Home Based Data Entry Jobs

Written by alan kirk
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Working at home can be a very appealing opportunity. Many people are looking for ways to find an additional income to supplement their full time job, or some people are even trying to make ends meet while unemployed There are legitimate data entry jobs out there for individuals that want to work at home. Those individuals must be willing to spend time searching for those jobs. Remember, these home-based data entry jobs don't usually fall into your lap (or e-mail box), and those that do may not be what they seem to be.


Home-based data entry jobs not only benefit the individuals accepting the jobs, but they benefit the business as well. By offering home-based data entry jobs, the business can avoid expenses such as having to pay health care benefits, state and federal unemployment taxes, supply costs and other overhead costs that they would have to pay by hiring a full-time employee in its office. The businesses can also negotiate the price of assignments based on the work required for that assignment instead of paying a flat fee to a full-time employee.


Home-based data entry jobs are sometimes advertised on Internet job boards, with individuals being asked to apply. The employer can then choose the applicant he prefers. Other businesses that hire individuals to do home-based data entry jobs allow individuals to bid for the job. These jobs are then offered based on the most cost effective option for the business. With the Internet being a popular medium for these positions, competition can be fierce with teams of employees working together sometimes in third world countries attempting to underbid individuals.

Avoiding Scams

There are legitimate data entry positions available online. Unfortunately, they are mixed in with opportunities that are scams. These scams sometimes take your work without offering any payment; other times, they collect your personal information and never send you an assignment. Learn to avoid these scams by following a few important tips. Never respond to an at-home date entry position sent to you as spam to your e-mail account. These job e-mails are commonly sent to collect personal information. Look at a data entry job objectively. If the offer appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. It should be considered a scam. Finally, never sign up for a home-based data entry job that requires you to send a payment to them before the company will send you assignments.


Data entry jobs come in a variety of opportunities that keeps expanding. Early on, home-based data entry jobs involved entering data at home into a spreadsheet, database or word processing document. Opportunities have expanded now. though, and include Internet specific jobs.

"Ifreelance" Website has opportunities for adding mailing addresses for mailing lists, adding photos to Websites, submitting blog entries to search engines, and even entering statistics into a spreadsheet. The "Getafreelancer" Website offers similar positions to Ifreelance. They even include the opportunity to write short articles to help Websites. The number of data entry jobs is plentiful, with an active base of employers accessing the Website offering jobs on a daily basis. These two Websites are more reliable than Craigslist.


There are many different factors that can help determine if a data entry job is attractive. Find out if there is a deadline for the job. Make sure you ask about penalties involved for being late submitting an assignment. Ask if there is a certain software program that the data entry must be completed in. Ask how quickly you will receive your payment after the job is done. Some companies will only pay on a quarterly basis. Finally, ask for referrals from previous employees and ask if the company minds if you contact them. Some companies will allow you to do this, if so, then ask that former employee about her experiences and if she would work for the company again if given the opportunity.

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