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Options to Data Entry Work at Home Jobs

Aug 13, 2008
One thing I've noticed is that many people who want to work at home start their search with something like data entry. It's easy to understand why. Data entry work sounds nice and low skill, can be done on the computer by just about anyone, at any time of day, and with kids around. You don't have to worry about noise.

No doubt the high appeal of data entry work is why there are so many scams in that area. It's easy to fall for things that are too good to be true when you're looking for the easy solution.

There's a simple truth about legitimate work at home opportunities. They're work. It may come easier for some than for others, but it's still work.

Pick right and you'll enjoy your work more, but an effort on your part is still required.

So what can you do aside from data entry if you don't think you have any work at home skills, need a flexible schedule and can't count on a quiet household? Are you just out of luck?

Fortunately, no.

Mostly that's because most people don't realize how many skills they do have. If you have office skills, for example, you may be able to find work as a virtual assistant. If you have transportation you might try mystery shopping, although it can be hard to earn a good living until you have a lot of experience in that field.

There are jobs where you can do research online, or where you can look up court documents in your area. There are writing jobs for those with excellent writing skills.

In all cases you want to watch out for scams. They're out there in spades. If any job sounds good to you, check out the company. Ask on forums about them. Search the company name on your favorite search engine with the word "scam" and see what comes up. Take some time to think about it. Really understand what it is you are getting paid for.

And learn what the common scams are in different work at home industries. There are common signs that will help you to keep on the right path. But...

You don't want to limit yourself to just work at home jobs.

That's not quite true. You might want to limit yourself to work at home jobs. Many people simply cannot picture themselves running a home business. You're limiting your options when you do that, but that's a choice you make.

But thinking about a home business means opening your options up tremendously. It's not all direct sales and daycare... although those aren't bad options at all if they're what you will enjoy doing!

Considering a home business means opening yourself up to risk. You might fail. You might lose money.

Then again, you might make more money than you would have with a job. You might end up doing something you really, really love.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster offers resources to find legitimate work at home jobs at http://www.homewiththekids.com/work-at-home/ in a wide range of categories. Learn more about legitimate data entry opportunities as well as other work at home jobs on her site.
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