When I was in high school, and yes this was before the computer revolution, only certain students took typing. The typical typing student at that time was either bound for college and realized they would have to do something to prepare for writing all those papers, or they were going into a career doing secretarial work. Either way, there were those who learned and those who remained blissfully ignorant of the whole process. Then came computers!
Now, most public grade schools have replaced teaching students the time-honored skill of cursive handwriting in favor of keyboarding, the theory being that most students will never be called on to actually write a paper. Instead they will most likely type everything from job applications and term papers, to their thank-you emails to Grandma for that birthday check. Every business has a web site, medical doctors exchange information electronically, and this year online shopping almost rivals customers coming to physically shop in the stores. With this explosion of internet information exchange, it only goes to reason that one of the hot new jobs is doing typing work from home.While these jobs take many different forms, they do require some basic skills. My husband could never hope to be successful in a typing work from home job because he has never learned to type correctly. A task that may take me a few seconds can wind up taking him several minutes – usually I can’t watch – I can’t resist reaching in and doing it for him. But if you are somewhat skillful with the keyboard, you may find that typing work from home is something you would enjoy doing.
As with any work-from-home job, you should do some careful planning in order to make sure that you are going to work for a legitimate business. Sometimes you may even have to take classes to train you for a specific set of vocabulary terms that are peculiar to that particular profession. An example of this is training to record medical transcriptions. This can be anywhere from a six month to a two-year process to train for one of these higher paying jobs. However, there are other options that don’t require quite such lengthy preparation. Becoming a freelance writer or copywriter is a good way to take advantage of a love of writing. If you have exceptional writing skills, you may want to consider one of these writing jobs.
Still other typing work from home involves transcribing any number of written documents from scanned, hand-written pieces to electronic media. One of my first typing jobs on the internet involved taking handwritten orders that had been filled out by a company’s sales people and compiling them into electronic documents that were then emailed to the company’s distribution center. It was the first time that long-ago high school typing class paid off!
No matter what kind of typing work from home you are looking to do, make sure that the company you go to work for is reputable, stable, and user friendly. One of the quickest ways to start your job search is to type the phrase “typing work from home” into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. At first it can be overwhelming to see how many options your search uncovers, but don’t despair, a good company can be easy to spot if you rely on multiple sources to cross-reference your choices. See what others have to say about the companies, look over their websites, and finally, read what their employees have to say about their experiences working for the company. There are many opportunities in this new, developing market.