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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled some of the common questions we have received from our researchers. Please take time to go through each question to further understand how our services work. If you have any questions that are not found in this section, please feel free to send us an email at [email protected]:

1. Where can I work from?

You can work from any location as long as you have access to a computer, the Internet and text books and other research resources. We have writers from all locations across the globe including the UK, Canada, Australia, and the USA.

2. How much will I be paid for my work?

The amount you will be paid will depend on the particular requirements of the brief. The factors that affect your researcher fee are the level, length and the timescale that the brief is required to be completed within. For an individual brief you could earn anywhere between £50 and £1000+. Please see our current payment levels to know more about Prospect Solution's freelance writer rates.

3. Where can I find new briefs?

When new briefs are sent to you they will appear in the 'new jobs' section of your personal account.

4. How will I be notified of new briefs?

An email will be sent to your registered email address notifying you of a new brief in your researcher account. The email will detail information about the brief such as the title, delivery period and fee.

5. Why is it that after having received a notification email I cannot find
    the new brief in my researcher account?

New briefs are offered on a first come, first served basis. We generally keep bids open for at least 1-2 hours after a new brief notification has been sent out. If after this time we have selected a writer for the brief, the information about the brief will automatically be deleted from your researcher account.

6. After I have bid on a brief, how long will it take before I am notified
    if my bid has been accepted?

We will generally notify you the same day that you bid for the piece. However, it sometimes takes up to 72 hours before we can inform you of the status of your bid. Whether your bid is successful or not, you will receive an email to confirm this.

7. Are there certain times of the day that I should expect new briefs to
    appear in my account or do I just have to be lucky?

Since August 2006, we will only be sending new brief notifications between the hours of 9am to 10pm B.S.T. We are always looking at new ways to improve communication with our writers and we are looking at different systems such as SMS texts and mobile phone alerts.

8. How will I be paid?

You will simply invoice us for the work that you have completed in that month for us. You can receive payment either by Paypal, UK Banks or International Bank Transfer and Western Union at the end of the invoicing month.

9. What sort of work will I be asked to do?

We will offer you a variety different types of work that are in line with the subject that you have graduated in. Therefore we could offer you for example, research writing, proofreading work, or even editing. Most of the work you will be asked to complete initially will be academic pieces, after you have worked with Prospect Solution for some time and have submitted impressive briefs we may invite you to become a permanent researcher with improved writer rates.

10. Do I need to accept the work that is offered to me?

The simple answer is 'No'. You can choose the work that suits you. You are not obliged to carry out any work which is offered to you. However when you accept work, this will help attain a higher recognition and ranking in our system.

11. Why was my bid rejected?

We always select the most suitable writer to complete a piece of work, therefore if a writer is more qualified or has a greater understanding of the topic then he or she will usually be chosen to complete a particular brief. We do encourage new writers to get involved and we regularly offer new researcher's pieces over existing researchers.

12. What do the standard levels 1st, 2:1 and 2:2 mean?

These are the degree level standards that are used in the UK. A 1st standard typically translates to 70%+, a 2:1 is 60%-70% and a 2:2 is 50%-60% out of 100.

13. Will I only be offered work within my area of expertise?

Yes, this is generally the case. For example, if you graduated in Economics, then we would only offer you work which is related to Economics or subjects that cross over that for example finance. We may offer you work which is of general nature, if it is not linked to a specific subject area.

14. How do I know that I have received the work I have bid for?

You will receive an email confirmation from us within 72 hours of bidding to confirm whether or not you have been chosen to complete the brief. If you are successful then you will be required to begin work on the brief as soon as you receive confirmation. Your chances of receiving work will depend on how quickly you can respond to our 'New Work' offers which will appear in your account section. We will also send new work details to you via email.

15. How do I submit completed work to you?

After you have completed the piece and have made sure that it fulfils the original criteria, you should submit the piece to us as either a Word document or an .rtf (rich text format) file uploaded through your account.

16. What if the brief is too large to upload via my account?

In certain cases where a file is larger than 1Mb in size or you are completing a piece of work such as programming, then you can return the completed brief via an email attachment and send it to [email protected] (please remember to put the brief number in the email title).

17. Will I still be able to bid for briefs with the same/similar topic of a
      brief I have previously completed?

No. In order to assure our clients of quality custom-written and fully-original work, we do not encourage the same researcher to undertake briefs with the same/similar topic. However, if a researcher is 100% certain to be able to make a completely different work (different style, different references, etc.), they should furnish Prospect Solution an email stating a guarantee of producing a completely original work. Only upon receipt of this email can Prospect Solution accept your bid for the brief. In case we find any similarity of your work with your previous submissions, Prospect Solution will rightfully give the client a full refund and inevitably, zero payment to the writer.

18. How often will I receive work?

This depends on several factors including the subject area you write in, the time of year and also the quality of the pieces that you produce. If you constantly produce good quality work and are reliable, you will be in a very favourable position to receive regular work on a weekly basis. However if the work you produce for us is sub-standard, then we will have to offer work to others above yourself. Generally the more accessible and available you are, the more are the chances that you will receive work on a regular basis.

19. What standard should the work be that I submit to you?

Every piece that you receive from us should be written to the specified level, which is highlighted in the original requirements that we send to you when you accept the work. If the piece is indicated as a 2:1 piece then it should be written to that standard. Again if the piece is a 1st degree standard piece we expect the piece to be written to that standard. All the work should be fully referenced.

20. How can you check that the piece I send to you is of the
      correct quality?

We have an in house quality control team who check each piece to make sure that it meets the criteria that we have asked for. We especially check for work that has been submitted by newer researchers to make sure that the quality we expect is met. Prospect Solution holds a scoring system for all of our writers to make sure of the ongoing quality of each researcher.

21. How can you check that the work I send to you is not copied
      or plagiarised?

This is simple. We have fully integrated plagiarism software which checks all pieces for any similarities and also searches every web page, essay banks, journals and other sources. Although this system is expensive to operate it is important for the integrity and ongoing success of our company to present our customers with all-original and fully referenced pieces of research work.

22. What happens if I submit work to you after the deadline is due?

You must let us know at the earliest point if you are having any trouble completing work on time. In any circumstances that work is returned late then you will be penalised. If you return the brief late without informing us, you will be automatically taken off our database. For your own advantage you must always complete the assigned work on time. Returning the brief late would also incur a late fee penalty.

23. How much time do I have to complete the work?

Briefs generally can be completed within 1 to 5 days; we also set projects that may take several weeks or months to complete. If you receive a 5-day brief then you must complete and return the piece on the 5th day before 4pm B.S.T. If the work is handed back later than this time you will suffer penalties on your fee.

24. How many pieces of work can I write simultaneously?

We normally only allow our researchers to complete assignments one at a time. However since the deadlines of briefs often vary, we may ask you to work on two pieces at the same time if both you and Prospect Solution feel that you are comfortable to do so.

25. How can I add or change a subject that I wish to write in?

If you have other cross-over subjects that are relevant to your degree or you have qualified for a new subject area then we would welcome your request to add this to your account. Please email [email protected] and we will review your request.

26. What are amendments and how do they work?

Since you are accepting the work on the condition that you can fulfil the writing requirements, you are generally not allowed to make any amendments thereto. However on the occasions that you do have to make an amendment to a piece, in most cases we will notify you within seven days after the deadline with which the piece was due. This is not seven days from the time you submit the piece if you return it earlier than the hand in date. All amendments are mandatory and must be completed within the time specified to you. (Please see the amendments section).