Why You Should Not Look For Data Entry Jobs

If you are thinking of making it big as a freelancer, data entry jobs are not for you. Why?

Data entry jobs may be the easiest job to find for newbie freelancers, but really, it is one of the most difficult jobs to land on. Just imagine why an employer would hire someone to do something, as easy as typing or copy-paste jobs. It will be a lie if I say that I never had any data entry job before. I had a number of them… and they are the most time-consuming, and most challenging jobs… but I learned to find ways to do a literally copy-paste job of 100,000 spreadsheet entries in just a matter of minutes.  If you are a newbie and you ask, “how can she copy-paste a million entries in just 5 minutes?”, I tell you, this job is definitely not the best first job for you.

If you are curious how I managed to do data entry jobs very quickly, I will tell you the secret… I did it with codes, some programming, and lots of formulas and computations. If these words scare you, you should look for other opportunities.  There are better jobs out there for you other than data entry.

Here are the reasons why you should not go looking for just data entry jobs:

  1. Better Job Opportunities – Oh yes, there are better job opportunities for you out there.  Do you know that my first job in Upwork is Twitter Manager? YES! I think of things to post in twitter and I post it regularly in different time intervals.  If posting in Twitter seems like a very easy job, YES it is easier than data entry. You have better opportunities managing social media accounts.  Try looking for social media management jobs instead of data entry jobs.
    Try enrolling in Online Courses in Shaw Academy and add some skills. If you are a newbie, check them out if they are currently offering free courses because they do from time to time.
    You may also look for sale courses from Udemy. Add skills because the more things you can do for your clients, the more successful you can become in online freelancing
  2. Tight Competition – There are so many people applying for data entry jobs because they think that it is “easy”. As I have mentioned earlier, it is not as easy as it sounds. I will tell you why later. But there are many newbie freelancers (including you if you are one of these people) who think that this is the only thing they can do easily online.  “Easy” is already like a click-bait. Many still think that working online is mostly about data entry jobs. We already know that it is not. In the Philippines, there are already millions of Filipino freelancers applying for data entry jobs.  Consider the numbers outside the country.  In Upwork, there is already a big number of “Top Rated” freelancers doing this. If you are a newbie, you will find it hard to compete with them, so you have a very slim chance getting the best clients for data entry work.
  3. Bogus Jobs – There are clients who ask for test work.  Beware of this clients.  Chances are, if you are given a test work, you are already doing the actual job.
    Imagine if a client needs a quick research and data entry of 1,000 latest car models, and he asks you to do 20 for test work.  The client will say that they are testing your work quality and turnaround time.  And they will ask 100 applicants to do the same test work. Just from the test work, they will have finished the data entry job without paying anyone. The client really has no intention to hire you, but you did work for them.
  4. Not Long Term – When the data entry project is done, you will find yourself, again, in a job-searching position. If you are not the most accurate and the fastest typist, your boss might just not give you more projects.
  5. Demanding and Difficult – Data entry jobs may sound easy.  Yes, you will just type, copy and paste. Some may ask you to do a bit research. But if they as you to “type 1 million entries”, it is not easy anymore.  It will be harder if the instructions will say “type 1 million entries in 1 hour”.
    If you know some codes and programming, typing 1 million entries in 1 hour is very possible. (Believe me, I already did that). But since you are applying for data entry jobs, more likely, you don’t know programming.
    “Research for 1 thousand emails in one day.” When you tried doing it, you can hardly find 10 emails in 1 hour.
    Yes, most data entry jobs are really difficult.
  6. Payment Security – If you are very lucky, you will find clients who will pay you right away.  Some clients take a lifetime before they send you payment. Many do not pay at all. We hope that you do not encounter clients who will not pay.

Do not be fooled when you they say you can earn quick money doing data entry jobs.  If you want to stay at home to work for a long time, if you want to be successful in online freelancing, consider looking for other jobs.  Find or develop another skill in writing, bookkeeping, customer service, and online marketing.  If you are looking for an online job, then you must also be in Facebook. Try looking for Facebook management jobs instead.

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What is the Best Upwork Withdrawal Method (April 5, 2017)

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The Best Upwork Withdrawal Method For April 5, 2017

As promised, I made a computation again for the best Upwork Withdrawal Method for Filipinos.  Last week, I posted a computation and recommendation on what Withdrawal Method is best according to transaction time and according to rates. This time, I added computation if your salary is $100 and below, and over $300.  At the end we will give our recommendations for the highest rates and the fastest transaction period.

NOTE:

For Upwork Direct to Bank (or formerly known as Local Funds Transfer), the rate shown on the website is different from the actual rate used.  You will see the actual rate used for conversion from the notification email that you will receive a few hours after your withdrawal. For this week, the posted rate on the website was P49.05, but the email notification says P48.96.  We will use the actual rate from the email for our computation.

Payoneer rates change. So this minute may be higher or lower than the next minute. In our computation, we will use the rate at around 8am.

Upwork Withdrawal Analysis For Rates March 29, 2017

Paypal to bank: 48.76
Paypal to card: 50.17
LFT: 48.96
Payoneer: 49.1381

Estimated time/date of credit to local banks/card for withdrawal made on Wednesday between 8:00-8:30am:
Paypal to Union: Wednesday 5pm
Paypal to Card: realtime
LFT to BPI: Friday 5am
Payoneer to BPI: same day 9pm

Payoneer to BDO: same day 6pm
Others? (This will be updated as data comes in).

Sample Sweldo $100

Paypal to bank:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $98
Withdrawal fee – P50 for amounts below P7,000.00
Rate: 48.76
$98 x 48.76 (less 50)
=P4,728.48

Paypal to card:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $98
Withdrawal fee – $5
Rate: 50.17
$93 x 50.17
=P4,665.81

Local Funds Transfer:

Upwork fee – $0.99
Amount to bank: $99.01
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 48.96
$99.01 x 48.96
= P4,847.53

Payoneer:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to Payoneer: $98
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 49.1381
$98 x 49.1381
=P4,815.53

Others:

Please comment below if you wish to include other withdrawal methods.

Sample Sweldo $200

Paypal to bank:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $198
Withdrawal fee – P50 for amounts below P7,000.00
Rate: 48.76
$198 x 48.76
=P9,654.48

Paypal to card:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $198
Withdrawal fee – $5
Rate: 50.17
$193 x 50.17
=P9,682.81

Local Funds Transfer:

Upwork fee – $0.99
Amount to bank: $199.01
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 48.96
$199.01 x 48.96
= 9,743.53

Payoneer:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to Payoneer: $198
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 49.1381
$198 x 49.1381
=P9,729.34

Others:

Please comment below if you wish to include other withdrawal methods.

Sample Sweldo $300

Paypal to bank:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $298
Withdrawal fee – P50 for amounts below P7,000.00
Rate: 48.76
$298 x 48.76
=P14,530.48

Paypal to card:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $298
Withdrawal fee – $5
Rate: 50.17
$293 x 50.17
=P14,699.81

Local Funds Transfer:

Upwork fee – $0.99
Amount to bank: $299.01
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 48.96
$299.01 x 48.96
= 14,639.53

Payoneer:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to Payoneer: $298
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 49.1381
$298 x 49.1381
=P14,643.15

Others:

Please comment below if you wish to include other withdrawal methods.

Sample Sweldo $400

Paypal to bank:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $398
Withdrawal fee – P50 for amounts below P7,000.00
Rate: 48.76
$398 x 48.76
=P19,406.48

Paypal to card:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $398
Withdrawal fee – $5
Rate: 50.17
$393 x 50.17
=P19,716.81

Local Funds Transfer:

Upwork fee – $0.99
Amount to bank: $399.01
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 48.96
$399.01 x 48.96
= 19,535.53

Payoneer:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to Payoneer: $398
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 49.1381
$398 x 49.1381
=P19,556.57

Others:

Please comment below if you wish to include other withdrawal methods.

Winners:

 

For withdrawals $100 and below:

Convertion rate: LFT – P4,847.53
Transaction time: Paypal to Card – Realtime

 

For withdrawals around $200:

Convertion rate: LFT – P9,743.53
Transaction time: Paypal to Card – Realtime

 

For withdrawals around $300:

Convertion rate: Paypal to Card– P14,699.81
Transaction time: Paypal to Card – Realtime

For the highest conversion rate, if your payout this week is $250 or more, Paypal to Card is the best even with the 5-dollar fees. If your payout this week is less than $100 or $150, withdraw your funds through LFT. 

If you are always in a hurry to receive your money, withdraw through Paypal and then transfer the money to your Unionbank EON debit card or Gcash debit card. 

Note: This applies only to Philippines. If you are in another country, please comment below and we will do an analysis for your country.

 

Why You Should Not Apply To CAPTCHA Jobs

Hello Fellow Filipino Freelancers,

If you are a newbie at freelancing, and you are struggling to look for work, you might come across with job posts looking for people to do CAPTCHA. Have you ever wondered what CAPTCHA is? And why is my blog titled “Why You Should Not Apply To CAPTCHA Jobs”?

What is a CAPTCHA?

According to Wikipedia, “A CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.

When you log in to some sites, you will notice that you are required to enter the letters and numbers shown in a photo.  Sometimes, you are required to click images, as what the latest google CAPTCHA. Other CAPTCHA will ask you to solve simple math problems. There are different kinds of captcha. But the image below is the most common captcha.

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CAPTCHA is a security added to websites so it is harder for hackers to get in to websites…. so you won't get hacked.

Why Are Some Companies Hiring People To Solve CAPTCHAs?

CAPTCHA prevents bots or automations to hack into websites. CAPTCHA verifies that you are not a bot and you are a human. Since no bots or any kind of software or program can be used to solve CAPTCHAs, a real person is needed to solve the CAPTCHA.

Now, why would companies need to solve CAPTCHAs? Since, companies can't use bots, softwares or programs, they hire people to do the bot's job.  A spamming company may employ you. A company that needs to create many emails may hire you (now why would a company need many emails — yes, probably for cheating, right?). Some companies want to open many accounts (in other words, hack into accounts) to spam, troll, sell fake followers or contest votes/likes, or ad-clicking spams. There are also a few companies that may be working on security systems that to improve CAPTCHA performance (this is legit then, but this kind of company is very few).

Why Shouldn’t You Apply To CAPTCHA Jobs?

So if you apply to CAPTCHA jobs, you may be used as a peripheral to a robot that is employed by either a spammer, a cheater, a hacker. By working CAPTCHA jobs, you may be working with the wrong people.

Other reasons why you shouldn't just settle with CAPTCHA jobs are:

  • It may seem very easy job. But where's the challenge in that?
  • Unbelievably very low rates. They pay like what? Less than a dollar for 1000 CAPTCHAs solved? It may take you 3 hours to solve that much CAPTCHA and you will get only a dollar or less for 3 hour work.
  • The chances of you not getting paid is very high. If they are cheating on other people, why wouldn't they cheat on you? CAPTCHA solving jobs are most likely cheating jobs, right? I'm not saying all CAPTCHA jobs are cheating jobs, but there is only a very small chance of legit CAPTCHA jobs with legit good intentions.
  • Other than your typing skills and identifying letters and number skills will improve immensely, no other skills will be improved.

If you are a newbie at working online and you want to be successful in online freelancing, head over to Nizza's Facebook Group. You will find loads of help from her and the members of the group.

There are so many legit jobs out there. You will soon find the best online job for you.

Christine

What is The Best Upwork Withdrawal Method

The Best Upwork Withdrawal Method For March 29, 2017

Upwork Freelancers often ask what is the best withdrawal method to use in Upwork. It depends on the amount you will withdraw and how soon you want to receive your money to your banks. People have different priorities. Some wants to receive it sooner, while others can wait. Others will want to get the highest pay. Some can consider waiting a little longer to get the highest pay, and some wants to receive their money sooner even if they have to pay a bit extra for it.

We have decided to do a weekly analysis for what is the best Upwork Withdrawal Method. At the end we will give our recommendations for the highest rates and the fastest transaction period.

Upwork Withdrawal Analysis For Rates March 29, 2017

Sample Sweldo amount: $250

Paypal to bank: 48.74
Paypal to card: 50.11
LFT: 48.97
Payoneer: 49.1770

Estimated time/date of credit to local banks/card for withdrawal made on Wednesday between 8:00-8:30am:
Paypal to Union: Wednesday 5pm
Paypal to Card: realtime
LFT to BPI: Friday 5am
Others? (This will be updated as data comes in).

Paypal to bank:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $248
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 48.74
$248 x 48.74
=P12,087.52

Paypal to card:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to paypal: $248
Withdrawal fee – $5
Rate: 50.11
$243 x 50.11
=P12,176.73

Local Funds Transfer:

Upwork fee – $0.99
Amount to bank: $249.01
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 48.97
$249.01 x 48.97
= P12,194.02

Payoneer:

Upwork fee – $2
Amount to Payoneer: $248
Withdrawal fee – none
Rate: 49.1770
$248 x 49.1770
=P12,195.90

Others:

Please comment below if you wish to include other withdrawal methods.

Winners:

Convertion rate: Payoneer – P12,195.90
Transaction time: Paypal to Card – Realtime

For the highest conversion rate, if your payout this week is $250 or more, Payoneer is the best. If you want the fastest withdrawals, and you can sacrifice a few pesos to receive your money right away, withdraw your money through Paypal to your debit cards.

We will do an analysis for $100 earnings and $400 dollar earnings soon.

Note: This applies only to Philippines. If you are in another country, please comment below and we will do an analysis for your country.

My Sassy Stash Facebook Cover Design Project

Arteta Online Facebook Cover Design Project

Facebook Cover Design Project: My Sassy Stash

The latest project of Arteta Online for graphic design – My Sassy Stash Facebook cover design by yours truly.  My design is all about simplicity and solidarity. I like my designs to be bold, yet simplistic, without many elements. Less is more. That is my motto in design. I like lines and backgrounds to emphasize or pop out some elements.

You may view this design live at My Sassy Stash Facebook Page. Visit also My Sassy Stash website and check out its cool products.

For facebook googleplus and twitter cover design projects, contact Arteta Online at christine@artetaonline.com.

Christine

Project Masonry and Lightbox Without Using Plugin

I have a client who does not want to use any CMS.  Her website is pure html, php and css only. This was a challenge for me because I am very used to very-user-friendly CMS like WordPress and Squarespace. After weeks of lack of focus and confusion, I was managed to finish the task. Tadaaaa!!! Masonry gallery with lightbox.

Masonry and Lightbox Web Development Project

Here’s what I did/used:

For the masonry gallery, I found the codes by Desandro very useful.  You can find the codes here.

I only used the HTML and the CSS. I customized the CSS a bit. Added some classes and some custom stylings.  Of course, i did not forget to use -moz-column-count and -moz-column-gap. It was not in Desandro’s codes, but that CSS code will help make columns for the masonry.

I am not going to elaborate more on masonry. You can view the css of the page to see how I customized it.

For the lightbox, Lokesh Dhakar’s free lightbox codes helped a lot. I followed his very clear instructions to the dot. So easy. In just few minutes, I got lightbox on my client’s site.

You can visit my project at http://kensingtonflorals.com/ – Event Planning and Wedding Flowers Pages.  I’m going to convert this website soon to PHP to make way to manually making this website responsive. When I’m done with the responsive project, I’ll blog about it again.

Masonry and Lightbox Web Development Project

 

Bento Box Ideas Project

Arteta Online’s most recent project to date is the Bento Box Ideas website. This website aims to share the owner’s ideas, creations, tips and other information related to creating bento, charaben, kyaraben, and other food decorating for kids’ lunch boxes.

Included in this project are the website using CMS wordpress and custom theme setup, logo creation, blog and content writing, social media marketing and search engine optimization.

Visit the BentoBoxIdeas.com for a live preview.

Arteta Online accepts website development projects, logo and web design, social media marketing and management, and search engine optimization management. Contact us here for more information about our services and a free quote.

Bento Box Ideas Logo Design

 

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