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As a medical transcriptionist, I do get asked several times a month, how I got started in this business.  So many people nowadays want to work from home, especially mothers with young children.  Thatís the primary reason I started my home business fourteen years ago, so I could be at home for my daughter.  I didnít want someone else taking care of her after school instead of me.

Itís really not hard to start a medical transcription business.  The start-up costs are low compared to many other home-based businesses. 

You need a form of education, via home study courses or by attending your local community college.  You do NOT need a degree in medical transcription to start a business either.  In a short amount of time, usually nine months or less, you can be working from the comfort of your own home, just like me.

You will need some equipment, such as a computer, a printer, a transcriber, and some reference books.  All of which can be purchased second hand if need be.  The latest and greatest equipment is not necessary to get started.

Now, there are some special skills you will need, outside of the education, which include:

 *  Excellent grammar skills

  Good Listening Skills

 *  Basic computer skills with a word processing

*   Research Skills

*  Ability to type Ė your speed will increase with

 *  Must be detail oriented

*  Ability to work on your own

 *  Ability to maintain work deadlines and be a
Basic bookkeeping is necessary, but not difficult at all.  A good bookkeeper is great to have when it comes to taxes and advising you about saving money with tax deductions for your business.  However, it's not difficult to keep track of a medical transcription business. 

Medical transcription is usually paid by the amount of work transcribed.  Therefore, it is quite normal to charge your clients by the line.  If you charge 13 cents per line and type 200 lines per hour, (this is a very comfortable speed to type) your hourly rate would end up being about $26.00.  It is possible to earn more however.  It is fair to say that working part-time doing medical transcription it is quite easy to earn $20,000 per year.  Working full-time on your own you can make $40,000+ per year.  If you want to expand your business and hire subcontractors it is not uncommon to make over $100,000 a year, depending how many subs you hire.

There are many positive things about being self-employed, as Iím sure you can imagine.  For me, what I love the most, is the flexibility I have with my time.  If I want to work late in the day I can, and if I want to work early in the morning, thatís up to me.  Running a home-based medical transcription business is a lot of fun. 

Medical transcription is not for everyone, and it is important before venturing in to any business that you weigh up the pros and cons of it all and do what is best for your situation. 

(c) 2004 - Michele Miller

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