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Bid on the Homework Market like a Master [Fall 2019 update]

You might see many jobs for the homework market show up on StudyGate, especially in homework help. But how do you get students to accept your bid?

After reading this article, you’ll get a game plan for how to approach students and a 4-step process for deciding which students are even worth approaching in the first place. Let’s dive in.

Demonstrate credibility to show you are truly legit

In order to win a bid, first ask yourself, “What does this student need to see in order to feel trust?”

If you’ve done similar jobs before in a STEM subject like physics, students should be able to see a review you received for that work. You can provide the link to your tutor profile page and mention the previous client’s name. Even better, send a screenshot.

If you’re interested in expanding to a new subject area, create a portfolio of 2-3 projects to demonstrate your credibility.

Show reliability so the student trusts you’re really paying attention

The easiest way to show reliability in the homework market is by communicating with high attention to detail.

If you chat with something like “I have read your instructions and am prepared to give you quality help,” that reads like spam because it is so vague.

Instead, show the student that you really read their proposal in fine nuance by pulling out minor details from their instructions. Then mention one or two of these points in the messages.

Consider pricing based on what others are doing, not just what you want

Time for some quick research on your homework market.

What are other tutors in your subject charging on an hourly basis? You can find the answer to this in the footer section of the StudyGate home page. Take the average of those numbers, then calculate a price based on the amount of hours you think this particular project will take.

Once you have a number, it’s time to double that price. That might seem like a lot, but it isn’t our final number. The next step is to measure what the student has paid in the past. You can message StudyGate support to get the student’s payment history. This would be especially important for a large project.

Then make an estimate of what you think the student will pay based on your original estimate and their past transactions.

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Your price is less important than your pitch.

Sell your value, not the price

Some students will be willing to accept your price with no questions asked.

But if the student starts trying to negotiate, it’s important to hold your ground.

The goal here is to sell fear. Now, I wouldn’t recommend using this in every situation. Irrational fear is destructive and manipulative, but rational fear does a favor to your student.

Instead of caving, you can push them to be honest about their bigger goal: getting quality homework help in the homework market. So if you took a caring approach before you bid and the student still throws you some shade, here is the perfect way to call them out on it.

You can tell them they could get the answer cheaper somewhere else, but the risk might not be worth it.

Here’s an example of that:

I’m sure you’ll get some low-ball bids, but do you really want to risk this project on someone who isn’t the right person for the job?

If you didn’t demonstrate credibility with work samples and reviews and then show reliability with attentive followup questions, this probably won’t work. But it’s the perfect move if the student gets unrealistic.

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Rule #1 is respect yourself in negotiations. Sometimes it just isn’t worth it!

When to ignore a question

  1. Ignore a question if you don’t have work samples.
  2. If it isn’t in your expertise, it isn’t worth your time.
  3. If the price is ridiculously low, it means the student isn’t serious about paying.
  4. A lack of detail shows the student doesn’t know what they want help with.

How to succeed in the homework market

It’s important to understand the larger strategy behind succeeding on StudyGate. Being a subject matter expert is an important part of the process, but it isn’t everything. It takes patience, strategy, and empathy with the student to lay the foundation of a strong profile.

StudyGate is designed to reward the best overall tutors, not just the fastest bid or the lowest prices. If you can demonstrate credibility, reliability, and fair pricing, students will overwhelm you with their requests for help.

Conclusion

Now, a $20 job shouldn’t take as much effort as a $200 job. So use your best judgment when showing credibility, reliability and setting the price. But rest assured that the process will get faster with experience.

Once you nail the sales side of the homework market, then you can book all the projects you want! If these ideas sound helpful and interesting, there are even more resources available to StudyGate tutors.

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