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Movers and Shakers interview with KP, the founder of Killerpapers.org

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Movers and Shakers interview with KP, the founder of Killerpapers.org

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

I go by the name KP and I’m the founder of Killerpapers.org, an American-owned and operated essay writing service for high school and college students. I founded Killer Papers in 2016 during my time at a Fortune-500 corporate banking job that I hated with the goal to make extra money for beer, Chinese food and pizza. Once it started taking off, I set my sights on leaving my job, getting a dope ride and achieving financial freedom so that I’d be able to provide for myself, my family and never have to use an alarm clock again. I fucking hate mornings.

Before founding what many call the greatest essay writing service on the planet, I graduated with a 4.0+ GPA in high school. I was the dude always writing essays for the jocks who were busy banging girls, playing sports and partying. I really loved writing and they loved paying me to write, so it worked out well.

In college, I studied finance and set my sights on graduating debt-free in three years. Despite my advisor telling me it would be nearly impossible to graduate early because I had no credits when I started college, I outlined a plan, busted my ass and walked the graduate stage with a finance degree, internships under my belt and multiple jobs offer all within three years. Oh yeah, I was debt-free, too. At that point, I was on top of the world…

Until reality set in and I found myself behind a desk for nine hours a day staring at Excel sheets in the corporate offices of one of the largest banks in the United States. At the end of day one, I came back to my dad’s house (I was living there and sleeping on the couch most nights) and started thinking of business ideas. I wanted to work for myself and have the freedom to travel and have financial prosperity. I wanted to be a rich dude with a dope car in a sunny state.

After racking my head, I took the advice my mom gave me when trying to find one’s dream job: Find something you love to do, are good at and what people will pay you to do.

That “something” was writing essays. A couple of years, several dozen writers and thousands of papers later, here I am about to close out year three running Killer Papers, the best essay writing service on the planet.

 

What exactly does your company do?

My company primarily writes essays for college students, though we can handle just about any written task.

We’ve written things like 20-page papers for college students, blog posts for legal firms and love poems for guys trying to impress their girlfriends on Valentine’s Day. If you need a piece of writing and you’ve got money, who I am to turn you away?

 

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge was and remains to gain the trust of new customers. Given the nature of this industry, the players, be them, students, writers or owners, prefer to operate anonymously. As such, there are no Yelp pages and customers aren’t often looking to attach their name to their reviews as they want to remain anonymous. Additionally, there are a lot of scams and fake reviews on the internet. Competitors often publish false reviews about my business in the hopes of driving customers to their own sites. It’s a major challenge proving that we’re just a group of American college graduates who love to write and want to make money doing it.

Gaining trust in the early days resulted in giving a lot of free papers out in exchange for reviews and referrals, talking to thousands of customers personally and easing their concerns and always holding my writing team to a high standard. One negative review can undo the good that ten positive ones do, so I tell my writers to treat every project like it was their own.

Gaining the trust of clients has been a difficult endeavour, but it’s been worthwhile. We’ve got more than 10,000 registered users on the site.

It’s also been challenging to keep prices competitive with the bigger essay writing firms in the marketplace. Given that many essay writing services employ foreign writers, they have significantly lower costs (and quality) than Killer Papers and that translates to lower prices for clients. Due to Killer Papers hiring only American college graduates, our prices can get pretty high sometimes and it can be a challenge to show people that we’re worth the extra money.

I’ve made adjustments on our pricing structure and have given out plenty of discount codes to ensure that we stay competitive, but I put most of my focus on proving that we’re worth the premium pricing. Our communication, writing talent and entire customer experience is all part of how I accomplish that task.

Just because Killer Papers is in the same industry as the cheaper essay writing services doesn’t mean we’re providing the same product. We employ premium writers and as such, we charge a premium price and offer a premium experience. We’re the Mercedes of the industry and the competition is a used Honda with brake problems and an oil leak.

 

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

There’s a great quote from Mike in Breaking Bad where he says, “The moral of the story is: I chose a half-measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half-measures, Walter.”

I wish someone had told me that for a variety of reasons. Sometimes choosing the easy or convenient path in order to save time or money has resulted in slower progress. That being said, I’m quite happy with the consistent growth that Killer Papers has experienced since its inception.

 

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

I’ve admired Dan Bilzerian for years. His no-fucks-given attitude is very appealing and I often try to think how someone like him would handle various situations in which I find myself. Being an entrepreneur is a tough job, and it requires a tough attitude.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

The customers, man. The customers are the MVPs. They trusted an anonymous dude on the internet who posted funny memes with their academics. I feel so grateful for the support my customers and followers have given me year after year. I dreamed of living the life I’m living now and they’re the ones to thank most.

Additionally, my mom. You wouldn’t think a mom would be cool with her son running an essay writing service for high school and college students, but she’s believed in Killer Papers from Day 1. I remember a lot of people laughing at my business idea, but she never did. It’s my goal to buy her a house in the next year or two and I know I can do it. Just waiting on the real estate market to cool off a bit.

 

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

Either graduating early and debt-free despite the improbable odds or growing my business to a seven-figure valuation and owning 100% of the equity.

In high school, I wasn’t privileged in the ways that many of my peers were. They drove Mercedes, I drove a 2000 Honda Civic with 275,000 miles on it that had a brutal oil leak. They played sports and partied. I busted my ass at Burger King for $7.50 an hour and used that money to pay for my car and college. Despite them having all the advantages to success, most of them aren’t doing shit these days, meanwhile, I run a million-dollar business, live in a sunny place, drive a dope car and have a pretty killer stock portfolio. I’m even buying a house soon.

I feel like I’ve finally “made it” and at the same time, I know there’s much more to accomplish. I’m genuinely excited about the future. While the industry that I operate in is unpredictable, I know that having made it from where I was to where I am means that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Now I just need to figure out what’s next!

 

How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs

Instagram.com/killerpapers

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