After a decade of being out in the workforce, I knew I wanted to work from home again. But with so many work-at-home opportunities — and so many scams these days — I realized there were two questions I needed to answer. First, which industries are hiring right now? And second, what tasks within that industry can be performed at home? The answers? Well, who doesn’t know that the Healthcare Industry is positively BOOMING these days?! As for the second question — what tasks within the Healthcare Industry can be performed at home? — duh! Medical transcription, of course!
Okay, so now that I’ve decided to become a medical transcriptionist, what next? Research, of course. I learned that there are so many companies offering online medical transcription courses, and I decided that the way to find the best course for me was to simply call human resource professionals at hospitals and doctors’ offices and pick their brains! You’d be surprised how many of them are willing to take a few minutes to answer your questions. Where do you get your transcriptionists? What are the requirements and skills you look for in a transcriptionist? Is there a course you prefer above the others?
Next step? Of course, any online class has to fit my finances. Medical transcription courses can cost anywhere from five hundred to several thousand dollars – but the legitimate ones all seem to be affiliated with companies that will hire you once you graduate. Good deal, huh? And don’t automatically think that those that cost the most are the best. The truth is that some of the most reputable online courses usually cost somewhere in the middle of this range.
After the research, I was on my way to becoming a medical transcriptionist. I chose the course that best fit my needs, enrolled, received the necessary information, and learned … and learned … and learned. I learned about anatomy and physiology. I learned about diseases and lab values. I learned about pharmacology and prescriptions. In fact, a nursing student I knew often remarked that I’d have no trouble transitioning from medical transcription to nursing school if I so desired, as I had acquired such vast skills and knowledge.
And now? I do what so many others dream of doing … I get paid to work at home … and I did it all in my spare time!