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Work at Home in Online Data Entry

Everything you need to know about online data entry

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Before you start looking for a job in online data entry, get the facts about potential pay, job outlook and data entry scams.

Work-at-Home Industry Outlook: Online Data Entry

Data entry is a field where the work-at-home paradigm keeps changing. Once, data entry was strictly an office job (and for many it still is). Yet in recent years, online data entry work has become much more prevalent. Companies are hiring independent contractors, based all over the world, to work on data entry projects from home. Data entry operators remotely access a company’s infrastructure and work in much the same way their office counterparts did.

With the rise of crowdsourcing technologies, which allow companies to parse out data entry into small tasks spread out across a much larger workforce, data entry from home is becoming even more common. This practice means workers log on to a system, but instead of being assigned a whole project or even a significant part of a project, they choose one tiny entry or verification task and typically receive a tiny payment. Working fast and accepting as many tasks as possible is the only way to make money in this kind of data entry job.

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Types of Online Data Jobs:

At its most basic level, data entry means to operate equipment that inputs data into a company’s system. What equipment is used (most typically a keyboard) and what types of data (alphabetic, numeric, or symbolic) as well as where the data is coming from, often an image or audio file, can all vary.

Most home-based data entry jobs are for independent contractors rather than employees (which means there is no guarantee of minimum wage), but how those independent contractor jobs are structured can vary. Some data entry operators might work for microlabor outfits that use crowdsourcing techniques or for more traditional data entry companies, which are often business process outsourcing (BPO) firms.

How to Find Online Data Entry Jobs

This is a list of companies that offer legitimate online data entry jobs:
Data Entry From Home

Plus, the companies on these lists may offer similar work:

BPO Jobs From Home
Global Work-at-Home Jobs
Find Micro Jobs

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Related Jobs:

Other more specialized forms of data entry include:

What to Look Out For:

Work-at-home data entry is a field particularly rife with work-at-home scams. Legitimate companies will not charge fees to work for them. You should never have to cash a check or wire money. Be very careful of any company selling a “business opportunity” in data entry. Read more about data entry scams so you can be prepared to tell the legit operations from the scams.

However, companies that may not be scams may still not be good opportunities to make money. Data entry is a low paying field in general, and some companies may pay so low as to make it not worth your time. You could end up just making a few cents for a lot of work, so you have to be careful. Read more about how home-based data entry jobs pay so you can be prepared to find the best opportunity.

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Company Profiles:

These profiles of popular work-at-home data entry companies include information on salaries, the application process and the type of work available.

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