Career Article for Reed
Looking for a data-based job you can do from home?
If you have excellent attention to detail and keyboard skills, a job in data entry could be the perfect fit for you. And you might not even have to travel into the office to get started.
If you’re looking for a role that offers great flexibility (and/or a shorter commute), here are five of the best data entry jobs you can do from home.
What a bookkeeper does: A bookkeeper typically manages the accounts for a business. They make sure that the accounts are accurate, up-to-date and are compliant with any applicable tax laws and regulations. The tasks you may carry out as a bookkeeper include recording money that comes in and goes out of the business, paying invoices and issuing invoices for payment.
What you need to do the job: Firstly, you’ll need to be good with numbers. Great attention to detail, problem solving and analytical skills are also important.
For an entry-level bookkeeping job, you may not need any previous experience, but you will need to be aware of standard bookkeeping practices. To further your bookkeeping career, consider completing an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping or Sage 50 Bookkeeping Course.
What you can earn: Around £25,500 per year
Perfect for: Analytical thinkers
Our advice: Employers are looking for candidates who aren’t fazed by numbers. Show your potential employer that you have the skills (e.g., analytical thinking, problem-solving and determination) to succeed in the job by talking about previous tasks that involved working with numbers e.g., managing a budget.
What a data entry administrator does: Data entry administrators work across various industries and are tasked with using computer systems and databases to store and organise data. The type of data entered varies from company to company and could either be text-based, numerical or a mixture of the two. Data entry administrators may also be tasked with making sure the data is stored securely.
What you need to do the job: Employers tend to look for people who have a basic level of numeracy and IT skills as well as having good attention to detail. Being able to organise your day and prioritise tasks are also valuable skills to have.
You don’t need a formal qualification to work as a data entry administrator, but previous experience in using IT systems and computer databases will strengthen your application. To further your career as a data entry administrator consider a course such as a Data Entry Diploma CPD Accredited.
What you can earn: Around £21,500 per year
Perfect for: People with a great eye for detail
Our advice: Data entry is an important job. For example, the data you input can be used to set budgets or predict future sales. So, it’s vital that all data is entered correctly and on time. Show the employer you have the required skills (e.g., good attention to detail, accurate typing technique and the ability to prioritise tasks) with our skills based CV template.
What a sales coordinator does: A sales coordinator acts as the bridge between a sales team and its customers, and also senior managers and the sales team. Common duties for a sales coordinator include providing support to the sales team by responding to emails and answering calls from customers and new sales leads, and logging these details in the computer system. Sales coordinators may also prepare sales reports for management to review.
What you need to do the job: The duties of a sales coordinator can be quite varied, so you’ll need to be organised and also have the ability to manage your time. As you’ll generally be talking to customers directly, having patience and good communication and problem-solving skills will help you get ahead.
For those looking to develop a career in sales, considering a sales management course could be an excellent starting point.
What you can earn: £23,000 per year
Perfect for: Multitaskers
Our advice: Sales managers are looking for candidates who are excellent multitaskers as well as good communicators. To help you demonstrate your suitability for the job, using the STAR method as part of your interview prep will help you to show examples of when you’ve used these skills in real-life situations.
What an ecommerce assistant does: An ecommerce assistant provides support to an online retail business. Part of the responsibilities of an ecommerce assistant may include loading details of new stock onto the company website, updating stock levels on the company’s sales database, adding customers details to the database, monitoring sales and preparing sales reports for the ecommerce manager or business owner.
What you need to do the job: To work as an ecommerce assistant you’ll need great attention to detail, the ability to work with others, accurate typing skills and possibly some experience of how ecommerce platforms like Shopify, Amazon or Ebay work.
As you may be communicating with customers and suppliers, good written and spoken communications skills will be similarly essential.
What you can earn: Around £21,900 per year
Perfect for: People who are commercially minded
Our advice: Although you don’t need any qualifications to become an ecommerce assistant, having some basic commercial awareness and customer service skills will boost your application. Use our free CV template to help you to write a CV that’ll impress employers.
What a virtual assistant does: A virtual assistant (VA) offers virtual support to businesses or business owners. Responsibilities of a virtual assistant may include entering customer orders into a database, updating customer details, managing a client’s email account, issuing invoices and logging payments into the client’s accounting system, updating a client’s website, managing their social media and more.
What you need to do the job: Virtual assistants need to think on their feet, be comfortable managing their own time, have good IT skills and be confident using a range of IT systems and databases.
If you’ve previously worked in an administrative role or as a personal assistant (PA), the skills and experience you gained here will also help you in your work as a virtual assistant.
What you can earn: The hourly rate for a virtual assistant varies, but people who offer unique or technical services may be able charge more.
Perfect for: People with great time management skills
Our advice: The virtual assistant job market is very competitive. To help you find work initially, consider contacting previous employers to see if they could benefit from your services, or take a dedicated course to help set your credentials apart..
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