There are a variety of options out there for people who wish to work from home. Many of these options are scams, or require money up front, or pay minimal amounts for projects that require massive time and energy. Those seeking to avoid such things may find a safe haven in the data entry field. Data entry involves typing at a computer, completing tasks such as transcribing from handwritten notes or inputing data into a website. Like most jobs that aren’t scams, certain skills are necessary to the job, and the higher your skill level, the more successful you will be. In data entry, that skill is your ability to type quickly and accurately. This is defined by a measurement referred to as keystrokes per hour, or KPH.
While most of us are used to the term words per minute, or WPM, many data entry jobs require a minimum standard for KPH instead. Data entry jobs often require ten-key keypad work in addition to, or instead of, entering whole words. Because of this, a measurement of how many keystrokes you can make in an hour is a better gauge of how quickly and efficiently you will be able to complete data entry tasks rather than WPM measurements.
KPH can be calculated from your WPM score, though. The calculation is based on an average word length of five characters, making a standard and easy figure to calculate. In order to get an estimate of your KPH, multiply your WPM by five. This shows about how many keystrokes per minute you can produce. Then multiply the resulting number (your keystrokes per minute) by sixty to determine how many keystrokes you can produce in an hour.
For instance, if you type at forty words per minute, you will multiply forty by five and get two hundred. You then multiply this by sixty, and get your KPH: twelve thousand.
The average KPH for data entry jobs is between eight thousand and ten thousand, which translates to approximately twenty-seven to thirty-four words per minute. Most data entry jobs are now requiring a minimum of ten thousand KPH, as faster typists are more efficient and cost-effective for their companies.
If you are looking for a data entry job, the first thing you will want to do is calculate your KPH using the formula described above. If your KPH is lower than average, don’t worry – all is not lost. There are many ways to improve your KPH.
The simplest way is to practice. There are many websites with typing tests or practice typing tests for free, providing you with a word per minute count after you have finished the test. Taking these tests repeatedly will help train your fingers to move more quickly and accurately. After a few days of focused practice, you will see your word per minute count – and thus, your KPH – begin to improve.
Another method is to train online. There are many sites that offer typing training for free, through both instruction and typing games. Some software is also available for purchase which will help you learn to type more efficiently and quickly.
Data entry is an ideal job for those looking to work from home. With a competitive KPH, which can be gained through practice and training, you can enjoy a successful career in this lucrative field.