Whether you are in pursuit of your own data entry home business or an online opportunity, your earnings will almost certainly be in direct proportion to your typing speed. The faster you type, the more you can accomplish.
Most traditional data entry projects are paid by what is called a "piece rate"; that is, per piece or record keyed.
There are five main steps to increasing typing speed:
Memorizing where the various keys are located on the keyboard
Using the proper finger positions and getting accustomed to which finger should press which key most efficiently
Learning keyboard shortcuts for every software application you use and in simple straight-text typing. We have become too mouse-dependent - which in most cases slows us down
Learning the 10-key pad as well as the numbers above the letters across the top of the keyboard. The 10-key pad will dramatically increase your speed when entering a sequence of numbers as small as three characters! For data entry, always use a full-size keyboard with a 10-key pad - not a condensed laptop keyboard without one.
The final step in increasing your typing speed is confidence. Many slower typists simply have a habit of watching their fingers or looking at the keyboard when they type. They don't trust themselves to type accurately.