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Five References Every Medical Transcriptionist Needs

The following proven performers should be on your reference bookshelf as a medical transcriptionist. All of them are available in both print and electronic versions. [more…]

Where to Get Medical Transcription Training

The two primary sources of medical transcription education are community colleges and online schools, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Here’s how they compare: [more…]

Medical Transcription Certifications

You don't need a certification to become a medical transcriptionist, and potential employers won't hold it against you if you don't have one. The key to breaking in to a career as a medical transcriptionist [more…]

Avoid Medical Transcriptionist Job Scams

Unscrupulous individuals launch scams to prey on people who want to become medical transcriptionists. Two especially prevalent schemes to watch out for are the following: [more…]

Medical Transcription For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When researching or starting a new medical transcription career, information is power. You need to know which reference books provide the info you need to do your job and where you can go to get medical [more…]

Ten Great Online Resources for Medical Transcriptionists

The ten websites here are incredibly useful for medical transcriptionists. Whether you want to hob-knob with other medical transcriptionists (MTs), spell the name of a doctor who has more vowels in his [more…]

Ten Myths about Medical Transcription

There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about the ins and outs of a medical transcription career. Some of it comes from honest misconceptions; the rest comes from training companies that want your [more…]

Ten Keys to Career Success in Medical Transcription

Desire and determination underlie every successful medical transcription (MT) career, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few guiding principles handy too. Here are ten of them to help you build a satisfying [more…]

An Ergonomic Workstation for Medical Transcription

The goal of ergonomic workstation design for your medical transcription work is to facilitate a posture where your joints are naturally aligned in a neutral position. [more…]

Medical Transcription and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Because they spend so much time keyboarding, medical transcriptionists are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful and debilitating hand condition that results from a pinched nerve [more…]

Medical Transcription and Computer Vision Syndrome

Staring at a computer monitor for hours on end while doing medical transcription can put a real strain on your eyes. Although there’s no evidence that it causes long-term damage, it can certainly create [more…]

Medical Transcription Work and Burnout

Work-at-home medical transcriptionists are especially at risk for burnout. Virtually everyone goes through patches of job stress and comes out fine on the other side, but when the rough patch seems to [more…]

Medical Transcription Work as an Independent Contractor

Many companies that hire medical transcriptionists want to hire them as independent contractors (ICs). In job listings, you’ll see this indicated as “IC status.” It means you and the hiring company are [more…]

Financial Facts about Medical Transcription as an Independent Contractor

You may have heard that working as an IC is essentially trading income for flexibility: In exchange for gaining control of your schedule, you have to be willing to take a financial beating. That can happen [more…]

Financial Recordkeeping for Medical Transcriptionists

Recordkeeping isn’t just important for medical transcriptionists come tax time — it empowers you to make the best choices for you and your business. Good records help you pay your bills on time and serve [more…]

Use a Business Bank Account for Medical Transcription Work

A good financial recordkeeping system for your medical transcription work makes it easy for you to separate business and personal transactions. One of your first steps when you decide to become an IC should [more…]

Track Your Medical Transcription Income and Expenses

You don’t need to run out and learn double-entry bookkeeping in order to manage your own medical transcription business finances. It’s not like you’re going to hire employees, lay in supplies, and start [more…]

How to Use Bookkeeping Software for Medical Transcription Work

If you’re planning to start out medical transcription work with just a client or two, there’s no need to run out and purchase industrial-strength bookkeeping software right off the bat. You just need something [more…]

Financial Records for Medical Transcription Work

Your medical transcription business recordkeeping is only as good as the paperwork that stands behind it. That’s true whether it’s the physical documents or electronic versions. Things to hang on to include [more…]

Pay Taxes as an Independent Medical Transcriptionist

Doing medical transcription work as an independent contractor may do a lot of good things for you, but getting you out of paying taxes isn’t one of them. When you work for yourself, you get to take some [more…]

Medical Transcription Work and 1099 forms

Medical transcriptionists who work as independent contractors receive 1099 forms instead of W-2s, so don’t be surprised when they start arriving in the mail in January. The IRS gets copies, too. A 1099 [more…]

Medical Transcription Work and Schedule C Tax Forms

Taxpayers who earn self-employment income, such as from medical transcription, report it on Schedule C, Profit or Loss from a Business. It’s a two-page form. The first page contains the meat, including [more…]

Medical Transcription Work and Tax Deductions

If you work in medical transcription as an independent contractor, you will have to pay your own taxes. To pay as little in taxes as you legally can, you have to know about deductions that can lower your [more…]

Health Insurance for Medical Transcriptionists

Access to health insurance is a big concern for people considering life as an independent medical transcriptionist. Where will you get it? Can you get it at all? What if you have a preexisting condition [more…]

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance Riders for Medical Transcriptionists

For many medical transcriptionists who work as independent contractors, a basic homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy is sufficient, but you should read your policy to be sure. You may want to add an [more…]

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