The healthcare industry is one of the few these days that continues to provide job opportunities to qualified individuals, and that number only looks to increase in the coming years as the massive baby boomer population grows older and the number of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals shrinks (as it is slated to over the next several years).

Add to that the growth of people looking for alternatives to daily commutes and traditional jobs and what you have is a growing menu of positions in which healthcare professionals may work from the comfort of their own homes. So if you harbor the twin goals of working in a healthcare profession and running a home based business, here are just a few occupations that may fit the bill.

1. Medical Billing and Coding

This type of work-at-home position is already fairly common, and you can even take online courses to learn how to do it. The more difficult proposition is finding medical offices in your area willing to send you files, so you might have to spend some amount of time working in an office setting before you can begin operating from home. But it won’t be long before you’re submitting medical claims to insurance companies on behalf of your employers and following up for payment while sipping your coffee in your living room.

2. Medical Transcription

As you might have guessed, this job requires you to transcribe medical notes from an audible medium (tapes, digital files, etc.) to a textual format. It might sound simple, but you will have to get some credentials under your belt in order to secure work, mainly because you need to understand medical jargon, including abbreviations and the like, before you can be successful in such a position. And like billing and coding, you may be required to do some in-office work before you can move to the home sphere.

3. Virtual Assistance

This isn’t technically a healthcare profession, but you could specialize in catering to clients in healthcare fields. For the most part, you’ll act as an answering service, screening calls, emails, and correspondence for your clients. But you may also be asked to do any number of clerical tasks such as data entry, scheduling, and so on. Luckily, you can do it all remotely.

4. Acupuncture

Since this health service is not technically considered medical in nature, there’s no reason you can’t operate your business out of a portion of your home (although you should certainly contact the Chamber of Commerce or Zoning Commission to make sure that you are allowed to do this in your area and that you have the proper permits in hand).

As more and more westerners seek out alternatives to a system that relies heavily on medication, holistic healers have enjoyed a surge in popularity. So if you’ve studied acupuncture and you hold the appropriate credentials (as required by your state of residence and/or practice), there’s no reason you can’t set up a home-based clinic and start adjusting Chi.

5. In-Home Nursing

Technically, this may not be considered a home based business since you’ll be working in someone else’s home, but it’s a po-tay-to, po-tah-to kind of situation. Online insurance providers like medicalinsurance.net may not be as popular as Blue Cross, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still insurance companies. In any case, home care in the field of nursing has become quite popular, both with patients and practitioners. So if you’re looking for an occupation that lets you be at home all day (even if it is someone else’s home) this could be a good option.

If the grind of the daily commute to your workplace and back is sapping you of all your energy; if you are finding it difficult to balance school with your current job; if you want more time for yourself and your family; if the thought of going back to work leaving your baby behind is traumatizing you – it’s time to say goodbye to the office and hello to your new home-based career!

Yes, the work from home concept has taken off in a big way, so much so that its growth has left many industry experts dumbfounded.

According to telecommuting statistics published by the consulting and research organization Telework Research Network, about 3 million people work out of their homes full time. And, with a little flexibility and openness from employees, this number has the potential to grow because 40% of U.S. employees hold jobs that can be easily performed from home.

If you’ve already started your work from home career, then kudos to you! But, if you are on the lookout for serious and legitimate work at home options, here are a few hand-picked professions you can consider.

1. Medical Transcription

If you thought that the job of a medical transcriptionist is to blindly transcribe doctor dictations into ready-to-use text, then you are wrong. And, you’ve obviously never heard a doctor give dictations. Not only does it involve understanding sometimes illegible and sometimes accented recordings, but you should also be able to interpret the very complex medical jargon so casually used by physicians. Given this context, it’s obvious that the job is no walk in the park. That’s why there’s plenty of medical transcription training sites all over the internet. A formal training program or prior clinical experience may be necessary for a medical transcription career.

2. Virtual Administrative Assistant

This is a fairly recent home-based career and involves providing administrative assistance to clients from a remote location, in most cases the assistant’s home. Virtual assistants are usually sought after by small or home-based businesses that don’t have the resources to hire a permanent employee. Those interested in virtual administrative assistant careers must be trained in performing the same office tasks that an in-house assistant typically would do.

3. Translation

The world has become a global village. As geographical boundaries begin to disappear in the sphere of business and culture, the need for linguistic experts who can translate important technical, legal, marketing, research and other types of documentation into different languages is increasing. Many such translators work out of their homes on a contract or project to project basis. Firms that offer translation services may also allow their employees to telecommute as long as the information being translated is not sensitive.

4. Medical Billing & Coding

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected a much faster than average growth for the medical billing and coding career. The job these specialists perform forms the basis on which healthcare practitioners are paid for their services. With the increase in the use of technology for charging health insurance companies, the demand for professionals trained in the latest medical billing and coding techniques is also increasing. This demand has made room for small, part-time, home-based medical billers and coders to co-exist with full-time professionals who work for big enterprises.

5. Freelance Writing

While freelance writing is by no means a new career, the evolution of technology has given it a fresh spin. In addition to writing for magazines, journals, newspapers, etc., writers now have newer and more exciting vistas to explore. From blogging and corporate copy writing, to web content and technical documentation – the choices are many for freelance content writers. The more time you spend working on different projects and adding different types of content writing skills to your repertoire, the more value your services are bound to fetch!

Sources:

  1. http://www.teleworkresearchnetwork.com/telecommuting-statistics

I took the weekend off (3 day weekend) to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy being with family and friends. It was great to just put business aside and relax and enjoy myself. The fireworks show in State College at Beaver Stadium was amazing; one of the top ranked shows in the nation. It was a blast… no pun intended.

I took pictures throughout the show along with a 40 second video of the finale. If you would like to check them out, just add me as a friend on Facebook. Otherwise, one of the pictures I took is to the right.

As much fun as I had, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. June was a rather busy month, and I’m excited to see just how many posts I had last month. If you happened to miss any of them, you can find them below…

June Comment Contest – Win Cash and Prizes!

An Unforeseen “Benefit” of 3-Way Link Exchanges

It’s Official – Alan Mater is an EzineArticles.com Expert Author

How Blogging About Internet Marketing Can Make You Money Online

New Blog Theme – I’m Using the FlexSqueeze WordPress Theme

Why You Should Incorporate Exercise Into Your Work From Home Routine

May 2010 Income Report

Why Good Keyword Selection is Essential for Home-Based Business Success

What a Man, a Dog and a Leash Have to do with Internet Marketing

Transcription Crash Course Review – Become a Home Transcriptionist Today

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I had the opportunity to interview Loretta Oliver, the creator of “Transcription Crash Course“. Loretta has been a transcriptionist for many years and knows the ins and outs of starting a freelance home transcriptionist business.

What sparked my interest in Loretta’s transcription course is that many people are looking for a way to make money without having to spend money, and her course solves that problem.

The fact is that there are many opportunities to become a home transcriptionist, but the majority of people don’t know where to look or know how to get started.

Loretta tells all in her 17-page course, detailing exactly what you need as far as equipment and skills, and where to go to land a work from home transcriptionist job or get freelance transcription work.

After going through her course I had some questions, and she was nice enough to answer them.

Here are the questions I asked, with Loretta’s responses below:

What made you want to become a transcriptionist?
It honestly sort of happened by accident. I was doing data entry full time when a friend asked me to do some transcription work for a company that had some overflow work. I figured I’d try it out and make a few extra dollars. I ended up doing overflow for that company on a regular basis for a few months. It was enough to keep me transcribing, but not a full time income yet.

That said, while I do mention a few companies that hire transcription workers I definitely recommend freelancing or working for yourself with private clients over that any day of the week. You’ll find yourself with more profits and building an industry name in no time at all.

Out of all the freelance sites you mention, which one would you recommend the most?
I like Freelancer.com (formerly GetaFreelancer.com) because I’d have to say it’s the easiest to use. But, if we’re talking about workload I’d say that oDesk.com seems to get a bit more transcription work than some of the other freelance sites. I think that’s because oDesk is geared more toward the “secretarial” type of jobs.

Do you have any tips or words of advice for people that are considering getting started as a transcriptionist?
Just get started. Stop thinking about it and start typing. Of course, like anything, it’s not for everybody, but give it at least a month or two with a good solid effort and see how it goes. You might find yourself with a pleasant career by the end of that two months.

Eventually I realized that I enjoyed the transcription work more than the online data entry that I was doing AND the transcription work paid better. It was a no brainer decision at that point to make the switch and start looking for more transcription work. Before I knew it I was transcribing almost every day.

Is it really as easy as it sounds to get started?
It actually is. Like I said, I sort of ended up in this field by accident. Once I started looking around I was surprised at how easy it is to get a foot in the door and make a name for yourself in this field. A lot of transcription companies have high turnover rates, because their work flow varies and people get distracted and do other things. Makes sense right?

That’s part of why I recommend working for yourself and taking private clients instead. You’re less likely to get distracted that way and you have more control over the workflow coming in and going out. A transcriptionist can maintain a decent monthly income with just a handful of regular clients.

Can you really get started for free?
Yes. If you already have a computer you can start right now, today, without spending any money. It helps if you have 20 dollars or so to spend on some headphones, but even that is not a requirement. I spent a solid month transcribing from my computer speakers without headphones. My husband thought I was crazy and it drove the dog crazy, but it got the job done until I got that month’s pay, which I then used to go buy some noise cancelling headphones.

What skills must a person posses to be a good transcriptionist?
Nothing spectacular is needed here, honestly. That’s what’s so great about this, anyone can do it. People think you have to be an exceptionally fast typist and that’s just not true. Sure, it’s helpful, but it’s not a requirement when you’re working for yourself. I promise you that within a few months of transcribing your typing speed will increase dramatically.

That being said, if you’re going to do this (or anything else) working from home, you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time alone and at your computer. I think that is the thing that really hangs people up about working from home more than anything. It’s lonely and there’s no way around that.

Is this career saturated, or are there plenty of opportunities for people wanting to get started?
I haven’t found it to be saturated yet and I’ve been in the industry to some degree for 7 years now. There are plenty of opportunities, and I see a lot of transcriptionists going into “niches” which I think is a fantastic idea. You could be a podcast transcriptionist, a Blog Talk Radio transcriptionist, a video transcriptionist, whatever you want to be known as, go for it.

Is it really possible to land a transcription job with the companies you provide in the course?
I haven’t worked directly with any companies in a long time, so I don’t know exactly what their hiring rate is like, but I do still try to keep an eye on the forums and listen to the chatter and it seems like a lot are still hiring part time transcriptionists on a pretty regular basis. They do get a lot of applications, so it might take awhile to get a reply, but there are definitely places out here with a need.

One thing covered in this transcription course and that Loretta touched on above is that you don’t need any special skills. I mean sure, it helps if you can type, but you don’t have to be able to type 50+ words per minute. That’s just crazy. Any mediocre typist can work from home as a transcriptionist.

Since you already have a computer and internet connection, and probably an email address, you’re all set to start your transcriptionist career. Anything else that you would need you can get completely free, and Loretta explains all of this in her course.

What I think I like the most is the fact that Loretta makes herself completely available to everyone that purchases her transcription course. She encourages you to follow her on Twitter to ask her questions directly. She also sends out periodic tips via email and encourages you to email her back with any questions you have for her. Her personal approach and willingness to help you become successful is priceless, in my opinion.

Take a look at Transcription Crash Course and get started in a home transcriptionist career starting today. The small fee is a very small price to pay considering the amount of money that can be made as a transcriptionist, plus the unlimited amount of personal help you’ll get from Loretta.

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