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. That’s primary reason I started my home business ten years ago, so I could be there for my daughter. I didn’t want someone else taking care of her after school instead of me.
It’s 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 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 education, which include:
* Excellent grammar skills
* Good Listening Skills,
* Basic computer skills with a word processing program
* Research Skills
* Ability to type – your speed will increase with experience
* Must be detail oriented
* Ability to work on your own
* Ability to maintain work deadlines and be a self-motivator You will also need some computer programs such as a medical spellchecker and a word expander utility to cut down on amount of actual typing you do. Some programs, such as Microsoft Word® include this type of utility. It is best invention by far, in my opinion.