There is one job that people always ask about, and that’s data entry. The reason I don’t cover data entry gigs on the website is most straight data entry jobs only pay pennies per document, which is by no means a fair wage. And often, these companies have substantial account threshold requirements, so you won't get paid until you reach that amount (which could take months).
Ashlee over at Work at Home Happiness tried one of these straight data entry jobs and had this to say,
“I felt like I had keyed and keyed and keyed some more but only managed to bank $8.72. Even today, when I log in, I can still see the $8.72 in my account. I never was paid because I didn’t meet the $30.00 threshold.”
However, if you’re a fast typist and you’re looking for data entry type gigs, there are other options available that you may not have considered, and best of all, they pay well.
Remote Typing Jobs For Fast and Accurate Typists:
Along with the Internet and online shopping, came a new breed of customer service, and that's the live chat agent. Live chat agents answer customer's questions and queries on the spot via online text chat platforms. Some chat positions require background knowledge of a particular area (such as tech support). Still, many others are more general and don't require any specialized skills (except for quick and accurate typing skills).
According to CareerBliss.com, chat agents make an average of $12 an hour, with specialized agents earning more. Here are some companies that hire remote chat agents:
Do you like watching videos? Then perhaps working as a captioner is your dream work-at-home gig. Closed captioners watch TV shows, movies, and videos, type what they hear, and sync it to the video. One company that offers closed captioning gigs is Rev, and they pay $0.40-$0.75 per video minute. Typing accuracy and speed will factor into how much you can make. For more companies that hire remote closed captioners, check out:
Virtual assistants are highly-skilled, home-based professionals that offer companies, businesses, entrepreneurs, and bloggers administrative support. VAs perform a wide variety of tasks, so excellent typing skills are a must. Some of the most basic functions that VAs perform are sending email correspondence, creating documents, marketing jobs, editing, data entry, and internet research — all which require accurate typing skills. A few companies that hire virtual assistants are:
Do you have an eagle eye? Then perhaps this is the typing gig for you. Proofreaders work with a variety of professionals to polish their written documents and works. They check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice, as well as fact-checking and improving readability. Many editors have English or journalism degrees, but others break into the field via internships, on-the-job training, and some have a natural gift and are self-taught. Editors need excellent typing and communication skills.
If you're interested in working from home as a proofreader, check out Caitlin Pyle's free 76-minute workshop here — in it, you'll learn if proofreading is a good fit for you, how to get clients, and lots more.
You may think that you need a specialized degree to be a writer, but that's not the case. All you need is practice and a love of the craft, and you can make decent money writing articles, newsletters, social media updates, white papers, blog posts, sales letters, case studies, video scripts, and more. Gina Horkey was able to build up her freelance writing business from $0 to $4k/a month in just six months. And the faster and more accurate you can type – the more work you can churn out. Here are some places to look for freelance writing gigs:
Are you a fast and accurate typist? Do you have excellent listening skills? Then perhaps transcription is the gig for you. Transcription is the process of listening to audio files and transcribing them into written documents. There are many types of transcription from medical and legal (which require additional training) to general transcription, which does not require specialized training. Most companies will make you take a test to ensure you can meet quality standards. According to Glassdoor, general transcriptionists earn $26,146 annually.
Want to know more about Transcription? TranscribeAnywhere has a FREE 7-part mini-course that veteran transcriber, Janet Shaughnessy explains the industry, how much you can earn as a transcriber, where to find clients, and what you need to get started. For companies that hire remote transcriptionists, check out:
Does the law appeal to you? Do you have an eagle eye? Maybe this word processing opportunity is right for you. Scopists edit transcripts for court reporters. As a scopist, you'll fill in missing words, correct misspellings, and add or proper punctuation. While there isn't a degree needed to be a scopist, having the right training will help in securing employment. If you're interested in becoming a scopist, check out Linda Evenson's free 7-day mini-course to see if scoping is right for you.
Do you speak more than one language? Then consider becoming a translator. Translators take written and audio files from one language and translate it into another language. According to ZipRecruiter, translators earn an average of $30 an hour. See the following companies for remote translator positions:
If you enjoy reading user-generated content and comments, then this remote typing job may be your calling. Many companies who utilize online forums, social media, and blogs, hire community moderators to keep a watchful eye over users and their content. Moderators help ensure that the rules and terms of engagement are being followed, as well as answering questions that may pop up from users. The types of companies that generally hire moderators are bloggers, gambling websites, gaming platforms, search engines, dating websites, social media sites, and review websites. Here are some companies that hire remote moderators:
Additional Data Entry and Typing Jobs
Don't get me wrong, you can find remote data entry jobs, but they'll consist of more tasks than just straight typing. For instance, Xerox, which is a reputable and legit work-from-home company, hires individuals for remote data entry and verification jobs. In this role, you'll be providing administrative support to business operations, which includes processing tasks such as data entry, scanning, sorting, and similar activities.
If you're looking for more legit data entry gigs, check out this list from FlexJobs — 9 more positions that revolve around data entry and typing.
You can work-from-home doing data entry, but you'll need to widen your task and skill scope to include other administrative and professional level tasks. Dig deep for the legit jobs that will pay you what you're worth.
Do you have a work-at-home job that revolves around typing and data entry? If so, which company are you working for? Drop us a note; we'd love to hear from you!
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Originally published May 11, 2016. Content updated December 3, 2019.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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