One of the most sought after telecommute jobs are data entry positions. That's not too surprising - who wouldn't love the idea of sitting at home pushing buttons on their keyboard and getting paid for it?
Unfortunately, legitimate typing jobs can be hard to find.
Data Entry Scams
The first thing you would probably find if you searched online for these kinds of jobs would be scams. You can spot them quickly: websites filled with glowing testimonials from supposed employees who are earning thousands of dollars a week typing at home, and of course the ever-present request for money to join their program - just to prove you're "serious" about working from home. (Please don't fall for that. No legitimate employers will ask you for money.)
With so many of these scams taking up valuable internet real estate space, it can be hard to find the real jobs that may be buried beneath them. But they do exist!
I would recommend two courses of action if you want to find a real data entry job:
1) Focus on individual companies rather than "mass hires"
Rather than searching for a "work at home" job, search for a job that allows telecommuting. That sounds like the same thing, but there is a huge difference. Real companies who want to hire people don't focus on the "work at home" aspect usually. There are a few exceptions I can think of, but more often you will find that the "telecommute" aspect is minimized greatly in legitimate ads. They focus instead on the job details itself, and the kind of candidates they are seeking to work for them - and then they mention, "oh, by the way, telecommuting would be okay for the right person..."
2) Seek other forms of typing jobs
"Data entry" is really an umbrella term for any kind of typing work - or "entering data into a computer system," in other words. This would include jobs like transcription, coding, and many other administrative duties. When you search for telecommuting jobs online, try searching for keywords like: clerical, order entry, order clerk, typing, administrative, assistant, transcription, coding, and so on. There are endless jobs that would be similar but the companies may not be using that exact term.
When the search results come up, examine each ad carefully to determine whether telecommuting might be an option.
So, to answer the question I posed at the beginning of this article - YES, telecommute data entry jobs are for real. You just may need to do a lot of digging to find them.
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