Making Money through Online Academic Writing

academic writing

The internet has opened the world of job opportunities. There are many ways of generating sustainable income online.

There are many ways one can make money writing, including article writing, transcription, blogging and academic writing.

This article focuses on academic writing.

Basically, this involves the writing of research papers, essays, assignments, dissertations, thesis and many more. The client gives the writer a topic to research on, the money he or she is willing to pay and the time frame the assignment is expected to be completed. Once the writer completes the academic work, he is paid according to the site’s terms.

Who can do academic writing?

Any passionate and determined writer can venture into this. Unlike other genres of writing, research writing is much easier to do because the writer gets nearly all information from the internet.

Therefore, the writer cannot depend on his or her own creativity but can easily search for information on internet and paraphrase based on the topic and the instructions given. However, some research papers such as thesis and dissertations can be easily handled by undergraduates who have specialized in a given topic.

Generally, a writer is expected to follow instructions and submit high quality papers. Quality delivery is a key factor of success in academic.

Legitimate academic writing sites

There are hundreds of legitimate essay writing sites that pay well. Academic writing opportunities can be quite broad, covering any type of writing that is related to education or academic research. Some great sites include:

  • Uvorcorp is one of the best research writing sites. Unlike the rest of the websites, it pays very well, has plenty of orders even in the low season and has supportive editors and administrators. Editors are a bit lenient and fines are very rare. Uvorcorp pays between $5 and $20 per page and writers here have the highest income potential.
  • Writerbay is another great site for online writing jobs. They pay up to $20 per page, making it an excellent income opportunity for good writers. The site also has plenty of orders though the orders drop significantly during the low season. Payment is released on the 16th of every month. The support staff also helps writers whenever they have questions.
  • Though Essaywriters pays low, the goodness is that it has a lot of orders throughout the year. Writers can also pick the maximum number of orders so long as they can complete within a given deadline. Essaywriters pays from $2.5 and the pay goes higher depending on the complexity and urgency of the order. Writers are also paid twice a month.
  • Academia- Research: Academia-Research is also the best sites for academic writing jobs. It has jobs available most of the time, which can increase to more than a hundred per day during peak season. All the writers, however, have to be level 2 in order to be allowed to pick assignments directly.  Those who are below level 2 have to bid for projects. The more related the order is to your educational background, the higher your chances of winning the bid will be. They pay $5 per page for a general subject and higher for those that require technical knowledge.
  • Here, pay rates start at $10 per page. It also offers a flexible schedule. This means that whether the writer works or not; the account will always remain active. Payments are released twice a month through PayPal. However, writers must always submit the highest quality content possible to the site.

As earlier indicated, there are many other more sites which include the following (feel free to click; they will open in new tabs so that you can continue reading!):

Writing styles

Writers need to be conversant with different writing styles of formatting the papers.

Some of the commonly used styles include APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago (Turabian).

Each topic assigned comes with instructions on how the client should format the completed work. These should not worry new writers because they will be taught how to use such styles.

Is it worthy to buy an academic writing account?

Buying an an account can be beneficial IF THE WRITER KNOWS HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE AN ACCOUNT.

If the account is not properly managed, it might be terminated and as a result, the writer can make great losses. Before taking an action of buying an account; there are various issues you should take into consideration which include the following;

  • Positive customer comments
  • Good ratings
  • Reliable orders

Remember that there are so many conmen out there who purport to sell academic accounts therefore be careful and only buy from reliable sellers.

Expert research writing tips

Academic writing is not complicated as many people tend to imagine.

Yes, any ambitious person can become an academic writer. However, before one decides to become an academic writer; he or she should:

  • Be ready to submit quality papers. To produce quality work, a writer should adhere to the instructions given by the clients.
  • Be able to work within a bracket of stated deadline
  • Have 24/7 network connections such that whenever there are revisions, the writer can respond to it easily.
  • Respond to clients questions quickly and accurately

If you are an entrepreneur with absolutely no idea on how to write yourself, you can still sign up for academic writing accounts and outsource the academic work. Different writers can work for you then when you are paid you pay them a percentage of what you are paid. Take action with what you have learnt, join one of the sites above and start making money as an academic writer.


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  1. says

    We are looking for graduate academic writers to join our team of writers. Minimum three years’ experience writing dissertations, thesis and essays is required. We require individuals who are versatile and can handle different topics within strict timelines. Visit ontimewriters(dot)com and apply

  2. Pavros says

    Hi Walter, at the end of the article, Gilbert says that it would be unwise to buy an account. I dont understand which account it refers to if what one needs to start writing is only to register with one of the listed site and pass their requirements. Kindly clarify.

  3. Machoka says

    Walter, Greetings! I have been wordlessly reading your blog since I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago, and I cannot hide my happiness from the knowledge I have gathered. The posts have been insightful, and I pray that you uphold the tempo. Regarding this particular posting, I am requesting you to suggest a good trainer that will teach me the finer tricks of academic writing. I am eager to learn each day, and I hope that the lessons will better me in the writing arena. Thank you.

  4. says

    Unfortunately these types of gigs are risky. You could work for two days straight only to get a revision, delayed payments and/ or a bad rating. I’ve never had it happen to me, (except for the revisions part) but I’ve read enough stories about sadistic and malicious clients and sites online to know that it’s a real thing. Keeping in mind that a bad rating means you’re basically done for, it’s quite a hustle.

  5. john mbatia says

    kindly inbox me on the various writing attentions .I am s passionate writer with many articles in my names #walter.

  6. Charlz says

    Thank you for this post, it has been very informative Mr Walter. I am a freelancer and looking forward to become an academic writer. I have experience in MLA, APA, Harvard and Chicago referencing.
    Please help,Thank you.

  7. Raphael Mokaya says

    Incredible Mr Walter and Gilbert! This is quite fantastic, and quite informative. You have in deed given an account most people yearning to undertake academic writing should expect! I am an experienced academic writer, with excellent performance in writing articles, dissertations, theses and reports among others. I could wish to inform the admirers of the field that writing, more so academic writing is the most enjoyable task, but requires one to fully commit himself in reading and improve on the grammar part. Again, as far as am concerned, there is nothing impossible. I therefore affirm and fully join he rest in celebrating this glorious inventory, aimed at rescuing the majority. Let us join hands in making money from the comfort of our homes as we enjoy writing. Once more, a big THANK YOU to Walter and Gilbert.



  9. says

    You know Walter, I feel so good to write again. When I first wrote it was too overwhelming for me. I didn’t understand much of what you were saying. I was in a hurry, thinking I could go in with my head, body and lungs without the knowledge. That’s what most freelancers miss out on.
    I came back reading and re-reading your posts more and more, educating myself, first. I landed a job which I have stayed with to date as a Virtual Assistant. I would love to guest blog here on virtual assistant and how to revolutionise the industry in Kenya, if you’d please allow me. I am developing my website too offering social lessons and insights into Kenyan life, too. I hope to generate leads there, he he, as you would say, ”it’s business”.
    Again, I never fail to mention you, even offline, ”those ready to make money online as Kenyans, read Walter, his materials are provided for, free of charge”. We need people like you who want to improve our lives. Then a token would be in order. Otherwise, I keep coming back here over and over, will never tire, no matter what!
    God Bless.

    • Walter Akolo says

      Thanks a lot Gertrude for your super-kind words.

      I am so happy to read that you find this site that useful.

      Congratulations on the VA job.

      Sure, kindly go ahead and do the guest blog. I’ll be happy to post it.

      Stay tuned here. Great things coming!

  10. martin munene says

    Wow nice work your doing and be blessed, am interested with the training please let me know whether the training is still on Thank you.

  11. Michiel says


    I’ve just found another academic writing site –
    Those guys let us bid on orders so you can place bids by yourself. You better know how complex is the work, so you can determine prices accurately. And they also have big orders flow now. You can check them if you also need some work as academic writer. I would suggest to add them to the post’s list.

    Hope my post will be useful for you!


    Mr Walter so far i cannot complain about this site. It has been very informative and I have been thinking why I did not find it sooner. Myself am interested in academic writing.I do not have Gilbert”s number, so I would appreciate it very much if you help me out.

  13. Sheron says

    Very nice stuff. I know that years of experience in the field were necessary to make a list like that. Concernign the companies on this list, the is my personal favorite. I’ve been working with them for a couple of years already. They always pay on time (that’s important) + their support team is really helpful and friendly. They have lots of projects at this time of the year.

    (Sorry, maybe other hubs are as good as this one, I’m just not familiar with them).

  14. Loise Wamuyu says

    That information was great. I’m a writer and I would request someone who gives out academic writing jobs to be my employer Please.
    Thank you.

  15. says

    Iam always captivated by the amount of sincerity in your posts, they are so practical and amazing. Walter you are the reason Exists. I acknowledge your mentorship and am sure together we going far.

  16. Cedric says

    Wow this is nice. Beginner writers will mostly work hard mostly getting small payments but they have to be patient while building their profiles. I have been writing blog posts for an Indian client with a famous WordPress blog at fiverr. The pay is small but since am not yet a level 1 seller, I’ll be working hard to get to level 2.

  17. says

    Whoever who made these happens must have a big heart for humanity. Most people usually fear to expose where they earn a living, especially an open opportunity where people can venture into. This is one of the best articles that will inspire many to take action. I read it daily and I have shared it with my relatives and friends. We have also contacted Gilbert and he is awesome guy. GOD BLESS YOU WALTER!!!

  18. Jarred says

    excellent article walter. personally i have been an academic writer for over 5 years now and i can say that most of the listed websites do pay, however some are more petty than others and close accounts without consultation. i have worked with 4writers, essaywriters, writersph, writerbay, freelancecareers among others and my bank and paypal accounts have never been idle. am also ready to help newbies who want help on academic writing.

    Walter, thanks a lot for sharing with us vital information on payments and online biz. may God bless you sufficiently.

    • Walter Akolo says

      Thanks Jarred

      I also thank Gilbert for the excellent work he has done on this article.

      Good to hear you are willing to help out newbies. How much do you charge for training?

      Thanks for the feedback about the different sites.

      God bless you too.

    • lynn says

      am an academic writing newbie and i need mentorship pliz advice on how to apply for writing accounts successfuly since i’ve been struggling with that alot,and maybe about high season,thank you

      • Walter Akolo says

        Hi Lynn

        Sorry to hear that. Academic writing firms are normally very strict, requiring degrees, experience e.t.c. It is hard for most to create accounts sometimes.

        You can contact Gilbert at the email address in the post and he will give you tips on how to make it.

  19. Walter Akolo says

    Thanks a lot Gilbert for doing this fantastic post. I don’t think anyone else would have done it this well. I look forward to reading even more from you all over the interwebs.

    Once again, excellent post :)

  20. says

    Thank you Gilbert for this very informative piece especially on the style guides. I believe this is another gold mine to be thoroughly taken advantage of online. And thank you for the mentorship that you offer.

    • Walter Akolo says

      Yes, Gilbert has done an incredible job here. He really knows his stuff and most of his students seem satisfied with his coaching. Thanks for your comment, Sheeroh.

  21. Alphan says

    Very true, delivering low quality work will only succeed in ruining our reputation. I guess this is the same reason some clients in some of the academic and article writing service companies offer slave wages. I remember I once tried to use Odesk to get orders. One of the client was offering $1 per 500 word article. Really! I didn’t even bid.

    Anyway, we will get good remuneration if we can just go an extra mile and look for ways of delivering high quality day in day out.

    • Walter Akolo says

      I agree Alphan. When starting people may take the low pay but it gets to a point where you have to stand your ground and get paid what you deserve.

  22. says

    Great Post here!
    Sammy makes a point in the comments, a very key point of finding yourself a mentor. And i cant agree less! Having someone who has walked the path that you want to walk will save you a lot of chalklenges, and help you achieve greater heights easier and faster. Mentors help us shorten our learning curves. and such a piece of writing is a great starting point. Thank you!

    • Walter Akolo says

      Thanks Henry. I totally agree with you on the mentorship issue. I always stress on it’s importance.

  23. Allan says

    Its an excellent piece but i beg to differ on the information about “who can do academic writing.” Research writing is not about paraphrasing information one gets online on a topic of interest. This is why many Kenyan writers are caught on plagiarism issues. I would like to ask you Walter to have another piece on different kinds of plagiarism in academic writing so that writers here can know the dangers of paraphrasing. On legitimate sites, I wouldn’t rate essaywriters and asiawriters as some of legitimate ones.

    • Walter Akolo says

      Thanks Allan

      Your point about another post on plagiarism is well taken. I will put it into consideration.

      Gilbert really knows his stuff and is an excellent academic writer. I don’t think he meant simple paraphrasing. In his training he goes deeper into how to do it and he tackles issues such as plagiarism.

      I do not agree with you about EssayWriters since it is 100% legit. I am not sure about AsiaWriters but there are people who earn from it.

      Feel free to add any other points to help out the community here.


  24. says

    As much as I am concerned. Anyone who is serious with life can write. What makes writing hard is that some people try to think they can do two or several tasks including writing at the same. That is not possible unless someone is just writing. I do not think writing wants multitasking with outside jobs. A quality paper requires 100% concentration regardless of the experience. Since earning from writing depends on the amount of work done, of course many people will be paid poorly before getting their own clients who pay high. Nevertheless, the online world has brought opportunities that some of us would never imagine. I personally can’t imagine I am earning just from writing. It is nearly impossible to imagine unless someone comes and testify. I am always greatful to this website because it made me see the reality. One step at a time.

    • Gilbert Ngetich says

      I am impressed with your point Dennis ‘Anyone who is serious with life can write.’ Many people fail in writing because they do not take it seriously bro. Quality work is the key to writing success.

  25. Maurice says

    Great post, You have covered all the basics of academic writing in a captivating way. A newbie will understand this article quite easily. However, I think you would have done one better by adding the advantages and disadvantages of working with the academic sites mentioned, as well as the average price of the various accounts according to the level of the account.

    Another thing i would love to see would be the key tricks (Such as auto referencing) for writing the paper, though I think that would be covered in your training. I would also love to know about how to gain direct clients, and how to ensure they do not con you off your hard earned cash. All this can be featured in another article on academic writing. :)

    Another interesting read would be about ideas on how to regulate the academic writing industry. What i am talking about here is the large number of academic writers in Kenya who are working for individuals with accounts. There is a tendency of the employers not paying their writers, and if they do they do it late. There is also the issue of certain writers absconding on their tasks, thus costing the owner of the account in terms of fines or demotions and/or warnings.

    All in all, this article is captivating, i would love to see more of such articles. To Walter and Gilbert, keep up with the good work.

    Ps. we need a writers group/fraternity or something, something to recognize one another. That may help in identifying the frauds among us.

  26. Alphan says


    Thanks for this nice post. Am also an online web content developer but I specialize in writing SEO articles. if you do a brief research online, you will find lots of positive and negative reviews about Kenyan Writers. Unfortunately, not all of them are true. Some are just posted to ruin our reputation as writers but by God’s grace we still get orders.

    My point is, there is no limit on the amount of money that a committed, skilled, professional and determined writer can make by working online. However, we have to work extra hard to ensure that we deliver top notch content to our clients. Otherwise, this negative reputation may spell doom on us. Already there are websites that do not allow Kenyan writers. Its up to us all to ensure we deliver THE BEST CONTENT all the time.

    Cheers, let get back to work now!
    Alphan Maina.

    • Dennis says

      Hey Alphan,

      I totally agree with you, man.

      Sometimes as Kenyans, we are so smart…ahem…we think we are so smart that we could get away with any mischief.

      But when we choose the straight path, Kenyans are real good at their stuff. Not once or twice , I have seen overseas clients ask specifically for Kenyan writers.

      We’ve got some mad English language skills and some serious hunger for success, and that sometimes gets ahead of ourselves, don’t you think?

      Picture this, my first ever 2 clients were Kenyan and on Freelancer. They were a smelly scam. Did I mention they were Kenyans?

      • Gilbert Ngetich says

        I agree with you Alphan that most Kenyans are great academic writers. I have a client in US who has been sending to me orders for the last 3 years. One day, I decided to decline his offer of orders but he chose to triple the payments. Quality is the Key and am glad most (not all) of Kenyans have embraced to offer highest quality work.

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