Obviously if you are planning on earning your living by working from your own home using your own computer, you certainly need to be computer literate. If you land an online job and then ask your employer to explain to you how to copy or cut and paste, you aren't going to keep that job for very long. You need to be well versed in the use of a computer. You don't need to know how a computer works, but you certainly need to know how to make one work.

Depending upon the kind of online job you are looking for, there are basic programs on a computer that you need to be familiar with. If you are going to do data entry, for example, you will likely need to know how to use the Word and Excel programs that are included in Microsoft Office. You might even need to buy the Microsoft Office program and set about getting educated about how to use all of the features — and there are a lot of features.

Much of the education that you acquired in order to a be able to hold a job out in the brick-and-mortar world is just as valuable for holding an online job or starting an online business. If you worked as a professional bookkeeper, for example, the rules of bookkeeping online are the same ones that apply offline. The difference is that rather than a pencil and paper, you must use accounting software or programs to accomplish the required tasks. A debit is still a debit and a credit is still a credit, but HOW they are entered is different. And….

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