Note from me: I asked my friend to write this Academic Knowledge review because I get so many questions about writing for them after writing this article about the company, and I have never done it. He has kindly agreed to share his experiences of working for them below. He really does work for them and this is his honest review of Academic Knowledge. It sounds like a tough gig, but if you can hack it, it looks like a pretty good work from home option…
Writing as a Researcher for Academic Knowledge
I have been working as a freelance researcher for Academic Knowledge for almost four years now and my experience thus far has been very positive. At first I combined this work with a mix of other freelance activities, but as the months have passed I have built up a good relationship with all of the staff at Academic Knowledge and now this is by far my largest source of income. I can thoroughly recommend this company because of the following very big plus points:
- The work is flexible and I can combine it with my family commitments
- Every day brings new topics, and interesting challenges, so that I am never bored
- The staff are friendly, efficient and very helpful when you start out as a new researcher
- The rates of pay are the best in the business (and I have tried a few!)
- There is a built in quality control system and customer feedback system so that you always know how well you are doing
- You don’t have to make out an invoice or request payment – your fees are posted with a running total as you go along and your payment comes into your bank account monthly.
It would be fair to say, however, that there are a few important considerations to bear in mind if you sign up to work for Academic Knowledge:
- It takes a while (several months) to build up your reputation with the company so that you become eligible for the larger and better paid orders.
- You cannot select your own work – you have to bid, and often the briefs you prefer will go to other writers. Over time, however, you can build up expertise in certain areas and then you will receive more work in those areas.
- The work is seasonal, and so some months are busier than others. In my first six months I earned between £40 and £500 per month but after a year I was averaging £1000 per month and now I am very happy with an average of over £3000 per month.
- You have to produce top quality work, on time, every time. The required standards are extremely high, and every single brief that you write is graded by the quality control team. Sometimes you will be asked to amend a brief once, or even twice, in order to meet the customer’s requirements. The customer can also require amendments and so you have to be willing to accept criticism and continually revise your work, even if you don’t necessarily agree with the comments you receive. This can be frustrating but it is all part of the customer service ethos that the company has.
- The rules on plagiarism are harsh – you will be removed from the books immediately if you plagiarise, even if you re-use parts of your own work.
- There is a policy of fines for late work – so far I have never experienced being fined but then I am very conscientious and if ever I have a problem with deadlines I telephone immediately and sometimes (but beware: not always!) an extension can be given. The delegations team sometimes ask me to do a particular order and I do try to fit these ones in if I can.
Don’t apply if you are looking for an easy source of income. Being a researcher at Academic Knowledge is a very demanding, sometimes frustrating but ultimately also rewarding role. It requires attention to detail and a professional attitude as well as high academic qualifications and excellent writing skills. If that doesn’t scare you then this may well be exactly the opportunity you are looking for.
That’s it, that’s his Academic Knowledge review, take what you can from it, but to be honest the only way to really find out is to try it yourself, up to you 🙂
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