What Qualifies as a Good Essay?

In most cases you are able to tell whether or not an essay is good when you read it. The trick is in understanding why. The first impression will tell you if it is a strong essay or if it is missing out on some vital points. When looking at an essay it is a good idea to ask yourself why it is good. When reading through essays I always ask myself the following questions:

Is it Focused? There should be one main objective to the essay, or thesis, which the rest follows. In some way every paragraph must somehow relate to that objective in order to maintain its focus. Make your point to broad and it turns into a book to get the point across, where a topic too narrow will not have enough meat to support your argument.

homeIs it Developed? An essay is only good if you are providing evidence to support your claim. Even if that evidence comes from personal experience. For example, if writing about the legality of forcing motorcycle riders to wear helmets, you cannot simply state that motorcycle helmet for kids is a good idea and reference www.helmetadvisor.com, you need to add some statistics that show the rate or extent of injury to them when wearing a motorcycle helmet versus when not.

Has the Audience Been Accounted For? An essay needs to take into consideration who will be reading it and toned to fit that audience. You can’t submit the same essay about motorcycle helmet legislation to a law review board as you would to the leader of a bike club. The tone needs to reflect the audience in order to not appear to be dumbed down or overly pretentious. You don’t want to be presenting to the legal counsel that your “slick bluetooth lid was gnarly”, and you don’t want to tell that biker gang that “14.7% of all medium to high risk road case accidents occur when the central velocity is…”. You get the point?

Is it Organized? Each paragraph should be related to a specific sub topic of your overall thesis and flow from one to the next naturally. Look at the way in which they are organized to make sure that the order of the paragraphs is logical. Think of it like writing a recipe. You are not going to tell the reader to put the pan in the oven before letting them know how to mix the ingredients.

Is it Grammatically Correct? Poor grammar ends up making the reader confused. If they have to stop and think because you forgot a comma, then you just lost their interest. Watch for run on sentences, missed punctuation and even misspellings. All of these make for a poorly written essay.

If you can answer yes to these, then you have found an essay worth its weight. Each listed item is equally important so if one is missing it destroys the whole thing. Once you get it right a few times, essay writing, or choosing a good essay will come naturally.  

Should I Work for an Essay Writing Company?

Do you enjoy writing and are looking to make a little money on the side? Maybe you should consider working for an essay writing company. There are many out there to choose from, and you probably aren’t really going to know what it is like to work for one of them until you try, but there are some things you can look at to give you an idea.


Look at the Pricing and Services

What does the company charge its customers, and what services do they offer?  At rushmyessay.com, the price varies on a few factors.  Do you need a book report or do you need an essay?  They also offer editing, case studies and many other types of writing.  Of course, the price will vary based on the quality level.  The site describes offers standard, premium and platinum quality.  The descriptions listed don’t really give a good idea of what makes writing “platinum” versus stand, but the pricing tells you that you’ll have to pay 20% more for the platinum service.

The price that rushmyessay.com charges of course varies with the number of pages required, but more interestingly, it varies based on how  how quickly the writing is required.  For instance, if you need a 1 page Essay of standard quality in 10 days, that will only cost $19.99, but if you are a major procrastinator and need the same essay in the next 3 hours, that will cost $41.99.

Do Your Own Trial Projects

Now that you have an idea of how much the site charges the customers, you also have an idea of how much they will pay their writers, which will be much less than what they charge the customers (they have to make a profit, right? – after all, it is a business).  So you like to write, which is great.  It is important to do something you enjoy, but it won’t make much sense to go through with trying to be an essay writer if you can’t do it quickly!  As the pricing above showed, you will make more money if you can deliver projects quickly and at a high level of quality.

If you can, contact the company that are interested in, and see if they can give you examples of their quality standards.  If you have a few dollars of extra cash, or know someone that does need some writing done, you can even commission a few articles to see how the process works from a consumer perspective.

Now that you know some information, before you go in feet first, do some trial projects!  Make up an essay to write – something that you don’t know much about but that would be in the general interest area that you would write about (the more things that you can write about, the more work might be sent your way).  If you enjoy cooking and cooking appliances, maybe try to write a 1 page essay based on the best food processors, pros and cons.  See how quickly you can do it – how much research will it take?  How will you handle the citations?

Writing for enjoyment and writing “on the clock” are very different experiences.  I think we all perform best when we are doing something that we love and we love what we are doing.  Unless you want to work for free though, it does make a difference how well you can write and how quickly if you want to work for an essay writing company.  You can either try some practice runs before you sign up, or try to sign up with a few companies and just see how it goes.  Good luck!

Specialize Don’t Generalize

When it comes to finding one’s purpose in life, there really is not a one size fits all formula to success. Sure, there are things that you can avoid so that you can succeed in whatever life endeavor you are into, but there is not really one single road to success and fulfillment. You should consider avoiding being just into general careers and hobbies. Sure, it may be tempting to be a jack of all trades and a master of none, but is still pays to specialize and actually be in a unique career path:

You should look in yourself and try to find what makes you happy the most. There are a lot of things out there you can do but only a handful of those that make you truly happy. That said, find the ones that are closest to your heart and specialize on that. In order for you to be able to properly specialize on something, there are a few things you should look into:

  • Book smart- Specializing or choosing a specific something in particular to be good at will need a lot of knowledge. You would have to read up and study on your chosen field/career path. Going to the necessary schools and attending the necessary classes are a great start.
  • Street smart- In deciding your career, it is not just merely reading books. You will have to know your way around it. You would have to learn and study things that you cannot get from classes and books. You also need to go out there and develop your street smarts and be familiar with your chosen trade.
  • Be a doer- If you are looking to make your own grill restaurant, then surely you should know that it is not enough to just merely buy a barbecue smoker buying guide and some other books about grilling and barbecuing. No, you would have to try things out on your own. You would have to do and try to practice your particular trade. This will help you know more and be able to be ready for your actual performance.
  • Don’t be afraid to step out of the line- Do not be so eager to follow the path that others have trodden. If possible and when the opportunity presents itself, go down your own path and not just merely stick to the standard. Be creative enough to improve upon the given standards that people have established. Though at times you will be required and expected to just go with the flow, you should also be ready to step out of the line when you see fit.
  • Get into the details- Specializing is all about being focused on something in specific. For that, you should be willing to be familiar with the intricate details of your chosen trade. You should know each and every cog to your clockwork and when you do, there is little that you could go wrong in. When you know the little details, the whole picture is pretty clear.

Specializing is the best way to go about when looking for a unique and more fulfilling path. For that you will need a lot of things. But the most important thing that you should bring with you must be your passion.