A little over a year ago, I was unexpectedly laid off. The job I was doing allowed me to work from home and be with my two young children. I knew about the Career Step Referral program and figured I may be able to make some extra money and still work from home. So I thought I would give it a try.
Fortunately I had worked in the medical transcription education industry for four years so I already knew a lot about it. In February of 2011 we moved to a new state and I met a lot of new people. When I told them that I worked from home in the medical transcription industry, many wanted to know more about it. So I would talk about it and about why training is needed and then refer them to Career Step. It was a slow start and about four months before I got my first check.
Now I am able to make a good income and still stay at home with my kids. I actually make more money now than I did working part-time AND I have the freedom to work whenever I want to. (Which is the main reason why others are interested in medical transcription in the first place!) My husband enjoys opening my monthly checks before I can to see how well I did but we both enjoy the extra income!
Suggestions I have for newcomers are…
- Be patient. It may be a while before you see your first check – it can sometimes take a while to get started.
- Be ready and willing to talk about medical transcription. You never know when you will meet someone who will be interested.
- Don’t overdo it. Don’t be pushy and don’t tell prospective students you get rewarded to refer them. I wouldn’t lie about it but I wouldn’t offer it. I believe that people value your advice more if they don’t know that there is something in it for you.
- Finally, know your stuff. Know about medical transcription (work from home, pay, etc.) about training (why it’s needed, what is involved, how long, etc.), and about Career Step (their course, tuition, financing, specials, why it’s better).