So you wanna be a handicapper? You think you have what it takes to go through the grind and beat the almighty 52.38%? Then read on!
This article isn't going to talk a lot about what a professional sports handicapper has to endure, not so much about how to become one either, but we'll cover that a bit as well.
For starters, you'll need to make yourself a somewhat attractive and trustworthy looking website. Advertise your true records on the site. Nobody believes false claims of 70-90% winners. Don't bother using the word lock either, because today's internet sports bettor has become more astute and knows there's no such thing. Lastly, don't bother with cheap lines like "I've got inside information." Be legit as the cream always rises to the top. If you do things right in the first place, it'll all come back to reward you in the end.
Next, you'll need to establish your worth as a handicapper. If you were to go tell any major service or portal on the web that you hit 60% in all sports, you're probably going to get ignored. We've all heard it before and we'll hear it again, too many times in fact.
After you've spent time proving yourself, and assuming that you have a nice website, contact some major sports handicapping information portals on the web and ask them if you can have a page to give away free picks on a daily basis. This will give you some cheap exposure. In exchange, their going to probably ask you to put their banner or link on their homepage. Keep in mind that they're established and you're not, so this is a very fair deal for you even if you’re not on their homepage.
Assuming you've gotten some exposure from the sports monitors and portals, offer to give out your picks for a free week. This is a great hook to get guys in the door. Keep their email addresses in a file and market to them from time to time. Don't expect them all to buy from you, even if you're hot. Something we haven't gotten to yet is that this is a very competitive market and it's not easy to make a buck.
Provide analysis with your picks. Some say it doesn't matter as long as you're producing winners, but by providing analysis with your selections, it proves that you're legit and did your homework. Oh, and speaking of homework? Expect to handicap 12 hours a day or more if you want to be a long term winner. It's surely a marathon, not a sprint and it's one hell of a grind.
Have a family? You should probably pass on this career. It's not fair to them. Don't you dare bring kids into this world and then ignore them. No dollar is worth that, especially this dollar because it's one that you'll be chasing. Only a few big names in the industry have big bucks thrown at them and it's because of a ton of marketing and years of hard work. In all candidness, there's a better chance that you'll fizzle out and drop out of the industry before you'll be successful. Don't make your family pay a price you can't afford to pay. When it's all said and done, family is all you have. Money comes and goes. This is a job that is a family wrecker, take it from us, those that have been there.
Lastly, be sure to get some exercise. Sports Handicappers often find themselves putting on an extra 100lbs, eating fast food and forgetting to exercise. It can be high stress at times too. Lack of sleep on top of all the unhealthy crap you have to endure will put you in the grave early. While we ourselves are handicappers and sports enthusiasts running websites, we highly recommend against others doing it. We consider ourselves lucky, but we've paid our dues and frankly if we had it to do all over again we'd probably have stuck with our 40 hour a week jobs.
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