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Setting Up Your Medical Transcription Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
There are hundreds of thousands of people pursuing careers at home today because of the ongoing development of the internet. One of the many professions people are looking into as a home business is medical transcription. While it is possible to start this home business in a relatively small amount of time, there are several steps that should be taken in order to have success with medical transcription. Listed below are some things to do prior to opening up a medical transcription business.

1. Plan Ahead
When you start a home business you have to realize that you are starting an actual business. In order to have success you have to plan everything from how you will set up the business in your home to how you will market it. There is a lot of work required with a home business such as work space, office equiment, reference books, etc. It is essential that you plan out every detail prior to jumping into it.

2. Finances
Part of the planning process is determining the initial finances that are going to be required to get a home business going. If you jump into a medical transcription business without considering the costs, you may end up closing the business sooner than you think. Finances should include all of the equipment needed to work at home, the cost of your transcription course and the expenses of marketing and advertising your business.

3. Goals
Once you have committed to the idea of a medical transcription home business, set goals for yourself to achieve. You need strict discipline to do your work accurately and on time. There is no employer standing behind you to make sure you are doing what you should be doing. Setting goals regarding your schooling, your marketing, and how far and in what direction you want your business to go is essential in reaching your full potential as a home based MT.

4. Research
If you have never been in the MT field, do some researching to determine if this is something you think you would want to do. Vist the MT forums to research the best schools, the best transcription companies to work for and to network with veteran MTs to find out what it is like to be a home based MT. This will help you decide if this would be a career you would want to pursue.

5. Financial Expectations
One of the most vital parts to starting any sort of home business is being patient in regards to income. Too often people that start a home business expect to start generating a high income immediately. Job experience is vital to improving your income in this business. A beginning medical transcriptionist is going to start at the low end of the pay scale so do not expect to start making $50,000.00 a year right out of school. Just be patient and build up your experience and you will eventually get there.

Starting a home business in medical transcription can be very rewarding personally and financially. The better prepared you are going into the business, the more success you will have down the road. Start your business off right with planning ahead to avoid some of the pitfalls of establishing a home based business.
About the Author
Marilyn Roberts has been a home based medical transcriptionist for many years. For more information and tips on becoming an MT visit her website at http://www.medicaltranscriptionabcs.blogspot.com to see if this is the career for you.
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