Writer jobs FAQS

  1. How much will I get paid as a freelance writer?
  2. What are the aims of Academic Knowledge?
  3. What sort of work will you offer me?
  4. How do I apply?
  5. If I am accepted, how long does it take to get on your books and get work?
  6. Do I have to take on the work you offer me?
  7. Will you offer me work outside my academic area of expertise?
  8. What is my employment status if I join you?
  9. Who owns the work I produce?
  10. How do I receive details of work that is available?
  11. Who uses your work?
  12. What does it mean to bid on an order? What is the bidding process?
  13. How do I know that I've been chosen for a project?
  14. How do I submit my completed work?
  15. What are confirmation receipts?
  16. When do I have to submit the order?
  17. What if my work is late?
  18. How often do I get work?
  19. What steps can I take to get more work you?
  20. What level of quality do you expect?
  21. What if a customer doesn’t like my work?
  22. How do I get paid?
  23. How do I put in my payment details in?
  24. Can I rely on work from you for a primary source of income?
  25. Is your service legal?
  26. How do I know students/companies don’t hand in/pass of research work as their own
  27. Can I work on holiday or when I am out of the country?
  28. What is the procedure when I do go on holiday?
  29. Can I ask friends to apply to work for you?
  30. I have a question that is not answered here, who is the best person to contact?

Q.1. How much will I get paid as a freelance writer?

All orders upon our system are individual; therefore the fee for one order will be very different to the fee for another. We have a fixed fee structure based on the word count length, grade ordered and delivery time. We have researchers that work with us full time and some that work with us on a part time basis in order to supplement their income. Our writers can earn anything from £15 per piece to well over £1000. See full list of our current payment levels. (back to top)

Q.2. What are the aims of Academic Knowledge?

Our primary aim with regards to the work we do for students is to facilitate learning and education through the use of modern technology, whilst simultaneously providing a high-yield income to academics. Secondarily, our aims are to break down the negative stereotypes attached to academic research and writing companies. In respect of the work we do for other customers, our aims are to provide a research service that is efficient, high quality and affordable. If you have concerns about how ethical our service is, please click here. (back to top)

Q.3. What sort of work will you offer me?

During the assessment of your application we will add the appropriate subject areas to your account based on the certificates and transcripts you have provided to us. If approved, you will be able to log on to your control panel as often as you wish to view the available work that is within your direct area of expertise. You will be able to view and click into the orders you are able to ‘bid upon’ individually to see all the relevant information and instructions to that order. We will only offer you work that can be undertaken by utilising the academic skills you have attained and have knowledge of.

There is a great variety of work to choose from – pretty much every kind of academic work. We also receive requests from businesses, legal firms, and others. To read more about the sort of work we offer, please take a look at our pages, being a freelance writer, reasons to join us and our general 'About us' page. (back to top)

Q.4. How do I apply?

In order to apply to become one of our freelance writers you must complete the application form located on the website. Upon submission, your application will be accepted and if it meets our criteria, you will be accepted. Please click here to start the application process. Note: The application form is the same if you would like to become a freelance writer or proof-reader with the company. back to top)

Q.5. If I am accepted, how long does it take to get on your books and get work?

From the date that you complete all stages of your application, the usual turnaround is 48 hours; however this can be longer especially if you apply during our busiest periods. We need to check your proof of ID, proof of address and evidence of your qualifications (specifically your certificate), so it is worth preparing scans of these documents before you apply. Providing any additional supporting documents such as a transcript via e-mail will help us deal with your application quicker.

Once your application is assessed and if you are accepted you will be able to log onto your researcher control panel and access all you need to get started. Alongside this, you’ll receive an email with useful information welcoming you to the company! (back to top)

Q.6. Do I have to take on the work you offer me?

No, you will never be assigned a piece of work without you firstly placing a bid of interest yourself onto the order. You will only be assigned work which you have registered interest in by ‘bidding’. This is stating you are able to complete the work based on the details, delivery and fee provided.

The beauty of being a freelance writer with AK is that you can log on when you have opportunity and you can arrange your workload to your benefit. You can pick and choose which assignments you wish to bid upon, however, please only place your bids of interest on briefs if you have read the instructions in full and you fully understand what is expected. If you are ever unsure of bidding on a brief, you are more than welcome to send us a message via your account or call us in the office to ask your questions. We do advise you not to bid until you have attained the answers you seek. (back to top)

Q.7. Will you offer me work outside my academic area of expertise?

Due to the guarantees we offer our clients we generally will not offer you work outside of your area of expertise. Our guarantee provided to our clients is that the researcher assigned to their work holds qualifications in the area and up to the level of their order. (back to top)

Q.8. What is my employment status if I join you?

The position we offer is freelance, therefore you will be a freelance writer who is responsible for declaring your own income. As all work is carried out at your discretion, you are not classed as an employee. You must file a self-assessment tax return if residing in the UK, and any equivalent return if you are residing outside of the UK. See more information tax and national insurance for freelance writers. (back to top)

Q.9. Who owns the work I produce?

AAll work produced for us becomes our sole copyright. This copyright will, however, never be sold to the end recipient; should your work be published (we have published work in the past that was purchased fraudulently), we will give you full credit as the researcher/writer if you wish. (back to top)

Q.10. How do I receive details of work that is available?

Details of our briefs are sent via email directly to your email address. The email will contain the brief details, so you now right away if you would like to log on and bid. Otherwise, all available work can be viewed at any time of the day via the researcher control panel.

We may also message you throughout the day on your account to inform you of orders that maybe of interest to you. We do also call you if we have shorter notice work that may be of interest to you. If you are interested in the work, simply place a bid on it via your control panel. (back to top)

Q.11. Who uses your work and the service?

Primarily students (studying at A-level, undergraduate, Masters and PhD level) looking for assistance. However, we have also serviced lecturers, members of the general public, companies, and other research bodies. For more details on our customers, see the 'About Us' page. (back to top)

Q.12. What does it mean to bid on an order? What is the bidding process?

We understand and appreciate that the term ‘bid’ can be quite confusing. Once accepted onto the system you will be able to view all available work that is your area of expertise and to your level, both qualification level and tier level. As you start to look at orders if you come across one that you are interested in you place what we call a ‘bid’ of interest. This involves you scrolling to the bottom of the order and pressing a button which prompts your bid on the database. Placing your bid means you are happy with everything displayed: the word count, the fee, the delivery time, grade & instructions. It means you are happy to complete the work as displayed if it is assigned to you.

Your bid of interest comes through to the Researcher Relations Team, who will take your bid into consideration. At the end of each working day, the Researcher Relations Team go through a process called Delegation, where each paid order is checked and assigned to a researcher. We receive multiple bids for almost every brief, so all bids will be taken into consideration before a researcher is selected.

The team have to take into consideration the subject and level in which the customer has ordered, and alongside this we also look at the last time a researcher was assigned a piece of work and the quality of work done so far. We do also appreciate when researchers call in or send us an in-depth message to explain why they feel they are right for the job – we are always happy to register your particular interest.

You are not to start work until a message has been sent to your account to confirm that you have been awarded the order. Placing a ‘bid’ of interest does not mean you have been assigned the order. (back to top)

Q.13. How do I know that I’ve been chosen for a project?

You submit all work via your control panel on our online system. When assigned a piece of work, the relevant order will move to the ‘My Work’ tab. Here, you can view the details of the brief and at the bottom of the page click ‘Ready to upload your work’, which will allow you to send us your completed work.

Keep checking your messages on your control panel for a confirmation message. You will also receive an email informing you of your success. If a brief is paid for when you bid (it will state ‘immediate start’), and you will normally find out the same evening – work is assigned between 7pm and 9pm. If not, and it states ‘customer payment required’ we’d advise you to keep an eye on your message board for approximately 72 hours. The order may or may not be paid for by the client, and we will keep it active for three days. If the brief is cancelled (either automatically or by the client) you will receive a message to your account to confirm this. Most briefs are ordered on a five-day turnaround (which applies for every 5000 words of an order), but the delivery details for each brief are made clear on the order details before you place your bid.

**We do advise our researchers to log on to their accounts at least twice a day if possible especially once you start bidding for projects. We advise once during the day before the delegations process starts and once in the evening once the delegations are complete to see if you have been awarded any work.** (back to top)

Q.14. How do I submit my completed work?

You submit all work via your control panel on our online system. When assigned a piece of work, the relevant order will move to the ‘My Work’ tab. Here, you can view the details of the brief and at the bottom of the page click ‘Ready to upload your work’, which will allow you to send us your completed work. (back to top)

Q15. What are confirmation receipts?

Confirmation receipts are very important. When you are assigned a piece of work, you must press the confirmation button located next to the order within the ‘My Work’ tab. The confirmation button lets us within the office know that you have started and are completing the order for the set due date assigned.

If you are unable to complete/confirm an order you must message or call the office immediately to inform us of the reason why. You must not hesitate, as time lost waiting for the confirmation receipt means less time for the order to be reassigned. We expect no confirmation receipt within your account to go unaddressed; you must confirm the order or contact us. Simply failing to confirm receipt of the order and then failing to submit the work will not be tolerated. (back to top)

Q.16. When do I have to submit the order?

AYou will notice when looking at orders that are of interest to you they will hold a delivery time frame which the customer has selected. The majority of our orders are placed as ‘standard 5 days per 5000 words’ however some orders can be as fast a turnaround as 3 office hours, therefore it is very important before you place your bid of interest that you understand the delivery time frame stipulated. Where an order is 5000 words or below and they have placed the brief on the standard 5 days per 5000 words this would mean you would have 5 days in order to complete the order. All orders as such assigned on Monday would be due at 12 mid-day on Saturday, all orders assigned on Tuesday under the above delivery time frame would fall to Sunday, however as the office is closed (although classed as a working day for our researchers) the order would fall to the Monday. This then means orders assigned on Wednesday under the same delivery time frame would also fall to Monday. Orders assigned on Thursday would be due the following Tuesday, and so on.

As mentioned some orders can be set for 4 day, 3 day, 2 day, next day and next day by 11am delivery. We also offer both six and three office hour delivery. Some customers may also choose to select ‘standard – no rush’ delivery, which gives 10 days per 5000 words.

When an order is 3 office hours this does mean that if the customer pays we will be looking to locate a researcher who can complete the order within 3 office hours. If it’s a week day, the order must be paid for by no later than 6pm as the office closes at 9pm, if a Saturday the payment must be completed by 4pm as we close at 7pm. We will always call the researcher we are looking to assign a quick turnaround order to, as we need to ensure they are fully aware of everything and happy with the delivery time. If you confirm you are unable to complete an order or you do not pick up, we move onto the next selected researcher.

Of course, the faster the customer requires the piece, along with the level they require, the higher the researcher fee for completing the piece. If you have any questions about delivery time frames, particularly when taking on non-standard delivery orders, please do not hesitate to contact us via a message on your account or by phone on 0115 9667951. (back to top)

Q.17. What if my work is late?

Work must not be late. The standard due time for all work due during the week is 2pm (GMT). For Saturdays, as our opening hours are reduced, the delivery time is 12 mid-day (GMT). The due time is non-negotiable (unless arranged with a client); therefore if you look at an order and wish to bid but you are unable or unsure of whether you will be able to complete an order on time, please do not bid! Some clients may be happy to offer additional time to complete work, if this is available we will state this on the order. Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to enquire if you feel you could complete an order but would need an extra day or two.

We offer our customers a completion-on-time guarantee, which means that they can claim a full refund and their work for free if their work is late. Accordingly, if you think for any reason whilst completing work you might need some additional time, you need to contact us well in advance of the deadline to avoid losing a proportion or your entire fee. We can then try to arrange an extension with the customer if at all possible. Delivering work on time is imperative to your role as a freelance writer. (back to top)

Q.18. How often do I get work?

As the majority of the customers that require your help are students we do tend to follow the academic terms, having said this the active workload upon the system depends not only on the time of year, but also the subject and whether your work is impressive enough to warrant further assignments. Your first piece of work is often crucial. If it does not address the order requirements and is not written to a high academic standard, we will be honest and address those issues with you and if unresolved we are unlikely to offer you a piece of work again. The Researcher Relations Team are in place to assign all active work as fairly and evenly as possible all throughout the year, however we do urge you to remember that this type of work is seasonal and we will be busier and quieter at certain times of the year. (back to top)

Q.19. What steps can I take to get more work with you?

Some short steps that can be taken to get more work with us, include having access to good sources (this will stand you in very good stead), being happy to liaise and work with clients and of course, producing good work!Every brand new researcher starts off as a tier D writer, meaning you can only take on lower standard and shorter briefs. The tier D process is in place to help ease you in and it helps us to gauge your writing style and technique. Once your have successfully completed a few briefs for us, we’ll raise you to tier C where you will then have more freedom to bid on briefs in your area and to your level of qualification. In the meantime, we are willing to consider adding manual bids if you can demonstrate you have the skills and confidence required to complete briefs you are unable to yet bid on.

We value our writers and we expect our courtesy to be reciprocated, some of our best researchers hold the following attributes: strong knowledge of their topic field, access to a great range of academic sources, reliable, contactable at all times, helpful and understand the ethos of making each and every one of their customers happy so they then return and request them in the future. Essentially though, do a great job and you will get noticed! (back to top)

Q.20. What level of quality do you expect?

As a company trading internationally with an impressive client list, we expect the very best from you. All research should at least meet the level of the order (undergraduate 2:1, master’s distinction, etc.) and be within our accepted tolerance of the word count (at most 1% under or 10% over). Any special instructions from the client should also be followed as closely as possible. Each piece should be appropriately referenced in the requested style, all essential sources should be utilised and the work should be thoroughly proofread before submission. All of these requirements are verified before release to the client; either by our quality team or by appropriately qualified researchers.

We expect fully original writing with no plagiarism. In order to ensure this, we scan every single piece of work that we receive with our in-house scanning software, as this is one of our most important client guarantees. This policy also prevents researchers from reusing content between their own orders – all work submitted should be new and original. (back to top)

Q.21. What if a customer doesn’t like my work?

There should never be a need for the customer to request an amendment to your work, as all the information you need to carry out the work to our high standards will be in the order details. On the occasion that there are amendment requests, we will notify you via your control panel within seven days of the deadline date for the brief, so you should make sure you are available for this period of time. If the amendments relate to requirements of the customer's original order, they are mandatory and must be completed within 24 hours of them being sent to you (excluding Sunday) unless you pre-arrange more time for complex requests. If the customer asks for additions or changes that are beyond the scope of the original brief, you are able to quote a fee for the work. The same applies if a client requests amendments outside of their free seven-day amendment period. (back to top)

Q.22. How do I get paid?

Academic Knowledge will take care of your invoice each month! Unlike other companies, you don’t have to file a manual invoice each month. Your invoice is automatically generated on the 15th of every month. The invoicing month runs from the 16th to the 15th inclusive, therefore for example, all work completed between the 15th of September to the 15th of October will be paid to you on the last working day in October, all work completed after the 15th of October to the 15th of November falls into your November pay packet. Upon generation of your invoice, we simply ask you check this over to ensure everything has been added correctly. This time is available to contact us with any issues you may have.

Payment is made by direct bank transfer or Paypal by the last working day of the calendar month. Please research the best payment option for yourself, as many forget that there are fees associated with PayPal withdrawals. Likewise, if you live abroad, the payment is likely to take a few days extra. (back to top)

Q.23. How do I put in my payment details?

Payment details are entered in the ‘My Details’ section of your account. You will need to decide on the payment method that suits you best and state the details in the boxes provided. You must provide only one form of payment details: if you wish to be paid via PayPal, place in your PayPal e-mail address; if you would prefer to be paid by bank transfer, please place in your bank details accordingly. Please do NOT put in both. (back to top)

Q.24. Can I rely on work from you for a primary source of income?

Academic Knowledge does have researchers who work for us full time and others that work for us on a part time basis in order to supplement their income. We would not recommend that you start work with AK full time immediately. It is always best to see how much work you receive, how popular your subject area is at different times of the year and how much you like the work before trying to be a freelance writer full time with ourselves.

We have varying busy periods, when it is busy, it is very busy; however when it is a little quieter, for example during the summer months, it can be very quiet! We cannot always guarantee a constant stream of work all throughout the year. If after starting you’re considering working for us full time, please contact the Researcher Relations team to discuss how we can assist with this. (back to top)

Q.25. Is your service legal?

You will be pleased to know that the help we provide to our service users is legal! We help both individuals and companies with copyrighted research on anything they like. If they then pass it off as their own - for example, by publishing it or placing it on a website - then that is certainly plagiarism, and we have and will continue to take action to protect our copyright. If you have concerns about the ethics of AK please click here. (back to top)

Q.26. How do I know students/companies don’t hand in/pass of research work as their own?

Our sales team has strict policies to ensure that anyone suspected of carrying out such a practice is blacklisted and will not be sold research by the company, ensuring that your, and our, integrity is maintained. All work is provided to help clients and actually increase their understanding of a topic area. Of course, we can't say that it never happens; unfortunately, as with anything that can be useful, it is open to potential misuse, and we take the same risks that a publisher of a book or a provider of a website for academic information might do. For more information on ethics, please click here. (back to top)

Q.27. Can I work on holiday or when I am out of the country?

Many of our researchers travel for numerous reasons and this does not tend to cause any form of problem, as long as you have access to your control panel online and the facilities to research, this would cause no problem to us. You will need to make us aware of your traveling schedule, for example flight times and points at which we will be unable to get hold of you. This cannot be for long periods of time if you are bidding for orders or completing work for ourselves as we need to be able to get in contact with you regularly. (back to top)

Q.28. What is the procedure when I do go on holiday?

Many of our researchers travel for numerous reasons and this does not tend to cause any form of problem, as long as you have access to your control panel online and the facilities to research, this would cause no problem to us. You will need to make us aware of your traveling schedule, for example flight times and points at which we will be unable to get hold of you. This cannot be for long periods of time if you are bidding for orders or completing work for ourselves as we need to be able to get in contact with you regularly. (back to top)

Q.29. Can I ask friends to apply to work for you?

We like to encourage our researchers who are already upon our books to refer friends. We offer a referral bonus for recommending a friend. Upon your friend’s completion of three pieces, you’ll receive a small bonus by way of thanks! (back to top)

Q.30. I have a question that is not answered here, who is the best person to contact?

Whether you are a researcher who has been newly accepted to the system or a potential writer who’s interested in finding out more, the Researcher Relations Team are here to help. We’re your first port of call for any problems, enquiries, suggestions – anything you need! Please feel free to send us a message via your account (if an active researcher). If not, feel free to email us at research@academicknowledge.com or call the office between 9am-9pm (GMT) Monday-Friday or between 10am-7pm (GMT) on Saturdays on 0115 966 7951. (back to top)


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