- by Trish
Nowadays, most data entry clerk jobs you can work from home, though there are still those jobs which would require you to work in an office. In this post, I intend on providing you with answers to most of the questions you might have regarding this as a career move that you might want to consider.
Given the many problems with commuting to any j-o-b now, you may find that working from home is the most ideal type of position.
Data entry jobs are among one of the best, most flexible j-o-b-s to consider. As a data entry clerk, you could easily find work on a part time basis, temporary position, or simply as a freelancer.
What are data entry jobs?
Data entry jobs take written information from a company’s forms, documents, and files and enters the information into a computerised database or other applications used for business. Many of these jobs require typing using such word processing software as Microsoft Word.
You may find yourself simply dealing with a business’ letters, documents and mailing lists, while other positions might require numerical data entry, such as what a financial institution requires. While doing data entry, you may find yourself working in such departments as:
- HR (human resources),
- health care, and/or
And, you need to understand that data entry clerical jobs will require many hours of your sitting in front of a computer.
All you will need in the way of equipment is a personal computer with data processing software that may be used to enter the information you are provided with into a given database or platform, and a reliable internet connection.
Some data entry jobs may even require you to transcribe data from videos and audio recordings. Though most of your work would be done electronically, you may find yourself having to use printed documentation too, depending on your client.
What are the skills for data entry?
To start your data entry clerical career, most of you will need at least a high school certificate or a general education diploma (GED) equivalent. Though in some cases, you may find higher educational requirements are necessary (example: a bachelor’s degree).
You will need a fully functional computer and you will need to be proficient with Microsoft Office software, with focus most likely on Microsoft Excel, given that it is software that allows users to create spreadsheets.
In some cases, I have found job opportunities with requirements of being familiar with WordPress and knowing how to build a website.
So, if you are a self-motivated individual who pays special attention to detail (not let errors get by you easily), and you can work with deadlines, you will find yourself ahead of others who are not so inclined. Being polite, organized, and having the ability to work independently or with a team are definitely other good qualities to have too.
For those of you who are serious about becoming a data entry clerk, a separate area in your home that you can use as your office would be ideal.
At the time of writing this, some data entry jobs were paying as much as $16.00 per hour, $3,000 a month or $45,000 a year in Ontario, Canada.
How can I get data entry job?
First off, you need to know that you do NOT ever have to pay to find a data entry job. Several legitimate websites post data entry jobs on a regular basis, as you can see from the screen prints above
The more experience you have with data entry, the more likely you are to be able to land these jobs. However, as a newbie, you might find yourself stuck on a wait-list far longer than you would like to be. Competition for the data entry jobs can be brutal.
You won’t want to work for companies who would expect you to work for pennies either, as they are the same companies who would gladly hire those who don’t even live in Canada or the USA, nor do they speak English as their first language.
Personally, I made great money for 9 years when working as a data entry clerk and administrative assistant. My attention to detail definitely worked in my favour, and when I first became unemployed due to the company downsizing, I had other companies seeking me for my work experience to ensure that their databases were setup as trouble-free as my local employer bragged that I did for them.
Do NOT let scammers take your money. If a data entry job sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Apparently, some scammers are even using legitimate company names in an attempt to gain access to your bank account, so please DO be careful.
NEVER provide your banking information to anyone, EVER. No legitimate company would EVER ask for that type of sensitive information from you, NOR will they ever ask you to do anything beyond the duties of a data entry clerical job.
Make sure that anyone who wishes to recruit your services by contacting you that they are willing to provide you with their full name and complete contact information. And, NEVER expect a legitimate offer to do data entry for anyone to come to you through Facebook Messenger… EVER.
How can I do data entry jobs from home?
At the time of writing this, I was able to find a list of what is considered legitimate data entry jobs where you can work from home, and they are as follows:
- AccuTran Global
- Axion Data Entry Services
- Birch Creek Communications
- DionData Solutions
- The Smart Crowd
- Amazon Mechanical Turk (or mTurk)
- Working Solutions
Please do understand, this list could grow or shrink, so be sure to do your due diligence and do your researching before submitting for work from ANY website.
I do hope this post helped you find most data entry clerk jobs you can work from home. Should you have any questions or comments to make on the information provided for you here, please feel free to leave me a comment below.