How to Be a Self-Employed Medical Transcriptionist

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self employmentIf you have ever thought about trying to work from home, then medical transcription is an excellent option. Medical transcription provides a rewarding and fulfilling healthcare career while allowing you to work from the comfort of your own home. Many of these professionals are even self-employed. If a self-employed medical transcription career sounds like it could be for you, here are a few things to consider.

Education
It’s very important when you’re considering medical transcription training that you choose a well-reputed institute. Employers know the best providers of medical transcriptionist training and will be more likely to hire individuals who have graduated from the schools they know and trust.

Good training courses will cover grammar and punctuation, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, healthcare documentation, and standard medical transcription technologies and should be approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), which is the leading medical transcription industry association. Completing your medical transcription training online is also a great choice both for the additional flexibility and because these courses are excellent preparation for a work-at-home career.

Work Experience
After completing online medical transcription training, it’s critical to gain work experience. If you’ve chosen a good program and graduated with honors, you’ll be well-prepared to start working right away. If you’re goal is to be self-employed, it’s a good idea to work for a few years as an employees to get a good feel for the industry and make sure you have all the necessary skills and work experience required to succeed on your own.

Self-Promotion
If you’re trying to become independent, no one is going to promote your skills but you. There are a number of major job portals like Monster, Indeed, and CareerBuilder that can be excellent resources for finding employment, but there are a number of other ways that you can also get your name out there. Consider reaching out to individual medical transcription companies, physicians’ offices in your neighborhood, and local hospitals to let them know you are on the lookout for work.

Becoming a member of AHDI can also go a long way toward helping you find employment. Membership will add credibility to your resume and can also open up access to job postings, additional training, and a number of other useful perks that can boost your career and business.

Being self-employed in any field can be challenging, and medical transcription is certainly no exception, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Medical transcription is a career that gives you the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the healthcare industry while working from the comfort and solitude of your own home. With time, hard work, and a certain amount of resourcefulness, you can ensure a long and profitable career for yourself in the medical transcription industry!


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  1. Monica Calderone November 04, 2014

    I am a graduate with a certificate in medical transcription, looking for a career at home.  I had a 4.0 gpa at Marian Court College, in Swampscott, MA but attended Georgetown University before that, and have had some experience.  Please let me know how to get started with working at home.  Thank you,
    Monica Calderone

  2. Career Step November 10, 2014

    Hi Monica,

    Your best best is to start checking with national medical transcription employers like M*Modal, Amphion, Nuance, and Sten-Tel (just to name a few) to see if they’re hiring. Most of these employers require you to take a pre-test before submitting an application, and as long as you’re doing well on these exams, you should have a great shot at being able to work at home.

    Best of luck!

  3. Paula Young November 23, 2016

    I am a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree, so already have a good handle on medical terminology.  Are there any medical transcription training programs that would take that into account?


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