"Data Entry" Programs
The world is changing faster than ever before and one of the ways it is changing most quickly is the transition from a paper driven society to a digital one.
Many companies are not prepared for this transition and are in constant need of having to transform their hard-copy records to digital formats, which presents an opportunity for the person seeking to earn some extra income in their spare time.
With today's technology, almost anyone can work from home and help companies make this transition since all it takes is a willingness to work and an Internet connection.
The trick is finding these opportunities and herein is where the opportunity for clever scam artists presents itself. In recent times, there have been an increasing number of deceptive programs online that promise easy money doing simple data entry.
In reality, these programs are nothing of the sort. In this brief review, we'll take a look at how to spot the difference between legitimate data entry opportunities and fake ones so that you don't get taken advantage of accidentally.
The most difficult aspect of identifying a legitimate data entry position is recognizing that you are seeing something for what it is in the first place. For example, a couple of dead giveaways that a data entry "position" you've come across may be a scam are:
- The offer is promoted as any "business opportunity." A large majority of the data entry scams are promoted as business opportunities which will require you to "invest in your future" by paying for "training" or "materials."
- The sales page is long-winded and full of guarantees that you will earn large amounts of income.
- You are unable to find any evidence or independent proof of their claims (aside from what exists on their website).
A lot of these programs cost anywhere from $50 to $100 and amount to little more than a collection of company addresses, or worse, repackaged affiliate marketing programs.
To make matters worse, once you have purchased one of these programs you have been unwittingly sucked into a neverending series of email pitches, each one promising to be your ticket to quick riches. It is not uncommon for many people to purchase thousands of dollars worth of these programs before realizing what is going on.
The fact of the matter is that data entry opportunities are very real and legitimate data entry work does not require the purchase of any "how to" books or courses.
As mentioned above, there is real demand for qualified individuals to help companies integrate their paper records into a more accessible digital form.
If you are the sort of person who is an accurate typist, self-motivated and excels at time management then you could easily earn a full-time income doing data entry work.
If this sounds like you, you may want to consider searching for freelance jobs, virtual assistant work, medical and legal transcription or other telecommuting opportunities.
You'll want to look for companies that pay on time and have realistic deadlines for the work you are assigned. At the end of the day, a data entry job is nothing more than that and should not be confused with the world of Internet marketing.
In closing, take the time to do proper research about any product you're considering buying which is being promoted as a "data entry" job or program.
Remember that if anyone is promising you unlimited riches "just for typing" or "filling out forms", it is in all likelihood a scam and should be avoided at all costs.