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Medical Transcription Work from Home Made Easier

Despite its many benefits, working from home doing medical transcription is not as easy as most people anticipate. You’ll have to train yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbors regarding how this work-at-home stuff really operates.

Boundaries that are automatic when you work at an “away” job can fall by the wayside. It’s easy to get caught up in tasks that take you away from what actually earns you income, which is producing transcribed lines. The opposite can also occur; since your work is always nearby and you earn more by producing more, it’s easy to slip into working incessantly, and who wants to do that?

These challenges are neither new nor insurmountable. Sticking to the following medical transcription-tested guidelines can help you accomplish your work stuff during work hours:

  • Define a work schedule and stick to it 99 percent of the time. That includes stopping on time, as well as starting on time. Work can expand to fill all available time if you let it; so can surfing the Internet and checking Facebook.

  • From the beginning, if someone asks you to do this or that during your scheduled work time, “since you’re at home anyway,” hitch up your spine and say no. Inform her that you’re working at that time and have to be at your desk. It may take a couple of repeats, but people will learn.

  • Eliminate distractions as much as possible. If you want to work from home because you have young children, you’ll still need someone to care for them during your work hours.

Home-work flexibility is a precious thing. If you want it to last, nurture and preserve it by creating a protective cocoon around your work time — and yourself.

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