freelance After 13 Years – Write Decision?

At the end of April 2021, I took the bold decision to quit my job in order to pursue my freelance writing side hustle on a full-time basis. I’ve always loved writing and have, at various points in my career, been lucky enough to provide written copy to clients as a paid hobby.

Freelance iGaming copywriter. Quitting my job to turn freelance.
Freelance writing from here. Can you blame me?

Now, after 13 years of carving out an enjoyable and well travelled career in the gambling industry that has taken me around 3 continents, the time has come to go it alone as a freelance iGaming copywriter.

Having started a new job in January 2021, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better company to work for in the LiveScore Group. The onboarding couldn’t have been any better. The people were extremely welcoming, professional and friendly. The company does everything it can to further your personal development and look after your mental health. The salary is as high as I’ve been paid in my career to date.

My decision to leave is, quite rightly I would say, being questioned by people. Am I mad?

2020 – A Difficult Year

Maybe I am mad. But after a difficult year with a huge amount of personal upheaval, I have begun to look at life in a different way. The end of a long term relationship, the loss of a retail-focussed job due to COVID-19, the move to living on the paradise island of Boracay. All of these things have contributed to reshaping my focus, and to making me question what I really want out of life.

I have fallen in love with working from the beach. I am fed up of working for bosses, with office hours and targets, living for the weekend. The time has come to put my effort into building something that is for me. I can monetise what I love doing. I can have the freedom to work the hours that I choose and from wherever I want. When the world starts to reopen, I really want a taste of the digital nomad lifestyle.

Thanks to freelancing platforms like Fiverr and Upwork, I am able to easily showcase my writing skills. I have been able to pick up several regular clients away from those platforms too, providing copy on a range of subjects.

The gambling industry remains my area of expertise, but I have written on a variety of topics already. Everything from website copy for a signage company, to the devastation of wild fires in the USA. I have been editing a dental hygiene blog. I have written about the best glue products to repair a broken fridge. Even immigration to Australia. No two jobs are the same!

Freelance: The Future?

I know that freelancing is not going to be easy. There will be dry spells. Copywriting is a competitive business, too. But I do think that COVID-19 has made people realise that they can have a much better work-life balance.

I believe that in the next few years, more and more people will start to freelance, and not just copywriters either. Freelancing allows you to work from home, see more of your family and utilise your skills to earn money for yourself, rather than someone else’s company.

And although Fiverr and Upwork are frequently discussed, there are plenty of other options too. LinkedIn is about to launch a new platform to help freelancers. Contra has recently launched. There’s plenty of these platforms around today that make it increasingly easy to be a freelance writer, designer or whatever you wish to do.

Whether my prediction turns out to be right or wrong, only time will tell. But freelance writing is certainly my immediate future, and I can’t wait to start my new adventure. If you know anyone who needs any written iGaming copy, whether it’s blog posts, site or game reviews, website copy or press releases, please get in touch!