I get a fair number of emails every single month from people looking for data entry work from home. Pretty much everyone wants to do this because it’s easy and also non-phone. If you really, really want to do this kind of work, you actually have some options even though many people will try to tell you that all data entry job openings are technically scams (and many are). But don’t get too excited because the possibilities that are realistic are often very low-paying.
Virtual Bee (formerly known as Key for Cash) has been hiring people to do data entry from home for several years now. They are a legitimate company although the work is not always consistent and there were some people a few months ago who were complaining about not getting paid on time. You can see some of those comments on my post about them here. To get hired by this company, you have to take a test to see how good and fast you are at keying. If you do well on the test, you might hear back from them. I listed this company as a realistic option for data entry because I know they do hire occasionally. I was hired by them last year. However, there are a lot of people who tested and did well and have still not heard back. So their staffing needs clearly fluctuate.
One negative about this company is that they don’t pay well at all. The work is very easy, but it takes forever to build up much money. A lot of people start working for them and then stop because they decide it isn’t worth it.
Great American Opportunities
Great American is one of the few companies I’m aware of that pays well for data entry, but they have very low turnover so there is a waiting list. The work is seasonal and most of their workers do end up coming back season after season, so they don’t often hire a lot of new people. They have a waiting list with potential workers on it that has stretched up to five years before. They allow potential applicants the opportunity to test once or twice a year, and if you pass, you’ll receive notification that you are on their waiting list. I was fortunate enough to work for this company during fall/winter 2012 and would certainly recommend testing for the position — and waiting — if you get the chance.
The work you do for SigTracker involves updating voter registrations. You have to have an account at Elance to get started and a test is involved. The pay is per piece. Work fluctuates so you can’t count on it to be steady, but it may be worth getting in here for when there is work. They pay weekly on Wednesdays.
I recently revisited Amazon MTurk myself and have been doing a lot of HITS there. A lot of data entry short tasks actually do get posted there quite regularly. For the most part, they don’t pay all that well. But if you enjoy data entry and want to earn some money, you can log on there (or create an account if you don’t have one) and see what data work you can find there to do. They pay through either direct deposit to your bank account (with a minimum payout of $10) or through Amazon gift card. If you are not from the U.S., you can only get the Amazon cash it seems unless you happen to be from India, where you can request your pay in Indian rupees. To find the data entry work, just type in “data entry” in the search bar under “HITS” and see what comes up. The tasks available change all the time, so you never know what may be listed.
Other Short Task Sites
I am not as familiar with any other short task sites as much as I am with MTurk, so I didn’t list them individually. But there may occasionally be opportunities for data entry within some of these other sites, particularly Clickworker and possibly Cloud Crowd on occasion. I think sites like Microworkers and Minute Workers are not as likely to have data entry jobs posted.
oDesk is another place to find the occasional data entry job. You can browse by job type and look for data entry. If you see one that piques your interest, you can apply for it. You’ll be asked to put in a bid on the work (and you should see what the client’s budget is) and then you may or may not get hired to do the job depending on what the client decides based on the amount of your bid and your skills/expertise compared to others who have also applied. If you don’t already have an account at oDesk, it’s easy and free to create one.
Other Freelancer Sites
There are a large number of other freelancer sites that operate in much the same way as oDesk, and you can find work entering data on these sites as well. Elance is another good one to consider as well as Guru and Freelancer. You can check my directory for a list of similar sites.
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In my directory, I have been building a list of legitimate companies that either are or have at one point hired for data entry work from home. This list will continue to grow as I come across real opportunities for data entry. You can read through it here.
Know of any other good options? Please comment and let me know!