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Writers vs Agencies: Payment Delays, Disrespect, Fines


By Essaylancers

Writers Beyond Writing, Freelance Tips
05.06.2017 06:51


Essay Lancers is a platform which helps both writers and agencies, not only to earn money but to establish fruitful and lasting working relationships. As every relationship has its problems, today we will talk precisely about them. We have conducted a survey among academic writers and defined the following issues, which spoil their relationships with agencies. To which of these complaints would you put your name?


Complaint #1. Fines.

The most common and bitter complaint. What is surprising, the bigger and more stable the agency is, the less fines for minor cases it imposes. For example, such giant as Uvocorp is famous for being one of the most lenient and adequate companies when it comes to disputes regarding fines. At the same time, much smaller is rumored to pursue the “writer is always a guilty one” policy.  If you are fined for breaking a deadline, it is a reason to reconsider your time management, but if you are fined for rejection of orders with tricky instructions or unanswered midnight calls, it might be a reason to find another agency to write for.


Complaint #2. Money Issues.

There are two money related complaints we have heard about while doing this small survey. The first one is the overall decrease of payments in the academic writing market. The second one is the significant delays in payments or not being paid at all. Unfortunately, writers can hardly do something with the market and agencies offering their clients lower pricing and compensating these losses on account of employees. What writers can do, is avoid scam agencies and check carefully every new project they want to join.


Complaint #3. Accusations in Plagiarism.

As, stated by one of our most reliable writers, Punular Chandrasekharan  “Very often, I thought the writing agencies were deeply wrong to allege plagiarism, when you've never visited a site they mentioned in their plagiarism reports. When you get over with one, the next moment they return the document, alleging plagiarism in some other part of the same document. A prudent and honest writer will surely be overwhelmed seeing such remarks.” According to the feedback gathered among our writers, Academia Research and Research Writing agencies are the leaders in being too rigid when it comes to minor shortcomings in terms of “plagiarism.”


Complaint #4. Inefficient Bidding System.

The bidding system both allows some writers to undercut prices for their services, which negatively affects the whole “complexity-price” ratio. More of it, the bidding system is poorly regulated on many academic writing websites. It causes confusion and time loss. As Syeda Sana said “The system they offer demands huge amount of time which could be spent on actual writing. For example, I used to bid a lot at one website and finally I got an email that I won't be able to continue my account since I haven't received any order.


Complaint #5. Unrealistic Deadlines.

Writers, working for long in the academic industry claim that they have noticed the decrease in deadline terms especially in cases with complicated orders. What had to be written in a week, is now demanded to be submitted in 3-4 days. We suppose there are two reasons for this and it is the case when a writing agency and writers should probably share the responsibility.  It is true that agencies attract more customers promising them help with papers in a short notice.  On the other hand, with the increasing incoming flow of new, often inexperienced writers, services have to extend the period needed for proofreading and potential revisions. To swing this pendulum back at least a bit, writers need to focus on the quality of their papers and bid only for those orders they really can deal with. It won’t help, though in extreme cases, like the one described by Kim Taylor: “The client held onto all the information till the last minute and later an agency expected a 50-page paper in less than a week. Agency was on his side, not mine.


Complaint #6. Inadequate Entry Tests.

It came as a surprise, but freelance academic writers we have talked with, insist that entry tests should be more strict in terms of grammar and style, and much less detailed regarding citation styles and theoretical questions about plagiarism. Proficient writers want agencies to pay more attention to the quality of work performed by newbies, and concentrate on assessing their abilities to write, not google rules for using APA style. At the same time, some writers say that agencies with average rates make candidates go through too many tests and often it turns to be just a waste of time. If you encounter any troubles with entry tests we offer you to read our article dedicated to the most common traps of this part of the academic writing routine.


Complaint #7. Overall Disrespect. This one sums up the entire list, because if a writing agency treats you as a beggar, not a professional, everything else will be twice troublesome. When asked, writers confirm that this is the major reason for leaving the profession or trying to work without agencies, looking for clients on LinkedIn and other platforms. Going completely freelance implies many challenges and risks, but allows to save personal and professional dignity.


After processing all major complaints of academic writers, we are sure there are only two options to minimize the number of negative experience with writing agencies. The first one is to protect your rights when it is suitable and fight the agencies’ tyranny this way. The second one is to grow professionally to work only with top-rated companies, which receive much less complaints than others and truly care for writers. The combination of these options will lead you out of the woods directly to the less stressed academic writing routine.



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