Are you looking for a legitimate typing job that you can do from home? This article will cover everything you need to know about making money typing documents while avoiding the ever-present employment scams!
There is one job that people always ask for and that is data entry. The reason I don’t recommend direct data entry is because many data entry jobs only pay pennies per document, which is by no means a fair wage. And often, these companies have substantial payment threshold requirements, so you won’t get paid until you reach that amount (which can take months).
Ashley is over Work at Home Happiness Tried one of these direct data entry tasks and had this to say,
“I felt like I keyed and keyed and keyed some more but only managed to bank $8.72. Even today, when I log in, I still see $8.72 in my account. I was never paid because I didn’t meet the $30.00 threshold.”
However, if you are an accurate typist with fast typing speed and you want to work from home, there are other options available that you may not have considered and best of all, they pay more than pennies!
Legit work from home typing jobs:
1. Online chat and texting works
Along with the internet and online shopping has come a new breed of customer service, and that is the live chat agent.
Live chat agents answer customer questions and concerns on the spot using online chat programs, email, social media, and sometimes text.
Some chat positions require background knowledge in a specific area, such as tech support. In contrast, others are more general and require fast and accurate typing skills with only some customer service or retail experience.
According to CareerBliss.comChat agents earn an average of $11 an hour, with specialized agents earning even more.
Here are some companies that hire remote chat and text agents:
2. Closed captioning jobs
What videos do you like to watch? Then maybe subtitling is the work-at-home gig of your dreams. Closed Captioners watch TV shows, movies and YouTube videos, type what they hear and sync it to the video. Rev offers closed captioning gigs and they pay $0.40-$0.75 per video minute. Typing accuracy and speed will depend on how much you can do.
For more companies hiring online closed captioners, check out:
3. Virtual assistant jobs
Virtual assistants (VAs) are skilled, home-based professionals who provide administrative support to companies, businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers. VAs do a variety of jobs, so excellent typing skills are a must. Some of the basic functions that VAs perform are sending email correspondence, creating documents, scheduling appointments, editing, data entry, and Internet research — all of which require accurate typing skills.
Some of the companies that hire virtual assistants are:
4. Editors and Proofreaders
Do you have an eagle eye? Then maybe this is the typing gig for you. Proofreaders work with a variety of professionals to polish their written documents. They check spelling, grammar, punctuation and word choice as well as fact-checking and improving readability. Many editors have degrees in English or journalism, but others enter the field through internships and on-the-job training, and some are naturally gifted and self-taught. Editors require excellent typing and communication skills.
If you’re interested in working from home as a proofreader, check out Caitlin Pyle’s freebie 76-minute workshop Here — in it, you’ll learn whether proofreading is right for you, how to get clients, and more.
5. Freelance writer
You might think that you need a special degree to become a writer, but that’s not the case. All you need is practice and a love for the craft, and you can make decent money writing articles, newsletters, social media updates, white papers, blog posts, sales letters, case studies, video scripts, and more. Gina Horkey built her freelance writing business from $0 to $4K a month in just six months. And the faster and more accurately you can type – the more work you can get done.
Here are some places to look for freelance writing jobs:
Are you a fast and accurate typist? Do you have excellent listening skills? Then perhaps replication is the gig for you.
Transcription is the process of listening to audio files and transcribing them into a written document. There are three main types of transcription jobs, medical transcription, legal transcription and general transcription. For these roles you will need a high-speed internet connection, a laptop, a foot pedal and headphones.
Most companies will force you to take a test to ensure you meet quality standards. According to Jeep recruiter, typical transcriptionists make $28 an hour — which sounds a bit high since you’re paying by the audio minute. This means you’re paying on the final audio clip, not how long it actually took you to transcribe the audio file.
Want to learn more about transcription? TranscribeAnywhere has one Free 7-Part Mini-Course From Senior Transcriber Janet Shaughnessy The industry explains how much you can earn as a transcriber, where to find clients, and what you need to get started.
For companies that hire remote transcriptionists, look for:
7. Virtual Receptionists and Call Agents
You might not think that answering phone calls involves a lot of typing, but there is a fair amount. Remote receptionists and customer service representatives take phone calls and quickly type detailed notes of phone conversations for their clients and customers. In these roles, you may also perform other administrative tasks such as screening new clients, booking appointments, transferring calls, and typing information into databases. For these positions, you typically need a high school diploma, fast and accurate typing skills, and the ability to be calm, cool, and collected while multitasking. You should be tech-savvy and familiar with programs like Microsoft Excel and Word and Google Docs.
For remote phone jobs, see:
Do you speak more than one language? Then consider becoming a translator. Translators take written and audio recordings from one language and translate them into another. According to Jeep RecruiterTranslators earn an average of $32 an hour.
Check out the following companies for remote translator positions:
9. Community moderators
If you enjoy reading user-generated content and comments, this remote typing job may be your calling. Many companies that use online forums, social media platforms, and blogs employ community moderators to moderate users and their content. Moderators help ensure that the rules and conditions of engagement are being followed and answer questions that may pop up from users. Companies that commonly hire moderators are bloggers, gambling websites, gaming platforms, search engines, dating websites, social media sites and review websites.
Here are some companies that hire remote moderators:
10. Medical Scribe
Another typing job you can do from home is medical scribe. Medical scribes are present during doctor-patient visits and type vital signs, chief complaints and prescribed regimens in real time into the patient’s digital medical record. Due to the nature of this job, medical writers must have an understanding of medical terminology, be fast and accurate typists, and be good listeners. To train for this profession, you can take an online course Career Step And then obtain certification. Some companies will train for this role; However, training is usually in person for an extended period of time. According to salary.comThe average hourly wage for a medical writer is $18 per hour.
11. Complete Micro Jobs
There are many websites where you can work on task-based items such as data entry, translation, transcription, market research, online surveys, search engine evaluation and more. These independent contract roles usually pay on the lower end, but they can be a great way to earn some extra money in your spare time.
To get started working on Microtasks, see:
More data entry and typing jobs
Don’t get me wrong, you can find remote data entry jobs, but they will consist of more work than direct typing. In this case, xerox, a reputed and legitimate work-from-home company, hires individuals for remote data entry and verification work. In this role, you will provide administrative support to business operations, including processing tasks such as data entry, scanning, sorting and similar operations.
Beware of typing job scams!
Although there are more legitimate work-from-home jobs than ever before, scammers are still trying to take advantage of unsuspecting job seekers. They will create fraudulent accounts and email you that you have been hired for a data entry job! Then you click on a link or unknowingly provide them with personal information and then they walk away with your hard earned money!
As with any job, you should research the company to make sure they are legitimate. If a recruiter contacts you for a job, make sure you verify their email address (that matches the company’s domain name) and their identity on LinkedIn. If you apply for a job opportunity on a major job board and suddenly, they want to move the conversation to a third-party app like Telegram, WhatsApp or Messenger, that should be a red flag to you! Scammers like to hide behind fake profiles.
Take your time when you’re researching and applying for jobs. Entry-level jobs like data entry and typing don’t pay much, so if you’re promised a big salary for such a simple job, it’s more than likely a scam! If you need help keeping track of your research, our Work from Home Career Planner can help you manage every aspect of your remote job search, including avoiding work-from-home scams.
Whether you’re looking for a full-time job, part-time work, or just a side gig, there’s an online typing job waiting for you. If you need help improving your speed or accuracy, there are plenty of free online typing practice sites, such as typing.com, increase your skills. Remember to do your due diligence and research opportunities extensively, because there are a lot of scammers out there!
Do you have a work at home that revolves around typing and data entry? If so, which company do you work for? Drop us a note; We would love to hear from you.
Originally published on May 11, 2016. Content updated January 2023.