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Is it true that one can do data entry on line

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if this is true, how can I get information to start doing data entry for reputable companies? Also, can this be a profitable home business?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  tex-eng replied 10 years ago.
HelloCustomerand welcome to JustAnswer!

There are honest companies that hire people to work from home in data entry jobs. They can provide some decent pay but you will certainly not get rich by working in such a job.

I will give you some websites that offer such jobs, these are honest and proven companies. For the pay and other info you should contact the website directly. Here you go:

Contact these companies and see if you like their offers.

Hope these help and if you need more info let me know.
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
I did not get any help from the web sites you gave me. Some are foreign companies that give personal training before they employ you, and you are required to be there in person. Others have no vacancy now, and some are only advertising their services.

According to the e-mails that I am receiving constantly, there are numerous companies within the USA,that need people to do their data entry on-line, and pays good for that service. These might be scams, but I do not wish to find out, because I have been burnt many times trying to do a home based business.
I need to make some additional money, and I want it to be something I can do at home, even stuffing envelopes, if there is such a thing.If possible can you give me a little more help?
Expert:  The Geezer replied 10 years ago.
Be very, very careful.

There are a number of people making good money - selling seminars about working at home.

One of these businesses is for people hoping to sell goods on-line, and have perhaps a drop-shipping company send the goods to your customer. You would remit the wholesale price to the drop-shipper and retain the profit.

This is a legitimate business plan. However, all the drop-shippers that participate in these plans on-line already have dozens or hundreds of retailers doing what you are considering doing.

The plan doesn't work for this reason. (Not because of the drop-shippers, but because of all your competition who have already paid for the business plan and the list of drop-shippers.)

You are going to need a unique product, OR a unique selling proposition, to be successful with an on-line business plan. This means you are going to have to offer something different than anyone else, or be able to market it entirely differently than anyone else.

That's my opinion, based on seeing many people try this - including my own son!

Other forms of work-at-home are alleged paying jobs for envelope stuffing, report writing, mystery shopping, and that sort of thing. Almost all of these are characterized by requiring a non-refundable application fee or an application fee you can “work off”. DO NOT sign up for anything with an application fee, these are “Little Cons” in that you will never qualify for the refund of your fee. The ENTIRE object is to get and keep your application fee.

Still other forms of work-at-home are money forwarding, loan brokering, and that sort of thing. THESE are BIG CONS, one day you will receive a check that looks good but isn’t, and you will send out a slightly smaller check that you will be liable for no matter what, their check won’t clear but you will still owe the money. If you want links that discuss these cons more fully let me know. DON’T get involved with these cons either.

So what SHOULD you do?

If you have marketable skills, such as computer training or typing or essay writing, place your business cards wherever people go: doctor's offices, markets, dentists, etc. Hand them out in public places. Make your own opportunities in this manner.

The "businesses for sale" and the big and small cons will take your money. Don't waste your time and money making someone else's business plan work.

Hope these thoughts help.
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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Thanks for your suggestions, I do find them very helpful. I certainly will not allow these cons to outdo me anymore.

You have put a lot of thought and effort in your answer. I find it very informative. Thanks a million and continue with your good work.

Expert:  The Geezer replied 10 years ago.
My pleasure, glad to help.