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Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:47 AM

Not really sure where to put this topic so apologies if this is the wrong section...

Has anyone else had experience outsourcing data entry? Can anyone recommend a company or solution? Are there any pit falls aside from the obvious potential shoddy standard of work?

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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:23 AM

For myself, any outsourcing would depend on the sheer volume of Data needing input, and the confidentiality of the Data itself.

More info perhaps?
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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:29 AM

if it is just a few thousand lines-- do it yourself if not then you may want to charge/pay per line
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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

it will be something like 100,000 + products the data isn't confidential. Basically our suppliers will give us a basic spreadsheet with a short description etc I need to add the extended description, pictures and other relevant information to it. This information can be acquired from manufacturer websites. The manufacturer will not give me a database backup or export this extra info for me. Some supplier websites are ok and I have screen scraped the data I need, but some use different part numbers than we do in the UK, so it requires manually finding the product by navigating through categories, or some merge different product descriptions and it is impossible/very difficult to distinguish between the two programatically. Another hurdle is that different manufacturers use different abbreviations or acronyms for the same things, whereas I want this to be uniform, so a lot of the work requires a human eye...

An extension to this is that I am not always aware of these issues until I come across them, so if I were to do some of these things programatically I could end up with bad data and be unaware...

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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:48 AM

I can't make any recommendations on outsourcing to a company, but for the right price, I'd be willing to help out. PM me if you may be interested.
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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

lol, i'm not sure I could afford you AnalyticLunatic but thanks for the offer
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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:59 AM

Lol, never know ;) Just for Data Entry, I wouldn't charge you an arm & a leg. Would need to know what kind of budget you are working with though to begin to iron out a price.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

I once took a job on Rent A Coder for data entry. Using Excel I wrote a formula that completed the project in 20 minutes. Best feedback I ever got on that site.
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Re: Outsourcing data entry

Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:52 PM

I have good experience working on MS Excel and CSV file. I know how to manage products in CSV file. If you still need my help, I am here to help you.
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