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It may seem strange to look backwards as a way of making money. After all, you finished with school and homework years ago.

However, there are many students who need help or work done on their behalf and are willing to pay for great work.

With the ever-growing freelancing market, sites like AceHomework can help you supplement your income with assignments from students.

If you are concerned, you may want to consider editing, tutoring or working with students.

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Keep in mind however, that if you are informed about finances, math, accounting, physics or are a great essay writer, there is a huge amount of money to be made in those areas as well. Just look at a few freelancing or short task sites.

How Does AceMyHomework Work?

AceMyHomework functions on a bidding system, which allows you to set your own pay.

Student assignments will be posted and you can give your offer on what you will complete the assignment for.

Generally, students will pay well, particularly if they have a deadline coming up soon.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting started is easy!

All you have to do is register, send some samples, and get verified through the site.

Once that is complete, you can begin bidding on the jobs you want, and accept jobs when the terms fit your needs.

What About Disputes?

It can be difficult to trust that a virtual stranger will pay you when the assignment is complete.

AceMyHomework provides dispute resolution support and has great service overall for anything you need help with.

I have even been personally contacted by employees of the site seeking feedback on certain features.

What Skills Do I Need?

Realistically, you should consider the work you did best in school and focus on jobs in that area.

Play to your own strengths and you will find everything more satisfying and less stressful.

Some other sites require a certain educational degree to participate, but others accept writing samples as proof enough of your skill set.

Other Sites

Aside from AceMyHomework, there are a few other sites you might want to consider when exploring this option:

1. Chegg (previously Student of Fortune)

This site allows students to ask questions that will be answered by experts. Get registered as an expert in your field and you will be paid for each question you answer.

2. Just Answer

This site caters to people looking for help with homework, advice or everyday situations, and provides compensation for answers. Browse questions posed by ordinary people and answer to your strengths and you can earn great pocket money.

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3. Tutor.com

Like the sites above, this site allows you to register to answer questions. However, it also allows you to tutor real-time with students through a chat application, opening more opportunities for earning.

4. Smart Thinking

Similar to tutor.com, you will be asked to answer posted questions. However, there are other available opportunities available for assignments, tutoring, editing, etc.

5. SchoolSolver

This is a relatively new site, but it is growing very quickly. They have some of the highest paying questions and assignments.

Takeaway

Your student days might not be over yet!

If you are great at research and completing assignments, you can turn all those hours you spent doing homework into money today.

You've got the qualifications, you've got the CV and now you've got what you wanted - an interview. And that's where the real test starts. No matter how good you look on paper, it is you in person that will ultimately be judged by the employer and there is no hiding place from that.

Job interviews are now the stuff of urban myth, there are apocrypha in plenty which are best ignored - job interviews can be tough enough without silly stories unsettling you. The worst things that can happen are the trick question or the unexpected test, but even these can be anticipated to some degree, say employment specialists. Wendy Seal, from Securicor Recruitment Services, advises that even killer questions are designed to determine your suitability for the job. If you know what a prospective employer is looking for before you go into an interview you should be able to tailor your answers accordingly.

Research is always the key to an interview which will not leave you looking silly, even if only in your own eyes. If you find out as much as is humanly possible about the company, the job and, even more importantly, the company's clients, your foundations are sound and it will be easier to deal with whatever comes along. And you have paid them the compliment of being deeply interested in them which is always a winner.

Sources for company information are even easier to access now that any organisation worth working for has a website. However, the website will only tell you what the company wants you to know. It is also worth looking in the Companies' House Register which is policed by the Department of Trade and Industry and gives information on limited companies, including their latest reports. The register should be on microfiche at any decent sized library. General business and trade directories will also provide information and you must make sure you read any literature which has been sent along with your application form. If the job you are applying for has a professional body, get in touch and ask for any information they can supply about employment in their field, and let your interviewer know you have done this.

The other part of being prepared is, in a sense, to research yourself - because that is what the interviewer will be doing with you. "Work out from what you know about the job what are the key selling points about yourself that you want to get across," says Catherine Gilbert of recruitment agency Drake Beam Marin (DBM). "And be prepared to back up those points. For instance, if you say you are very creative, be prepared to give examples of where you have used that creativity."

Professor Gavin Kennedy, of Heriot Watt Business School, says it is good to have a strategy to sell your strong points. So, job hunters should write down a "benefit" next to each part of their CV before attending the interview and plan to talk about how that is relevant to the job. As well as being prepared, you need to be positive about the company or organisation, and about yourself, although not insanely so. A favourite question is: "Have you any weaknesses?" John Waddingham, author of The Job's Yours, advises interviewees to say that they have no weaknesses which would affect their performance in the job that is on offer. Saying you have none is arrogance.

Another area which can be a minefield if you are moving from one job to another is your reason for leaving your present post. You might be tempted to tell the truth - the job's a nightmare, your boss a tyrant, your pay is lousy. Even criticism of your present job gives you a chance to be positive. A bit of spin can change the nightmare job into one which does not offer enough of a challenge, a tyrannical boss can be transformed into a lack of opportunity to progress and if you are looking for more money, you're ambitious and you value what you will bring to the company.

Professor Kennedy says interviewees must bring the positive spin to every part of their history, even a period of unemployment. "Focus on what you learned or gained from that period, even if it was not the happiest time," he says. "Interviewers will appreciate honesty. I think it is fair to say that things were not going well - as long as you can show that something positive came out of it."

There is clearly a danger in overselling yourself, but don't undersell yourself either. "Always go into the interview ready to get to the next stage of the process," advises DBM's Catherine Gilbert. "You must focus on getting your selling points across. Don't undersell yourself because you think it might not be the job for you. Give it your best shot. You can always turn down an offer."

These are the personality and skills part of the interview, but your stunning character will count for nothing if you fail to observe the basics. First impressions count. (Be punctual, be pristine and be polite.) John Waddingham warns interviewees to look keen even in the waiting room - the receptionist and other staff may be watching to judge your attitude and report back to the employer.

In this era of greater informality, dress has become a variable. Catherine Gilbert advises dressing appropriately, although bear in mind it is traditional to dress up somewhat for an interview. "While you wouldn't probably turn up in a suit for businesses known for casual dress, such as advertising, graphics or public relations, you would still dress smart casual - the sort of thing you would wear on behalf of the company," she advises. "And if you are being introduced by a recruiter, ask them what you think is appropriate."

And you have your body language to consider. John Waddingham points out that poor body language creates an immediate barrier and cites sitting with your arms folded which can be interpreted as saying that you are in charge or that you are hiding something. He advises the nervous against retreating into their private space, but warns against anything which might look like an invasion of your interviewer's space, such as leaning too far forward across the desk or standing too closely. But lean forward slightly to show interest in what the interviewer is saying. Avoid unnecessary gestures and don't let your gaze wander. If your gaze is wandering, your mind is probably wandering too and this is a situation where you should pay 100% attention.
And last impressions count as well. Don't forget those final moments when you will be asked if you have any questions. Be prepared for this, keep a little back, otherwise you are in danger of spoiling what might have been a good interview with a last lack-lustre "Oh, I can't think of anything." This is where you can show you can think on your feet and pick up some of the points made by the interviewer, explains Professor Kennedy. "It's also good to ask about the timing of promotion and training opportunities and show that you expect the company to play its part," he says. In other words: remember that the company is going to get something out of this as well - they are going to get you!

• The Job's Yours! by John Waddingham, Elliott Right Way Books, £3.99.

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