Increasing popularity of data entry jobs, filling out forms and typing jobs online is leading to more and more scams. If you are looking for this type of job do your homework first. When applying through email for a proof reader, be sure you don’t send an email with typos. You are looking for a data entry job, so the first step is to send out an email RIGHT. You are the Resume and your email is the qualification and first proof if you are capable to do the job. Don’t send out an email like “Yeah, I’d like to get more information” or “What’s the pay?”. First explain why you are the right person for this job and your interest in this topic. Don’t exaggerate too much, be specific. Also be prepared to receive request for a sample writing. This can either be proof reading, transcription job, grammar writing, etc. A good website for finding jobs like these is eLance.
a) Working Computer
b) Word, Wordpad, Notepad
How To spot A Scam?
90% of data entry jobs are scams. The Scammed individuals are most of the time mommies who want to be at home with their children. There are legit jobs, more or less those are a rarity in such a big scam industry. If your work-giver from the company you are applying to requires you any fee it is most definitely a scam. You will NEVER have to pay a real contractor a fee. You are working for them, so why would you be paying them? In your normal 9-5 job are you paying your boss? Stop the conversation here and discontinue any further discussion. These contractors will tell you to :
a) Send $ for training
b) Send $ for software
c) Send $ for supplies or material
If they don’t ask you for a sample writing, resume or any other document, proof on which you could be judged “good” or “bad” for the job, and only require ANY sort of FEE for the application it is a SCAM! Period. Many websites can be so convincing you could fall for it quite easily, but this is the scammers intention and professionalism. To convince you of something real while in fact it is unreal, not existing. Usually the supposed fees are being used for a “special software” to perform the job. A legit business will provide you typing software for free and will in no case require any funds to be sent.
List Of Good Freelance Sites
You don’t have to be an expert to start working online. You just have to know where to look and avoid scam promotions with false promises. You can start by offering services like article writing, data entry or any other jobs that don’t require high technical skills like programming, coding and design. Remember to start small and cheap at first. Do your jobs at half the price an build reputation and trust with everyone you deal with. A returning client is easier to get, than getting a new client. If your clients are satisfied they will come back for more and recommend you to their friends.
- Elance.com – so far the largest online marketplace for free lancers and service buyers
- Aquent.com – offers marketing organizations a wide range of services including consulting, studio solutions, project management, and translation/localization.
- Adveres.com – another cool marketplace for freelancers.
- Bidradar – recently merged with governmentbids.com and published mostly government-owned jobs for freelancers.
- CGI Lance – largest marketplace for CGI scripts.
- CTITjobs.net – most projects are programming and web design and even technical support for IT-related problems.
- Codelance.com – custom software development and webhosting for companies outsourcing offshore.
- Coswap.com – offshore marketplace for web design jobs.
- Design Quote – a reputable marketplace for graphic and design jobs.
- Developreneurs.com – an online marketplace where buyers looking for web development services can receive bids from dozens of qualified service providers.
- Ework.com –delivers three outsourced value-added services— integration and implementation for eWork Enterprise 5, business process consulting to streamline contingent workforce business processes, and a comprehensive workforce staffing management service.
- Freelance Auction – almost all services are offered here.
- Freelance Auction Network – is designed to bring affordable high quality services to small business owners and provide freelance contractors from around the world a better way to market their services.
- Freelance.com – a good place for independent professionals, freelancers, and service buyers.
- Freelance Writers – the best site for non-fiction writers.
- Freelancefree.com – the first and best free freelance website.
- Freelancewriting.com – another great freelance site exclusively for writers.
- Freelancewebprojects.com – all services offered and requires all freelancing talents.
- Freelanceseek.com – available in 7 major European languages.
- Freelancewebprogramming.com – another freelance site for webmasters and programmers.
- Getafreelancer – this is my favorite freelance site so far. I am a member of this site and having some decent customers in SEO and writing.
- Guru.com – Use Guru.com’s free service to search for and find freelancers. Post your project. Get free quotes within hours. Outsource your contract work today.
- Hirecoders.com – not only a marketplace but also a general classified for job seekers and employers.
- Ifreelance.com – huge freelance site for talented people.
- Listbid.com – a very simple freelance site but has a bigger population.
- No Agencies Please – is a free freelance site concentrating on programming and design.
- NUJ Freelance Directory – the biggest freelance job board in UK.
- OutsourceToday.net– is the online market place where buyers can post their projects. Businesses and consultants such as freelance programmers, copywriters etc will bid for the work you outsource and you can select the best one that matches your requirement.
- Projectlance.com – one of the busiest freelance sites.
- PHPfreelancers.com – freelance for php programming.
- Programmingbid.com – dozens of programming jobs posted everyday.
- Project4hire.com – marketplace for designers, programmers, offshore companies, and more.
- Rentacoder.com – one of the biggest and reputable freelance sites.
- Scriptlance.com – big freelance sites with thousands of service providers from India.
Recently amazon has launched a new beta program called Mechanical Turk, where work from home seekers can find job from a reliable source. Take a look at mturk here.