Work From Home Data Entry Jobs

What You Need to get Started

If you want to earn a little extra cash, work from home data entry jobs are worth considering. Because all of the work is done online, your location is not important.

To carry out data entry work, all you need is a PC and a good internet connection. Having a headset with a microphone is sometimes also required. Occasionally you will also need to have access to spreadsheets and word processing software. However, in most cases, the firm you work for will provide you with software free of charge, or you can use another free alternative such as Google Docs. Therefore, data entry work should not require any additional investment on your part.

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Types of Data Entry Jobs

There are several kinds of data entry work out there. Some of these jobs could be better described as transcription work. For example, you may be asked to type up minutes of meetings, medical consultations or job interviews from a recording.

However, the majority of data entry jobs involve taking data from one source and entering it into an alternative database. Occasionally, firms offer work that involves combing through databases and removing duplicate entries, or updating the contents of a database.


In most cases, you do not need any qualifications to work in the data entry field. However, some data entry tasks require knowledge of a specific industry or industry terms. This is particularly true if you are working for legal or medical firms.

All firms require you to be able to deliver a high standard of work, to do so reliably and to a pre-agreed timescale. Before taking you on, almost all firms will put you through a series of tests.

Finding Data Entry Jobs

The best way to find data entry jobs is to sign up with sites like Odesk, Freelancer New Zealand or ifreelance There are several advantages to taking this approach. Firstly, the vast majority of the jobs advertised are genuine jobs that pay. In addition, many of these sites offer some form of free training. This training allows you to carry out simple data entry tests to determine whether this kind of work is really for you. It allows you to hone your skills as well as helping potential employees determine the standard of work you can produce.

Alternatively, you could carry out a simple search using the search terms 'work from home' or 'data entry jobs'. Some firms also advertise work in newspapers, magazines and on classified websites such as Craigslist. However, you need to be careful when taking up offers of work from these sources. Just because somebody advertises work does not mean that the work offer is genuine or that they will actually pay you.

Perhaps the best source of work leads comes from work at home websites and forums. On these forums, you will read about other people's experiences and find out which firms pay well. You can also find out about common pitfalls that you need to avoid when carrying out data entry jobs from home.

Keeping Your Data Entry Job

There is increasing competition for data entry jobs. Therefore, you have to take a professional approach. You must deliver to a high standard and always deliver on time. Failure to do so will result in you not being paid as well as losing access to future work opportunities. One slip can ruin your reputation and it can take months or years for employers to trust you again.

How Much Can You Earn From Home Data Entry Jobs?

Pay rates vary wildly. You could potentially be paid per completed task, per document, per word or even for each individual keystroke. Therefore, nailing down how much you will earn is very difficult. For example, you could be paid between 12 and 85 cents for 1,000 keystrokes, or 50 cents to several dollars per document, and the length of the document will vary from 100 to 1,000 words. Some firms even pay per hour of work and rates vary, but how much work you must complete in that hour varies too.

The more experienced you are the more you will earn. At first, you will earn very little per hour. However, if you stick with it, you can eventually make a good living from data entry jobs.