So, you want to find a real data entry job from home and you’re wondering if any actually exist?
Great question. The short answer is yes.
But the long answer is a little more complicated.
I did manage to find 20 companies that are currently looking for remote workers to do data entry.
These companies do not charge a fee to apply for these jobs. Pay is either per piece or per hour.
The Downsides to Data Entry
The appeal of data entry jobs is understandable.
It doesn’t require extensive training, doesn’t require a college degree or professional experience, and doesn’t require more than you and your computer.
But no two words make me cringe more than the words “data entry.”
When I hear the words data entry, I instantly think scam. That is because there are a lot of data entry jobs that are mislabeled to deceive you of money. This is nothing new. In fact, we blog about it on a weekly basis.
Amidst the muck and grime lay a few legitimate companies offering online data entry jobs.
Now, before you think you’ve struck gold with this post, realize you haven’t. These jobs are highly competitive.
More often than not, you’ll be put on a waiting list for 6-12 months just to be told you don’t meet the job requirements.
Even if you do get hired, you’ll be working for minimum wage, if not less. Listen to me, data entry jobs ARE NOT going to make you rich.
This may sound harsh, but it is the truth.
Data entry jobs just aren’t skilled positions and the competition for them is fierce.
Why would a company hire a US-based worker for $10-$12 per hour when they could outsource it for under $2? For every American, they can hire 5 equally skilled workers overseas.
Typically, you’ll find data entry work as one of the responsibilities of a larger position, most notably, a virtual assistant job.
Consider a Transcription Job Instead
Transcription jobs are more specialized and require a bit more skill and a strong grasp of the English language.
Therefore, they pay better, and companies are constantly on the lookout for new employees.
If you’re still interested in doing data entry work, the following list would be a good place to start.
Here Are 20 Data Entry Jobs From Home
As always, I recommend you start your search at FlexJobs.
As of January 2020, there are currently just under 500 different data entry jobs posted.
FlexJobs is a paid service; however, you are paying for them to scour the Internet to find real, active work from home job postings. A membership will cost you either $15 for a month, but you can get that down to $4 per month if you pay for a year upfront.
It’s a small price to pay for the hours and headaches you will save.
I’ve scoured the Internet and found 16 opportunities for you to land a data entry job from home.
This industry has been notoriously plagued with scams. A GREAT paying job will net you around $10-15/hour.
Remember: anyone promising you higher than $15/hour is likely trying to rip you off.
If you receive such a job offer, please leave a comment below this post with the job posting and company and I will happily look into it for you to make sure you’re applying for a real job.
This Canadian company offers work-at-home jobs in transcription and stenography across the USA, UK, and Canada.
It will also offer work in different departments to those contractors who have a good track record with the company and who have additional competencies, such as knowledge of legal or medical terminology.
A typing speed of 70 wpm is required.
The basic transcription pay rate is $0.004-$0.0055/word, or $0.40 per audio minute.
This Pennsylvania-based company offers data entry work, including Internet research, address correction and verification, and document scanning.
Axion applicants must have a working computer with high-speed Internet access; they must also pass a criminal background check.
Applicants must also have 2 to 3 years of data entry experience and a typing speed of 50 wpm.
Work hours will span 20-25 hours/week and payment is per completed piece.
Depending on your speed and expertise level, you could earn $5-$19/hour for your work.
Axion hires regularly; however, you must submit your name into their database to be eligible to work for them.
With that comes a charge ranging from $5-$10, depending on how long you want your name to stay in their database.
This company offers various services to businesses, including business process outsourcing, language and transcription work, and online customer support.
The only two openings right now on their site are for transcriptionist and content writer jobs.
Applicants for the transcriptionist job opening are required to take a transcription test and send the results along with their CV, salary requirements, and Skype details through email.
This site hires workers for both data transcription and data entry jobs from home.
Hired freelancers typically earn $9-$10 per hour.
To start looking through the site’s posted jobs, you will need to fill out an online application, after which your email will be verified.
Clickworker will then send you periodic notices of job opportunities via email. You can also search its online job board.
RapidWorkers is a micro job site that offers basic jobs, such as promoting a website, follow, like, and comment on social media, answer short surveys, post reviews, and other minor tasks.
They have a strict accuracy requirement of at least 60%; if your score goes down, you might get your account suspended.
Also, take note that the tasks they offer are country-based. Check each of your jobs if they are available for your country or not.
OneSpace is a cloud-based platform to connect freelancers with large companies and is a good repository of data entry jobs from home.
The site crowdsources freelancers to perform microtasks that are part of a larger task.
Some common microtasks include writing short product descriptions, answering surveys, transcription, keyword research, etc. Salary varies per task, depending on how difficult and how soon the task is needed.
They pay via PayPal, so make sure you have a verified PayPal account when you apply.
Another microtask job site, Remotasks offers various data entry-related tasks, such as image annotation, content transcription from images of physical menus and documents, data collection from various websites, categorization of different websites, and other simple tasks.
Remotasks requires you to pass exams and tutorials to do certain tasks, so if you want to maximize your earnings, take as many exams as you can so you can take on plenty of tasks.
They pay weekly every Friday through PayPal, so make sure you have a verified PayPal account. There isn’t a minimum amount for payout, so whatever you earn throughout the week will be credited to your PayPal on that Friday.
DataPlus+ has openings for data entry clerks, mail and document handling clerks, and administrative personnel.
They require a criminal background check and a typing speed exam, as they likely pay per word.
DataPlus+ doesn’t have a public page with job listings and applications. You can inquire about their job openings by e-mailing email@example.com.
GoTranscript offers data entry jobs from home in transcription and video captioning across the world.
If your online application is accepted, you undergo training and certification before being allowed to accept client work.
Payment is 60 cents per audio/video minute, which will earn you an average of $150 per month.
They hire regularly and allow you to choose which projects you would like to work on and complete.
This company hires independent contractors to perform both basic and specialty (e.g., legal, medical, law enforcement) transcription work.
Transcription services are offered in several languages (e.g., English, French, Spanish), so knowledge of extra languages is a plus.
Part of the application will include a background check ($20 fee paid by contractor) as well as signing a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.
This company hires independent contractors for data entry and transcription work.
Typical tasks include transcribing files such as interviews, lectures, conference calls, YouTube videos, documentaries, podcasts, dictations, and many more.
Once a job is selected, it must be completed within two hours. Scribie jobs are evaluated for completeness and assigned a 1 (Poor) through 5 (Excellent) point score.
The pay ranges from $5 to $25 per audio hour, and the files are short ones, lasting 10 minutes or less. A monthly bonus of $5 is also given to transcribers who complete at least 3 hours in a month.
They accept transcribers from all around the world except those based in California, USA.
Lionbridge SmartCrowd (previously Virtual Bee, previously Key For Cash) has been in business since 2001 and is one of the oldest, most trusted names in providing data entry jobs from home.
They use crowdsourcing to offer data entry jobs to individuals living in the USA and abroad.
To become a contractor with Lionbridge SmartCrowd, you will first need to pass an evaluation.
Part of this evaluation involves having a fast typing speed (60+ wpm); however, if you don’t pass the evaluation the first time around, you can always test again.
The company offers a pay rate of $0.30 per 1,000 keystrokes, and this pay rate increases with increasing experience and time on the site.
This company is better known for its call center services; however, they also offer occasional data entry jobs.
You can indicate your interest in data entry work from home within the online application after joining the site’s online community.
A job board is also posted at this site, which you can peruse anytime.
Also, knowledge of extra languages such as French or Spanish is a big plus here.
The pay rate with Working Solutions ranges from $7.50 to as high as $30/hour depending on the skill level required.
Sigtrack collects US-based data entry freelancers and combines them into a pool of workers to help distribute data entry work evenly.
They conduct Skype interviews after you apply and you must prove your residency.
The work focuses on matching the signatures of registered voters into voter databases, thus the reason behind only accepting US-based applicants (except those based in California or Massachusetts).
Pay depends on the amount of work you complete and is then paid out via PayPal.
They aren’t currently hiring at this moment, but the site periodically opens to applicants.
15. Xerox from Home
Xerox has an entire work at home jobs division.
They regularly hire for tons of positions including: Customer Care, Tech Support, Data Entry/Verification, Image Tagging, Quality Control, Systems Development, Software Programming, & Administrative/Business Support.
Check the available positions often because data entry jobs from home can pop up at any time.
TDEC has been around for more than 60 years, helping companies and nonprofit organizations by providing solutions for labor-intensive functions, such as document management, call center assistance, and other essential services.
They are in constant need of data entry operators.
The jobs aren’t advertised on their side, but you can email in your application with your resume.
They will get back to you with job positions as they open up.
You have to get kind of lucky to find a data entry job from home with Birch Creek Communications.
While they do hire to fill those kinds of positions, they are infrequent. They do regularly hire transcriptionists (remember when I said it was a better line of work?) and post data entry jobs from time to time.
Your best bet is to just bookmark the above page and check back often.
Workers are hired as independent contractors and are responsible for supplying their own equipment.
For corporate and financial audio files, they pay by the audio minute, ranging from 40 cents to $1.75 per audio minute, depending on the complexity of the file, your speed, and the quality of your transcripts.
Kendall Creek Communications is the sister company of Birch Creek Communications.
If Birch Creek specializes in corporate and financial transcription, Kendall Creek specializes in legal transcription. You’ll be asked to transcribe depositions, trials, hearings, and other audio files from lawyers, court reporting agencies, and other legal clients.
Rates vary depending on the particular task, turnaround time, and the quality of your work. For general legal documents, the pay ranges from 75 cents to $1.75 per page.
19. Amazon mturk
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk program is not without its flaws.
You have to keep an eye out for work constantly, and you will likely make $2-$3 per hour if you are lucky. The work is extremely mindless and pay is equal to the amount of effort you have to give.
I really only included mturk on this list because it is one of the few legitimate ways of finding a data entry job from home and like most others, it doesn’t pay all that well.
VITAC falls into the “well, it’s technically a data entry job from home” category but you will have to have some extraordinary skills to land this position.
The training is on-site in Canonsburg, PA, but the position is fully remote and can be done from anywhere. VITAC provides live captions for on-air programs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There is always work available and schedules may come in at odd hours.
Click on ‘View All Open Positions’ and look for ‘Realtime Captioner’ to land this unique job.
There are also other, less demanding positions that pop up from time to time. Keep an eye out for Voice Captioner jobs as well. It’s less demanding than real-time captioning and more like a traditional transcription job.
The Bottom Line: Is A Data Entry Job For You?
I hope this list provided you with some valuable insight into real data entry jobs from home and where to find them.
Unfortunately, it’s fairly basic work that doesn’t pay that well, and the competition for jobs is fierce.
I would highly suggest looking at our complete work at home jobs list as there is likely something in there that will be a better fit and offer you more money for the same amount of work.
If I had to guess, I would wager this blog post will be irrelevant in the next few years as data entry jobs will be completely replaced by AI.
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