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Key For Cash: A Work-From-Home Data Entry Job Review

Updated on November 1, 2011

If you are like most people I know, the prospect of making a little extra cash now and then outside of your "real" job sounds wonderful. Most of the time, though, making extra dough means having to leave the house again right after you've returned from a hard day's work. Sure, you've heard of online work-from-home gigs, but aren't they generally scams? When I came across Key For Cash a few weeks ago, I decided to find out.

So what is Key For Cash?

When people joke about working for peanuts, I think they might actually be referring to Key For Cash. Type letters and numbers that are displayed on the screen and get paid a whopping $0.30 per 1,000 keystrokes.

The application process is basic: Submit your personal information, including your SSN #, and then continue on to the evaluation test. If you are competent in the least at typing what you see on your screen, passing the test is easy. I received a 100% score, but I've read elsewhere of others being accepted to Key For Cash with less than that. I received my invitation to begin several days later, but your results may vary.

Key For Cash


Ready to sign up? Not so fast

So, you're probably already pulling out your calculator to see if this is even worth considering. Let me save you some time. I've put in roughly sixteen hours over the past two weeks and made $59.74 to date. Yes folks, that is for 199,133 keystrokes (at an average of 42 WPM). I'm generally an 80 WPM sort of guy, but the work isn't always consistent and can often be difficult to decipher.

The question is: would you be willing to work for $3.70/hour? While the pay is obscenely low, I believe I will continue. The convenience of working from home however long I want, whenever I want is very appealing. My sweet spot is around the time that everyone else is down for the night (my former reading time). Yes, there can actually be work to do in the middle of the night! My dream is to bring in an extra $100-150 per month from this.

One more thing before you start

A major caveat, though. I finally received my check from Key For Cash ... almost one month later! While their website states that the processing period can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, I've read in several places online to count on it taking 30 days every time you meet payout. If you can get into a groove where you make a minimum of $30 every week, you probably won't notice much of a delay once you receive your first check, but keep this in mind if you need cash sooner.


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      Jacobb9205 2 years ago

      In my opinion that low pay isn't really worth it. Maybe if you're low on cash, but to do on a constant basis, no it's not worth it.

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      Justin 5 years ago

      they do not pay. you work hard and they do not pay a single coin.

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      mskills 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I'm only a few months late, so here we go:


      Read your blog post, felt your pain. Until my first payment arrived in my mailbox, my anxiety over what horrors it could've been subjected to nearly put me on bed rest (Ed. a major exaggeration). I don't see a follow-up confirming if you ever received your check, so I presume Key For Cash eventually made things right.


      I will sleep contentedly tonight, knowing that I've lent a small hand in reversing this down economy we're suffering through.


      Whoops, meant to type that into my Future Presidential Candidacy diary. In all seriousness, though, I'm glad my Key For Cash experience was able to enlighten you in some way. Keep that penny counter shaking!

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      Jaqui 6 years ago

      Key For Cash is not a scam. However, their pay rates, lack of customer service, and payment system does not put them on my list of ideal work-at-home jobs.

      I had a bad experience with them:

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      mskills 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA


      Yep, Key For Cash is certainly a potential income supplement (though hardly a replacement) that doesn't have a whole lot of strings attached. Now I just need to buy a drinking bird and rig up something to have it fill in when my fingers get tired.

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience about earning extra cash, this is a great opportunity for someone looking to earn income without a lot of time involved. A great way to build a vacation fund too! Great Review~

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      mskills 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA


      You are right to be skeptical. Most of the work-from-home data entry jobs I've investigated have proved to be scams.

      I do stand by KeyForCash, as I've received two checks now. Sure, the pay is low and the payment takes a month to receive, but at least they don't promise anything beyond what is advertised on their website.

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      MsQuestion 6 years ago from New Jersey

      This is interesting. I didn't think any of those typing jobs were legit...keyforcash...hmmm.....sounds more hopeful than and Swagbucks, which I'm trying now (oh...and Hub pages..ha)

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      mskills 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA



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      Dianne Tyndall 6 years ago from Sanderson, Texas

      Good hub and useful voted up

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      mskills 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA


      Good luck with the application process. I'm still waiting on my first check, but I've been appeased by several trustworthy sources that payment can take up to a month to arrive.

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      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Didn't know about Key For Cash - I may have a bash for a little extra income from time to time (if I'm accepted!) - thanks for the well-written information.

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      mskills 7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @Financial Help,

      Very true, the pay from most legitimate date entry jobs that I've encountered is hardly a real substitute for a traditional full-time occupation. If Key For Cash wasn't extremely flexible, I would have already moved on.

      Thanks for the vote and for being the first to comment on my new hub.

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      Financial Help 7 years ago from Florida

      Data entry is a hard way to go. People just need to make more money than can be made there. Great hub, voted up!