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Data Entry Employment: Are You Ready To Telecommute?

By Lisa Schwartz

Before you decide to even make an effort to launch yourself into the field of telecommuting, you need to be well prepared. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals – just like you – who are willing, able as well as Ready to set about a successful telecommuting career. The main difference is, if you aren’t prepared to work at the moment you apply, you’ll never get the job.

That isn’t to say you need to go out, and get a loan to buy the latest and greatest in technology and peripheral devices – however that would be great! However supposing you feel “prepared” to work from home, should also mean you are capable of doing so. There are a few things that you really need, in order to be able to make that claim.

1. A reliable computer. Yes, we could look into the truly amazing Mac vs. PC argument, however it’s not necessary. What’s necessary is that you’ve a trusted computer, ideally a high-speed Net connection, as well as trustworthy e-mail address that you check frequently. While there are specific applications which you need to also have installed, and also have a solid understanding of, we’ll save that for another time. Bottom line? You are only as reliable as the system you execute your projects on. Good intentions will get you nowhere.

2. You will need fax capabilities. While you can turn to many work-arounds on this, you need to have SOME method in which you are able to send out and receive faxes. Be it a dedicated fax machine, all-in-one printer, or perhaps an online service like eFax, you need to make sure you are able to connect via facsimile, prior to needing to do so.

3. It really is well understood that no one starting off in telecommuting wants to invest much more cash than required in their start-up expenses. However, it’s worth the money to provide your home workplace with a dedicated office line. This will ensure you begin in the proper manner – separating business out of your home life – and the terrible chance of your four-year-old answering a business phone call. It’s happened. It will happen. And, regrettably, it isn’t acceptable to many of those who hire telecommuters.

4. A dedicated workspace. It may look ideal, whenever starting in the world of telecommuting, to be able to “work anywhere.” And once you have established yourself-and your routine-it is! But you absolutely need an area in your house that’s identified as your “office.” May it be an extra room, a space above the garage, or perhaps a corner of the basement, you cannot afford to continuously work at your kitchen table or even in the family room. A particular area needs to be set aside, that’s for your work, and your work only.

5. Never stop learning. Take off the tunnel-vision goggles, and expand your perspectives! There is NOTHING more useful to an employer of telecommuters, than finding that “gem.” That certain individual who’s constantly trying to learn and master additional skills. Being a Jack (or Jill) of All Trades will end up being extremely lucrative. You will discover that you are the “go-to” person, and will have a lot more work than you know what to do with!

As you can observe, telecommuting is not an “easy ticket.” It is work, pride, preparedness and determination. In fact, it isn’t much different than working in a corporate office (other than you can put on slippers and play music, really, really loud!). Being prepared-and realistic-about exactly what is expected of you, will make your telecommuting career much more profitable.

Learn more about telecommute ideas. Stop by Lisa Schwartz’s site where you can find out all about freelance data entry and what it can do for you.

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Schwartz, Lisa "Data Entry Employment: Are You Ready To Telecommute?." Data Entry Employment: Are You Ready To Telecommute?. 27 Jun. 2010. 29 Dec 2014 <>.

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Schwartz, L (2010, June 27). Data Entry Employment: Are You Ready To Telecommute?. Retrieved December 29, 2014, from

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Schwartz, Lisa "Data Entry Employment: Are You Ready To Telecommute?"

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