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How to Become a Medical Transcriptionist With a Toddler in the House

Toddlers are fun to have around and are usually full of energy. That’s great when you have a lot of time, but many at home parents eventually come to the conclusion that they’ll need to work at home in order to stay at home. That’s when some decide it’s time to become a medical transcriptionist. How do you manage that with an active toddler in the house?

The first thing you have to do is take medical transcriptionist course. I suggest an online course because there are some excellent ones available and they allow you the flexibility to work around the needs of your child. If you can get most of your studies done while your toddler is napping, in bed for the night or before he or she gets up in the morning, you may be able to get enough studying done without your toddler being underfoot or feeling ignored.

If you need more time than that, as many parents do, you will need help. Most times you can ask your spouse, another family member or a friend to help out, but if that’s not an option you will need to consider paying a babysitter, mother’s helper or signing your child up for some time in a daycare program. If you need the income, sometimes that’s what you have to do.

Toddlers are perhaps the most difficult age to have around when you want to work from home in any job. They aren’t quiet and don’t usually stay distracted long enough for you to get serious work done, which is a problem both when you’re studying to become a medical transcriptionist and after you find work. You need to figure out during your studies how to handle the situation so it doesn’t become a problem once you start working.

Even though you aren’t getting paid, and most online medical transcription courses don’t require you to keep to a particular schedule, I strongly suggest you keep to a schedule. This will help you get through your studies quickly and will build valuable habits for when you find a job. It’s all too easy to slack off when you work at home, so learn to fight that temptation before it’s your job on the line.

One of the best things you can do is set up a home office where you can close the door. This will help keep distractions out of the way, not just your toddler, but other family members and the noise of other people in the house. Toddlers won’t fully understand when they can and cannot open your office door, but you’ll only really be able to close it when someone else is caring for your child or they’re asleep anyhow.

For those times when you just have to work and there’s no one else there to help with your toddler, have supplies ready for the situation. Keep some toys that are only available when you need a bit of quiet time. It’s always smart to prepare yourself for when things aren’t going quite right.

Be prepared to take a few months on your studies, and don’t assume a job will be available right away. One might be, but just as with any other industry, sometimes it’s hard to land that first job. Make sure you keep your skills up even if it’s a bit difficult to get that first job, so that you test well when you get to that point with an employer. You want them to be confident that you’re a great fit for their company.

Finally, don’t give up when things get difficult. If this is really what you want, find a way to make it work. There’s no career that goes perfectly all the time. Choosing one that allows you to be home with your toddler changes the challenges, but they’re still present. Plan ahead and you’ll have a better idea for how to deal with them.

Get free information from Career Step about their online medical transcriptionist training.

How Can You Learn Medical Transcription While Homeschooling Your Child?

Homeschooling has become a very popular option for teaching your children. It’s a great option when families can afford to have one parent at home, as it gives you more say in what your children learn and the freedom to let them learn in their own ways. Sometimes, however, you still need two incomes, and that’s where learning a skill that may allow you to work at home, such as medical transcription, comes into play. The hard part may be in learning medical transcription while homeschooling your children.

Of course, most homeschooling families are already pretty good at handling scheduling. It comes with the territory. If you don’t know how to make enough time to do whatever educational things need doing, you’re probably having some trouble with the homeschool process. Some homeschool programs are more strict than others about how work is done, and some families go entirely independent, but even so the process of educating your kids at home tends to be a demanding one.

Just how easy it is to add in your own educational needs to the day depends on how much your kids need you. In the early school years you’re probably having to help out quite a bit, while older kids may be able to work for hours with minimal input from you, then need hours of help from you at another time.

I’ll assume here that you hope to become an at home medical transcriptionist so that you can continue to be home with your kids. Not all medical transcriptionists work at home, of course, but it’s not that uncommon to work from home.

A key factor to consider is that even if you work from home, your employer usually wants you to set a schedule and keep to it. They may or may not care what that schedule is, but they want to know that you’re committing to enough hours each week and that they can expect a certain amount of work done during those hours.

That’s something to consider during your education. Even though a good online medical transcription school may give you freedom to pace yourself through the course, you should be preparing yourself for how you will handle the work in the long run. Figuring out a workable schedule while you’re a student will help you when you turn it into a job.

If your kids only need you a little bit during their school days, you may be able to study at the same time they do, and just be prepared for interruptions. But if they need you a lot, you will need to choose other times to work and study. It may take a lot of late nights or early mornings.

If you plan on doing a lot of studying while your kids work on school stuff, you need to figure out how to handle those times when they need you, because it will happen when you work too. There’s a balance that will work for your family and you need to find it.

If you start out with a particular schedule and find that it’s just not working, don’t be afraid to change it. Better to make the change than to continue to work with a schedule that isn’t right for your family.

You probably already know that you can make most anything work for your family if you’re determined enough. Most families find homeschooling challenging at first, but many make it work. You can find a way to make learning medical transcription and going on to make a career of it at home work with that too.

Get free information from Career Step about their online medical transcriptionist training.

How Do New Moms Cope with an Infant While Studying Medical Transcription?

Having a baby is one of the big reasons people get interested in jobs like medical transcription, so that they can work at home and still be there for the baby. It’s a nice plan, but first you have to study medical transcription so that you’re ready to work when you find that first job. With a baby around, that’s pretty difficult.

You may think about how much babies sleep when you’re considering medical transcriptionist training, but sleeping isn’t all they do, and they get more demanding than some new parents expect. You have to prepare yourself to deal with the needs of an infant as you study.

As a new mom, you may be recovering from the baby’s birth as well, and that should factor into how you plan on dealing with your studies. You’re probably getting less sleep than usual and are still learning to deal with the routines of your infant. Add in the aches and pains of recovery from childbirth, perhaps the challenges of breastfeeding and so forth, and being serious about studies is not easy.

The first step is to figure out when you can study. Some studies may be possible with your child in your lap if you’re taking an online course. Most moms learn to do quite a bit on the computer with just one hand when their children are young.

Naptimes and after bedtime are other popular times for studying. These will probably also become your work hours in the long run, and you will need to figure out how many hours you should be dedicating to your studies to get through them in a reasonable time without wearing yourself completely out. There are reasons why people tell new moms to sleep when the baby sleeps. But if you need to earn a living from home, you have to make some sacrifices.

The baby’s father, other family members and willing friends are also good resources to help you make time for your studies. You don’t have to be the one who holds the baby all the time, even if you are breastfeeding. Let someone else do the jobs that don’t require your special touch when you need the time to study.

The more you can treat your studies the way you hope to treat your eventual job as a medical transcriptionist, the better. The time you spend on your medical transcription studies is when you are learning not only the skills you’ll need in order to do the job, but the skills you’ll need in order to work at home if that’s your goal. Treat your studies just as seriously as you would a job. You’ll get through them more quickly that way.

That said, it may have to be a very part time job at first. Do work up to the number of hours you expect to need to work, but the initial thing is to get a regular schedule going. If you need some time to work into the full schedule you expect to maintain, do that and don’t feel bad if you can’t do it all at first.

Take a look at Career Step’s online training program. It’s highly flexible and a great way to get prepared for your medical transcription career.

Do Work at Home Medical Transcriptionists Need Childcare?

One of the big benefits trumpeted about for working at home as a medical transcriptionist is that you don’t need childcare. You can just be there for your kids. How true is that?

Depends on the hours you want to work and the ages of your kids.

Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers need quite a bit of care. It only gets more challenging as they become more mobile, active and curious.

Doing medical transcription with children in this age range is difficult, but not impossible. You’ll need to work early mornings or late evenings into the night for the most part if you want to skip the childcare. You may also be able to get some work done during naptime or when your spouse or partner is home.

The simple truth about working with kids in this age range is that they aren’t going to give you much peace for getting work done. They want your attention. They need your attention.

School Age Children

Once your kids are old enough to send to school, your work at home life gets much easier. The kids are at school several hours a day, during which you are free to work, assuming you send them to school rather than homeschool.

School age children do need your attention once they’re home, of course, but you can also work some hours while they’re home. Teach them when it’s okay to interrupt you, and allow them age appropriate independence.

You may be able to set up your home office so that you can watch kids in this age range play in the backyard. Have your desk near a window with a good view of the yard, and you can keep a light eye on them while they enjoy themselves in the fresh air and sunshine. Or keep your office door open as they play in the house.

So… No Childcare Required?

All this doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t need childcare for your kids. It means you may be able to limit your childcare expenses if you do need to use childcare.

These clearly available hours may not be enough for you to work the number of hours you need in order to earn a living, for example. You may need the kids to spend some time in childcare so that you can support your family. This takes a bite out of what you’re earning, but so long as it’s significantly less than you earn while the kids are away, it should be worth it.

If you want to save on that cost, find another at home parent to trade off with. You watch their kids, they watch yours. It’s best if the children are friends and similar in ages, so that their time together is seen more as playtime than as being cared for by another parent. Just sounds more fun to the kids.

While you don’t want to miss out on those milestones that are probably a big part of why you want to get into working at home in medical transcription, you need to think about what you need to earn to get by. There should be a balance you can strike so that you are there for your kids as much as possible while earning a living in this flexible career.

Start your training at home. Contact Career Step for information about their medical transcription training courses.

Can You Be a Medical Transcriptionist with Small Children in the House?

Many people look into medical transcription as a career because they want to work at home and be there for their kids. That was even the reason I got into it, back when I was pregnant with my daughter.

It’s doable, but it’s not easy.

Infants are both easy and challenging. They’re easy because they sleep for so much of the day. They may be easily entertained in a baby swing. You may even be able to get a bit of work done with baby in a sling on your lap… although that’s a bit awkward sometimes.

But they’re challenging because their routines change every few months as they grow. The child who napped regularly and well may suddenly take only very short naps, and be awake at the times you thought you could work. They start getting into things. Crawling. Walking.

Toddlers present similar challenges. They’re getting into everything and may be asking for your attention often. But they may settle into a really good napping routine, and of course are normally sleeping through the night, so you’re less exhausted than you were during the early days. That helps a lot with productivity.

You may also be able to persuade your toddler to "work" with you. Just set up a miniature version of your own workspace. They make inexpensive toy laptops for kids, and you can add on other things as needed. Old, broken keyboards with the cord removed can work as well.

As children reach the preschool and school ages, things can get easier yet. They gain in independence. They may be out of the house for hours at a time if you’re sending them to school. They can be more understanding of your need for work hours.

If you’re homeschooling, as many at home parents do, you have the challenge of working out that schedule with your work one. It’s a personal choice how you manage that, and you will find what works for your family.

And of course, at all ages you can work a night shift after the kids are in bed. There’s no guarantee that you won’t have anyone wake up on you, and it can take from your relaxation time, but if that’s the best time for you to work it’s something you need to deal with.

That you can schedule around your work needs is one of the great benefits of being an at home medical transcriptionist. Most employers want you to set a schedule, but you can change it with a bit of notice, or call in if there’s an emergency.

If you get your own accounts, so long as you’re producing according to the contract terms, your schedule is your own to set. It’s a pretty nice deal if you don’t overestimate yourself.

That you can do all that is one of the best things about going into medical transcription. It’s why I always had people asking me how to get into it. You’ll probably notice a similar effect yourself.

Start your training. Contact Career Step for information about their medical transcription training courses.

Medical Transcription Training and Single Moms

Life is tough as a single mom. You have a lot of responsibilities that make it harder to get into a better career. It’s a good thing that medical transcription is a great career option for single moms.

This isn’t a career you can just jump into. That’s a good thing. It means that the pay can be pretty good. You want a career that takes some effort to get into as that means not just anyone can do it.

The best part for many single moms is that medical transcription can be done at home. This can mean huge savings on daycare costs.

The next best part is the flexible hours. You can be there for your kids. You can pick them up from school when they get sick. You don’t have to explain to a cranky boss about your kids needing you. You just write your schedule around their needs.

And as I said above, the pay is pretty good. How good depends on you and how good of a medical transcriptionist you turn out to be. That’s where high quality training comes in.

Many of the best medical transcription schools have their courses available online. That means that you can study on your own time while still working your day job and taking care of your kids. It will be hard to fit all of that into your schedule, but the stress will be worth it once you gain the flexibility you can have as a medical transcriptionist. Training at home is also a sort of practice for when you land a job working at home and need the ability to schedule yourself without a boss looking over your shoulder.

It’s vital that you research and find a good quality school for your medical transcription training. You want a school that is AHDI Approved. That’s your assurance that the school meets standards that are specifically related to their quality in training medical transcriptionists.

It’s also useful if the school is partnered with at least a few potential employers. This helps to get you past the experience requirement.

Getting past the experience requirement doesn’t mean you can goof around. You still have to have excellent scores to show employers that you really learned what the training course has to offer.

Many schools offer at least some form of payment plan to help you deal with the cost. It’s expensive to take a high quality course, there’s no question about that. A payment plan can make it less of a strain.

But the best part comes after graduation and when you’re working. It’s not just the flexible hours. It’s that you may be able to get a job that offers benefits tha you may very much so need for your family.

Medical transcription isn’t the perfect job for every single mom. It’s hard work and sometimes it just doesn’t suit you. But for moms who have great language skills, have an interest in medicine and are excellent typists it’s possibly not a bad choice. Give it some thought and decide for yourself.

Take a look at Career Step and decide if they’re the school for you.

Is Medical Transcription a Good Job for Stay at Home Moms?

Lots of stay at home moms want to work from home. It’s a wonderful way to keep contributing financially while being there for your kids. How do you know if medical transcription is a good choice for you?

The first question is if you’ll be able to afford the training. You can’t just land a job as a medical transcriptionist without it. Companies can’t afford to waste time training you from scratch. There’s too much information you need to know before you get started, such as anatomy, common procedures, terminology, drugs, how to research unfamiliar terminology and of course how to transcribe and format reports.

Training is pricey. You can expect to pay $1800 or more, sometimes significantly more, depending on the program you choose. Don’t choose a program that costs too much less, as not all schools offer the quality training you need in order to work.

You also need to think how you will work transcription into your routine. How easy or difficult that will be depends on the routine you have now and the ages of your kids.

If you’re wanting to work because they’re all going to school and you’d like to earn some income during the day, you already know when you’re going to work. You’re pretty much in good shape.

If you have an infant or toddler who needs a lot of attention, it’s going to be more difficult. You’re either going to need to commit to working hard during naps and after the kids are in bed or you’re going to have to look at some childcare. That childcare may just be your husband, but you’re going to need a good commitment that you won’t always be called upon by a child needing you.

If you’re homeschooling it can also be challenging, but you’re probably used to working with a good routine. It can even be a good example to your kids, although they should not be allowed to watch you work. Private information, after all.

You will also need to honestly assess your skills. Are you ready to work as a transcriptionist? How are your typing skills? How’s your vocabulary? Are you really willing to dedicate the time needed to learn transcription and to work when you get a job?

The beautiful part is that once you’re working, you can probably set your own schedule. You have to plan it out as employers need to know what your plans are, but you aren’t stuck with a schedule that doesn’t work with your routine. If you need to tweak it as time goes by, most employers will let you.

Look at studying at home as practice for working at home. The conditions are much the same. Using your training as practice work time can really help you to figure out the scheduling that will work for you.

Take a look at Career Step’s online training program. It’s highly flexible and a great way to get prepared for your medical transcription career.