This post is part of a work-at-home series I launched. Every day I’ll be featuring a different reader in a different work-at-home position.
Name: Karissa F
What I Do: Medical Transcription, and I recently started a gluten-free/couponing blog
For How Long: I’ve been doing medical transcription part time for a year and just recently after the birth of our 2nd daughter started doing it as my only job. I just started blogging about a month ago.
How Many Hours Per Week: I spend about 20 to 25 hours a week transcribing, and 2-3 hours a week on the blog.
Income Earned: Transcription pays you for each line of text you type so it entirely depends on how much work you do and how fast you are. For now, I am getting paid on the low end of the scale since I am relatively new but should be getting a raise soon. I usually make between $10-13 per hour but anticipate making more like $18 per hour within the next year. I know a transcriptionist who works about 45 hours a week for a company and she makes $56k per year. I don’t think that’s the norm, but it is possible.
How and why did you start your work-at-home position?
How: I went to an online school, M-Tec for a course that can take anywhere from 9 to 18 months. I had a 40 hour a week job and a 2 year old at the time so it took me the full 18 months, but if you have a lot of time to devote it could easily be done in 9. After that I just hunted for jobs which was a little tricky since I wasn’t ready to leave my full-time job yet but I eventually found a company willing to let me work very part time for several months until I had the baby.
Why for transcription: I wanted to be home with my baby! I hated that someone else got to spend so much more time with my older daughter Cadence than I did. By the time I got home and we ate dinner it was almost time for her to go to bed. Also my husband was selling cars at the time and the hours were terrible so I was looking forward to being able to set my own schedule so I could be off when he was. He recently switched jobs (yay!) so that is no longer an issue but it was a major motivating factor for making the jump to working at home.
Why for blogging: I am hoping to eventually supplement my income a little bit with this and it is something I can do while the kids are breaking my concentration! Also it gives me good incentive to do a better job helping my husband to be gluten-free. And on the couponing end, I had never heard of couponing before I happened to come across a blog about it and I so wish I had heard about it years ago. I wanted to share it with everyone I know!
What exactly do you do in this position?
I transcribe dictations for doctors. Currently I type for an orthopedic clinic practice and also a hospital so that includes everything from emergency room admission reports to hospital discharge reports, consultations to surgeries.
What do you need to get started?
You need to go to school. I highly recommend M-Tec. After that it’s just a computer, head phones, and a foot pedal (which you would have already from going to school).
What excites you about this position?
I get to learn new things every day. Medical Language is like learning a foreign language. It’s challenging which I need. Also I love that I get paid based on how much I do and how fast I am so the faster I get the less I have to work, or the more money I make.
What is challenging about this position?
It’s not super easy to do with children. You need concentration and you have headphones on so it’s tough for me to do when my 3 year old is awake and running around. Also there are a lot of foreign accents which can be challenging.
What do you need to make it in this position?
Excellent typing skills, a good ear, good grammar skills, good proofreading skills.
How can you learn more?
Check out M-Tec’s website, they have lots of great information.
Karissa welcomes you to contact her through her blog, Gluten Free Frugally, should you have any questions about what she does. While you’re there, be sure to check out her GF recipes and information! She primarily posts store deals for Cost Cutter and Haggen/Top Foods. Thanks, Karissa!