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Aug 6, 2008
In today's Internet age, work at home jobs abound. One of the most popular of these is the entry-level work at home typist. Everyone seems to be able to type these days. Elementary school children have to learn to type to use computers at school. And there are many types of training that help a person improve their typing skills. With many companies are downsizing and outsourcing various positions in order to reduce costs, one of the first positions to be eliminated in many businesses is the typist position. This seems to be because since typists are somewhat common. Competition is steep in the field of work at home typists. What can you do to carve your niche into the world of entry-level online typing work? Here are a few suggestions.

What is an entry-level work at home typist? What type of work does an entry-level work at home typist do? An entry-level work at home typist usually prepares reports, letters, mailing labels, and other text based materials. As entry-level and home-based workers, typists may start by doing simple tasks that require less supervision, such as typing headings on form letters, addressing envelopes, or preparing standard forms on their computer. Basically, the entry level work at home typist makes neat, typed copies of materials written by other clerical or managerial workers. Entry level home based typists do the jobs that most typists do not want to do, or find tedious.

After working for a while, the reliable entry-level typist earns the respect of his or her employer. After gaining experience on the job, the entry-level typist may be given more responsibility. He or she may be given tasks which are more complicated and require a higher degree of accuracy. More training and independent judgment may be needed for this type of work. Senior typists, or more experienced work at home typists, may work with highly technical material where accuracy is a must. Some examples of this more technical typing work include such jobs as planning and typing more complicated projects. More experienced typists may also prepare complicated statistical tables, as well as combining and rearranging materials from different sources, or preparing master copies.

Occasionally an entry-level work at home typist may perform other clerical duties. Some of these duties may include answering telephones, filing, and operating copiers or other office machines. These jobs are performed at home in a home office that has the equipment needed to do the job. Entry-level work at home typist may do jobs that may be a combination of typing, filing, sorting mail, and answering telephones. Some may also transcribe notes while doing other general office duties. Virtual assistants also perform these types of all around clerical jobs for their employers. Once you have achieved some experience doing some of these basic office tasks, you may be able to market yourself as a virtual assistant.

Entry Level Typist Qualifications: Employers know that entry-level typists may not have the same skills or experience as other typists. Since this is an entry-level job, employers generally do not require extremely high standards from their applicants. They expect people willing to work doing mundane jobs to help out their more advanced, more expensive typists. In terms of educational background, employers may hire high school graduates who can simply type fast. So, generally, as long as you meet the requirements for keyboarding speed, you can apply for a position as an entry level work at home typist.

Other skills needed include knowledge of spelling, punctuation, and grammar, as well as familiarity with standard office equipment. Almost anyone with a computer or typewriter can apply to become an entry-level work at home typist. Students can easily acquire most of the required skills rather easily and quickly. There are many resources for continued typing education to develop your typing skills and improve your qualifications. High schools, community colleges, business schools, are excellent sources of continuing education for the work at home typist. Temporary health agencies, self-teaching aids such as books, tapes, and Internet tutorials can help you in improving your keyboarding skills and making you a faster typist. There are also similar resources to learn the use of any required computer software that you may not already know. You can tap into these resources to get the skills necessary to begin working as an entry-level work at home typist without spending a fortune on continuing education.

Prospects: A decline in the overall employment jobs for entry-level work at home typists was predicted through 2012. However, it appears that there will always be a need for entry-level work at home typists. Entry-level work at home typists are needed to replace those who leave this occupation for many different reasons. And offices are always looking for temporary help, or help with work overflow. There will always be a need for the entry- level work at home typist. As long as there are companies outsourcing these typing jobs for whatever reason, a person will always be able to find employment as a work at home typist. If you take the time and have the patience to look for work as an entry-level typist, you will probably find work.

One very good source of entry- level work at home typist jobs is online employment agencies. Some examples of online employment agencies are Guru.com and Monster.com. There are many more online employment agencies to be found on the Internet as well. Some of these online employment agencies offer free access to job information. Like many employment agencies, however, a small fee will give potential entry-level work at home typists? access to more typing employment opportunities. Some of these employment agencies have jobseekers place bids for jobs. One trick to getting a job at any of these employment agencies is discovering the going charge for doing entry-level typing at home. Once you discover the going rate for entry-level typing jobs and gain some work experience, you will have all the work you want or need. Developing a reputation for reliable, accurate work that is finished on time will increase the amount of work you are offered. Before you know it you will have enough work to keep you busy and get those pesky bills paid off.
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