If you are looking to boost your income, then an online data entry job from home could give you the extra cash you are looking for!
Data entry is amongst one of the many online jobs growing in popularity in the UK mainly because businesses find working remotely with independent workers easier thanks to tools like Zoom and Slack. Not only that, but the way we work has also changed since the global pandemic meaning there are more opportunities than ever out there.
What is a Data Entry Job?
A data entry job involves inputting, editing and transferring words or numerical data from one place to another for a business. The type of work you would do and the data you’ll handle will vary from business to business, depending on what they do.
Types of Data Entry Jobs
The term ‘data entry’ is actually very broad-ranging, varying business to business, so the type of work you can find will very much depend on job you apply to. But don’t let that put you off. It means you can very easily find an opportunity that suits your skills, experience and time available.
Here are some examples of the type of work you could be asked to do:
- A market research company might need you to enter results from surveys for analysis;
- A healthcare company data may need medical results or information entered into a database;
- A service-based business may need data entered from Linked In for sales purposes;
- Solicitors may require notes transcribed from meetings;
- A warehouse company may need data entered for products.
How do data entry jobs work?
The work you’ll do will most likely be carried out on a computer, using spreadsheets, documents or specialised software packages. Some businesses may want data entered into excel, so that data analysts can sort and filter information to search for trends or other essential information. Other may have databases such as email marketing, where you’ll be set up as a user and asked to enter data directly in.
Is data entry job easy?
Data entry is an easy way to get started working from home and many roles do not require any skills or experience. That being said, some experience of computers and basic spreadsheets may be useful to help your application for certain roles.
What Qualifications and Skills Do You Need?
None! That’s why data entry has become such a popular way that people make some extra money from home. There are roles out there that will make it clear they require no experience. But others may require basic computer skills while others may specify experience with certain software packages that they use.
It may help to brush up on your basic spreadsheet and typing skills. Udemy has some great (cheap) courses that you can take to help you feel more confident using computers and make your CV stand out.
Whichever role you go for employers will be looking for someone who is fast, efficient and has a good eye for detail because it is imperative that the data entered is accurate.
Where to Find Data Entry Jobs From Home
Typically data entry jobs from home are paid by the hour or per keystroke. Per keystroke means you get paid for each piece of data you enter – so the faster you are, the more you’ll get paid!
Check out these courses on Udemy to speed up your typing so you can make more money!
The hourly rate can be quite low and you won’t have job protection, holiday pay or sick pay but you will get to choose your own hours and to stay at home.
There are a lot of scams in recent years where people have been preyed upon to share personal information under the false promise of work, so make sure you do your own research to check the legitimacy of what you have found before you start work. And never ever pay any money upfront – no legitimate employer will ever ask you for money.
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