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Data entry jobs are ideally designed for freelancers as this type of work, typically entering data into accounting software, database or other software packages, can be done almost anywhere as long as the person completing the work has access to a computer. Data entry jobs can be found through word of mouth, advertising or bidding for jobs on freelance websites. This latter method is becoming increasingly popular as it allows people to access a large number of jobs at any one time.
There are a number of freelance sites around and most of these work in a similar way. Once you have registered, you set up a profile detailing the skills and experience you have. Once this is complete, you are able to bid for data entry jobs that are available. Reputable freelance sites will not charge a fee to register, although some may charge a nominal amount for a premium account. These sites earn their money by claiming a percentage of the amount charged on successful bids.
Jobs are usually paid either per word, per page, or most commonly, a set fee for the whole job. The amount you will be able to earn will depend on the speed at which you are able to input data and the rating you have from completed jobs. People who are able to demonstrate that they are able to complete jobs quickly and accurately will be able to charge a higher amount than people with no track record on the website. Reputation is important as, contrary to popular belief, less than twenty percent of successful freelance bids are the lowest cost option and good feedback from previous clients is an important part of being successful.
An average hourly freelance wage for data entry jobs is usually somewhere between six and ten pounds. As any money you earn through freelance work will count as self employed income, it is important to set aside a percentage of this to pay tax and national insurance that is due. As you will count as self employed, certain household expenses, such as energy bills, can be offset against your earnings.
People looking for freelance data entry work need to be aware of scams as these have proved popular in this line of work. Typically scam sites will offer a large potential wage but will require an admin fee to be paid to access the jobs. Once the registration fee is paid, the actual work never materialises. If you are unsure about a job offer or freelance website, it is a good idea to search the internet for reviews. If a wage for a data entry job seems too good to be true, then it is a good idea to ask yourself why. Additionally, scammers may offer jobs which involve processing company payments through your bank account and once the scammers have your bank details they have the means by which to empty your account. Always be very careful who you give your bank details to.