How to learn data entry skills

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Data entry workers are employed in a variety of settings, such as offices, medical facilities and computer software companies. In order to work in data entry, fast typing skills and the ability to read documents are crucial. You must also have knowledge of commonly used word processing and database software. There are many ways to learn data entry skills, such as practicing your typing skills at home or taking a class in data entry.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Comfortable workspace

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    Purchase software to practice typing skills. "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" is an effective way to learn typing from your home computer. Mavis Beacon teaches basic typing skills using interactive typing tutorials and fun and challenging games. The software will allow you to monitor your typing progress and flag the areas that you need more practice on.

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    Master 10-key typing. Visit the "Type Online" website and follow the free 10-key typing lessons. After you have completed the eight lessons, visit "Learn 2 Type" and take the 10-key timed tests. The website allows you to keep track of your progress by saving and printing your scores.

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    Purchase the book and CD-ROM package called "Data Entry: Skillbuilding & Applications." The book and CD-ROM are designed to teach people with no experience in data entry the skills they need to compete for entry level jobs. Follow the computer tutorials to learn how to enter data into catalogues, hospital databases, and insurance systems.

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    Visit the Education Portal website. Search for data entry courses and certificate programs at community and technical colleges in your area.

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    Take an online File Maker training course. File Maker is a popular computer database system that data entry workers should know. Visit the File Maker Training Center to order a self-paced training CD or to sign up for an instructor led course.

Tips and warnings

  • Watch out for data entry scams that require you to pay a large sum of money to access a job listing site.

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