What is Data Entry?

In brief, data entry is the work of entering a specific type of data into computer or any other electronic device using specific software. This work is done by expert data entry operators who have complete knowledge regarding data entry.

When someone wants to transform or change the format of any desired information and data, data entry work is performed and the information can be transcribed in the desired format. These formats generally include handwritten documents, spreadsheets, sequencing of numbers, computer codes, and even names and addresses. Sometimes in conversion of important information there takes place the need for highly precise skills. So, the data entry work is outsourced to experts so as to get better results.

In big companies, sometimes they hire a data entry assistant also. The data entry assistant is the one who helps in the work of data entry. He enters or updates the database or other important documents of the company. The data entry could be with any input device such as keyboard, data recorder or the optical scanner. Sometimes the data entry may include some sensitive information or documents which are highly confidential. For this the data entry operator has to be careful. The company should sign the confidentiality agreements with the data entry operator.