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Searching For Well-Paid Freelance Academic Writing Jobs

Maybe you have tried working the 9-5 job and discovered that it is not for you, or maybe you are a struggling student who is trying to earn some extra cash. Whatever the reason, you have decided to become a freelancer. Do your research and you will soon discover the grand variety of freelance work out there- from website design to blog writing. One field of freelancing to explore which is highly in demand is academic freelance writing. Below, we have come up with a few ways to search for well-paid freelance academic writing jobs.

  • Search freelance websites. The internet is the best resource to finding anything and everything. There are several freelance websites out there where you can create a profile and apply to various jobs. Filter your searches to include academic and/or research writing. You might not make much money at the beginning but by slowly building your profile with small jobs, you will start to attract the clientele you are looking for. Eventually, you can form long-term relationships with clients who will pay you well for regular work and you can make pretty good money writing academic articles, papers and dissertations for them. Seek out freelance websites that specialize in academic writing for the most efficient access to academic writing work.
  • Approach different research labs- especially ones in fields that have high pay. R1 universities are research-based and have research labs in almost every department, and with the hundreds of universities all over the world, you will have more than enough options. Contact department heads and professors conducting research to see if they have any academic writing you can do for them. Departmental pay may vary, but target private institutions as well as fields which are known for having high-salary workers such as engineering, physics, and medicine. The good thing about these high-paying fields for you as a freelance writer is that researchers in these fields are not necessarily English writing experts, as they are accustomed to more technical and hands on work.
  • Contact academic journals. There are tons of academic journals in every field that cover a variety of topics. Contact the publishers of individual journals to find work editing, proofreading, and fact/grammar checking.
  • Put yourself out there! Build a resume that includes your past experience in academic/non-academic writing as well as your academic achievements. The more education and experience you have in the world of academia, the better a prospect you will be for employers. Start a portfolio of past work that you are proud of to show employers and advertise your expertise on social networks, career websites, and anywhere else.