Hi! I am currently working from home doing data entry and editing. I got this job after I joined a service called SOHOjobs.org - They've been great. They offer a lot of really good and legit job leads that I've never seen posted anywhere else.
You are right though, there are many data entry scams on the Internet so be careful. Most of the ads on Monster and Careerbuilder are scams so avoid them. There are very few companies that offer real opportunities but they DO exist so don't give up.
If you could also expand your interests to include customer service, phone support, virtual assisting and content production I think that you would find it much easier to get hired quickly. (I also see many work at home jobs for recruiter trainees, loan trainees and sales people).
I visited the SOHOjobs.org site for you and compiled this list. Please keep in mind that this is only ONE PAGE out of 12 that SOHOjobs published this week of available jobs so do not get discouraged if you do not see something right away. There are many others.
As for data entry - there is much competition for these jobs so make sure that you have a perfect resume and good references. Try to get some experience doing data entry from home if you can (even if you work on a short term project for free just to get the reference).
I hope this helps. I love working from home so I really hope it works out for you too!
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I believe that SOHO also posts some free stuff on their website but I am not sure because I am a paid member so I just login to the paid member area to access the new jobs that are posted two or three times per week.