How are your typing skills? Do you have speed as well as accuracy? Are you able to focus on doing the same thing for an hour at a time? Do you have a computer and Internet connection?
If you answered yes to those question you have what it takes to be a data entry clerk who works from home making extra money using your skills, even in your spare time.
Working From Home As A Data Entry Clerk
I thought I would give a basic description of what a Data Entry Clerk is. This is directly from Wikipedia
A data entry clerk, sometimes called a typist, is a member of staff employed to type data into a database using a keyboard, optical scanner, or data recorder. The keyboards used can often have specialist keys and multiple colours to help them in the task and speed up the work.
While requisite skills can vary depending on the nature of the data being entered few specialized skills are usually required aside from touch typing proficiency with adequate speed and accuracy. The ability to focus for lengthy periods is necessary to eliminate or at least reduce errors.
What To Expect As A Data Entry Clerk
As a data entry person you will be asked to type things for other people and companies and they usually want fast and accurate results or they would likely do it themselves. The nice thing about doing this from home is you can set your schedule, within reason of course. Your earnings will either be sent by check or as I like it, directly to my Paypal account.
Look Out For Those Who Would Scam You
Scammers are everywhere and will try to take your money without giving you anything in return. So for this reason it’s important to really look at opportunities closely before you commit and NEVER give money out in return for data entry jobs.
If something looks too good to be true it probably is. So if you see sites or videos that claim you will make big money for little work I would suggest you turn and run. Well at least close that video or webpage.
So What Can I Expect To Earn
That of course is the most asked question I get but it’s a tough question to answer as everyone has different skill levels so what I can earn compared to what my wife can earn or yourself can only be figured out based on the skills at hand.
Your best bet is to find some software that will test your typing skills just how fast and accurate you really are. Note that if you aren’t fast or accurate you can practice until you are. I’ve increase my speed and accuracy through posting to my many blogs over the years but my wife still kicks my butt when it comes to being a real data entry clerk.
Your earnings are going to be based on the tasks you complete, no matter how long it takes you. If you have speed and accuracy you’ll make more than if you have to constantly being making corrections.
Where And How Do I Get Started?
My suggestion is to checkout Youtube where you can watch a few videos on legit data entry jobs you can find online. The time you put into researching online jobs is well worth your time so you can avoid the scammers.
When I am looking through videos on Youtube I like to see a useful video as well as having more Likes than Dislikes. I also like to see comments active and an interaction between the video owner and those commenting.
I tend to allow the Force or my Spidey Senses to guide when looking through videos. If I don’t have a good feeling about the video, like when I see too much hype, it tends to set off alarms in my head. Or if the video is less than two minutes and has no audio.
Below is a example of two videos about legit data entry jobs that I watched, one was worth my time while the other sent my senses tingling and was a waste of my time.
I started with the following search text in Youtube:
finding "legit data entry jobs"
My search found 47 videos plus a couple of ads. The ads weren’t relevant to my search so I ignored them because I am looking for my search text to be in the titles of the videos. So I looked to the first video that wasn’t a paid ad.
Results #1: The first video I watched had a title that matched my search criteria very closely.
- over 4 minutes in length
- uploaded 8 months ago
- over 13,000 views
- 75 comments
- 43 Likes / 2 Dislikes
- interaction between owner and comments
All that info was available at a glance and tells me it’s worth viewing. However the next video I looked at was #3 in the list and it’s a whole different story.
Results #2: This video also had a title that matched my search text but that’s where the similarities ended.
- less than two minutes in length
- uploaded 2 years ago
- 2700 views
- 11 comments
- 0 Likes / 3 Dislikes
- no interaction between owner and comments
Quite often I can tell just by the data I can see in Youtube but I still make it a point to check out their link just in case they suck at videos, like I do. So the next step is to look at their website and see what it’s like.
Once I’ve looked at the site I then copy the link and head over to SEMRUSH.COM where I can get a lot of data about the site. Very quickly you will see if a site is one you should run from or one that has potential.
I looked at site listed below each video. The first link had lots of information however the second video link had no information that would tell me to continue with it. So I bookmarked the first site and then went on to the next video in the list and did the same research again.
Once I had a weeded out the crap or non trustworthy sites I went back for a second look at each of the potentially good sites.
This research did take me a while but it may have saved me from making a mistake which usually means getting scammed or making far less than you’re worth. Take the time to research the sites you’ve found and pick the best of the best and forget the rest.