Bid on the Homework Market like a Master

You might see many jobs for the homework market show up on StudyGate.

This seems like a great work opportunity, 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.

You’ll also get a 4-step process for deciding which students are even worth approaching in the first place.

Here are the steps to tapping the homework market:

Demonstrate Credibility

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

If you’ve done similar jobs before, students should be able to see a review you received for that work.

Just 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.

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Our job as tutors is to max the volume.

Show Reliability

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,” no one will believe you.

That reads like spam.

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.

Talk without action is useless, but talk that demonstrates action is powerful.

Consider Pricing

Time for some quick research on your homework market.

What are other tutors in this subject charging on an hourly basis?

Find a happy medium 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.

Especially for a large project, you can message StudyGate support to get the student’s payment history.

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 Value

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.

By using fear, 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.

The End

Now you might be at the end of this article thinking to yourself, “this will take forever if I do this on every question!”

And you’re right that some of these points won’t apply for larger questions.

A $20 job shouldn’t take as much effort as a $200 job.

So use your best judgment to apply this strategy.

But rest assured that it will be worth your time and 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!

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From Small Talk to Big Talk: Having Meaningful Conversations Post-College

From Small Talk to Big Talk: Having Meaningful Conversations Post-College

by Katie Chang

Hi everyone! My name is Katie and this is my first post on the StudyGate Blog!


The other week, I awoke to the terrible news of another school shooting, this time in Texas.

Immediately, I ran to my roommate’s bedroom, wanting to talk about this tragedy. My roommate is incredible, but unfortunately she couldn’t talk that morning. She was writing a report before going to work, and frankly, she didn’t want to think about what had happened. There were too many other things to deal with that day. I understood. I know how important her work is to her. But it truly solidified for me how we have become so accustomed to shoving these big issues down, not dealing with them, as there are too many other things to do.

I graduated from college last June and I’ve spent the better part of this past year working in New York City as an actress and writer. Settling in to post-grad life was an adjustment to say the least, and one of the things I found missing from my new normal were the types of conversations cultivated in a university environment. At school, whether it was in class or with my friends, it always felt like we were critically examining something, having productive and meaningful conversations, and gaining new insights from each other’s opinions.

I sat with my roommate for another few minutes while she finished her report. We discussed our plans for the day:

A new face mask she was going to try.

Maybe I would go to a yoga class later?

Does she think Ocean’s 8 is actually going to be a good movie?

And…that was it. Just small talk. But small talk that seemed to be in the place of a meaningful conversation. Small talk as a means to an end. Small talk as pleasantry, without deep thinking. Though still filled with deep love for my roommate, I felt like this small talk needed to be addressed, at least in my own life.


How do we do this now, in the real world, where monotony, complacency and other responsibilities seem to infiltrate life before we can even blink?


So, this week, I decided to get creative. My wonderful friend Kalina started an initiative a few years ago called Big Talk. Her philosophy is to cut small talk and pleasantries to get down to the nitty-gritty in conversations. Through her initiative, Kalina makes Big Talk cards. Think something similar to Cards Against Humanity but with inspiring questions, instead of jokes and innuendos.

Big Talk Cards
Big Talk Cards


I’ve had some of Kalina’s Big Talk cards for a while, and I thought why not use them since I’ve found myself wanting more meaningful interactions lately?

I started at dinner with my friend Geoff,

an uber-talented orchestrator and pianist who works in musical theater. Over chips and guacamole, I presented my Big Talk cards and pulled the first one off the stack. “What makes you really feel alive?” I asked Geoff. He then let out a big laugh. Us New Yorkers aren’t used to answering these types of questions.  With a sheepish grin, Geoff replied:

“That moment, when the house lights in the theater go down, and it’s the quietest it’s going to be for two hours. And then the conductor signals, and we start the show. I love that moment. The anticipation. The joy I get from knowing I’m about to do the thing I love the most for two whole hours.”


His answer astounded me. I’ve known Geoff for two years now, and I know he loves music and his work, but I did not consider the deep connection he has to what he does, that it truly makes him feel alive. His answer was similar to what I would’ve said – although my response would be in the context of filmmaking as opposed to musicals (I cannot carry a tune to save my life). I know that moment before, that quiet, the anticipation of starting a thing that fills you with such happiness and peace you might explode. My moments are when the first assistant director calls: “Quiet on set!” and “Rolling!” These are my cues to take a deep breath, to prepare, and then to let myself go into my character. It is a freeing and cathartic experience, every single time, and I find myself craving when I finish a film and before I start the next one.

By simply asking Geoff this question,

I learned a new way that we are connected as humans and as artists. It made me feel closer to him, and reminded me that small talk isn’t inevitable. I can ask myself and those around me for more, especially if I feel I need more. And the result? Deeper human connection. Finding common ground. Isn’t that what we all want in life? Even in my first Big Talk foray, I learned something new about an old friend. I’m carrying these cards around with me now at least for the rest of the weekend. Who knows who I’ll meet and what I’ll learn about or from them? I want to ask them so many questions.

Some of my favorites: What do you fight for? What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done? What was the most impactful event in your life? I can’t wait to hear their answers.

I want to talk about art.

About sadness.

About success and failure and everything in between.

I think what I’m getting at here is that I wish people discussed more the things that frighten them or make them deliriously happy. Somehow, we live our lives smack dab in the middle, AKA in averageness. I don’t want average anymore. I want Big Talk. Off I go, into the world, to make big talk! I hope you do too.


Katie Chang is an actor, writer, and StudyGate tutor that specializes in literature, reading, film, theater, and so much more. If you need homework help, study tips, or one-on-one tutoring, click the button below!




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