Everyone seems to want “typing jobs”. This is a phrase that a lot of people Google, “typing work from home”. I put this on this morning just to see what would happen.
Fortunately, I saw some search results for trustworthy sites, but also a large number of untrustworthy sites. It seems that scammers are interested in scamming people who want to “write from home”.
If you are looking for a “typing job”, here is some help.
What is a home typing job?
It’s a bit of a broad phrase, actually, but when I think about it, there are three types of work-at-home jobs that come to mind:
Data entry involves transferring information from one source to another.
For example, I entered some data into MTurk the other day where I looked at an image of a business card online and typed all the details (name, address, etc.) into an online form. No special skills are required to do this, in most cases.
Transcription is listening to an audio file and then writing what you hear, word for word. It’s actually a bit more technical than that, but that’s basically what you do.
Beginners may start with general transcription, although it’s never a bad idea to get training beforehand.
medical transcript always requires training before a company will consider you for a job.
Legal transcription is another field you can get into that doesn’t always require training, but it doesn’t hurt either.
How hard is it to get a typing job from home?
It is not difficult at all to get a job writing from home. There are many, many content factories that accept writers with little to no experience.
Transcription is a bit trickier because most high paying companies want you to have some experience. However, if you’re okay with a lower pay rate, there are plenty of sites that accept rookie transcriptions.
Data entry is extremely difficult to achieve.
I only know of a handful of places that actually hire for data entry and most of them hardly ever need workers, although I recently discovered that it’s not uncommon to find the job in Amazon MTurk (You can also find transcription and writing jobs there.)
Do these types of jobs pay well?
As with anything, it varies depending on the company you’re doing the work for. Both writing and transcribing can pay very well, but they can also pay poorly.
Data entry is much more difficult than earning a decent salary.
Why does everyone want to write at home?
The phrase is popular because in most cases writing at home also means not using the phone.
There are many parents who want to stay home with their kids and work, but can’t apply for most phone jobs because they can’t do anything with the background noise.
Another reason people are interested in it is because it sounds so easy.
Writing at home makes people think about pushing buttons and making money. Data entry is so far the only truly easy typing job at home. However, it is also the worst paid. Transcription is not as easy as people think, and writing can be extremely challenging, especially if it doesn’t come naturally to you.
So now that we’ve broken it all down, here are the best resources I have for typing jobs:
Do you need typing experience?
Many of the companies that hire work-at-home typists will have you pass a skills test before you can start working. So while you may be able to type, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to type fast enough to get a typing job.
Fortunately, there are many free resources online that you can use to improve your skills. Try the ones listed below before applying for any typing job to increase your speed:
A Word of Warning: Captcha Writing Jobs
Some sites pose as legitimate data entry. However, what you are actually doing is writing captcha codes. They are paying next to nothing and if you work for these companies you may be helping them do something that is illegal.
Captcha codes are in place to help stop spammers, and there are people who spend all day just typing these codes to make it easier for spammers to get past them. Until recently, this has mostly been something people did abroad, but it’s popping up here as well.
I guess you can take what Wikipedia says with a grain of salt, but reading this was enough to worry me:
CAPTCHA is vulnerable to a relay attack which uses humans to solve the puzzles. One approach is to broadcast the puzzles to a group of human operators who can solve the CAPTCHAs. In this scheme, a computer fills out a form and when it reaches a CAPTCHA, it gives the CAPTCHA to the human operator to solve.
Spammers pay between $0.80 and $1.20 per 1,000 CAPTCHAs solved to companies that employ human solvers in Bangladesh, China, India, and many other developing nations. Other sources cite a price as low as $0.50 per 1000 solved…
Spammers have used these methods to set up thousands of accounts on free email services like Gmail and Yahoo!. From Gmail and Yahoo! antispam systems are unlikely to blacklist them, spam sent through these compromised accounts is less likely to be blocked.
Circumvention of CAPTCHA may violate the anti-circumvention clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) on the USA. In 2007,ticket master sued software maker RMG Technologies over its product circumventing the ticket seller’s CAPTCHAs on the grounds that it violated the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause. In October 2007, a mandate was issued stating that Ticketmaster would likely be successful in presenting its case. In June 2008, Ticketmaster requested default judgment against RMG. The Court awarded Ticketmaster the default and entered an $18.2 million judgment in Ticketmaster’s favor.
In 2010, at the encouragement of Ticketmaster, the US District Attorney in Newark, New Jersey, won a grand jury indictment against Wiseguy Tickets, Inc. for purchasing tickets in bulk by circumventing CAPTCHA mechanisms. Among its 43 findings, the grand jury found “[Wiseguy Tickets Inc] defeated the security mechanisms of online ticket sellers [CAPTCHA].”
I know that people need money and I understand it.
For this reason, people are going to do this job no matter what. But my opinion is that the pay is so low that it is not worth the risk!
Also, I don’t like spammers. They have sent me spam. There is no way I am going to work for such a low hourly rate.
This only makes it easier for them to do their job. But I also know that many people work for these companies without understanding their true nature.