Best data entry jobs

One of the first things people often think about when it comes to working from home, at least in an ‘unskilled’ way, is data entry jobs. These jobs allow you to make money online by simply inputting data into spreadsheets or other forms etc. The work is pretty mundane, so can be a bit boring. But, data entry is one of the easiest things for most people to do online, so long as you can maintain concentration and avoid making errors. One of the problems is that because the work is relatively easy it has become quite popular, with the result that it is not very well paid. However, this type of work is certainly a great starting point and can also act as a good ‘stocking-filler’ in your spare time. If you are looking for something with more earning potential then check out our top 10 highest paid online jobs.


Type of job: Computer based, routine.

SkillsAbility to concentrate, accuracy, fast typing an advantage.

Hours: Flexible. You really can pick this up and put it down as you wish.

Equipment: Minimal. All you need is a computer with internet connection.

Pay: To some extent dependent on your typing speed. Don’t expect to make a fortune, but it can be a good way to top up your income.

Legitimate data entry jobs

Do be careful when searching for data entry jobs as some can be scams or require money up front (never pay it!). Here are some of the legitimate data entry jobs we’ve found. Do let us know if you have any problems with them.

The Smart Crowd (Part of Lionbridge)



Because a lot of advertised ‘data entry’ jobs are scams, you may find it better to source your own work through freelance sites such as, and

Tips and tricks for online data entry jobs

  • Never, ever pay any money up front. Don’t pay for ‘training’, ‘manuals’, ‘membership fees’ or anything else. It will be a scam. Just, please, don’t.
  • Fast typing can be a plus, you can improve yours for free at
  • Keep focus. If you aren’t accurate the work will take you longer and you run the risk of being refused further work. Try to make a distraction-free environment (though you may find listening to your favourite music actually helps keep you focused as the work isn’t usually very interesting)