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I'm really considering working from home because i have a daughter who has high medical needs and i want to stay home with her. A family friend gave me information and books for medical transcription. I've been looking up information about it for a week. I even narrowed it down to 3 schools that i was interested in. Then i stumbled upon some article about medical transcription being phased out (instead of people they are using voice recognition programs) in January 2011. The medical transcription programs are pricey and I don't want to do it if i won't be able to find work. I just graduated with my bachelors degree in psychology last December. I'm not sure what others jobs from home that would be a good fit for me. Any one hear the same about medical transcription jobs ? How did you figure out what type of job would work for you and your family ?
I do transcription and that is absolutely NOT true. That technology has been around for ages but it is not accurate enough to be used for medical and legal records that appear in courts and medical files so I don't see transcription jobs going anywhere for a very long time. That was the big fear when that technology came out, but it's been at least 10 years if not closer to 12-15 since it was first brought to light and it's just not accurate enough for most transcription companies.
Personally transcription works well for me as I don't have to stick to a schedule and I don't have to have it quiet. The way my company works I take work say at 6:00 AM and it's due at 6:00 AM the following dya they don't care when I do it in the 24 hour period as long as it's completed in 24 hours. I choose when I download my work and it's due back 24 hours after I download it. Now if you can adhere to a schedule and have it quiet (I have dogs so not an option here) then customer service jobs could work for you.
Also if you go with the medical transcription, make sure where you go is first off accredited but secondly that they will help you find a WAH job once you're finished. Most companies want at least 2 years of WAH experience before they hire you unless you go with a school that sets you up somewhere or works with you so just make that something iimportant when you're asking your questions too. Unfortunately there's A LOT of medical transcription school scams out there so be very careful.
Meghan has some great info for you! I've done legal transcribing and enjoyed it. However, it was something that I just fell into because I knew the right people. One thing I've heard is that people will complete the schooling and then realize that many offices won't just hand their work over to someone they don't know and trust. A lot of times you have to "do time" in the office before working from home.
Meghan's suggestion to find a school that will place for WAH is great. There are so many scams out there, be sure to do your research. I hate seeing people put out money for education only to find it won't help them in the long run.
Congrats on your Bachelor's! I loved Psychology and have a degree in Social Science...a blend of mostly Sociology and Psychology.
Thank you ladies !!! Well i think i will do medical transcription after all. I have been making sure the schools are legit because a few of the places i first looked at just seemed too good to be true. I don't think customer service would work for me because i have 2 kids at home and the noise level could be unpredictable lol.