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 worrying.
I did manage to find 16 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
No two words make me cringe more than ‘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 in order 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 minimal 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 part of a responsibility 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 strong grasp of the English language.
Therefore, they pay better and companies are constantly on the look out 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 16 Online Data Entry Jobs
As always, I recommend you start your search at FlexJobs.
As of July 2019, 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 active and real 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 applying for a real job.
This Canadian company offers work-at-home jobs in transcription and stenography across the USA, U.K., 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/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.
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 in order 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, including transcription, bookkeeping, project management, copywriting, translation, and data entry.
Capital Typing also operates a call center.
Payment is either by audio hour or per word.
4. Click Worker
This site hires workers for both data transcription and data entry jobs.
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.
Click Worker will then send you periodic notices of job opportunities via email, but you can search its online job board too.
Dion hires individuals to do data entry from home.
Potential workers must first fill out an independent contractor application, after which they are sent notifications of new jobs.
Job prerequisites include a typing speed of at least 60wmp, basic computer skills, and Internet access.
Payment is per finished piece.
This 11-year-old company that is based in the U.K. offers data entry jobs 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 72 cents per audio/video minute.
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 ($15 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 uoloading files such as podcasts, webinars, and regular phone calls.
Once a job is selected, it must be completed within two hours. Scribie jobs are evaluated for completeness and assigned a 1 through 5 point score.
The pay is about $10/hour.
Lionbridge SmartCrowd (previously Virtual Bee, previously Key For Cash) has been in business since 2001.
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.
Lionbridge is one of the oldest and most trusted names in data entry jobs.
This company is better known for their call center services; however, they also offer occasional data entry jobs.
You can indicate your interest in data entry work 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 around matching the signatures of registered voters into voter databases, thus the reason behind only accepting US-based applicants.
Pay depends on the amount of work you complete and is then paid out via PayPal.
12. 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 can pop up at any time.
TDEC is in constant need of data entry operators.
The jobs aren’t advertised on their side, but they request that email in an application and a resume.
They will get back to you with job positions as they open up.
I’m including this one on the list because it is definitely a remote data entry position.
The downside is that you do need to attend on-site training in Missouri or Ohio. Once you complete your training, the rest of the job can be performed remotely.
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.
16. 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.
The Bottom Line
I hope this list provided you with some valuable insight into real data entry jobs.
Unfortunately, it’s fairly basic work that doesn’t pay that well and the jobs are hard to find.
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 a bit more money.
If I had to guess, I would wager this blog post will be irrelevant in the next few years as real data entry jobs will be completely replaced by AI.
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