Academic writing is a decent way of making money online. Although it has a steep learning curve, anyone can learn how to earn a living through this relatively unknown online venture.

In this post, I will highlight:

  • What is Academic Writing
  • How to do Academic Writing/Requirements
  • Where to Find Academic Writing Jobs and show you how to
  • Learn Academic Writing for Free (2 free ebooks)
  • Services/sites that will Make You a Better Academic Writer.

Other online jobs that I recommend include article writing, transcription, and blogging.


Simply put, academic writing involves assisting; mostly foreign college/university students’ complete their written take-away assignments. Academic writing mostly requires researching and providing students with material to do their research assignments.  In most cases, I prefer to refer to academic writing as academic research.

Types of academic writing jobs include Essay Writing, Coursework, Research Papers, Case Study, Lab report, Dissertation, Proposals, etc.

If you are still uncertain about academic writing, you can check by clicking the blue text and access these samples of  completed academic writing jobs along with the customer instructions.

One thing you have to be familiar with is that no type of academic work is simple; these essays are way different from what you encountered in the local education system. Nonetheless, the essays vary from somewhat simple high-school 200-word discussions to very complex 10000 words+ Ph.D. dissertations.

Regardless, with access to the internet no type of academic writing job is difficult. All the information that you need to complete academic writing jobs can be accessed on the internet.


Only a few things are necessary in order for you to start academic writing. First, it is important to note that, contrary to popular belief, a university degree/education is not a prerequisite for a person to be successful in academic writing.

To do academic writing, you only need a computer with access to the internet, basic English writing skills, and a constant source of academic writing jobs. Anyone who is passionate enough can pursue academic writing.

All academic writing jobs involve a simple three step process:

  • Read
  • Research
  • Write

It is easier to learn academic writing because, often, very little creativity is required. All information that you need to answer questions can be accessed on the internet. You just have to master the art of acquiring information from resources fast, without plagiarizing, while paying attention to basic English writing rules.

It can be intimidating when attempting to start academic writing especially if you are inexperienced. Unlike article writing, academic writing papers come bundled with very strict writing and formatting instructions. Keep in mind that; these papers will be graded by instructors who have years of experience in their field.


Currently, there are hundreds of websites where you can find academic writing jobs. Academic writing sites make it easier for you to find academic writing jobs. Often, you can pick orders on the site from across all academic disciples. Once completed and approved, the website will pay you through Paypal/Skrill/ or any other online payment processors. Local sites will pay you via Mpesa too.

Top Academic Writing Sites Include include:

  • – The best academic writing account at the moment. Simply because of the average-to-very-good pay, job security, and lenient editors.

What to expect:

  1. Lots of work during the peak season, but close to no work during the low season.
  2. Editors are a bit lenient, and fines are very rare.
  3. Chances of your account being closed are very slim.
  • – You will always get varied opinions from writers on this account. Irrespective of what people say I believe it is still one of the best. It has the highest income potential.

What to expect:

  1. Lots of work throughout the year, even during the low season.
  2. During the low season the CPP can go as low as $2 – $5, but during the peak season depending on the level of your account, the CPP can go as high as $10 – $20
  3. Very strict editors, you can expect fines for very flimsy reasons.
  4. Very high-quality work is expected, or else you stand to lose your account.
  • Academia-Research – Have some of the highest CPP’s around, but jobs are very hard to come by. They are very strict on quality.
  • Writerbay – One of my favorites. Jobs are always in plenty, and they are lenient on the quality of work required.
  • FreelanceWritingCenter – The best academic writing around, according to some people, but not me.
  • – Similar to, but with fewer jobs.
  • Essayshark – A different kind of academic writing account. In Essayshark you communicate directly with the client, on the price and everything. Veryyy lenient on everything.
  • – My first and still my favorite academic writing account. No fines, job security and timely payment. Most of the jobs are from Australia, where not much is expected regarding quality.
  • SNR – Only hires native English writers. However, their pay is great, and there is usually a constant flow of orders.
  • Edusson – Uses a similar approach with Essayshark. Quite good.

SEE ALSO: You can find a more comprehensive list of academic writing sites on this post.

It is very crucial that you note that how much you earn from academic writing greatly depends on where you get your jobs from. In essence, there are three main places where you can get an academic writing job.

  1. A Local Employer

This is the easiest way to seamlessly start academic writing. Local employers will mentor and show you how to improve your writing besides providing you with a constant source of jobs. However, the pay is low and fixed.

  1. Academic Writing Website

Academic writing websites, such as those listed below, are the best way to really venture into academic writing. Academic writing websites/accounts source jobs directly from clients and post them on their websites for you to choose those you are able to complete within the provided deadline. Pay greatly varies. Some of the best websites pay up to $20 per page.

  1. Direct Clients (DC)

When dealing with a direct client you often eliminate the middlemen (site/employer), by working directly with the students (DC). Direct clients pay very well – up to five times what is offered on academic writing sites – but finding them can be a bit tricky and the is always the threat of being conned.


It is very easy to learn academic writing. In fact, you can do it on your own if you are patient enough. Below I have provided you with two ebooks that give you everything you need to learn academic writing for FREE.

  1. Academic Writing Styleguide

Unlike the eBook which is a collection of notes from academic institutions, the style guide was written by two of the best academic writers around – Levian Indasy Mahmady and Baba Elinyo. It is a much simpler read, with very many useful tips and tricks – all from a writer’s perspective. I would advise you to start with this style guide then you will be ready to go through the eBook.

  1. Academic Writing Ebook

Over the years, I have come across very many different institutional instructions, and I have compiled all of them to form one e-book that has everything that you will ever need to learn in order to become an academic writer.

The e-Book provides easy to read notes on:

  1. General advice on essay writing.
  2. Planning and Organizing an Essay
  3. Reading and Researching
  4. Using Sources
  5. Specific Types of Writing
  6. Style and Editing
  7. Academic Sentence Construction
  8. Referencing Styles
  9. Samples of academic papers


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  1. Grammarly always sits on top of my list for requirements as an online freelancer, irrespective of your online job. Grammarly accurately corrects all English writing errors in your work.
  2. –The best referencing tool.
  3. WorldCat – A great website for getting sources.
  4. Ginger – Similar to Grammarly.
  5. – Referencing tool.
  6. Easybib – Referencing tool.
  7. Purdue OWL – the most reliable website when it comes to everything related to academic writing
  8. Google Books – Great for getting sources and referencing.
  9. Academia Research Facebook Group – The most active Facebook group for academic writers.
  10. Essaylancers – The site has the most extensive content on academic writing and working as an academic writer.

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