Everyone who works a fast paced nine to five job will give anything up to stay at home all day, and if necessary, work from home. The allure of staying in bed late, working on your laptop while still in your pajamas and choosing to put your feet up on the table while speaking over the phone is too hard to resist. But sometimes, being home can be boring, stifling and annoying. For those who love meeting new people, creating new life experiences outside or outdoors and separating home from work, working from home can be a nightmare. But in some cases, working from home can be a real life saver! We’re talking about those moments when you may have to temporarily stay home due to an illness, injury or to provide care for another sick/injured/young family member.
I’m sure there are a lot of exciting work from home options already out there. There are many clever, talented and resourceful people who create their own opportunities, by buying and re-selling products and services, or making their own. If you are looking for a more steady option, however, something that involves minimal risk and investment from your end, and a chance to be a part of a bigger system, there are work from home opportunities in the healthcare industry that can still be a lot of fun.
MT: Medical transcription is the art of converting recordings made by healthcare professionals into reports, documents and other written correspondence pieces that can be filed away under the patient’s record. It’s fun for those people who love putting together pieces of information that may be sparse or disconnected and connecting it all together in one completely correct, proofed, edited and referenced document. These days, it’s not uncommon to find even MTs use voice recognition software. Does this mean that being an MT is now obsolete? Absolutely not. Software cannot make intuitive, non- obvious deductions especially if information is lacking. It cannot edit proof or reference on its own. And it cannot make changes and corrections based on knowledge or training. Most MTs will need at least vocational training in order to work at this job.
MB&C: Medical Billing & Coding requires you to review patient medical records and assign codes to the tests, treatments, diagnoses, and procedures performed so the facility can bill insurance and other third-party payers (such as Medicare or Medicaid) as well as the patient. You can be either an inpatient or outpatient coder, but you may need some medical billing and coding training in order to be AHIMA approved.
AA: As an administrative assistant, you won’t necessarily have to work in the healthcare industry, but it’s a great option for those who want to provide offsite customer service or administrative assistance to a larger network, organization or group of companies. There are many job portals online where you can make some money providing desk support with a PC and a land line connection. You may not always need administrative assistant training, but if you’ve never had the practice or exposure to the inside of an office before, getting some training will bode well for you. Vocational schools also host such training programs.
Vocational training, as it’s commonly called, prepares you for a career that is trade or craft oriented, imparting practical advice that helps develop expertise in a specific vocation or occupation. Several schools have begun to use the vocational education model, teaching procedural knowledge and paying emphasis on apprentice-style learning rather than theory-based or concept-based courses. It’s a great option for work from home jobs that require basic level skills, and is quite affordable. So if you’re looking to have more fun while working from home, check out the options we’ve covered and let us know if they’ve helped!
Nancy is a 36-year old stay at home mom of two. She worked as a medical assistant for five years before taking a break to be with her children. Her experience as a medical assistant gave her valuable insights in to the medical transcription industry, which she likes to share with others through her writing. Medical transcription training often finds mention in her writings. Being an SAHM, Nancy is a huge exponent of vocational training programs that provide women like her the power to be their own boss. Her other interests include gardening and baking. She stays with her husband and two daughters.