March 25, 2017

Data entry from home – scam or reality?

Sure, you’re looking to start a home business. Data entry jobs abound, and they seem like the real deal; promising thousands of dollars for your new-founded home based business with minimal work to boot. For the type of data entry jobs we’re talking about today, these website owners have been walking a fine line between misleading the public and outright lying on these data entry type websites.

There are two legitimate types of data entry jobs that you can work from home: secretarial type data entry jobs and filling out surveys.

Secretarial data entry jobs

Of course, we cannot guarantee that all data entry job that offer work as a virtual secretary are legitimate, but these types of work at home jobs usually fall under the scope as legitimate home business opportunities more often than not. There are many freelance websites that cater to this type of data entry from home work:

These are a few of the many websites that offer some type of secretarial data entry jobs, as well as other types of jobs while working from home.

Work from doing home surveys

Survey websites get a bad name sometimes, and that’s mostly because they employ misleading sales copy on their sales webpage. Work from home survey jobs are a legitimate home based business solution, but the money doesn’t quite flow as freely as some survey websites want you to believe.

The real scoop on doing surveys as a home based business is this: you can make some money. In most cases, you will not make the average of hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars per week; there simply isn’t enough high paying survey companies around to make this kind of money on a regular basis.

That being said, there are plenty of people that make an extra $200-$300 per month doing surveys from home, and there are certainly a few that make over $1,000 per month from home while doing online surveys. The bottom line is that if you want to make money doing surveys from home, you have to have a solid list of survey companies, and you have to carefully filter these companies that pay per survey, not the ones that offer prizes or gifts, or those that put your name into a pool where one or two people receive payment for completing the surveys every month.

If you’re interested in making some extra money every month from doing paid surveys from home, here are some popular work from home survey websites:

Paid Surveys Etc
Paid Survey Program
Survey Scout
Paid Surveys Online
Home Survey Workers

Home business data entry jobs – a scam uncovered

Just as there are legitimate work at home opportunities, there are work at home opportunities that really don’t offer the opportunity that their websites report. Going way beyond the meaning of misleading, some of these websites outright lie to you about the money you will make and what it will take to make that money while working from home.

This long running scam had decimated the top selling products marketplace on for quite a while. Basically, these work from home data entry jobs promised not just hundreds, but thousands of dollars per week just for typing in little advertisements into online forms.

Not only did these work from home data entry job opportunities post screenshots of their personal earnings, and claim that this would be the amount that you could make, nearly 100% of these data entry websites failed to mention that in order for you to make any money, you had to spend money on PPC (pay per click) campaigns such as with Google Adwords. In order for you to be effective while advertising with PPC advertising, you can’t simply enter an ad and hope to make a profit; if you use PPC advertising without the knowledge on how to effectively do so, you can with 100% assurance expect to lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and you can lose that much in a single day.

Fortunately, these work from home data entry jobs have been removed from the marketplace; which is good news for you if you’re new to the idea of a home based business as this will help protect you from these easy money scams that still float around in abundance today.

Work from home business – data entry

There are real data entry jobs available today that will allow you to work from home while making money. Check out some of the resources that we’ve listed above to help you find a home business data entry job that will help you to make some money when working from home.

You can also try out a couple of these work from home resources, while they don’t offer data entry work, they do offer work from home opportunities and they seem to be pretty popular, it might be worth your time to see what they have to offer:

Camera Dollars – get paid to take pictures
Ez Writing – get paid to write online

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9 Responses to “Data entry from home – scam or reality?”

  1. (1 comments.) on April 13th, 2008


    I fully hearted agree with your section about paid surveys. On the internet paid surveys got a bad name because there are so many scams out there. In reality there are a lot of people earning real money taking surveys.

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  4. JJ on June 28th, 2008

    There are a lot of scam sites out their of the data entry, work-from-home variety. I’ve made some money with a few survey websites, but I’ve never found a legit data entry site, they’re mostly websites that tell you to use Google Adwords to promote affiliate links – outright scams!

    I tried the Camera Dollars website you suggested above – I didn’t know that there were websites out there that paid me to take pictures! I haven’t made very much money yet, but I’ve only been doing it for a few weeks.

    Thanks for the great info.

  5. Connie Kirkpatrick (2 comments.) on November 14th, 2008

    I have to say the only ones I have come across for paid surveys are the ones you have listed and they are not what they seem. What I have learned about surveys are that this can include completing offers in order to earn credits, like .50 cents or $7.00. But the cost to join a program is much more than that, you are earning a tenth of the cost back and making those so called survey companies hundreds more.

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  6. Joel (1 comments.) on February 5th, 2009

    I tend to agree. Sometimes when we are into our own program so much, we forget that there are others out there that also work! So Be blessed… and realize we really are all here for the same reasons. To make some great money!!!

  7. Kai Lo@Make Money Online(new comment) on May 7th, 2009

    Data entry jobs at home are always scams. I don’t care if they say $10 per hour or more. They tell you that you need to buy some kind of program first to start.

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  8. roger@digital cameras(new comment) on May 23rd, 2009

    Sigh – As a novice photographer I frequently feel awed by how much I need to learn. Nevertheless, the more posts like this i read, the more i learn. Thanks for helping me along.

  9. Liza Brown (career advice expert)@job search(new comment) on September 18th, 2009

    Perhaps every person can only decide for him- or herself whether to trust ads like this which you can find on the web. As for me, I came across one real scam and this was a pay-per-click job. In all the other case, the only thing is trying, certainly avoiding absolutely obvious frauds.

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