Saturday, May 17, 2008

Should You Do Data Work From Home?

Girl Working on Laptop ComputerIs Data Work From Home a Valid Income Opportunity?

Short answer = "No." A great majority of the time when "Data Work From Home" is advertised, one of two things is actually happening:

  1. You are being asked to join a group of people who are doing online paid surveys, or
  2. You are asked to promote someone else's company on your own dime (and much of the time it's many many dollars!)
Either way, "data work from home" is not really the case. These "opportunities" have a definite slant in the direction of scam-land!

I'll explain.

Re: 1. Paid Surveys

This is not a completely invalid opportunity. It does pay, I've done it. However the number of surveys that one person receives that actually pays a decent amount are very few and far between, and the ones that need to be done in-between pay very small amounts. I was getting tired of it, and sat down to do the math.

I found out I was earning about .75 cents per hour!!

They do have benefits, you can do surveys for "credits" that allow you to purchase things online for little or no money, but again the amount of time spent for such a small number of credits is quite a lot.

I find the "paid surveys" gig to be deceptive, which is why I'm taking a bit of a hostile view on it. If it advertises up front that it's "data entry" or "data work from home" then it's not really true is it? When one hears those phrases she / he might think that it involves data entry records into forms for a reputable company, earning a decent hourly rate.

Unless this is actually the case, I would stay away from it. Far away. You'll spend a lot of time on it thinking you'll actually make a good amount of cash. My experience - no way.
Pinnochio With Long Nose
Re: 2. Promoting someone else's company or service with Google Adwords.

Oh, this is very naughty.

They tell you that this is "data entry" or "data work from home" when what they really mean is "write Google Adwords (pay per click ads) for us, you pay for it and we'll get all the traffic while you go broke!"

They show you examples of ads that you can type, usually these are very over-used and so cost a lot of money per click - that you end up paying for. So - you will be paying out the nose and will likely not see any money in return - at least it's very likely you'll end up spending more than you earn.

Any program that encourages people to write pay-per-click ads should first train on how to write them effectively and how to actually make a profit!

I don't get riled up too much - but when I see "opportunities" out there such as "Data Work From Home" that are just plain deceptive and take advantage of people who are looking for legitimate ways to make money online I get more than a little peeved.

My two cents. :)