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Medical Transcription - Great Home Business or Hyped Opportunity?


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With globalization in full swing and job security a thing of the past, with ever increasing gas prices and the time spent commuting simply time lost, more and more people are looking for alternative ways to pay the bills and escape the rat race. One alternative that many are looking at is Medical Transcription.

Sounds like a viable option but is it possible make living from home with medical transcription? Sure, it's possible but there's more to it than the average sales letter espousing the opportunity with tell you.

This brief article will outline a few of the pros and cons of the opportunity and hopefully bring to light a few facts that will allow you to better assess if medical transcription from home is for you.

On the positive side, many people are earning a nice living performing medical transcription from the comfort of their own homes. Incomes of $50,000 to $75,000 are realistic and some medical transcriptionists make even more but on the other hand, there's more to it than you might think. In addition, because more and more transcription is being outsourced, once you establish yourself as a reliable and competent contractor, you should have more work than you can handle.

Here are few things to consider as you ponder a new career in medical transcription at home.

Medical Terminology It's essential to have a thorough understanding of medical terminology and the proper spelling of these terms. The reason is simple, accuracy is essential in any transcription and because time is money in this profession and because you are paid by the amount of work you can produce, if you're struggling with every other word you won't get much done. Of course, you would clearly have medical spellchecking software on your computer but if you don't understand the terms as you listen to the dictated messages you won't be as productive as you need to be.

Of course, you don't need to be familiar with all medical terminology because most transcriptionists specialize in specific areas such as ophthalmology.

Listening Skills Most of the time, you will be transcribing from some type of audio tape and these tapes are not always the best quality and doctors are not thinking of you when they are dictating. They are not thinking of proper sentence structure and speaking in a clear manner and so you will be dealing with the problem of trying to figure out what is being said. They just talk away and it's up to you to figure out what they said.

Just another reason why it's so important to have a thorough understanding of medical terminology and their associated conditions so that you can properly interpret and extrapolate what the doctor is trying to say.

Vacation As you get established you'll have plenty of work but as in any business you need to have coverage at all times. So what happens when you want to go on vacation? Of course, you'll need someone to take over your work and because many medial transcriptionists specialize in certain fields your backup may not be familiar with your specialty and thus the chances of errors will increase. On the flip side, you may also be asked to backup another medical transcriptionist when they go on vacation and have to deal with their field of expertise and a whole slew of new terms.

Medical transcription isn't for everyone but if you've got above average typing skills and you enjoy the freedom of doing your own thing and working when you want, it's a realistic way to earn a good to great living from the comfort of your home.

Tip - For more information on a career in Medical Transcription, check out the links below.

Visit medical transcription or medical transcription course or medical transcriptionist for more information on a career in Medical Transcription.


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