Data Entry – Stumped Finding Your Next Gig
Consider pivoting to data entry to tide you over
For a significant number of people, the pandemic brought an abrupt stop to earning a wage.
And though the Covid restrictions are now being lifted around the world, still some people are finding it hard to get work.
Registering on job boards feels useless as the hoped-for all is just not coming.
Those of us with serious skills in particular industries have worked through our contact lists and still, have not been able to secure a new position.
Or, we have found work but the inflation that followed the pandemic has made it all the more difficult to make ends meet.
Time to Pivot
One of the lessons that businesses learned during the pandemic is that, with some modifications and different ways of monitoring staff, it is possible to hire and operate remote workforces.
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In fact, at the end of the lockdown phase, getting people to return to offices has come with plenty of caveats.
More people, sensing that employers are on the back foot, have demanded more work-from-home days, continued support for remote working conditions, and fewer hours.
While these staffers have an advantage over their employers, they too are creating some opportunities for those that have not landed so gracefully on their feet.
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One of the bigger opportunities that has arisen is that of data entry.
As an outcome of the staffing shortages, work has been cut away from capable staff that knows how to process data but are unwilling to do those extra hours.
The trick is being able to find companies that have split the analysis from the inputting tasks.
While the specific companies might not apply to you or operate in your region, their profiles are likely to suggest other companies nearer to you that are following a similar strategy.
What Qualifications Are Required
Data entry is not solely about typing speed, or even the ability to touch type (though such is a definite plus).
The most important aspects that companies seek in those tasked with entering data are self-management, responsibility, and attentiveness.
Part of the challenge with data entry comes from the fact that a great deal of data is unformatted.
The data can arrive from many different sources and as such, are unlikely to have the same structure or level of completeness. This alone is a reason why many data entry jobs can not be automated.
The fact that the data is not homogeneous is the primary source of the opportunity as it is human beings, with their ability to sort and categorize that keeps us employed in spite of ever-advancing computer technology.
However, being remote poses a challenge. Employers need to be sure that the work assigned will be completed in time and done accurately. This is where you need to be sure that you can manage yourself.
Can you realistically estimate the time it will take you to process what you are tasked with processing? Can you prioritize the work over your other, pressing domestic challenges?
Accuracy goes hand-in-hand with attentiveness. One issue with combing through mountains of data is the boredom that can ensue.
One can also become distracted or deviate from the objectives of the task. For example, looking at row after row of names, one might miss a row, allowing through some garbage data.
Or, having read so many descriptions that are similar, one’s mind might start to wander and miss red flags that should cause you to reject items.
It is important to keep reminding yourself of the objective every once in a while, lest you become mesmerized and stop being the gatekeeper that is part of the remote data entry job specification.
Aside from the above tasks, data entry also requires communication skills. You have to be able to extract objectives sometimes from vague requirements.
But there are ways to do this. Simply by writing back, in your own words what you think the objective is, you can confirm that you are getting the task’s objectives correctly.
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The same applies when analyzing data. You may find, for example, other items that should also be considered after having come to understand the company’s data collection objectives.
In these cases, you are going to want to explain why some other data should be captured. And if you can spot these sorts of opportunities, you should assure yourself of more and better-paying work.
If this sort of work interests you and you would like to know more, take a look at this other article that talks about the skills and also, what you can expect to earn.
If for no other reasons, knowing what counts as data entry is valuable, and what the pay rate might be.
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While data entry might not be a long-term solution, it is a way to tide you over until something better comes along. And it could even be an entry point to new opportunities lurking just over the horizon.
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