Why you should not use fiverr as a freelancing platform

Hey everyone!

Today I want to write a quick article about the freelancing platform “fiverr”, and why freelancers should stay away from working there.

I have been offering German transcriptions on fiverr for the past few months and I have received 9 five-star reviews by now, because my transcriptions are good and my buyers were very happy. So far, so good. But a few days ago I suddenly started having trouble. I must have attracted the attention of the competition and I realized that as an honest freelancer with good reviews you will eventually get scammed out of there by other fiverr sellers.

First, many sellers offer gigs they don’t actually work on themselves, but “outsource” them to other sellers. In my case, I received an order from a seller from “Cameroon” who offers German transcriptions as a gig but doesn’t actually speak German. So the client buys from him, and he buys from me. This is problematic for two reasons:

  • The re-seller receives the good review for YOUR hard work
  • The re-seller can give you additionally a bad review to knock you out as competition.

The other scam the competition will play ist that they will send you work you cannot complete for whatever reason (in my case the audio quality was so bad that a transcription was impossible) and you are then forced to cancel the order and your ranking in the search will drop as a result. Beware that not all sellers are visible as sellers, some just open a second account to appear as a buyer and scam you from there. (The desciption of my scam-buyer stated: “I’m a magazine publisher and I usually need transcriptions and illustrations. I don’t really offer services, so yes y’all I’m a user baby… deal with it.”) Very professional, right? Think twice before you start working for these kind of people.

When I researched in the Internet, it seems fiverr’s customer service doesn’t really care about these incidents. Worst case, your account will be banned and you won’t ever see your money that you worked for, which apparently has happened to many.

To complete the list, here are the other disadvantages of fiverr:

  • You receive your money only after 14 days of completion of the order
  • fiverr takes 20% of your earnings, which is a huge amount as most of us have to already offer low prices and work for under minimum wage there.

After these troubles I experienced recently, I decided to not continue to work on fiverr and start finding clients by myself.

So, freelancers out there, beware of fiverr and find a more trustworthy way to offer your services!

Eliane ♥


> if (time == 2018) do {become a Digital Nomad!} _

Alright… that weird time of the year we call Christmas and New Years… is over. No more excuses, no more laziness! It is 2018 and this year will be the year that I will make my dream come true: To become a successful Freelancer!

I have taken the time to let everything pass through my head and heart to see: What do I really want NOW?

Because the door is wide open. I can go in any direction.

But the question is, when given this chance: How well are we able to recognize our freedom every day, and if we see it, how well are we able to find our dream, our inspiration, and of course, how strongly do we believe in ourselves?

  1. The first step is to acknowledge our freedom. Not only at the beginning of 2018, or after our studies, but every day. Nobody should ever be able to make us do anything we don’t really want. But of course, you say. However, the hardest part in this scenario is to know what we don’t want. For example, after my Web Development course, everyone suggested to go find a job in Berlin and get some practise with my skills. And it does make sense, it’s a smart thing to do, so for a while I did look for jobs. Hell, I even got offers. But something didn’t want to go to these interviews. And when I took the time to reflect, I knew it was not what I wanted to do. I didn’t take the course to go back to working full time, I took the course to get out of the treadmill. And so I threw the jobs overboard and went to step 2.
  2. The second step is to know what we want. And not just within the small outlines of our “current situation”, because then we already limit ourselves. Of course it is important to be realistic and be able to make plans that have rhyme and reason and can be followed through. But, the visions should be big, not small, that’s important. When I realized that what I really wanted was to become a freelancer and travel developer, and when I decided that all I do will be geared towards this goal, I wasn’t done. Because in my mind I limited myself. I envisioned myself just having enough money to survive and being able to live in another, very cheap country like India. But wait, that is not how one should start working for a dream. Why not envision to become a successful freelancer, who offers quality work and is able to bring in up to 3000$ per month? I know it’s a high goal and I may not achieve it in a year, but it should be at least the vision in my mind. Because if I limit myself in my mind from the start, it will be much harder to grow and become successful. So ask yourself, what do you want to do in life? And not just work-wise. Because for me, the most important thing in life is the freedom to travel. No only for a certain timeframe, or a few weeks per year. I want to be able to travel whenever and wherever I want. I also want to be able to take vacations when I need them. I also want to have the ability to travel to the US, New Zealand or take a trip into the Himalayas. So I need to be able to work remotely and not be tied to a work contract, but also I will need more than 500$ per month.
  3. Third step: Believe in yourself. This may well be the hardest part of the process. Most of our parents do not teach us self-confindence, neither did our teachers or friends. At least in my case. My self-confidence is purely self-developed over the last two decades. And if you haven’t done so, it is good to start now! Because like I mentioned above, it is very easy for our mind to put limitations onto ourselves. And limitations are simply lies. The only limitations we have are the ones we set ourselves (and, I guess, the natural laws). You can find plenty of examples of people in the world that became very successful in a certain area despite having an obvious disadvantage or physical limitation, for example I have seen a drummer without hands. Or have a look at Stephen Hawking, he can’t even move his body but writes bestseller books and is one of the most famous scientists in the world. So you better start going for what makes you feel good, and what you are good at, rather then what you think you should do. Jim Carrey said once:

    “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Alright, so I now have found what I want to do, and I started by believing in myself and giving myself a chance to go for it. Now, the next steps are going to be more practical: Which direction should I take? Which areas should I specialize my business in? Which skills to learn?

The time is now, always.

Eliane ♥

my WebDev Certificate; and next steps

On November 28th I finished the course I came to Berlin for: I have my Web Development certificate from CareerFoundry!

The week after finishing I spent in the Black Forest with my Dad, just to relax and be outside Berlin for a while. It was good.

In retrospective, these 3 months went by pretty fast. I arrived in Berlin in full summer bloom, and now we are amidst early winter, all trees are naked and it has already been snowing. It is time to really reflect on what it is that I want to do. Do I want a full-time job in Berlin as a Web Developer? Do I want to start freelancing right away? Maybe I want to volunteer for a while? In the end it is all about being of service. All I need is a little money starting off.

On a sidenote: I am accepting the fact that I may be a traveller all my life. It doesn’t feel natural to me to stay in one place forever.  Maybe I will never settle down anywhere, maybe the wind will always blow me further as long as I breathe. I don’t mind, if that is what I am meant to do, it will be fine.

It is important to always ask find out what your heart wishes to do. Don’t take decisions based on what you think you are “supposed to do” or what would be a “smart choice” only. You may close doors to amazing opportunities that you have never thought of. Life is full of mystery. Let it manifest all around you.

With these words I wish you a happy Hannuka, Midwinter festival and merry Christmas. Let the lights shine inside your home and heart!

Eliane ♥

Two weeks deep in Rails_


After two weeks of jumping head first into Ruby on Rails, I am slowly starting to get a hold of it. At the beginning it felt like real chaos, so much information and literally EVERYTHING was new to me. No surprise, as I have absolutely no prior experience in backend programming, and in the front-end I am only sandboxing since half a year. So naturally, the start was a rough one.

The thing with Rails is, that you don’t have the big picture when you start, and that it’s  picture really is BIG, but you need to understand it in order to understand what Rails is doing at all. Following only the written lectures of my CareerFoundry course was not enough. Even though I was able to follow along, and get my exercises approved, I noticed that nothing was really getting into my head. It was like the information was creating a new instance, saved in short term memory, but not creating an entry in the database of my brain, so that I could access it later on (some geek talk here, sorry). I needed a different approach.  I needed to find a way to store data.


What helps me most when learning are Video Tutorials.  I actually need someone to speak out loud to me, nice and slow, and when I do text lecture, in order to really follow along, I often need to read out loud as well. So I decided to start Mashrur Hossain’s popular Ruby on Rails course on Udemy.  At the same time, I use Kevin Skoglund’s 10+ hour video course “Ruby on Rails 5 Essential Training” on Lynda.com.

Thanks to both of these resources, I have the feeling that the information does actually get stored somewhere in the database of my brain now. If you hear 4 different resources speaking on how to create CRUD methods and views, or parameters, or models and controllers, or database migrations, and each one explains it to you from a slightly different angle, this just works wonders. What I like about Mashrur’s course, is that it is really step-by-step. Nothing gets generated or scaffolded, everything is written manually wherever possible. This way you really learn what is actually happening behind the scenes. I can highly recommended to any Rails or programming newbie.

Skoglund’s course is fantastic as an additional resource. I wouldn’t be able to use it alone, because it is quite advanced and very thorough, and maybe not providing the baby steps that I need, but if you want to know about Strong Parameters, or Associations, or Routing, and you don’t want to read through an eternal textbook guide, Kevin is your man. Well organized information, clearly explained.

I also use the “Evernote” app to quickly store information that I find somewhere and want to remember later. I realize now how important it is to find your own rhythm, know how it is you learn best and be organized with your material.

I have by now started at least 5 new Apps, and it really is the thing you need to be doing when starting Rails. I certainly don’t have the knowledge stored in a way that I could create a new app from scratch without following a guide, as there is so much to remember and quite a few different ways to do something, but I can feel some fertile ground is being laid in my database-brain-garden.

It takes time, I know, it would be weird if it didn’t. But it starts to be fun. And that’s what’s most important.

Eliane ♥


I’m on Rails!

I didn’t think I actually managed to install Rails and all its components on Windows 10 without a single issue, as I heard soo many bad stories (and apparently it’s a crime), but what the heck, I succeeded, and how smoothly! My computer certainly knew much more what was happening than me, and while I quite blindly followed this tutorial, his command line was all Mr. Robot with me…

Let’s get crackin.


Meet Ruby_

I found an apartment in Berlin, I bought almost all necessary furniture, and the dust is slowly settling down. I didn’t realize how much turbulence this whole operation “Berlin” would cause, but it is finally over. From the decision in June to take the step to move to Berlin and become a developer until now: over 3 months of madness. Every day I was out and about, chasing some kind of burocratic decision or walking through IKEA’s exhibition for the n-th time until it felt like I lived there. And although for the last 6 years I was on almost continuous movement and started many times from scratch, this time was the most intense, but also feels like the most definite. Maybe it does have to do with – in a way – coming back to the place where I had started my journey, and it has a slight feeling of closing a circle in my life. I am, in a way, back and facing things that I maybe was escaping then. Not implying that the escape was not necessary, in fact I think it was. Because now I have the strength to face life in a city, and not only be peaceful on a green island with merely sheep as neighbors, but also in a big city. (Fun fact: I actually moved to a very green, partially forested park inside Berlin where sheep and cows live in big meadows. I did not search for it specifically, but life’s magic never ceases to surprise me).

Someone asked me if I miss Ireland. I said ‘no’. They were surprised about the clear answer, but it is true. When you follow your heart and go along with life wherever it takes you, you don’t really look back. Yes of course, my adventures somehow live within me and they made me what I am today – but when your decisions are aligned with your heart, you always know that your decisions are right, so you don’t regret anything, and also you don’t really miss anything. You know that the best always lies ahead.

But let’s get to the coding. So far I am exactly 3 weeks into the Careerfoundry Web Development course and I finished the second achievement, which is my Interactive Portfolio or, at least, the front-end of it. So far the challenges weren’t really new to me, and I could walk through the HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery and API lessons swiftly, but I have to say that it was very helpful to deepen my understanding and learn a few new things here and there, so I am very happy with it. I also have a great Mentor, which is important for this course.

Anyhow, this evening I started finally what I was looking forward in this course: Ruby on Rails.

I am almost exited. I noticed that I really want to get into the backend now. It is just what I want to do. And I get to do it. So I should humbly say a “Thanks” to life and wish everyone a good week ahead!

Eliane ♥