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Writing term papers, dissertations and essays during the school year takes time, research and effort. When the paper has been handed in and graded, it often ends up in a binder or box for storage. If you still have old term papers lying around, sell them online to make a profit. Before putting the term paper for sale online, ensure that it is legal to sell term papers in your given state. You should also wait up to a year, if not more, before you put your term paper for sale, as teachers tend to browse through websites to find plagiarised term papers and essays.
Find an online source that will allow you to sell your term paper.
Read through the requirements for each online term paper website. While some will only sell original term papers, others may be interested in larger and more advanced projects, such as theses, dissertations and application essays.
Review your own term paper to determine whether the paper meets all of the requirements.
Create a PayPal account so you can receive payments for your term papers. Most online term paper websites prefer to pay their contributors via PayPal.
Set the price for your paper according to the website’s requirements. For example, myessays.com expects you to price your papers between $10 and $45 dollars when you first start selling your papers. According to issendai.com, other online sources will allow you to set the sales price so you can set it as low as $5 or higher than $100. When pricing, keep in mind the effort and overall grade you got on the paper, as students will be looking for a reasonably priced essay.
Calculate the operating cost into the price. Most term paper websites will take a certain percentage from your sale in order to pay website operating costs and keep the website afloat. This could be anywhere between 40 to 60 percent of your overall sales price.
Submit the term paper to the online term paper website of your choice. Ensure that the paper you submit is original. Most term paper websites will run the paper through a plagiarism checker. If it turns out to be plagiarised, it will be rejected for sale.
Wait until you get a notification that someone wants to buy your term paper. You should not promote the paper yourself, as teachers know of the major content mills and will often check for plagiarised work.
Accept the payments once you receive it. You will get money sent to your PayPal account. If you are responsible for getting the money and sending the paper, ensure you get the money upfront to avoid scams.
Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.