Medical Transcription

Home based medical transcription.

6/07/2006

Medical Transcription - Getting Started

Getting Started
By Chris Dunn

In most cases, the only things you will need to get started in a medical transcription (besides an intense motivation to work at home) will be a computer and an Internet connection. The Internet connection assumes that you select an online medical transcription school, which is highly recommended. An online program will most closely approximate the real world experience. And as you start out this extra online experience will give you a significant competitive advantage.

As far as computers go, it is generally not necessary to go out and buy a brand new computer in order to get started in a medical transcription school. A used Windows based computer will do nicely. You really just need something that is a Pentium class or higher and that has Internet connectivity. You will also need a good word processing software package, such as Microsoft Word. Any computer that was manufactured in the past 5 years or so should be adequate for most medical transcription schools. If you feel compelled to purchase the latest and greatest computer make sure you shop around. A lot of the high end capability of most new computers will be wasted as most of what you will be doing will revolve around word processing. The most intensive computer activity you will likely be performing — either in your training or on the job — will be downloading digital dictation files from the Internet to your hard drive.

Once you have the requisite equipment, you are ready to enroll in a medical transcription school. If you have done your homework you should feel confident about your enrollment decision. Paying for your schooling is probably the biggest obstacle most people have to overcome. Many medical transcription schools have counselors that work with prospective students to help them explore financing options. A reputable school will probably have access to Sallie Mae financing, which is an academic finance company that specializes in educational funding. Depending on your school, you may also find a variety of other financing options and possibly scholarship opportunities that will help defray the costs of the program. Don’t be afraid to ask about these things when you discuss your enrollment options with an enrollment counselor.

It can be hard to know where to start in selecting the right medical transcription school. Make sure you choose a medical transcription school that understands your needs as a person, and can work around your budget, schedule, and lifestyle to aid you in becoming the best MT possible! Remember, all you need are a few basic skills and a medical transcription education, and you'll be on the road to personal freedom and financial stability!

Chris Dunn has created a website to help stay-at-home moms (and others) pick a good medical transcription school. Visit it at http://www.MedicalTranscriptionSchool.com.

Medical Transcription - Medical Transcription Employee

There is a lot on the internet about starting your own medical transcription business and that is a wonderful idea! But did you know you can work from home as an employee?

Many people do not want to have to contact doctors and hospitals to obtain their own clients. This is why being an employee is so attractive. It is sometimes difficult to get your own clients if you live in smaller cities or rural areas. There usually isn't much employment at all in rural and smaller areas without commuting a good distance to find work.

If you are an experienced transcriptionist and generally have around two years experience, you could be hired by the many companies in the United States that will provide the work for you. Many of these companies have health insurance, 401K, life insurance and other benefits.

Another advantage is if you move anywhere you can take your job with you and that truly is a luxury. Although the pay is somewhat less than it would be if you had your own business, you can make a good living from transcription at home with a company providing you the transcription work and avoid all the headaches of self employment taxes, paying for your own benefits, etc., that come with starting your own transcription business.

Working from home as an employee is a very good option, when starting your own business is not feasible because of your location and when the extra work of running a business comes into play.

Diana Owen, MT

If you would like more information, visit my website at =>http://www.medical-transcription-home.com

The author has worked from home as an employee for 10 years and has written an ebook titled "Medical Transcription at Home".

5/22/2006

Medical Transcription - Medical transcription resources

It's Your Home Business - Will It Sink Or Swim?
by Michele Miller

Businesses fail for many different reasons. Here's what you should be thinking about so that your business is not one that sinks, but one that swims and stays afloat!

If you're looking at a new business, make up a business plan, include your goals and financial projections. YOU need to know more than anyone where you are headed. Your business plan doesn't have to be drawn up by a professional business planner, you can do it yourself. Write down the hard costs of getting the business started and maintained, including costs of licenses, equipment, inventory etc. Don't forget to include how much income you will need to be bringing in, or have saved up until you start to show a profit. Always have a Plan-B in place. Lack of planning will have your business sinking in no time at all.

Business owners are generally "go-getters", which means they are usually hard workers.Staying disciplined, even for the hard worker can be difficult at times, especially when there is no boss or supervisor around to crack that whip and make you do your work.Getting lazy and not being productive with your business is a surefire way to sink it.

Here are some tips to keep you on track and keep your business afloat.

Daily "to do" lists are constant reminders that keep you on track. They keep you motivated, and it feels good to cross things off as you get things done. You need to have a sense of accomplishment, and this helps serve that purpose.

Push your business to new heights every day by doing just a little bit more than you need to. This will ensure that it will SWIM

Break up your day into segments; plan your day properly.Give yourself a proper work time schedule and try to stick with it. Even if you don't work 9-5 anymore, pretend you do. Having your own home business often means working more than eight hours a day to turn a profit. Be prepared for that. That way you will SWIM and not SINK.

Give yourself a proper lunch break.This will give you a routine and give you something to look forward to.Reward yourself for keeping up with your work.It will keep you positive and motivated.

Post inspiring quotes and verses in your home business area.

Don't allow friends and family to drop by and take up your time. In the beginning, I had friends that thought because I worked from home that I could sit around and chat with them all day longŠ It's amazing that they think this, but they do. Be firm with them. My friends now know that they had better call before they "pop in for a coffee", and I do tell them "no" if it's not convenient. Lazing around watching TV or chatting with friends is 100% guaranteed to help SINK your business.

Another time taker is the telephone. I screen my calls and let the machine pick up almost all day, unless it is about business. Caller ID was a super investment! It will help your business to have Caller ID. I promise.

Mentally remind yourself from time to time that one of the reasons your home business can fail is procrastination.The fear of this should help keep your business on the right track.

I think you know what bad employees can do to a business; be careful who represents you/works for you.

If you don't have time to do your work and work your business, it's bound to SINK! Don't let other aspects of life get in the way. Sure the car needs washing, the laundry needs doing, the house needs cleaning, you need to get other things done, but not during business hours. The key here is to PRIORITIZE properly and take your business seriously.

Try and get some daily exercise. It refreshes you and clears the mind. It will help you stay positive. Plus, it's good for you.

Network with other "successful people" who own a similar type of business. If you are having trouble finding these people, try your local Chamber of Commerce, or just contact other business owners. Try to learn from people who have been successful; make sure they¹ve walked the walk before you take their advice.

Taking this advice will hopefully give you some ideas about keeping your business afloat, swimming, and very successful.

To Your Success!


Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and a medical transcriptionist.
She is also the author of
The Step-by-Step Guide To Medical Transcription at Home. Michelle has
helped many people start their own medical transcription business. She can help you too.
Click here for details.

Top Recommended Medical Transcription Resources

Medical transcription at home is legitimate work and a real at home business. Do you want to make $25.00 to $35.00 an hour? If you have typing skills, you should seriously consider a medical transcription at home career.
You can start small and build up your business at your own pace, in your spare time.You don't have to give up a job to start medical transcription at home if you don't want to.

My friend Michelle has helped many people start their own medical transcription business. She can help you too.The Step-by-Step Guide To Medical Transcription at Home.
Click here for details.

Medical Transcription -Start medical transcription career

Start a Medical Transcription At Home Career!
By Michele Miller

As a medical transcriptionist, I do get asked several times a month, how I got started in this business. So many people nowadays want to work from home, especially mothers with young children. That’s the primary reason I started my home business ten years ago, so I could be there for my daughter. I didn’t want someone else taking care of her after school instead of me.

It’s really not hard to start a medical transcription business. The start-up costs are low compared to many other home-based businesses.

You need a form of education, via home study courses or by attending your local community college. You do NOT need a degree in medical transcription to start a business either. In a short amount of time, usually nine months or less, you can be working from the comfort of your own home, just like me.

You will need some equipment, such as a computer, a printer, a transcriber, and some reference books. All of which can be purchased second hand if need be. The latest and greatest equipment is not necessary to get started.

Now, there are some special skills you will need, outside of the education, which include:

* Excellent grammar skills

* Good Listening Skills,

* Basic computer skills with a word processing program

* Research Skills

* Ability to type – your speed will increase with experience

* Must be detail oriented

* Ability to work on your own

* Ability to maintain work deadlines and be a

self-motivator

You will also need some computer programs such as a medical spellchecker and a word expander utility to cut down on the amount of actual typing you do. Some programs, such as Microsoft Word® include this type of utility. It is the best invention by far, in my opinion.

Basic bookkeeping is necessary, but not difficult. A good bookkeeper is great to have when it comes to taxes and advising you about saving money with tax deductions for your business.

Medical transcription is usually paid by the amount of work transcribed. Therefore, it is quite normal to charge your clients by the line. If you charge 13 cents per line and type 200 lines per hour, (this is a very comfortable speed to type) your hourly rate would end up being about $26.00.

Being self-employed does have some pitfalls. One must consider, as with any home based business, that once you become self-employed you are responsible for securing your own health insurance, and putting away money for retirement.

However, there are many positive things about being self-employed, as I’m sure you can imagine. For me, what I love the most, is the flexibility I have with my time. If I want to work late in the day I can, and if I want to work early in the morning, that’s up to me. Running a home-based medical transcription business is a lot of fun.

Medical transcription is not for everyone, and it is important before venturing in to any business that you weigh up the pros and cons of it all and do what is best for your situation.

Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and medical transcriptionist who helps others start their own home based medical transcription companies. You can visit her website: http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/medical-transcription.html

Medical Transcription - How to become a medical transcriptionist

How does one become a medical transcriptionist?
MT Daily - medical transcription, work at home.:

For an experienced word processor, it is possible to learn medical transcription while working in an entry-level position, but it is rare because of the need to learn medical vocabulary and formats. Some colleges and hospitals offer classes, and there are several home-study courses available.

MTs work in doctors' offices, clinics, hospitals and transcription services. They also work from home, usually after 2-3 years of experience in an office or hospital. With more experience, MTs go on to teach, supervise, consult, edit and write in the field. Step-by-Step Guide to Medical Transcription at Home, book by Michele Miller, http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/medical-transcription.html

How to Be a Medical Transcriptionist, book by Cynthia Peavler Bull, http://www.cynrje.com/medicaltranscriptionist.htm

Medical Transcription, Getting Started,
book by AnnaBelle Berg, http://medical-transcription-gettingstarted.com/

How to Become a Medical Transcriptionist, book by George Morton, CMT, http://www.workingfrom.homestead.com/
609-924-4748, georgecmt@aol.com, Interview, 11/98

Medical Transcription - Scared to start a business?

Are You Scared to Start a Home Based Business?
by Michele Miller

Every year more and more people are working from home, starting their own businesses. Men and women, even teenagers are starting their own home business ventures. In the last ten years work-at-home businesses have tripled, according to statistics. I think it's probably more than that actually. Just look at how many people make a living selling things on EBay!™

It's no wonder really why so many people want to work at home and there are a vast amount of good reasons why.

The costs of traveling, including vehicle maintenance, the cost of gas, child-care, and dry-cleaning, are just a few good reasons why it's cheaper to stay home and work, right?!

Not having to answer to a boss or a supervisor is another great reason too. Being able to set your own hours and work when you want to work is a definite plus as well.

Some people can't see how they are going to do it though. I mean, how are you going to give up work and replace that income and not worry about how you are going to pay the bills? It's impossible, right? -- Wrong! -- It's not impossible, and it will take some hard work at first, and some extra working hours, but you can do it if you want to badly enough.

Choose a business that will allow you to work in your spare-time and keep your job, and you have eliminated the risks. This is not possible in all circumstances, but for the small business person, it's the ideal way to go. If this is not possible, make sure you set aside enough income to live on while you get your business established.

There's going to be some sacrifice in the short term, such as working extra hours in the week building your business. But those kind of sacrifices will still allow you to sleep at night and not put you in the poor house, thereby increasing your chances of success!

A lot of people do some "side work, or extra work" at first to gain customers or to save up some extra cash to start a business or pay for inventory. I know one mechanic who did some evening and weekend work so he could save enough money to buy his own tools and work out of his garage at home, for himself. Now that garage has grown into two workshops in his back yard and he employs another mechanic to help him out.

I have two friends who do the home parties. One lady sells Mary Kay and the other lady sells candles. Both are quite successful. The lady who sells the candles has only been doing so for just over eighteen months and her income exceeds $50,000 per year. Once you have the vision of working from home, you will find a way to make it happen.

You need DISCIPLINE AND MOTIVATION. That's as important as your business idea. You need to be a go-getter kind of person to have your own business. You need to be willing to get things off the ground yourself, and often willing to work for no financial return at first, or very little financial return. It helps to have vision; you have to sow the seeds to see the flowers. Overnight success is quite rare.

You can help yourself stay motivated by making a "to do list", and "working your business" every day in some small or big way. It doesn't really matter as long as you have a "plan" and keep chipping away at it until it happens. You hear people say all the time that you need to set your goals, well that's great advice, and a "to do list" will enable you to cross off things as you work through them, giving you a feeling of accomplishment as well.

If you really have the dream of working for yourself out of your home, it is possible, you just have to be determined to find a way to do it. Millions of people are realizing this dream, - you can make it happen for you too!

Michele Millaer is a home-based business owner and the author of an ebook about starting a Profitable Medical Transcription At Home Business. http://www.medical-transcription-at-home.com

Medical Transcription - Finding a legitimate home business

Avoid the Home Based Business Scams and Find a Legitimate Home Business!
by Michele Miller

Nowadays, there are so many scams around! People who take advantage of innocent people since they know so many of us want to work from home.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! But, you need to know more than that if you are to truly avoid getting ripped off.

I think it's good advice to give when I say, AVOID anything that talks about stuffing envelopes, pyramid schemes, and people that say you can make $2,512.16 cents working in your pajamas in the next 24 hours etc. Yes, you've heard about these golden opportunities before, I'm sure. Now there may be some legitimate stuffing envelope opps out there, but most are just a way to get your money and give you a list of companies that might pay you to stuff envelopes, but they don't give you the actual opportunity! Usually the information you're given is to place the same type of ad yourself.

Don't pay for lists of companies that provide work at home. If somebody needs an employee, it's up to them to advertise where people can find the opportunity, and not where people have to pay to see the opportunity. These lists are usually a list of companies straight from your phone book and these companies have no idea they are even on a list that has been sold to you!

If anybody tries to pressure you into joining a multi-level marketing company, take the time to think about it and make sure it is a reputable business opportunity that you even want to consider joining. Don't let yourself be pressured into anything. A lot of these are legitimate, but some are not.

Ask for references, testimonials etc. Check there have been no complaints against the company by checking with the Better Business Bureau etc. Most larger businesses do belong to this association. Also, check with the National Fraud Information Center http://www.fraud.org You can also check http://www.groups.google.com and see from the newsgroup postings if anybody has reported a scam.

The US Chamber of Commerce now apparently has more members than any other small business association. This can be an important resource when it comes to your business. They offer members all kinds of advice about starting and maintaining a business, and even have workshops you can go to. They also help their members get discounts on various products and services, from office supplies to health insurance.

Look around your area for other small business associations before joining the Chamber of Commerce. There may be other associations better suited to your needs.

The SBA (Small Business Association) has been around since 1953. http://www.sba.gov/ They have helped provide many small companies with business loans and other professional advice. Definitely worth checking out their website.

http://www.score.org/findscore/ This is an outstanding association. The SCORE Association is a national nonprofit organization. SCORE's 10,500 volunteers provide small business counseling and training through a network of 389 chapters, 800 branches and its Web site is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

There are legitimate work at home opportunities available, but you must do diligent research before succumbing to any of them, especially the ones that seem too good to be true.

Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and a medical transcriptionist. She is also the author of an E-book about how to become a home based medical transcriptionist. You can visit her website at: http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/medical-transcription.html

Medical Transcription-why does a business fail

Why does a business fail and what can you do to stop it?
by Michele Miller

I believe the number one reason why a business will fail is lack of planning. This can be due to various reasons, perhaps because the market research wasn't sufficiently carried out in the first place, or because the financial burden was higher than was planned for etc.

Sometimes business failure happens because the business owner is not very savvy at other aspects of the business, such as management, promotion, branding, advertising, public relations, leadership, bookkeeping, or customer follow-up etc. It is important to get the necessary training to ensure all aspects of your home business run efficiently, or to hire help to manage these other aspects.

Here are some other reasons to consider:

1. Inadequate accounting records 2. Disregarding or misinterpreting financial records 3. Not controlling costs 4. Fraud due to poor internal control 5. Pricing goods or services too low as a way of getting customers or clients 6. Lack of marketing/selling skills 7. Not carrying adequate and appropriate insurance 8. Failing to adequately train and develop employees 9. Lack of goal and business advancement planning 10.Not seeking advice or professional help when necessary.

If you know that most businesses fail because they don't bother to plan properly, what can you do to ensure this won't happen to your business?

Have your own business and marketing plan and use it every day! Review your goals on a daily basis.

Use that to-do list every day, making sure to cross off your accomplishments. Then make a fresh list every morning of what is left to do, and what other things need to be accomplished in your business/work day.

Be ready to talk about your business in every encounter you have during the day. Practice a 30 second speech about your business so you are always ready to share it with people, and make sure you ALWAYS carry business cards with you. It looks professional too.

Hire people to do the work that you are not good at, so your business doesn't fail due to your weaker points.

Have a Plan-B! Put money by for a rainy day.

Find a mentor, someone in your field that can help and encourage you with your business.

Join a small business association where you can network with others in your field of business.

Work hard and stay motivated.

You can make your business a success with the proper planning!

Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and medical transcriptionist. She is also the author of an ebook about starting a successful transcription business from home. http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/medical-transcription.html

Medical Transcription - Medical Transcription career

A Medical Transcriptionist Career Could Be What The Doctor Ordered
by Jennifer Thomas

A Medical Transcriptionists career could pay off well for those seeking to update their career training. As thousands of jobs are being outsourced and sent overseas in every sector, for those fortunate enough to be within the employment ranks as medical transcriptionists, this sector is projected to grow faster than average for all jobs through 2013. Demand for medical transcription services will be fueled by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive more medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require documentation. A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can easily be shared among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems.

Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to and identify discrepancies in medical reports, amend patients' records, and edit documents from speech recognition systems . An increasing demand for standardized records should result in rapid employment growth in physicians' offices, especially in large group practices. Medical transcriptionists held strong employment representation with about 105,000 jobs in 2004. About 4 out of 10 worked in hospitals and another 3 out of 10 worked in offices of physicians. Others worked for business support services; medical and diagnostic laboratories; outpatient care centers; and offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists. Compensation methods for medical transcriptionists vary. Some are paid based on the number of hours they work or on the number of lines they transcribe. The higher earners can forseeably expect more than $20 an hour.

Work conditions that some would envy are what many Medical Transcriptionist encounter. Professional transcriptionist can look forward to working in comfortable settings such as hospitals, physicians' offices, transcription service offices, clinics, laboratories, medical libraries, government medical facilities, or their own homes. Many medical transcriptionists telecommute from home-based offices as employees or subcontractors for hospitals and transcription services or as self-employed, independent contractors.

Many medical transcriptionists work a standard 40-hour week. Self-employed medical transcriptionists are more likely to work irregular hours--including part time, evenings, weekends, or on call at any time.

The future of medical transcriptionist jobs appear to be healthy and bright and shows no sign up declining anytime in the foreseeable future.

Jennifer Thomas is a Career and Lifestyle Management writer providing cutting edge updates on some of today's hottest at home careers. Jumpstart your career training - Enroll in a Free 5 day online mini-course and Discover how to land the Medical Transcriptionist job of your dreams. (Leva's comment - Sorry, I don't have a working link to Jennifer's web site)

Medical Transcription - How To Succeed

How to Succeed as a Medical Transcriptionist

Copyright 2006 Cynthia Bull

Presently, there is a substantial need for good transcriptionists who are knowledgeable, accurate, hardworking, smart, dedicated and dependable, and this need exists daily. A professional MT, even one just beginning, is expected to have a certain level of required medical, language, and technical knowledge and skills along with the necessary typing acuity to perform the job. The bottom line is that knowledge and skills are constants. Will there come a time when hands-on medical transcriptionists will not be needed, that the MT will be completely replaced by computers and voice recognition systems? While that possibility exists, it is not seen in the immediate future.

Facts: Medical transcription has evolved into a highly skilled subspecialty of medicine requiring proficiency in the knowledge of medical language and technical skills, and today's marketplace commands the successful MT to possess a variety of skills, which includes use of the Internet. The difference between a transcriptionist and a good transcriptionist is the extra mile taken to ensure the accuracy of document information and presentation. Job proficiency is the name of the yardstick and you will be measured by it.

Hiring facilities view MT candidates as having a variety of talents, assets and characteristics. Your proficiency in the real world is measured by your proficiency to get the job done accurately and in a timely manner. Your work will be monitored and you will have regular performance reviews wherever you work, so performing your best is always a top priority. It pays to persevere, and learning what you don't know will only help you in the long run.

Secrets: Repetition is a key factor in mastering listening skills. As much as possible, listen repeatedly whenever encountering an unfamiliar word or phrase. Transcription speed is built on abbreviated keystrokes, which save time and enhance your ability to make more money. Always find ways to improve your knowledge and technical skills, because learning occurs daily. As technology advances, you will be expected to know how to use and integrate these changes into a facility's system.

Expand your knowledge. Get to know other transcriptionists and network often, if not daily. Reach outside your comfort zone. Choose an area of particular interest and become an "expert" in that area. While the road may be tedious in the beginning, ultimately rewards do come. If you promise 24-hour turnaround, deliver it. Honor and meet whatever commitments you agree to with your client. As you continue in your career, the likelihood of greater demands and expectations made upon you increases, so practice often and keep your knowledge current.

Conclusion: Commitment and determination lead to a successful career. Be willing to take the steps necessary to complete the required learning, to compete in a market that strives for excellence and rewards it, and to invest time, energy and sincere efforts toward excellence.

Cynthia, founder of CYN-R-JE Consultants LLC™, has helped many international authors, marketers and speakers reach new heights and add greater value to their products through her writing, editing, and transcription services. Visit http://www.cynrje.com for more information and free articles.

5/17/2006

Medical Transcription - Myths and realities

Medical Transcription - Myths and Realities: The Basics
By Jimmy Arthur

Unless you have some sort of super anti-spam e-mail blocker installed on your computer, you have probably received e-mails with titles such as "Make $150,000 a year as an at home medical transcriptionist - no investment required". Many of these e-mails are nothing but solicitations to try and get you to buy some sort of e-book, or other item, that will teach you how to become a medical transcriptionist. While remembering that many of these e-mails are nothing more than spam, it is equally important to remember that many of them are legitimate.

To start with, medical transcription is one of the fastest-growing of the medical related career fields. A study conducted about 6 years ago found that transcription, and related fields, would continue tremendous growth for many years to come. This is due in part to the rapid advance in the number of retiring "baby boomers". As well, virtually all medical career fields are nearly recession proof, as no matter what the economic climate, people are always going to need medical care; thus, doctors and other medical professionals are always going to need medical transcriptionists.

In essence, a trained medical transcriptionist can take the notes (most commonly being voice recordings) of doctors, nurses, etc., and translate them into various forms, including medical reports, charts, etc. Potential medical transcriptionists will need good listening skills, as medical terminology may sound the same, but have different meanings depending upon the context in which it's used. The final results of a medical transcriptionists work must be 100% accurate, as this work is what's used to document a patient's medical history. As well, a transcriptionist's work may be utilized during certain legal proceedings, so everything must always be perfect. Legal matters can hinge entirely on the accuracy of the transcriptions. And, no matter what the outcome of the proceedings, all transcripts most generally become a matter of public record.

A medical transcriptionist is normally employed in one of the following 4 ways:

In an actual hospital
In a doctor's office, clinic, or other outpatient medical care facility
In labs, medical schools, third-party transcription services, etc.
As independent or "home-based" medical transcriptionists

Most appealing to potential new transcriptionists is the possibility of working from home. While being home-based has its benefits, it has its challenges as well. The lack of a normal "9 to 5" work schedule, and structured office environment are two good examples of such challenges. As well, if you decide to become home-based, you will likely need to form your own business legally, set up your tax requirements, etc. All of this is really not anywhere near as difficult as it may sound. But all potential home-based transcriptionists will want to keep these things in mind.

Visit the Medical Transcription Network for more information.

medical transcription - telecommuting

Is Telecommuting Right For You?
By Mark Flavin

Telecommuting is defined as working from the comforts of your own home, for an employer who is situated many miles away. Everything can be done via your computer, and communication is facilitated via phone calls, emails, fax messages and other means made possible by modern technology.

Much like any other job, you have to seek out vacancies, and often, you would have to apply for the position. You may be subjected to some requirements before you could be admitted.

There are many kinds of telecommuting opportunities. Here are some of them:

1. Working as a digital secretary. You will be tasked to do what a normal secretary would do. The difference is that you won’t have to report to a work place, and yes, you won’t have to prepare coffee for your boss. Everything that would require your care and attention, and every work that is covered by your job description, can be sent via email or fax machine. You just have to convey to your employer what is needed to be conveyed, and submit what are needed to be submitted, through digital methods.

2. Medical transcription. This is an emerging field in telecommuting. You would have to transcribe some audio files that would be sent by your employer. These audio files are recorded by doctors and other medical professionals, and they need them in hard copy, i.e. written form. The job pays around $0.04 to $0.15 per line, which isn’t bad considering that all you’ll have to do is to write down what you will get to hear. One audio file can be as long as 15 pages, which is equivalent to an hour or an hour and half work. Being a medical transcriptionist requires familiarity with medical terms, however. There are some medical transcription courses available, both online and offline. Some of them last for 30 hours. Others for 6 months.

3. Legal transcription. Much like medical transcription, only, you would have to transcribe audio files sent in my practicing attorneys. You’d need some basic knowledge of legal terms for this one. And there are likewise legal transcription courses available online and offline.

4. Help desk representative. You will be briefed about the employer’s products or services, and you will be tasked to accept calls at home and answer the customers’ needs on behalf of your employer. Some would require you to answer via your phone line. Others employ VoIP over the internet.

5. Collection agent. You would have to make calls for and on behalf of the employer to attempt to collect debts that have become due and demandable.

There are other opportunities that are available under telecommuting. The common denominator among them is that you will be paid by the hour, compared to freelancing where you will be paid for every delivery and where the fee is pegged per project.

When looking for open positions, it is best to consult with appropriate website in the World Wide Web. The best of these websites is www.craigslist.com, an online classified section filled with thousands and thousands of job opportunities. What differs this from other similar websites like www.hotjobs.com and www.jobstreet.com is that every ad has a designation about whether or not it is a telecommuting position. This would make your search narrower and more precise.

Personally, however, I feel that there is only so much you could earn via telecommuting. Remember that your earning potential is determined by how much you work, hence, your earnings are pretty much set per day. Rare are the times when you could earn more than what you have signed up for.

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Medical Transcription - Medical transcription school

Medical Transcription School - How Long Will It Take?
By Chris Dunn

Facing the unknown can often be disconcerting, especially when you want very much to find a great home-based career, like medical transcription. "How long will it take to get through the school?" And, "How long until I get my first paycheck?" are common concerns asked by people considering a career in medical transcription. Here we'll address both these issues.

First things first - How long will it take? On average you can expect to get through a good medical transcription school in about nine to twelve months. This assumes that you work on it consistently and part-time. All together, it will take about 600-700 hours. Say you work at it three hours a day, five days a week - that's 15 hours a week. Divide that into 600, and you get 40 weeks -- which is about nine and a half months. If you consistently work at it just a half hour longer each day, it'll shave more than a month off that.

Obviously, that's a great deal of time away from home -- usually the very thing people searching for a new career often don't want to leave behind. Fortunately, the best medical transcription schools allow you to work at home at your own pace.

So, when can I get my first check? The thing to remember is that the more time you are willing to dedicate to your studies, the sooner you will be able to start working from home and get that first check! After all, that is really what it is all about, isn’t it?

Regardless of your current situation, you should be able to get through a quality medical transcription school working a few hours a day, and as many days per week that you are able dedicate to the program. A good medical transcription school will guide you through the process systematically — step by step. With a moderate amount of effort and dedication you will quickly gain the confidence you need to complete the program. So, find the best medical transcription school you can, and launch your future career today!

Chris Dunn is the creator of Medical Transcription School.com where you can find other articles on this growing field.

medical transcription - medical transcriptionist training

Medical Transcriptionist Training.

The medical transcription field continues to grow in conjunction with the demands on the health care industry. For those who are suited to this job, there are some good opportunities. But isn't it just a case of listening to the voice of a health care professional and typing up exactly what's been said? While that's the basic idea behind the medical transcriptionists' job, there are some reasons that health care professionals and facilities want to hire those trained for the job.

The terminology is one of the biggest reasons training is so vital. While you don't have to be able to name the bones in the leg, you do need to learn to recognize words like "tibia." Terminology is one of the reasons medical transcriptionists need training, and one of the points that will be taught and practiced during Medical Transcriptionist training.

But is there really a need to learn those things? After all, you can certainly stop the tape and look up any words that you don't recognize. That constant starting and stopping are the difference between an experienced transcriptionist and someone who's filling in. If you have the right training and the right real world practice provided by most medical transcription training programs, you'll find yourself able to meet the demands of the terminology.

Specialized training is one of the many options of medical transcription training, and many health care professionals who have a specialty are seeking out those people who can most accurately transcribe notes and medical details. In that case, the transcriber learns those words that apply specifically to the system, disease or other narrow focus of a particular doctor's practice. Adding those specialties make you more valuable on the marketplace.

Remember that doctors aren't the only ones who need medical transcription, and you'll find most training programs offer at least some exercises and information to prepare you for those situations. You may be called on to create exit notes for patients at a hospital. The patient is about to leave and those notes have to be legible, accurate and available now.

One point of the training is to learn to be fast and accurate in real-life situations. A busy emergency room isn't going to suddenly quiet down so that you can concentrate on transcribing a doctor's orders for a patient who is about to be released. Many medical transcription schools will put students into those noisy, busy, stressful situations with orders to transcribe. As important as it is to learn the terminology, it's also vital that you learn to listen - regardless of what's going on around you.

There are even those outside the medical field that use transcription. Though the demand for attorney transcribers isn't as big as for medical transcription, there is definitely a need in that field.

There are other points that will become part of your training. How to make use of technology, software and resources that are available to help you better accomplish your tasks as well as the best ways to handle various situations you're likely to encounter. Take a look at the courses being taught by MT schools. You may be surprised at how thoroughly you'll be prepared for a career in medical transcription.

This article may be reproduced only in its entirety.

Scott Knutson is an entrepreneur and writer. For more of his articles visit: Medical Transcription | Medical Transcriptionist | Transcription

Medical Transcription - Choosing vocational school

Tips On Choosing The Best Vocational School For You
By Steadman Issenburg

Choosing a vocational school to focus on a particular career path is a very good choice for people who want to learn a specialized skill or trade that does not require an advanced college education. There are quality vocational schools available both online and off line that specialize in fields such as nursing, medical transcription, auto mechanics, paralegals and much more. And here are some tips on how to be able to choose a vocational school that will be best for you.

1. First make sure that you do plenty of comparison shopping for vocational school training in the particular career field that you want to pursue. Sometimes a local community college can offer you training for much less than a vocational school that is dedicated to a particular career. However, cost is not the only factor. You also have to determine the value on the education that you will receive as well. Remember that the training you receive will directly affect your income for many years to come, so make sure that you get a high quality education.

2. Many states have set up agencies that keep track of complaints about vocational schools to help the residents be able to make wiser choices. If your state happens to have such an agency be sure to check with them and find out about the reputation of any school that you are considering in that state.

3. Before signing up with any vocational school, it's wise to ask them a few questions to find out how successful their educational training has been in the past. For instance, how many of their past students have actually finished their courses? How many have also gone on to meaningful employment in that particular field?

If a vocational school is really worth it's salt, it should be able to have an impressive record of success stories regarding former students who have gone on to find gainful employment in their chosen field after graduation. If they cannot give you solid figures on the success rate of their past graduates, you may want to reconsider your own enrollment.

4. If you can possibly find some former graduates of the school, these can often provide you with the best overall information about the school and its curriculum that you can receive anywhere. Find out what their impressions were of the school and the education that they received. You may also want to ask some of the companies that have hired former students about their impressions regarding the education those students have received. All of this can help you formulate a good general opinion about the quality of the education you can receive at that particular vocational school should you decide to enroll.

5. If a vocational school seems to be trying to pressure you to sign up and start your courses, they may be more interested in your money than they are in actually educating you. So read all contracts that are presented to you very carefully before you sign them, and take your time to decide which school will work best for you.

Vocational schools are excellent educational tools for those that wish to specialize in a particular field, but you have to be careful in order to make the right decision on which school will work best for you. If you follow the suggestions given above, they can help you find a vocational school that will best fit your educational needs and be affordable as well.

Steadman Issenburg writes on many consumer related topics including education. You can find paralegal certificate programs and how to become a paralegal and more by visiting our education website.

medical transcription - medical transcription job

Medical transcription job available.
Health Care MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST/ SECRETARY

The Illinois Hospital Association is currently seeking a candidate for medical transcription and secretarial duties for the Illinois Risk Management Services Claims Department. Requirements include extensive Dictaphone experience, understanding of medical terminology and outstanding organizational skills.

The position primarily involves transcription of medical record reviews and investigation reports. Some secretarial support for the department is included, but is not the primary focus of this position. We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary and outstanding benefits. For consideration, please submit your resume and salary history to:

ILLINOIS HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION Human Resources 1151 E. Warrenville Rd. P.O. Box 3015 Naperville, IL 60566 Fax: 630-276-5569 Email: employment@ ihastaff.org Equal Opportunity Employer

5/05/2006

Medical Transcription - Home business

The medical transcription industry continues to grow. As the need for individuals in this field keeps growing, the options for working at home also grow.

Starting a medical transcription home business is a good area to start in if you would like to work at home and receive the same pay you would if you were in the office. There are a couple of ways to work in your home-based MT business. One way is to find a traditional employer who gives you all the benefits of working in-house, but who allows you to do this from home. This is more likely to happen if you have worked for this employer in an office already. Another way to set up a medical transcription business is to accept clients through advertising. This would be a freelance MT business.

If you are going to start your own business, remember that it might take some time getting clients. Don't forget that you are not limited in location. You may be able to find clients for your medical transcription business through the internet. As demand increases, the needs for your services will increase.

Though you want to charge the going rate for medical transcription, working from home allows you to be flexible with fees. You can charge somewhat higher than somebody working in an office because your client does not have to pay for insurance or a pension for you. Working in your own home business also allows you to set your own hours. If you want to work full time, you can. If you want part-time hours, this is not a problem. If you want vacation time, just be sure you don't accept work that will not get done before you go.

If you like to be there to take your children to school and pick them up afterwards, a medical transcription business is a good option. It will pay more than most work-at-home jobs but offer all the benefits of being at home. You don't have to worry about the commute or the parking. With a medical transcription business, you can work in the morning or, if you are a night owl, work in the evening.

Many people prefer to work from home. Few can actually make a living this way. Medical transcriptionists are among these few, and opportunities are expected to grow in the coming years.

If you are interested in a job that allows you the flexibility to stay home, consider a medical transcription business. It is one of your best options for working from home.

For more information on starting a medical transcription career or making more money as an MT visit http://www.AskTheMT.com – an informative website dedicated to answering all your medical transcription questions.

Medical Transcription - getting started

Medical Transcription - Getting Started

In most cases, the only things you will need to get started in a medical transcription (besides an intense motivation to work at home) will be a computer and an Internet connection. The Internet connection assumes that you select an online medical transcription school, which is highly recommended. An online program will most closely approximate the real world experience. And as you start out this extra online experience will give you a significant competitive advantage.

As far as computers go, it is generally not necessary to go out and buy a brand new computer in order to get started in a medical transcription school. A used Windows based computer will do nicely. You really just need something that is a Pentium class or higher and that has Internet connectivity. You will also need a good word processing software package, such as Microsoft Word. Any computer that was manufactured in the past 5 years or so should be adequate for most medical transcription schools. If you feel compelled to purchase the latest and greatest computer make sure you shop around. A lot of the high end capability of most new computers will be wasted as most of what you will be doing will revolve around word processing. The most intensive computer activity you will likely be performing — either in your training or on the job — will be downloading digital dictation files from the Internet to your hard drive.

Once you have the requisite equipment, you are ready to enroll in a medical transcription school. If you have done your homework you should feel confident about your enrollment decision. Paying for your schooling is probably the biggest obstacle most people have to overcome. Many medical transcription schools have counselors that work with prospective students to help them explore financing options. A reputable school will probably have access to Sallie Mae financing, which is an academic finance company that specializes in educational funding. Depending on your school, you may also find a variety of other financing options and possibly scholarship opportunities that will help defray the costs of the program. Don’t be afraid to ask about these things when you discuss your enrollment options with an enrollment counselor.

It can be hard to know where to start in selecting the right medical transcription school. Make sure you choose a medical transcription school that understands your needs as a person, and can work around your budget, schedule, and lifestyle to aid you in becoming the best MT possible! Remember, all you need are a few basic skills and a medical transcription education, and you'll be on the road to personal freedom and financial stability!

Chris Dunn has created a website to help stay-at-home moms (and others) pick a good medical transcription school. Visit it at http://www.MedicalTranscriptionSchool.com.

medical transcription - training

The medical transcription field continues to grow in conjunction with the demands on the health care industry. For those who are suited to this job, there are some good opportunities. But isn't it just a case of listening to the voice of a health care professional and typing up exactly what's been said? While that's the basic idea behind the medical transcriptionists' job, there are some reasons that health care professionals and facilities want to hire those trained for the job.

The terminology is one of the biggest reasons training is so vital. While you don't have to be able to name the bones in the leg, you do need to learn to recognize words like "tibia." Terminology is one of the reasons medical transcriptionists need training, and one of the points that will be taught and practiced during Medical Transcriptionist training.

But is there really a need to learn those things? After all, you can certainly stop the tape and look up any words that you don't recognize. That constant starting and stopping are the difference between an experienced transcriptionist and someone who's filling in. If you have the right training and the right real world practice provided by most medical transcription training programs, you'll find yourself able to meet the demands of the terminology.

Specialized training is one of the many options of medical transcription training, and many health care professionals who have a specialty are seeking out those people who can most accurately transcribe notes and medical details. In that case, the transcriber learns those words that apply specifically to the system, disease or other narrow focus of a particular doctor's practice. Adding those specialties make you more valuable on the marketplace.

Remember that doctors aren't the only ones who need medical transcription, and you'll find most training programs offer at least some exercises and information to prepare you for those situations. You may be called on to create exit notes for patients at a hospital. The patient is about to leave and those notes have to be legible, accurate and available now.

One point of the training is to learn to be fast and accurate in real-life situations. A busy emergency room isn't going to suddenly quiet down so that you can concentrate on transcribing a doctor's orders for a patient who is about to be released. Many medical transcription schools will put students into those noisy, busy, stressful situations with orders to transcribe. As important as it is to learn the terminology, it's also vital that you learn to listen - regardless of what's going on around you.

There are even those outside the medical field that use transcription. Though the demand for attorney transcribers isn't as big as for medical transcription, there is definitely a need in that field.

There are other points that will become part of your training. How to make use of technology, software and resources that are available to help you better accomplish your tasks as well as the best ways to handle various situations you're likely to encounter. Take a look at the courses being taught by MT schools. You may be surprised at how thoroughly you'll be prepared for a career in medical transcription.

This article may be reproduced only in its entirety.

Scott Knutson is an entrepreneur and writer. For more of his articles visit: Medical Transcription | Medical Transcriptionist | Transcription

medical transcription - start your own business

Are you tired of waking up day after day, looking at yourself in the mirror, and realizing that you will never ultimately be happy working for somebody else?

Do you dream about financial freedom and inner happiness that can only result in working for yourself?

By working for yourself you will be improving your state of mind, your allotted personal free time, and essentially gaining control over your financial future.

Now comes the countless hours of research and questions. Where do I begin? What's the best business fit for me? Can I really afford to quit the daily drudgery of the rat-race and be my own boss? How much of an investment will I need to make? Will I succeed?

Well, I know it can all seem a bit overwhelming at first. It truly is a giant leap of faith to take all of your pre-conditioned misconceptions and experience in working for somebody else, and toss it all out the window. But once you understand that you can be the sole architect of your own future, and you take that leap of faith, you will find the stuff that you are really made of. Nobody will limit the extent of how far you can go, except yourself. You WILL be your own boss, and the feast or famine depends entirely on you.

Whatever your personal reasons for wanting to get out of the 9-5 rut you woke up and found yourself stuck in, everybody has dreams that they want to see breathed into fruition. Whether you want to spend more time with your family and friends, cut costs associated with job-related expenses such as travel and work attire, or if you simply work better independently; with the modern-day technology of the internet, and all of the global marketing exposure that it generates, take comfort in the fact that everybody has the power to manifest their own destiny in the 21st century!

That's where the beauty of owning and operating your own home business comes in. Working from home gives you the opportunity to work as much or as little as you wish, and there is no end to how much income you can generate, if you are motivated, and organized.

The first step is to develop an outline of your business plan. Thoroughly research all of your home- based options, and do as much networking as possible by talking to anybody and everybody you encounter. Go over your short-term and long-term goals, and remember, do not be afraid to think BIG! Confidence in yourself is absolutely crucial to becoming a successful entrepreneur. There will always be someone in your life who will try to trample on the garden of your dreams; you must learn to tune out these dream-killers and skeptics with the knowledge that one day you will make them eat their own words, and your dreams will blossom and flourish abundantly if you feed and encourage them!

First of all, you have to have a business idea. Let’s look at some legitimate home business ideas to begin with; let’s get some ideas going here!

Web design, Graphic design, Internet marketing, Secretarial Service, Medical Transcriptionist, Home Parties, (there’s lots of these around and you can definitely make good money if you stick with them), Pet Sitting, Errand Runner, Copywriter, Real Estate, Photographer, Caterer, Furniture Maker, Candle Making, Wedding Consultant, Computer Tuition, Music Lessons, Insurance Agent.

There’s loads more, but as you can see, it is possible to find something you enjoy that can be a great home business. You might have to take some classes to begin with if you don’t have a skill. It depends what you are looking for.

The trick with any home business is to ease your way into one. Keep your regular job while you develop your home business. Start your business part-time and let it build. When it reaches the point where you are making enough money, you can quit your regular job. This way, you won’t be taking risks and depending on a new business to support you right away.

All the above mentioned businesses are relatively low cost start-up businesses. Forget having to invest hundreds of thousands just to start your own business. Some of the most successful businesses were started on a shoe-string, or thereabouts! With a little bit of research and determination, you can definitely realize your dreams of having your own home based business!

Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and medical transcriptionist. You can visit her website: http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/medical-transcription.html and also get her complimentary ebook.

4/25/2006

Medical Transcription - myths and realities

Unless you have some sort of super anti-spam e-mail blocker installed on your computer, you have probably received e-mails with titles such as "Make $150,000 a year as an at home medical transcriptionist - no investment required". Many of these e-mails are nothing but solicitations to try and get you to buy some sort of e-book, or other item, that will teach you how to become a medical transcriptionist. While remembering that many of these e-mails are nothing more than spam, it is equally important to remember that many of them are legitimate.

To start with, medical transcription is one of the fastest-growing of the medical related career fields. A study conducted about 6 years ago found that transcription, and related fields, would continue tremendous growth for many years to come. This is due in part to the rapid advance in the number of retiring "baby boomers". As well, virtually all medical career fields are nearly recession proof, as no matter what the economic climate, people are always going to need medical care; thus, doctors and other medical professionals are always going to need medical transcriptionists.

In essence, a trained medical transcriptionist can take the notes (most commonly being voice recordings) of doctors, nurses, etc., and translate them into various forms, including medical reports, charts, etc. Potential medical transcriptionists will need good listening skills, as medical terminology may sound the same, but have different meanings depending upon the context in which it's used. The final results of a medical transcriptionists work must be 100% accurate, as this work is what's used to document a patient's medical history. As well, a transcriptionist's work may be utilized during certain legal proceedings, so everything must always be perfect. Legal matters can hinge entirely on the accuracy of the transcriptions. And, no matter what the outcome of the proceedings, all transcripts most generally become a matter of public record.

A medical transcriptionist is normally employed in one of the following 4 ways:

In an actual hospital
In a doctor's office, clinic, or other outpatient medical care facility
In labs, medical schools, third-party transcription services, etc.
As independent or "home-based" medical transcriptionists

Most appealing to potential new transcriptionists is the possibility of working from home. While being home-based has its benefits, it has its challenges as well. The lack of a normal "9 to 5" work schedule, and structured office environment are two good examples of such challenges. As well, if you decide to become home-based, you will likely need to form your own business legally, set up your tax requirements, etc. All of this is really not anywhere near as difficult as it may sound. But all potential home-based transcriptionists will want to keep these things in mind.

Visit the Medical Transcription Network for more information.

Medical Transcription - medical transcription home business

The medical transcription industry continues to grow. As the need for individuals in this field keeps growing, the options for working at home also grow.

Starting a medical transcription home business is a good area to start in if you would like to work at home and receive the same pay you would if you were in the office. There are a couple of ways to work in your home-based MT business. One way is to find a traditional employer who gives you all the benefits of working in-house, but who allows you to do this from home. This is more likely to happen if you have worked for this employer in an office already. Another way to set up a medical transcription business is to accept clients through advertising. This would be a freelance MT business.

If you are going to start your own business, remember that it might take some time getting clients. Don't forget that you are not limited in location. You may be able to find clients for your medical transcription business through the internet. As demand increases, the needs for your services will increase.

Though you want to charge the going rate for medical transcription, working from home allows you to be flexible with fees. You can charge somewhat higher than somebody working in an office because your client does not have to pay for insurance or a pension for you. Working in your own home business also allows you to set your own hours. If you want to work full time, you can. If you want part-time hours, this is not a problem. If you want vacation time, just be sure you don't accept work that will not get done before you go.

If you like to be there to take your children to school and pick them up afterwards, a medical transcription business is a good option. It will pay more than most work-at-home jobs but offer all the benefits of being at home. You don't have to worry about the commute or the parking. With a medical transcription business, you can work in the morning or, if you are a night owl, work in the evening.

Many people prefer to work from home. Few can actually make a living this way. Medical transcriptionists are among these few, and opportunities are expected to grow in the coming years.

If you are interested in a job that allows you the flexibility to stay home, consider a medical transcription business. It is one of your best options for working from home.

For more information on starting a medical transcription career or making more money as an MT visit http://www.AskTheMT.com – an informative website dedicated to answering all your medical transcription questions.

4/19/2006

Medical Transcription - continues to grow

The medical transcription industry continues to grow. As the need for individuals in this field keeps growing, the options for working at home also grow.

Starting a medical transcription home business is a good area to start in if you would like to work at home and receive the same pay you would if you were in the office. There are a couple of ways to work in your home-based MT business. One way is to find a traditional employer who gives you all the benefits of working in-house, but who allows you to do this from home. This is more likely to happen if you have worked for this employer in an office already. Another way to set up a medical transcription business is to accept clients through advertising. This would be a freelance MT business.

If you are going to start your own business, remember that it might take some time getting clients. Don't forget that you are not limited in location. You may be able to find clients for your medical transcription business through the internet. As demand increases, the needs for your services will increase.

Though you want to charge the going rate for medical transcription, working from home allows you to be flexible with fees. You can charge somewhat higher than somebody working in an office because your client does not have to pay for insurance or a pension for you. Working in your own home business also allows you to set your own hours. If you want to work full time, you can. If you want part-time hours, this is not a problem. If you want vacation time, just be sure you don't accept work that will not get done before you go.

If you like to be there to take your children to school and pick them up afterwards, a medical transcription business is a good option. It will pay more than most work-at-home jobs but offer all the benefits of being at home. You don't have to worry about the commute or the parking. With a medical transcription business, you can work in the morning or, if you are a night owl, work in the evening.

Many people prefer to work from home. Few can actually make a living this way. Medical transcriptionists are among these few, and opportunities are expected to grow in the coming years.

If you are interested in a job that allows you the flexibility to stay home, consider a medical transcription business. It is one of your best options for working from home.

For more information on starting a medical transcription career or making more money as an MT visit http://www.AskTheMT.com – an informative website dedicated to answering all your medical transcription questions.

4/16/2006

Medical Transcription - Viable work at home career

Medical Transcription: A Viable Work At Home Career
By Sharon Davis

Are there really viable work at home jobs out there? This is a question that I'm asked almost daily. The fact is, there are most definitely careers that can be done from your home and there are people who are actually successful in those jobs. One of the fastest growing industries happens to be one that can be done from home: Medical Transcription.

>>A Growing Industry

Medical Transcription/Billing is an industry that is exploding. It's prestigious and in demand. According the the U.S. Department of Labor, "Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010. Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population."

Transcription is one of those jobs that many people know can be done from home, and so the interest level is very high. Unfortunately, there are many companies out there trying to capitalize on that interest. The results are over-priced and sub-standard courses.

All too often, I receive emails like this one from one of our readers. She wrote:

Hello Sharon,

I am emailing you to inform you of a work at home job listing that I contacted in our local paper. It was concerning Medical Billing at home. The name of the company is *****, Inc. They sell software for Medical Billing purposes. Before I sent them any money I decided to check out their website www.******.com and then the local Better Business Bureau from the area that they are located which is near Los Angeles, Ca. The report came back today and it is not favorable. I thought you might want to know about this supposed home based business so you could inform your other members and visitors.

Sincerely,

Margaret

This is what inspired me to research the field and determine what the options are for those who are looking to enter it.

>>What Do Transcriptionists Do?

Transcriptionists listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and transcribe them into documents such as operating room notes, autopsy reports, discharge summaries and other documents which then become part of a patient's medical record. In order to be able to transcribe information accurately, medical transcriptionists must understand medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic procedures, and treatment.

>>What Kind of Training Must MT's Have?

In the course of my research, the first thing I learned was that you can't just jump into a career as an MT without training. This is a detailed, professional (and fascinating) career which requires technical knowledge. The American Association for Medical Transcription defines the requirements this way:

"Medical understanding is critical for the professional medical transcriptionist. The complex terms used in medicine are unlike the language of any other profession.

Medical transcription requires a practical knowledge of medical language, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, and the internal organization of medical reports. A medical transcriptionist is truly a medical language specialist who must be aware of standards and requirements that apply to the health record, as well as the legal significance of medical transcripts.

Reports of patient care take many forms, including histories and physical examinations, progress reports, emergency room notes, consultations, operative reports, discharge summaries, clinic notes, referral letters, radiology reports, pathology reports, and an array of documentation spanning more than 60 medical specialties and subspecialties! Thus, the medical transcriptionist, or medical language specialist, must be well versed in the language of medicine. ".

Medical transcription is a medical language specialty, so you can see that it requires not only the proper training, but also an investment in reference materials and a commitment to ongoing learning as technology and terminology changes. Equally important to the long-term success of a Transcriptionist is having the right personality for the job. Some qualities that successful MT's share are:


Independent by nature
Word Specialist
Perfectionist
Detail oriented

It's also important to note that most companies require candidates for telecommute MT positions to have on-site experience- as is the case with most all telecommute jobs. In many cases, 2 years of experience working in a hospital or doctor's office is required. If this is a field that you are truly interested in, getting those 2 years under your belt and then being qualified to telecommute is a pretty good deal.

>>Training Options

The second thing I found was that there sure were a lot of courses out there. They ranged in price from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand! I was overwhelmed! It was then that I realized that I would need some help. I found a great place where working MT's hang out and support each other. If you are seriously interested in this field, you'll want to visit this site. It's called MT Stars (http://www.mtstars.com).

The course that I decided to recommend at 2Work-At-Home.com is offered by MedTrans, Inc., which has been in operation for almost a decade. Founder Mary Park-Youhanaie began by working from home as a medical transcriptionist. She saw the opportunities that medical transcription could offer to other individuals. When Med Trans, Inc. began hiring transcriptionists and then discovering that more training was needed, Ms. Park-Youhanaie decided to draw on her past as a college level educator and medical terminology training to develop Medical Transcription Made Easy.

Whichever course you choose, just be sure to do your homework by checking with the Better Business Bureau and asking for references.

The bottom line is, for the right people, Medical Transcription is the real deal when it comes to viable work at home careers.

Resources

MedTrans
http://www.2work-at-home.com/transcription

American Association for Medical Transcription
http://www.aamt.org/

MTStars
http://www.mtstars.com

Sharon Davis, Work-At-Home expert, author and consultant, helps people to achieve their goal of working at home, telecommuting or starting a home business. http://www.2Work-At-Home.Com List of other articles of interest: http://www.workathomearticles.net Subscribe: http://www.2work-at-home.com/subscribe.shtml

4/15/2006

Medical Transcription - Is it a good opportunity?

Is medical transcription still a good income opportunity? The statistics below indicate that there are plenty of opportunities for medical transcriptionists.

According to the BLS, "Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population.... Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit for grammar, and identify discrepancies in medical records."

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountablility Act (HIPAA) has increased the need for more accurate record keeping or else stiff fines may be imposed. Medical Transcriptionists are needed to help health care providers comply with HIPAA.

Here's some more quotes from the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • Job opportunities will be good.
  • Many medical transcriptionists telecommute from home-based offices as employees or subcontractors for hospitals and transcription services or as self-employed, independent contractors.
  • Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014.
  • Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive proportionately greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require documentation.
  • A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can easily be shared among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems.
  • Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify discrepancies in medical reports.
  • Contracting out transcription work overseas and advancements in speech recognition technology are not expected to significantly reduce the need for well-trained medical transcriptionists. Outsourcing transcription work abroad—to countries such as India, Pakistan, Philippines, and the Caribbean—has grown more popular as transmitting confidential health information over the Internet has become more secure; however, the demand for overseas transcription services is expected only to supplement the demand for well-trained domestic medical transcriptionists.
  • In addition, reports transcribed by overseas medical transcription services usually require editing for accuracy by domestic medical transcriptionists before they meet domestic quality standards. Speech-recognition technology allows physicians and other health professionals to dictate medical reports to a computer that immediately creates an electronic document. In spite of the advances in this technology, the software has been slow to grasp and analyze the human voice and the English language, and the medical vernacular with all its diversity.
  • As a result, there will continue to be a need for skilled medical transcriptionists to identify and appropriately edit the inevitable errors created by speech recognition systems, and to create a final document.

Hospitals will continue to employ a large percentage of medical transcriptionists.

Above are direct quotes from the web site of the U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos271.htm#outlook

Rest assured. There are still plenty of opportunities for people who want to work at home as a medical transcription.

Medical Transcription - A Decent Living or a Scam?

Home Medical Transcription : A Decent Living or a Scam?
by Stephen Bucaro

No doubt you have seen many ads by medical transcription schools claiming that you can make big money typing medical transcription at home. Can you really make a good living doing medical transcription at home, or is it just another
scam? In this article, you'll learn the honest facts about home medical transcription.

Can you really make a decent living doing home medical transcription? Yes and no.

Yes - Many people are earning $50,000 to $80,000 or more per year typing medical transcription at home. They work
where they want, when they want, and as much as they want. The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be
done FAR exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. When I say the demand exceeds the supply, I mean the
situation is desperate.

No - Reading a few booklets and listening to a few tapes will not make you into an instant $50,000 per year medical
transcriptionist. If you're not ready to commit to between six months and a year of hard study and practice, find
another means of earning a living.

Typing medical transcription is not like typing a letter to your mother. It's far more challenging. Below are some of the challenges you must be prepared to meet.

1. You must have a good understanding of medical terminology. You need to know how to spell the names of the latest medical conditions, drugs, medical tests, treatments, and procedures, and just knowing how to spell them is not enough. Because of challenge #2 decribed below, you need to have some familiarity with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition. It's difficult to learn this with a mail order medical transcription course. This type of knowledge comes from experience.

You don't need to be familiar with ALL medical terminology. Many transcriptionists specialize in specific areas such as gastroenterology or opthalmology. However, when you want to go on vacation, you'll need someone else to take over your work while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation, and they may be transcribing to a different field than you're familiar with.

2. You need to be able to extract the transcription from a noisy electronic recording. Unfortunately, many doctors mumble, garble, don't enunciate, don't speak up, or talk too fast when they dictate. Combine the above problems with a thick, foreign accent and you can have real dificulty understanding what the doctor is saying. In many instances, the only way you will be able to decipher what the doctor is saying is if you are familiar with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition.

Doctors dictate "on the fly". They don't have time to think about proper sentence construction as the words emanate from their mouth. Frequently the sentence they started doesn't make any sense or has an error by the time they get to the end. Do you edit what the doctor said, or just type the jiberish as dictated? Usually a doctor appreciates when you clean up their dictation. On the other hand, medical documents are often presented as evidence in legal actions. You're taking on liability if you change what the doctor actually said.

Many transcriptionists have their own group of doctors that they type for and eventually become familiar with the
idiosyncracies of each doctor. This makes understanding what they are saying much easier; however, when a you go on
vacation, someone else will need to cover the doctors while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation. You won't be familiar with how the doctors dictate.

3. To make the earnings cited above, you need to be able to sit and type for long hours. You need to isolate yourself
from the noise and distraction of other human beings (and some pets) and pound on that keyboard hour after hour. As
I stated earlier, the amount of medical transcription work available far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. Some transcriptionists let greed take control of them and sit at the computer for 16 hours seven days per week. They get accustom to a $100,000 a year lifestyle. But what does it do for their health?

Medical transcription companies charge more for "fast turn around". Some pass part of this money onto the transcriptionist, others just demand the work get done immediately. In either case, fast turn around work prevents you from controlling your own working hours.

Now that I've discouraged you, the fact is that many medical transcriptionists do work where they want, when they want, as much as they want, and earn a respectable living. If you're up to the challenge, how do you became a medial transcriptionist?

Training...

You'll need to be proficient in the use of a computer. You'll need to be a fast typist. If you can't type as fast as the doctor dictates, you'll be working hard with the foot pedal to move back and forth in the recording. You must be comfortable using a Word Processing application such as Microsoft Word or Workperfect. You'll need to know how to format documents and how to use macros. If you don't use macros you'll be typing the same phrases over and over.

If you decide to sign up for a medical transcription course, make sure the course provides plenty of authentic
dictations. You cannot become a medical transcriptionist by just reading medical terminology. You need to hear it
spoken. Just listening to terms being pronounced is of limited use. You need to hear the terms used in a sentence.
Simulated medical dictations are fine, but you need some practice with actual medical dictations.

Find a course that teaches basic anatomy and physiology along with terminology.

The best way to learn...

The best way to learn is with on-the-job training. If you have a doctor friend or family member who does dictations, ask them if you can transcribe a low-priority dictaion for practice. If you're working at a clinic or hospital as a secretary or receptionist, investigate how the transcription gets done and volunteer to help.

Start out with a specific type of transcription such as letters or office notes in specficic specialities. As you get more experience, your speed will improve and you can branch out into other types of transcriptions for other specialties.

The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be done far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work.
Yes, you can make a decent living doing home medical transcription. You can work where you want, when you want,
and as much as you want. But, medical transcription is an occupation only for those who are prepared to meet the
challenge.

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4/14/2006

Medical Transcription - job opportunities

In spite of the somewhat sluggish economy, in specific fields job opportunities are truly abundant and simply waiting to be tapped by qualified applicants. As a result of new technology and techniques, new skill sets are required but because the required skills have changed faster than the overall workforce, the numbers of qualified applicants has actually been decreasing for the past several years as workers rush to brush up and improve their talents in order to be considered "qualified" and in the mean-time, companies wait to fill these in-demand jobs.

From legal assistants or paralegals, pharmacy technicians and nurses, various training programs are now being made available for the public... including medical transcriptionist aspirants.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, becoming a medical transcriptionist represents one of the top ten job opportunities in the country. Medical transcriptionists are those people who create the legal documents which health care professionals like physicians, registered pharmacists, therapists, registered nurses, dieticians and chiropractors all rely on and use as reference materials.

The potential topics under which a medical transcriptionist could find themselves working in are incredibly varied and they range from Medical Terminologies, Medical Law and Ethics (HIPAA), In-Patient or Out-Patient Medical Transcription to Human Anatomy.

This wide range of potential topics is one of the big reasons why becoming a medical transcriptionist is not for just anyone. People who aspire to become medical transcriptionists need to undergo proper education from medical transcriptionist schools, which teach and train them in the various fields that they need to master in order to become a certified medical transcriptionist.

Medical Transcriptionist schools will also be able to help you better prepare for the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) examination. Various medical transcriptionist schools offer training courses for potential medical transcriptionists. Aakers Business College, TechSkills, National College and PC Age are just some of the medial transcriptionist schools that can be found in the country.

Some medical transcriptionist schools even offer the option of training online via the comfort of ones own home. By simply having access to the internet, students from online medical transcription schools can actually access the available training modules and other medical transcription related materials that they will need in order to pass the medical transcription training.

More and more Medical transcriptionist schools are moving to this modern method of teaching because it expands their potential market due to the fact that many of their medical transcriptionist students are quite busy and value the option to take the medical transcription training at their own pace and being able to enjoy the convenience of setting their own schedules.

With the current high demand for medical transcriptionists, it's not surprising to see entrepreneurs jumping into the fray and taking advantage of this opportunity by setting up all sorts of medical transcriptionist schools... all geared towards training their students for an exciting medical transcriptionist career.

Apart from the necessary training that one acquires from medical transcriptionist schools, it's also important to note that any top medical transcriptionist will also possess excellent listening skills. Solid listening skills are truly and indispensable requirement in this field because medical transcription requires that the medical documents you are transcribing be perfect in every way possible. Health care professionals are relying more and more on those transcribed medical documents when it comes to going about their everyday business. Whether it be filling prescriptions or doing some type of research, it's simply vital that the transcribed information they receive is accurate.

Just a small slip or momentary loss of concentration could result in unexpected negative consequences for a patient because so many health care professionals rely so heavily on the medically transcribed documents they receive as the basis for making their diagnoses and prescribing medications.

Although the potential to earn a substantial income lures many into the medical transcriptionist field, it doesn't automatically mean that they are cut out for the position. To succeed you must be extremely dedicated, patient and be able to handle the weight of responsibility that comes with the title - Certified Medical Transcriptionist

Sabrina Hall is a contributing writer to:
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Medical Transcription - Start up checklist

Below are some of the tasks involved in starting a secretarial service or medical transcription business.

  • Write a business plan.
  • Determine what services you want to offer. What medical specialty will you specialize in?
  • Determine what kind of clients you want to target.
  • Determine a space where you will set up your home office or select a business location.
  • Purchase equipment and office supplies: computer, software, printer, desk, and computer chair, pens, paper, paper clips, and stapler.
  • Choose a business name.
  • Verify that the name is not used by someone else.
  • Register your Fictitious Business Name (D.B.A.) if you will operate your business under a name other than your personal name.
  • Check if the business name is available as a domain name (e.g. yourname.com) and register the domain name.
  • Get a separate phone line. If you plan on advertising in the Yellow Pages, you may need a business line.
  • Create sales/promotional materials.
  • Design a logo.
  • Design and print business cards.
  • Design flyers or postcards.
  • Design letterhead (print it from your computer).
  • Design a fax cover sheet.
  • Design invoices/sales receipts.
  • Write sales letters.
  • Design a web site or have one designed. Select a domain name and hosting company. Check out Five Star Web Design for affordable web design.
  • Get an email address.
  • Get a business license. (check with your city and state)
  • Order Yellow Pages advertising and other advertising.
  • Call everyone you know and introduce your business.
  • Open a business bank account.

You will need to take additional steps if you'll have employees, a business partner, or will incorporate. Procedures vary from state to state. Check with your city and county to find out what legal requirements you'll have to comply with.

Refer to this checklist often when starting a secretarial service or medical transcription service to check what steps you'll need to take next.

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Medical Transcription - Rapid employment opportunities

There are distinct objectives to consider when trying to choose a career, including knowing yourself, knowing your options, knowing how you constitute decisions and addressing any barriers to your decision-making. Effective career decision-making requires an abundance of work and energy; this is necessary to establish some degree of satisfaction with your career choice. One such career that has emerged as fulfilling, provocative, well paying and in demand is medical transcription. The employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012. A growing and aging population will spur demand for medical transcription services.

Basically, a medical transcriptionist listens to dictated recordings made by a healthcare professional, and transcribes them into medical reports, correspondence, and other administrative info. While listening to the recordings, using pause techniques, sentences are keyed into a word processor, editing as necessary for grammar and clarity. Documents produced include discharge summaries, history and physical examination reports, operative reports, consultation reports, autopsy reports, diagnostic imaging studies, progress notes, and referral letters. These are returned to the health care provider for review, signature, or correction. These documents eventually become part of the patients’ permanent files, in addition to required insurance documentation.

To understand and accurately transcribe dictated reports into a format that is clear and intelligible for the reader, medical transcriptionists must understand medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology, and treatment assessments. As a result, medical transcriptionists should have completed postsecondary training in medical transcription, offered by many vocational schools, community colleges, and distance-learning programs. Completion of a 2-year associate degree or 1-year certificate program, including coursework in anatomy, medical terminology, legal issues relating to healthcare documentation, and English grammar and punctuation, is highly recommended, but not always required.

Working conditions are generally comfortable settings, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, transcription service offices, clinics, laboratories, medical libraries, government medical facilities, or at home. Many medical transcriptionists work from home as employees for hospitals, and transcription services or as self-employed, independent contractors. The average salary for a medical transcriptionist is between $10.87 and $15.63. With experience, medical transcriptionists can advance to supervisory positions, home-based work, editing, consulting, or teaching.

With the increased demand for standardized records, there will be rapid employment growth in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, especially in large group practices. Medical transcription is a career that should fit your lifestyle, and bring you prosperity, and fulfillment.

Jay B Stockman is a contributing editor for Online Medical Transcription Services Visit http://theonline-medical-transcription-services.com/ for more information.

4/13/2006

Medical Transcription - Equipment needed

What equipment do you need to operate a secretarial service or medical transcription business?

To start a secretarial service or medical transcription, you will need a computer, major word processing program, a printer, and one or more transcription machines, also called transcribers.

You don’t need a high-end computer to provide word processing and medical transcription services.

Most computers come with a word processing program. I recommend using Microsoft Word because most of your clients will use it.

You can get either an inkjet printer or laser printer. Many secretarial services and medical transcription services start their secretarial service with an inkjet printer because they are less expensive than laser printers. A laser printer provides better quality printouts and faster speed. You need a laser printer if you provide graphic design or resumes.

You may need a fax machine if your clients want to fax you work. At first, you can use your computer to send and receive faxes but you'll only be able to send faxes of documents you have in your computer.

To provide transcription services, you will need a transcription machine. Transcribers have a headset and foot pedal. The foot pedal allows you to stop and rewind the cassette while having your hands available for keyboarding. Until you have a transcription client, you won't know which size cassettes you'll get. Talk to your prospective clients before buying any equipment. Or call secretarial services and transcriptionists in your area and ask what size cassettes they are getting.

Transcription machines are available from Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Lanier, Sanyo, and Dictaphone. Office Direct has a large selection of transcription machines at http://www.officedirectinc.com/SyStand.htm. Check local office supply stores such as Office Depot (http://www.officedepot.com) and OfficeMax (http://www.officemax.com).

You can buy new and used transcription machines, computers, and other equipment at a fraction of the cost at
http://www.ebay.com.

Check out this web site for used equipment:
http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html
You can start your secretarial business with just a computer and printer. Buy additional equipment or software when a project requires it.

Medical Transcription - Transcribing teleseminars

Leva's Comment: If you are providing medical transcription or business transcription, consider transcripting teleseminars. Transcribing teleseminars and regular seminars is one of the best paying transcription jobs there is. Most people providing teleseminars do them on a regular basis so you'll get repeat business. Regular seminars and workshops provide you with a lot of transcription hours. They are not the easiest transcription jobs but they amount to large transcription jobs.

Here's the article indicating the demand for transcribing teleseminars.

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Teleseminars programs are the number one most versatile method of building businesses available to consultants, authors, entrepreneurs, and marketing and training firms period. How can you maximize you teleseminar’s return on investment? This question was raised on Great Teleseminars newly launched blog “Daniel Janal’s Great Teleseminar Tips”, http://www.greatteleseminars.com/blog.

One of the ways is to offer transcripts from the seminar. If you aren't offering your customers the opportunity to order transcripts of your teleseminars, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to increase your income by a big factor. Transcripts can add another $10-$100 dollars to your bottom line for each transcript ordered. If you have 100 people on a call and 20 people order the transcript at $15, that's another $300 in your pocket. The rates you charge should depend on the quality of your content (more for harder to find information) and the audience (more for corporate markets with site licenses).

What is a transcript?

Quite simply, it is a word-for-word printed account of your teleseminar. As we talk much more informally than we write, it is a good idea for you to clean your transcripts up for grammar and style. When you look at a seminar transcript, you might see that you've re-started sentences, stumbled over words, or have become redundant. By editing your transcript, you can make yourself sound masterful.

By editing your transcripts, you can also add other material that you forgot to include in the seminar. You might have great thoughts that come to mind, but you couldn't fit them into the live teleseminar. Now, you have the opportunity to add those gems to the transcript.

You can also add additional sales and marketing materials to the transcript to provide you with opportunities for additional income. Of course, any site you have mentioned during your talk will be a live hyperlink, so you should be sure to include your affiliate programs if they are relevant to the session.

How do you sell transcripts?

There are several ways to sell transcripts.

1. Offer the transcript as part of the initial ordering options.

2. Offer the transcript as an upsell after they order the seminar. This is what marketing guru Alex Mandossian calls the "Want fries with that" strategy. He reports a very high conversion rate when he offers the transcript on the up-sell page, or order confirmation page.

If your shopping cart doesn't have an up-sell page, I highly recommend using http://www.MyEasyOnlineStore.com

Dan Janal has been called the Larry King of Teleseminars. He is the president and owner of Great Teleseminars Audio Production Studios, http://www.GreatTeleseminars.com and PR Leads, http://www.prleads.com He has produced more than 500 teleseminars for speakers, authors, trainers, coaches and businesses.

Medical Transcription - Transcription guidelines

Transcription is one of the most profitable services you can provide in your secretarial service. You can provide medical transcription, legal transcription, and business or general transcription.

Provide these guidelines to your transcription clients to get quality transcription work, avoid time delays and mistakes, and reduce transcribing fees.

1. Use a good quality microphone. Position the microphone near all speakers.

2. Check the batteries in the dictation equipment.

3. Use tapes designed for voice dictation. They filter out background noise. Demagnetize and clean tapes regularly.

4. Erase the tape before dictation and indicate the end of the transcription to avoid transcribing old materials.

5. Rewind the tape to the beginning of the dictation.

6. Dictate in a quiet environment. Turn off the TV and radio. Distance the microphone from air conditioners and fans. Avoid noise, music, and acoustics in restaurants, outdoors, and airplanes.

7. Speak clearly. Instruct people not to talk simultaneously. Identify all speakers.

8. Don't eat or drink when dictating.

9. Discuss the purpose of the transcription and style preferences with the transcriptionist. Do you want a verbatim transcript for legal purposes? Do you want to include sounds like uh, um, hmmm? Do you want to indicate laughter and long pauses?

10. Avoid delays and costly revisions by spelling unusual words and words with questionable spelling, i.e. Kathryn, Katherine, Catherine, or Caterine. Provide supporting documents and words the transcriptionist may not be familiar with such as technical terms, names, streets, and cities.

Instruct your transcription clients to provide you with a high quality recording to get an accurate transcript at the lowest possible price.

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4/09/2006

Characteristics of a Quality Medical Transcription School

First and foremost, a good medical transcription school will have a comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for medical transcription training. This does not mean some off-the-shelf program that mixes and matches curriculum and study material from a hodge-podge of medical and non-medical sources. You are looking for a solid A to Z curriculum that was designed by Medical Transcriptionists specifically for medical transcriptionists. There is a big difference. You don’t want a version of anatomy that is adapted from a veterinarian course. Yes, this sounds crazy, but you would be surprised at what you will find out there!

You are looking for a medical transcription school that teaches you the medical terminology, human anatomy, physiology and disease processes, abbreviations and plurals, and a host of other foundation material — all from a medical transcriptionist’s perspective.

Second, and of no less importance, the medical transcription school that you select must have an extremely strong focus on practical application. All the text-book training in the world is insufficient without a strong practicum to go along with it. Sitting in a classroom without applying what you are studying would be like memorizing vocabulary and learning to conjugate verbs in a foreign language and then assuming you could immediately go to that country and speak fluently with the natives. It just isn’t realistic. It takes a lot of practice before you can start actually doing it well.

The best medical transcription schools will not graduate you until you can demonstrate a level of practical competency. And guess what? The way many doctors dictate reports is more reminiscent of a foreign language than anything else. Slurred speech, poor grammar, rapid wording, and run on sentences only serve to exacerbate an already complex and specialized language — the language of medicine!

But in the end, the best way to select the right school is to find out where the national medical transcription employers are recruiting. You can rest assured that they are doing their homework. They will not be in the habit of hiring graduates from institutions that have not proven themselves capable of producing productive graduates. Getting a good job with a great company is really what counts isn’t it? In the ideal world you want the employers to come to you!

About the Author

Chris Dunn created http://www.medicaltranscriptionschool.com in order to help stay-at-home-moms, and others, to find a great career that can fit into their schedules. Visit his site to learn more about this awesome career path.

Is Medical Transcription Certification Necessary?

Becoming a certified medical transcriptionist is really a personal choice. At present, there is no requirement for MTs to become certified at this time.

To become certified you will need to pass an exam given by the AAMT (American Association of Medical Transcriptionists). This is a two part exam, written and practical and takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete. It is a very in depth exam and most MTs take a prep course before taking the exam.

The exam consists of two parts. The first part is a written exam which consists of 120 multiple choice questions about anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, English and grammar, etc. The second part of the exam is a practical test where you transcribe several different reports.

Once certified it means you can use the letters “CMT” (certified medical transcriptionist) behind your name. You must recertify every 3 years.

Certification is highly regarded in some circles of the MT field and some MTs believe it opens doors for better opportunities.

Personally, I feel medical transcription certification is a personal choice. Although, certification gives you the opportunity to prove your skills as an MT, not being certified does not take away from them.

I have never run across a physician or account manager who has asked me whether I am certified or not. They are merely interested that I can efficiently complete the work, follow all the privacy regulations and charge them a reasonable rate.

I don’t know of any MTs who have lacked opportunities due to not being certified either. Again, the choice is a personal one and for some it is a great sense of personal achievement.

If you do decide to become certified, it will be a great personal achievement. It will take a time and financial commitment. At present, the AAMT fee for the CMT exam for US and Canada is $195 US dollars for AAMT members and $275 for non AAMT members. You must also have 2 years experience working as an MT.

Mila Sidman is an experienced MT and owner of http://www.AskTheMT.com -an informative website dedicated to answering all your medical transcription questions.

4/08/2006

Medical transcription - what is medical transcription?

Medical Transcription is the process of interpreting and transcribing the dictation made by doctors or other health care professionals regarding patient status, treatment procedures, diagnoses, prognoses, etc. With medical transcription of dictated data from physicians, the medical transcriptionist may also edit the text that is produced by voice recognition software. Medical Transcription is the translating of dictations made by a doctor. As a result, it requires an extensive knowledge of medical, pharmacological and anatomical terms.

In the past medical transcriptionists would listen to dictations and type it themselves, but with the dawn of technology and voice recognition software, this has become unnecessary and today, for the most part, the medical transcriptionist merely edits the output of the software. However, the editing process can range from a few corrections to major changes because voice recognition software still hasn't been perfected and probably never will be due to the wide variety of speech variations and dictating habits of health care professionals.

Aside from medical knowledge, a quality transcription requires a transcriptionist to have excellent listening skills because they must be able to simultaneously interpret dictation while typing, they must also have an exquisite knowledge of English and grammar, proofreading and editing skills, a high state of analytical skills in order to analyze and convert spoken words into meaningful writing, as well being adept in the use of transcription equipment and computers.

Medical Transcription has been seen as writing in ancient caves and in documents of lost civilizations, but still the purpose of medical transcription and the medical transcriptionist remains the same and that is to keep a record of a patient's medical status and treatment.

However, it wasn't until the late 20th century that Medical transcription was recognized as a profession. Initially, those who did medical transcription were labeled as typists, word processors, medical secretaries or dictating machine operators. This was and still is a highly unjustified job title for those who practice medical transcription because the profession requires a wide knowledge of medical terms. Thus, in 1999, Medical Transcription was assigned its own job classification and those practicing it were officially called medical transcriptionists.

Medical Transcription as a profession is very underground and most people might not have heard about it. However, medical transcription is an essential profession in the every growing health care industry... especially to health care staff that does not have the time to put into writing every single bit of information that they gather from patients. As a result, the demand for qualified medical transcriptionist professionals is continually growing and because the number of new procedures coming into the market doctors don't have the time to transcribe all their findings.

Medical Transcription as a profession is very versatile as well. Medical transcriptionists, can acquire after a few years of education, work from medical transcription firms. Medical Transcription firms receive dictations made by doctors and in turn, these orders are turned over to medical transcriptionists to be transcribed.

A medical transcriptionist can also work full or part-time at home. Currently, the American Association for Medical Transcription is governing body in the United states that certifies Medical transcriptionists, although you won't need a certification to be able to work as one, a certification form the AAMT, will surely increase you're "market value" and credibility.

Medical transcription is no longer merely listening and transcribing the words dictated by a doctor. Medical Transcription is evolving and now requires specific education centering on medical language, knowledge of Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, medical science and procedures, medical instruments, pharmacology, laboratory instruments, laboratory test results, medical reference material techniques and many more.

Kevin Erickson is a contributing writer for: http://www.total-transcription.com and http://www.eyeonnursing.com and http://www.totalparalegal.com.

Online Medical Transcription Course? The Truth

Online Medical Transcription Course? The Truth.
by Chuck Huckaby

Should you take an Online Medical Transcription Course?

The question has at least 2 right answers... depending on YOU!

The answers are:

Yes, if you want a career that can be completely home based and let you earn up to $30,000 per year (or more)!

No, if it's the WRONG career move for you.

If it's the WRONG move, then taking an Online Medical Transcription Course (or off line for that matter)

If you're NOT cut out to be a medical transcriptionist, you could invest $4,000 in books, software, and training (not to mention a brand new computer) and never make a penny doing medical transcription.

So, for better or for worse, I'm going to try to tell you how to decide if an Online Medical Transcription Course is right for you.

From our experience, your choice in an Online Medical Transcription Course should be based on the credentials of the owners of the school.

There are many Medical Transcription schools online and off line that turn out a completely inferior transcriptionist.

In other words, such schools are good at taking your money but not producing qualified trainees.

When Renee chose a school, she chose one where the owners conducted a free orientation at our local community college. Even though the couse was entirely online, it was sponsored by the community college.

Community colleges tend to be so "image conscious" we were sure they'd never sponsor anything remotely "interesting" or "relevant" to the work at home field if the program weren't entirely legitimate. In fact we later learned this program was approved for retraining people who'd lost factory jobs. Is your school state approved for training workers?.

So when the owners were endorsed by working with our community college, we were fairly certain their Online Medical Transcription Course was "for real". If you're just taking a course without such a local endorsement, you may want to investigate DOUBLY HARD.

But there's more to this. A local community college can be wrong. We also suggest going to a school where the owners RAN A REAL MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION BUSINESS... preferably one contracted with a hospital or other large clients with a variety of medical specialities.

It's one thing to type for a single, slow speaking, courteous physician in one specialty. It's another thing entirely to type for 50 doctors from New York City who come from 10 different countries and represent 20 different specialties!

Rest assured though that the owner of an Online Medical Transcription Course who served large multi-specialty practices will know how to produce competent transcriptionists who can live anywhere, work over a DSL line, and make a good living. If you hope to do the same, you need THAT kind of training and NOTHING LESS!

The owners of Renee's school had the air of professionalism about them. They didn't dodge questions. They had plenty of "war stories" about the field and were honest about the earnings potential.

This leads me to another point. If a school says you can make $100,000 per year easily... run in the opposite direction as fast as you can.

To be safe, "on average" according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical transcriptionists earn around $30,000 per year.

Some will earn much more... if they have exceptional typing speed, exceptional hearing, and exceptional desire. Our owners had some transcriptionists who earned $50,000 to $100,000 but that wasn't the norm. Most just wanted a nice, stable income with a certain amount of flexibility.

While it's ok for schools to use their "in house" text books, for the most part, the texts studied and software used should be "off the shelf" commercial grade software and recognized medical texts. In the real world, you will need to upgrade software get new books as new medicines come out, etc. You can't rely on any single school to be expert in all the fields you'll need to master as a transcriptionist so - like a college - a great Online Medical Transcription Course should show you were to get current expert resources in the "real world". Schools only use 100% proprietary curriculum to maximize their own profits. You should be able to buy your materials somewhere besides the school to make sure you're getting the best deal too.

Finally, an Online Medical Transcription Course that's honest about the difficulty should do PRE-SCREENING of applicants.

Orientations, pre-study assessments, sample lessons etc. should be required.

Why? Medical Transcription requires as much pure knowledge as any other medical field. One complaint my wife heard was a fellow student saying "I thought I'd just be typing, not have to go to medical school!" But, really, it's like going to medical school for 3 to 12 months depending on whether you're full time or part time and how hard you'll work. No slackers need show up! This is not a nice slow paced typing job. It's a critical time sensitive component of the medical field with quick, 99.9% accuracy required! Many will not pass the test and you should test yourself to see if you will LOVE doing this work or fail out because you're really bored by it all! No school will turn away people who insist on paying, but some effort should be made to make people understand the magnitude of the task ahead!


Let's summarize: Legitimate Online Medical Transcription Courses should have these characteristics:

1. Owners should have a state approved school if possible 2. Owners should have real world experience in a multi-specialty environment
3. Owners should have been frustrated with the "average graduate" of other schools
4. Owners should be honest about the earnings potential 5. Owners should use recognized expert texts not just their own in house publications 6. Owners should prescreen applicants to screen out those who will just be wasting their money.

Chuck & Renee Huckaby publish an page related to Online Medical Transcription Course information that goes into these and other issues regarding being a medical transcriptionist more deeply and welcome your visit.

Chuck Huckaby publishes 1stHowToWorkAtHome.com. He and his wife Renee publish an information course about whether to enter medical transcription and how to succeed in the field if it's right for you... or how to avoid losing $4,000 by choosing the WRONG Career!

medical transcription - starting a medical transcription business

As a medical transcriptionist, I do get asked several times a month, how I got started in this business. So many people nowadays want to work from home, especially mothers with young children. That's the primary reason I started my home business ten years ago, so I could be there for my daughter. I didn't want someone else taking care of her after school instead of me.

It's really not hard to start a medical transcription business. The start-up costs are low compared to many other home-based businesses.

You need a form of education, via home study courses or by attending your local community college. You do NOT need a degree in medical transcription to start a business either. In a short amount of time, usually nine months or less, you can be working from the comfort of your own home, just like me.

You will need some equipment, such as a computer, a printer, a transcriber, and some reference books. All of which can be purchased second hand if need be. The latest and greatest equipment is not necessary to get started.

Now, there are some special skills you will need, outside of the education, which include:

* Excellent grammar skills

* Good Listening Skills

* Basic computer skills with a word processing program

* Research Skills

* Ability to type - your speed will increase with experience

* Must be detail oriented

* Ability to work on your own

* Ability to maintain work deadlines and be a self-motivator You will also need some computer programs such as a medical spellchecker and a word expander utility to cut down on the amount of actual typing you do. Some programs, such as Microsoft Word® include this type of utility. It is the best invention by far, in my opinion.

Basic bookkeeping is necessary, but not difficult. A good bookkeeper is great to have when it comes to taxes and advising you about saving money with tax deductions for your business.

Medical transcription is usually paid by the amount of work transcribed. Therefore, it is quite normal to charge your clients by the line. If you charge 13 cents per line and type 200 lines per hour, (this is a very comfortable speed to type) your hourly rate would end up being about $26.00.

Being self-employed does have some pitfalls. One must consider, as with any home based business, that once you become self-employed you are responsible for securing your own health insurance, and putting away money for retirement.

However, there are many positive things about being self-employed, as I'm sure you can imagine. For me, what I love the most, is the flexibility I have with my time. If I want to work late in the day I can, and if I want to work early in the morning, that's up to me. Running a home-based medical transcription business is a lot of fun.

Medical transcription is not for everyone, and it is important before venturing in to any business that you weigh up the pros and cons of it all and do what is best for your situation.

Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and author of an Ebook about starting a medical transcription business. Click here for more information about starting a medical transcription business.

12/11/2005

Transcription: An Opportunity For You

For many, transcription work is a life saver. It is good work. It is a job that is likely to be needed for a long time. And, it provides you with the flexibility that you need. Some times, transcription can be done from home. Other times, it can only be done through the use of specific computers at a location. Nonetheless, there are some things that you will need to do in order to get a job in transcription.

While many places on the web would like you to think that there are endless opportunities for individuals looking for transcription work, the fact is that there are only a few and those that are out there want skilled individuals. There are some opportunities available to those who want to do transcription from their homes, but again, these companies want individuals who are trained. You may find that many companies offer the work to you to do at home if you have the necessary equipment as well as the necessary skills.

So, how do you get the skills that you need for transcription? You can get them on the web or in a traditional school setting. On the web, you can learn how to transcribe at various online schools. Many universities carry this field and help you to get job placement as well. If you really would like to get into transcription, you can do so simply by getting into the right schools to start with.

But, remember that there are no guarantees in transcription either. Many companies may have openings now, but that does not mean that they will down the line. In many cases, you are likely to find companies that offer only a small amount of work to you. Although there are jobs available in transcription, you will need to be high quality, skilled and willing to work hard to get and keep them.

For more information please see http://www.transcription-corner.co.uk

Medical Transcription - Does Voice Recognition Replace the Need for Typing?

A few years ago we thought typing was passé. We would no longer have to struggle with typing. And our children may not have to learn how to type anymore. My aged mother was thrilled because she never learned to type and thought this was the answer to her prayers. Typing, at last, was on the trash heap of technology, because of this "new and improved" invention ... Voice Recognition Software.

Did voice recognition come to pass? Well not exactly! In fact, voice recognition technology has been a great disappointment.

If you have ever used voice recognition software on cell phones, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Not only do you have to train the cell phone to recognize your voice but you have to interface with the name in your address book as you say it.

It hasn't been very dependable. The success rate of this feature has been less than steller and for the most part very frustrating. Often you have to repeat (or yell) the name over and over to initiate the call (most times resorting to dialing it yourself).

Similarly, voice recognition software for the computer promised to be a panacea to those who were "keyboard challenged" but it too has fallen short of the promises.

Most doctors thought that voice recognition would eliminate the need to outsource medical transcription. Not so! Most don't have the time nor the patience to "train" the voice recognition software. If you are tempted to try it, expect a long learning curve.

If you would only use your computer in a closed silent room, never have a cold or other voice altering condition, and don't have an accent, voice recognition software would work and be fabulous most of the time. But how often are you in that situation? The conditions in my life are never perfect for voice recognition. I am either talking on the phone with my children or husband, or in the room with the radio or TV. Thunder, lighting, hail and petulance, there is always something disturbing my silence. When working at my laptop I maybe at Starbucks, the airport or a restaurant, all very noisy places affecting voice recognition software.

The ability to type quickly and accurately is crucial for everyday life. Typing speed will affect how fast you can do research, surf the Web, write papers, and save time in school and the rest of their life! Every job requires typing skills.

Typing is important for school work starting as early as elementary grade level. Life will be a lot easier for your children if they learn correct typing techniques at a young age. Did you now that typing has been shown to improve spelling, writing, language skills, and grades.

Maybe in the future someone will perfect a voice recognition system that can be used in our noisy lives…but now… Happy Typing!

Pam Connolly is a professional educator with the San Diego School District. She has been teaching kids how to type for over 11 years. To teach your child typing, visit http://www.1stoplearntotype.com To improve your child's memory, visit http://www.1stopezmemory.com

Professional Transcription and Your Business

Got stacks of audio tapes that need to be converted to a more user-friendly format? Professional transcription services may be the answer.

Professional transcriptionists can take standard or micro cassette tapes and produce a typed version of the text in a format that's clear, consistent and correct. They can create transcripts of taped meetings, training sessions, seminars and conventions, as well as dictated letters, reports and manuscripts. Once the information is transcribed, you can easily email, fax or post it to a Website.

Accuracy Is Essential

Transcribing actually covers a variety of services. It can include whatever editing is necessary to make a report or letter 'flow'. It can also include the tweaking sentence syntax, adjusting paragraphs, removing redundancies, and repairing general grammatical errors.

For some professions, a high degree of accuracy in transcripts is crucial. For example, medical transcriptionists must carefully listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and accurately transcribe them into reports, correspondence and other administrative materials that eventually become part of patients' permanent files. Their ability to understand and correctly transcribe patient assessments and treatments reduces the chance of patients receiving ineffective or even harmful treatments and ultimately ensures high quality patient care.

Accuracy in transcripts is equally as important in other fields. In legal matters, it's essential because all testimony must be rendered exactly as it's spoken. Likewise, police detectives require precise transcripts of statements by suspects and witnesses. In the corporate arena, letters, meetings and training sessions must be properly transcribed for the sake of effective education and communication.

Requirements For A Good Transcriptionist

Whether you need medical, legal or general transcribing for your business, accurate transcribing requires a unique set of skills. But if your staff lacks the expertise or time to transcribe materials in house, an outside company can easily fill the void.

Working with an outside vendor offers a variety of cost-saving benefits, including:

- No cost of special equipment.

- No hourly employee downtime. You pay only for production.

- No Social Security, payroll or unemployment taxes.

- No medical insurance benefits, paid vacations and sick leave

But before you run out and hire the first transcription company available, make sure it has the skills to meet your needs. The outsourcer you choose should be:

- Well-versed in the English language

- Knowledgeable of the rules of grammar

- Familiar with your industry

- Easily accessible for questions

For more information about professional transcription services, contact Kate Smalley, Connecticut Secretary, at 203-641-3739 or mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com

Copyright 2004, Kate Smalley - Connecticut Secretary - Freelance Secretarial and Transcription Services - http://www.connecticutsecretary.com

11/12/2005

Medical Transcription - A decent living or a scam?

Home Medical Transcription : A Decent Living or a Scam?
by Stephen Bucaro

No doubt you have seen many ads by medical transcription schools claiming that you can make big money typing medical transcription at home. Can you really make a good living doing medical transcription at home, or is it just another
scam? In this article, you'll learn the honest facts about home medical transcription.

Can you really make a decent living doing home medical transcription? Yes and no.

Yes - Many people are earning $50,000 to $80,000 or more per year typing medical transcription at home. They work
where they want, when they want, and as much as they want. The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be
done FAR exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. When I say the demand exceeds the supply, I mean the
situation is desperate.

No - Reading a few booklets and listening to a few tapes will not make you into an instant $50,000 per year medical
transcriptionist. If you're not ready to commit to between six months and a year of hard study and practice, find
another means of earning a living.

Typing medical transcription is not like typing a letter to your mother. It's far more challenging. Below are some of the challenges you must be prepared to meet.

1. You must have a good understanding of medical terminology. You need to know how to spell the names of the latest medical conditions, drugs, medical tests, treatments, and procedures, and just knowing how to spell them is not enough. Because of challenge #2 decribed below, you need to have some familiarity with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition. It's difficult to learn this with a mail order medical transcription course. This type of knowledge comes from experience.

You don't need to be familiar with ALL medical terminology. Many transcriptionists specialize in specific areas such as gastroenterology or opthalmology. However, when you want to go on vacation, you'll need someone else to take over your work while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation, and they may be transcribing to a different field than you're familiar with.

2. You need to be able to extract the transcription from a noisy electronic recording. Unfortunately, many doctors mumble, garble, don't enunciate, don't speak up, or talk too fast when they dictate. Combine the above problems with a thick, foreign accent and you can have real dificulty understanding what the doctor is saying. In many instances, the only way you will be able to decipher what the doctor is saying is if you are familiar with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition.

Doctors dictate "on the fly". They don't have time to think about proper sentence construction as the words emanate from their mouth. Frequently the sentence they started doesn't make any sense or has an error by the time they get to the end. Do you edit what the doctor said, or just type the jiberish as dictated? Usually a doctor appreciates when you clean up their dictation. On the other hand, medical documents are often presented as evidence in legal actions. You're taking on liability if you change what the doctor actually said.

Many transcriptionists have their own group of doctors that they type for and eventually become familiar with the
idiosyncracies of each doctor. This makes understanding what they are saying much easier; however, when a you go on
vacation, someone else will need to cover the doctors while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation. You won't be familiar with how the doctors dictate.

3. To make the earnings cited above, you need to be able to sit and type for long hours. You need to isolate yourself
from the noise and distraction of other human beings (and some pets) and pound on that keyboard hour after hour. As
I stated earlier, the amount of medical transcription work available far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. Some transcriptionists let greed take control of them and sit at the computer for 16 hours seven days per week. They get accustom to a $100,000 a year lifestyle. But what does it do for their health?

Medical transcription companies charge more for "fast turn around". Some pass part of this money onto the transcriptionist, others just demand the work get done immediately. In either case, fast turn around work prevents you from controlling your own working hours.

Now that I've discouraged you, the fact is that many medical transcriptionists do work where they want, when they want, as much as they want, and earn a respectable living. If you're up to the challenge, how do you became a medial transcriptionist?

Training...

You'll need to be proficient in the use of a computer. You'll need to be a fast typist. If you can't type as fast as the doctor dictates, you'll be working hard with the foot pedal to move back and forth in the recording. You must be comfortable using a Word Processing application such as Microsoft Word or Workperfect. You'll need to know how to format documents and how to use macros. If you don't use macros you'll be typing the same phrases over and over.

If you decide to sign up for a medical transcription course, make sure the course provides plenty of authentic
dictations. You cannot become a medical transcriptionist by just reading medical terminology. You need to hear it
spoken. Just listening to terms being pronounced is of limited use. You need to hear the terms used in a sentence.
Simulated medical dictations are fine, but you need some practice with actual medical dictations.

Find a course that teaches basic anatomy and physiology along with terminology.

The best way to learn...

The best way to learn is with on-the-job training. If you have a doctor friend or family member who does dictations, ask them if you can transcribe a low-priority dictaion for practice. If you're working at a clinic or hospital as a secretary or receptionist, investigate how the transcription gets done and volunteer to help.

Start out with a specific type of transcription such as letters or office notes in specficic specialities. As you get more experience, your speed will improve and you can branch out into other types of transcriptions for other specialties.

The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be done far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work.
Yes, you can make a decent living doing home medical transcription. You can work where you want, when you want,
and as much as you want. But, medical transcription is an occupation only for those who are prepared to meet the
challenge.

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10/28/2005

Secrets of Happy Moms

Secrets Of Happy Moms
Carrie Lauth

Have you ever noticed how some Moms seem to be very contented
and confident in their role as Mothers, and others seem
chronically stressed and approaching burnout? Why are some Moms
unflappable and able to keep their sense of humor, while others
overreact to the slightest stressors in their day?

I'm currently observing and interviewing these happy Moms as I
conduct research for an upcoming book. While all Moms are
different, these women usually have several of the following
traits in common.

1) They keep it simple.
I know one Mom who grocery shops every two weeks and buys the
exact same thing every time to prepare the same menu of 14
dinners. Why does she do this? She's picked the family's
favorite meals for her menu to save herself time and arguments
at the dinner table. Anyone with kids knows they like to eat
the same things over and over! This Mom has decided not to
reinvent the wheel twice a month. This is just one example of
keeping it simple.

2) They teach their kids to be independent.
This doesn't mean they leave them to their own devices all day.
But a smart Mom knows that a 2 year old can put a dish in the
dishwasher, a 4 year old can prepare his own peanut butter and
jelly sandwich, and a 7 year old can sweep a floor (albeit
imperfectly!). Call it "outsourcing" for Moms.

3) They drop the SuperMom complex.
Not sweating the small stuff seems to be a common trait of
happy Moms. They learn to pick their battles. Getting buckled
into a car seat? Not negotiable. Pink paisley pants with the
orange plaid shirt? Fashion creativity.

Happy Moms also realize that being an awesome Mom doesn't mean
being a perfect Mom. 'Nuff said.

4) They can often be overheard repeating the phrase "This too
shall pass".
It doesn't mean that bothersome behavior in kids should be
overlooked, for discipline is a huge time saver in the end. It
means that Moms realize that children are...well, uncivilized
creatures, and that much uncivilized behavior will simply go
away on its own as the child matures. Smart Moms are also
keenly aware of their child's development and don't expect more
of them than they are able to give.

5) Smart Moms take care of themselves.
They don't blame the baby for their extra weight when the baby
in question is potty trained! They put emphasis on good
nutrition, avoiding too much by way of stimulants (caffeine,
sugar), they get adequate rest, and daily exercise. They
realize that you can't pour from an empty bucket.

6) They live in the moment.
Happy Moms realize that the days are long but the years short.
It's not that they are impervious to stress, it's that they
have learned to lower their expectations and be in the moment
when things get difficult. When your toddler is puking all over
the house, this is not the time to reorganize the hall closet. A
sick day then turns into a time to create sweet memories of
hours spent reading and cuddling on the couch.

7) They don't worry about what others think.
Whether it's the disapproving glare from the old lady in the
checkout line, the Mother in law who is convinced you're
starving the baby by breastfeeding, or the Pediatrician whose
medical advice strays into parenting advice, happy Moms learn
not to give too much weight to the opinions of those who don't
live in their home.

8) In other words, they trust their instincts.
Whether it's taking the baby to bed with them so they can get
more sleep or taking a bullied child out of public school,
smart Moms know that they are the expert of their own babies.

9) Happy Moms have "something else"
It may be a part time home based business or a hobby like belly
dancing. These Moms know that some day their babies will fly the
coop, and they make sure they have a passion that will give them
purpose when that happens.


Carrie Lauth is the author of the upcoming
book: "Awesome Moms: 187 Years of Mothering Wisdom". Take a
sneak peak at http://www.momswisdom.com. For more great
articles and resources for Moms doing things the natural way,
visit http://www.natural-moms.com

Medical Transcription - Questions to ask when starting a home business

How To Start a Home Based Business: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself
Charles Fuchs

Many people dream of working at home but wonder how to start a home based business. There are a multitude of potential opportunities out there for the person looking how to start a home based business that can get a person confused before they even start. There are three important questions to ask that will help you to better determine how to start a home based business that will work well for you.

It is important that you know how to start a home based business that will work well for you and your interests. Yet, you should understand why you want to have your own home based business before you jump into how to start your own home based business. Ask yourself your reasons for starting this type of business. Do you want to set your own hours and be your own boss? Do you not feel fulfilled by what you are currently doing or do you have a great business idea in mind? How to start a home based business will depend on your passion for the type of work involved in running your own business.

The passion and desire for working at home and being your own boss is the first important step in determining how to start a home based business, but you also need to know if you are ready to deal with the hard work involved. You will need to be flexible, quick thinking, and patient as you are learning how to start a home based business. There are some days that will require you to put in excruciatingly long hours and sometimes work through the weekend. As you learn how to start your home based business, you will also need the support of your family. Plus, you will need a passion for what you are doing. If you do not like what you are doing, learning how to start a home based business will matter very little, because the hard work will be more discouraging.

Finally, an important part of learning how to start a home based business is assessing your skills. You do not need to be an expert in everything, but you will need to get some expert advice and learn to do things you may not always enjoy like filing, typing, making cold calls, etc. In learning how to start a home based business, you will see that you need to develop better business, time-management, and organizational skills. If you do not have these skills, you will want to use resources to develop them.

Learning how to start a home based business depends quite a bit on the answers to these questions, as they will tell you if learning how to start a home based business is right for you and what skills you will need to develop. As you move along the process you will find that how to start a home based business for you may be different than someone else, so look into other similar business and do not be afraid to ask for advice.

Copyright © Charles Fuchs is an established online marketer who specializes in helping people start their very own Home Based Business. Download the Free Home Based Business Manual Absolutely Free (a $97 Value!). Free Information: http://www.home-based-business-world.com/

10/19/2005

Medical Transcription - Creating a business strategy

Creating a Business Strategy
Hans Hasselfors

On a scale of one to ten, having a good business strategy rates about a fifteen!

No matter what kind of business you have -- whether you sell products or a service, as the saying goes, "if you fail to plan, then you're really planning to fail."

Creating a strategy can mean the difference between you working 60 to 80 hours a week all year long -- and then breaking even, or worse, losing money.

On the other hand, many successful entrepreneurs who have a strategy work fewer hours and make piles of money -- and they usually attribute their success to having a strategic plan and following it.

So what is strategic business management? Very simply, it's the process of defining the goals and objectives for your business, creating an action plan so you can reach them and then following the plan.

How do you create a strategic plan for you business?

1. First, know what your vision for your company is. If there were no barriers, nothing stopping you from taking your company as far as you could -- what would that look like?

2. Next, what are your company's core operating values? What are its guiding principles? In other words, why are you in business and how do you do business?

3. Now create a 3 to 5 year plan. Your long-term plan is based on the broad objectives that will help you get from where you are now, to where you want to be.

4. Develop a plan for this year. These are the specific objectives you plan to accomplish this year that will lead you closer to your long-term goals. Remember to be "SMART" when setting your annual goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-oriented). Include a list of the barriers that are stopping you from getting where you want to go. Figure out what resources you've already got, and what resources you need to get you past those barriers. And then create an action plan that clearly lays out how you will achieve your goals. Involve key employees with this part of the planning process.

5. Create a set of milestones or benchmarks. This is very important, so that you can measure your progress.

6. Share the plan with your employees, and anyone else who will be involved in the process. Your annual strategy is the roadmap that will make sure everyone ends up at the same destination -- but to be effective, everyone needs the same map!

7. Put the plan into action. Now that you have the roadmap, it's time to begin the journey.

8. Check your progress. Just like any trip, you need to check the map every now and then; to be sure you're still on the right road. If something isn't working, the sooner you figure it out and make the necessary adjustments, the sooner you'll be back on track.

9. Follow the same cycle next year. (Dream, Plan, Act, Check).

Creating a business strategy and following it will ensure that you enjoy the journey as much as getting to your final destination.

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Medical Transcription - A home based business means easy money

A Home Based Business Means Quick, Easy Money...And Pigs Will Fly
By Kirk Bannerman

Yup, here come those wonderful flying pigs!

Where does it ever end? I've been involved with Internet-based
home businesses for several years and I continue to be exposed to
a seemingly endless barrage of offers (all costing me money, of
course) claiming to be "the secret" for making a fantastic income,
in a very short time, and with very little effort involved.

I must admit that I may have a slightly self-serving reason for
addressing this topic. My articles are published on my
home-based business websites for the purpose of trying to give
prospective team members a true sense of what is really involved
with starting and developing a successful home based business.
The self-serving part, I suppose, is that I want people joining
my team to have the straight scoop going in so that we don't
waste each other's time. I admit to being selfish in this
regard (I don't want to waste time working with people that have
unrealistic expectations), but it is also very efficient for
both parties involved, so it is not a totally one-way thing.

Now, back to the topic at hand. There's no magic here, folks.
Once you have selected the home business that you are going to
pursue, there are no substitutes for time and effort in
developing your business. A dream of being an "overnight
success" is just that, a dream.

I can tell you from personal experience, that once you "pay your
dues" and begin to have real success with a home based business,
it is really terrific. Think about Nirvana or Valhalla, take
your pick, but in any event it's really sweet.

When I started developing a home based business, making a good
income was obviously an objective, but I also had other
sub-objectives. One of the most important things was to have
nearly total time flexibility (I mean, if I was willing to
continue to wear the 9-5 Mon-Fri collar I could just have just
stayed in the previously "traditional" work force).

Time flexibility was (and still is) a "biggie" for me. Many
people working at home have the same need for various reasons.
For work at home moms, a home business can be a real godsend to
accommodate the hectic time pressures, particularly when the kids
are quite young and mom is also spelled "transportation".

In my own particular case, the reason is not quite so noble...I
just want (need?) to be able to pick up my fly rod and go fishing
at a moments notice (sometimes I'll be gone for a week or two at
a time, but now the business has enough momentum that it keeps on
operating just as well as if I were here tending to it on a
daily basis).

Bear in mind, I am only able do the breakaway thing now that I
have put in all the up-front time and effort and now have
developed enough kinetic energy in my home-based Internet
business to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Kirk Bannerman operates a successful home based business and
coaches others seeking to start their own home based business.
Visit his website at
Legitimate Home Based Business
for more details.

10/12/2005

The Benton Courier

The Benton Courier: "Since Bailey's stroke, Bobbi Dettmer has dedicated all of her time to her daughters. When they sleep is when I do medical transcription, she said."

10/02/2005

Maybe You SHOULD Worry About Your PR!

Especially if your public relations budget is all about tactics
like brochures, special events, talking to reporters and press
releases.

Please don't get me wrong. Communications tactics are
valuable devices which we call upon from time-to-time to
move a message from here to there.

But, as a business, non-profit or association manager,
you can omit the best public relations has to offer, the crème
de la crème of PR!

Try this on for size. The core public relations mission
pulls together the resources and action planning needed to
alter individual perception leading to changed behaviors
among a business, non-profit, or association's most
important outside audiences. Then it goes on to help a
manager persuade those key folks to his or her way of
thinking, and then, moves them to take actions that
allow their department, group, division or subsidiary
to succeed.

Now, there's a real theory behind that mission, and it's
the underlying premise of public relations: People act
on their own perception of the facts before them, which
leads to predictable behaviors about which something
can be done. When we create, change or reinforce that
opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to-
desired-action the very people whose behaviors affect
the organization the most, the public relations mission
is usually accomplished.

It's comforting to note that the right public relations
planning really CAN alter individual perception and
lead to changed behaviors among key outside audiences.
AND equally encouraging when you remember that
your PR effort must demand more than special events,
news releases and talk show tactics if you are to receive
the quality public relations results you believe you deserve.

And those results won't be long in coming, especially when
capital givers or specifying sources begin to look your
way; customers begin to make repeat purchases;
membership applications start to rise; new proposals
for strategic alliances and joint ventures start showing
up; politicians and legislators begin looking at you as
a key member of the business, non-profit or association
communities; welcome bounces in show room visits
occur; community leaders begin to seek you out; and
prospects actually start to do business with you.

Help is at hand because the public relations people
assigned to you can be of real use for your new opinion
monitoring project because they are already in the
perception and behavior business. But be certain that
the PR folks really accept why it's SO important to
know how your most important outside audiences
perceive your operations, products or services. Above
all, be sure they believe that perceptions almost always
result in behaviors that can help or hurt your operation.

Layout the plans for your PR staff re: monitoring and
gathering perceptions by questioning members of your
most important outside audiences. Ask questions like
these: how much do you know about our organization?
Have you had prior contact with us and were you pleased
with the interchange? Are you familiar with our services
or products and employees? Have you experienced
problems with our people or procedures?

Bringing in survey firms to do the opinion gathering
work can cost a lot more than using those PR folks of
yours in that monitoring capacity. But whether it's your
people or a survey firm asking the questions, the
objective remains the same: identify untruths, false
assumptions, unfounded rumors, inaccuracies,
misconceptions and any other negative perception that
might translate into hurtful behaviors.

Here, you have to set a goal aiming for action on the
most serious problem areas you uncovered during your
key audience perception monitoring. Will it be to
straighten out that dangerous misconception? Correct
that gross inaccuracy? Or, stop that potentially painful
rumor dead?

Naturally a goal requires a strategy to show you how
to reach it. Just three strategic options are available to
you when it comes to solving perception and opinion
problems. Change existing perception, create perception
where there may be none, or reinforce it. The wrong
strategy pick will taste like spare ribs with lemon sauce.
So be certain your new strategy fits well with your new
public relations goal. You certainly don't want to select
"change" when the facts dictate a strategy of reinforcement.

Now your people must do some good writing. You must
prepare a persuasive message that will help move your key
audience to your way of thinking. It must be a carefully-
written message aimed directly at your key external
audience. Select your very best writer because s/he must
come up with language that is not merely compelling,
persuasive and believable, but clear and factual if they are
to shift perception/opinion towards your point of view
and lead to the behaviors you have in mind.

It's time to pick out the communications tactics most likely
to carry your message to the attention of your target
audience. There are many waiting for you. From speeches,
facility tours, emails and brochures to consumer briefings,
media interviews, newsletters, personal meetings and many
others. But be certain that the tactics you pick are known to
reach folks just like your audience members.

How you communicate your message is a concern because
the credibility of any message is always fragile. Which is
why you may wish to unveil your corrective message
before smaller meetings and presentations rather than
using higher-profile news releases.

If the thought of a progress report appeals to you, you must
begin a second perception monitoring session among
members of your external audience in order to measure
headway. You can use many of the same questions used in
your benchmark session. But this time, you will be on
guard for signs that the bad news perception is being
altered in your direction.

In the event the program slows down, you can always speed
things up by adding more communications tactics as well as
increasing their frequencies.

Worry can be healthy, too. Especially when it moves you
away from a major emphasis on communications tactics
and on to a plan for doing something positive about the
behaviors of those important external audiences of yours
that most affect your operation. And particularly so when
you persuade those key outside folks to your way of
thinking by helping to move them to take actions that
allow your department, division or subsidiary to succeed.

Bob Kelly counsels and writes for business, non-profit and
association managers about using the fundamental premise of public
relations to achieve their operating objectives. He has published
over 200 articles on the subject which are listed at EzineArticles.com,
click Expert Author, click Robert A. Kelly. He has been DPR, Pepsi-Cola
Co.; AGM-PR, Texaco Inc.; VP-PR, Olin Corp.; VP-PR, Newport
News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; director of communications, U.S.
Department of the Interior, and deputy assistant press secretary, The
White House. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Columbia
University, major in public relations.
mailto:bobkelly@TNI.net Visit:www.PRCommentary.com

9/23/2005

IR // News // VA embezzler ordered to repay $46,000

IR // News // VA embezzler ordered to repay $46,000: "Gard was a Veterans Administration employee at Fort Harrison, and also did contract work, providing medical transcription typing services. She overstated her line counts on fraudulent invoices submitted to the VA between Sept. 2001 and November 2003, causing her to be overpaid by $46,356. "

9/20/2005

Medical Transcription - starting a business on a budget

Starting Your Home Based Business on a Shoestring Budget
Copyright © Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy
http://www.PlugInProfitSite.com/main-6169

Whether seeking a supplemental income or a full-time income,
many folks have undertaken the task to discover a viable home
based business solution to meet their personal needs.

For most folks who contemplate a home business, a low-cost or
no-cost solution is not only nice, but also very necessary. Many
also seek to find a home business that will permit them to
maintain their regular day job in order to protect their base
income.

Taking the cautious approach to a home based business and
keeping one's job during the start-up period is often a very
good decision. By maintaining one's job, one can maintain the
health of their personal finances while permitting their home
business grow healthy and strong.

Fortunately, most home based businesses can be started with
little or no cash, can be maintained on a shoestring budget, and
can be operated successfully with only a part-time investment.

One day, the business will be strong enough to support itself
and its owner. When that time comes, it will make good sense for
the business owner to leave his or her outside job to dedicate
more time to growing and maintaining their new thriving home
based business. You will know when that time has finally arrived.

The nature of a home based business makes it easy and very
realistic for most folks to take the plunge into home business
ownership.

Yet, many folks put off starting their own home based business,
because they have the misconception that they will have to risk
thousands of their own hard-earned dollars at start-up. Then
later, if their business fails, they fear they may be forced to
take out a second mortgage on their house just to stay out of
bankruptcy.

Are you one of these folks? Do you let your fears of failure
keep you from reaching for your dreams?

If so, then allow me to introduce you to a few home business
ideas that you can start for less than $100 and can be started
and operated very profitably as a part-time business.


THE LIFEBLOOD OF ALL SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES

First of all, let me advise you to search out a business model
that will deliver steady and repeat business. It is the one
thing --- above all others --- that will assure that your
company can survive the test of time.


HOME-BASED MAIL ORDER:
Home-based mail order is a good example of how one can quickly
grow a home business income. Mail order is a low cost start-up
business that can be launched for around $100 USD.

With proper planning, your home-based mail order business will
not require up-front inventory purchases. In the mail order
business, it is not uncommon to rely upon drop-shippers for
product fulfillment services.

By utilizing drop-shippers, we can sell the products, collect
the money and then purchase the products from the wholesale
outlet. The wholesale outlet will then put a return address for
your company on the product packaging and deliver the product
directly to your customer.

By using the following link, you can explore the drop-ship
directory, which will let you explore the drop-shipping
companies that will enable you sell 500,000 products from over
1,000 brand name manufacturers:

http://www.home-business.com/dropship.html

Your primary expense in the mail-order business is advertising.
Classified advertising tends to be a relatively inexpensive form
of advertising with thousands of outlets available to the small
business owner.


WHOLESALE BUSINESS:
Buy low --- sell high. You can acquire high quality,
top-of-the-line merchandise for a fraction of the retail cost.
Starting a wholesale business would require a Wholesale Dealers
Directory as your source for merchandise, such as the one above
or the one listed here:

http://www.home-business.com/auction.html


AUCTIONS:
Auctions can be an excellent source for buying cheap and selling
high. Both government auctions and Internet auctions can lead to
some excellent profit opportunities. Auctions are an excellent
tool for both acquiring and selling merchandise.


MAKE AND SELL YOUR CRAFTS:
Crafts are a hot seller at country fairs, swap meets or anyplace
where people gather. Make your own crafts and sell them for a
tidy profit!


SELLING INFORMATION:
Selling information by mail is another good example of an
inexpensive home based business start-up. One can gain the
resale rights to information for usually about $50 USD. Other
costs will include printer cartridges, paper and postage. There
are plenty of free classifieds sites on the Internet, in which
to successfully advertise your information.


WRITE INFORMATIONAL BOOKLETS:
Write and publish your own informational booklets; sell them at
a high price! All you need is a little know-how, a printer,
paper and stamps. This is a GREAT home business idea! You can
also sell the resale rights to others, for extra profits. In
this age of the Internet, you may also take advantage of the
fact that selling information is one of the most profitable
endeavors one can pursue online.


OFFICE SERVICES:
Offer office services for hire in your local paper. You'll be
surprised at the amount of regular office business that can be
gleaned from one little classified ad. Word processing, typing,
accounting, data entry, proofreading, transcription, promotional
letters and newsletters. All these tasks can be accomplished
right from your own home office.


AVON REPRESENTATIVE:
Yes, Avon's been around for eternity, hasn't it? Then it's not
such a bad prospect as a home based business, is it? I once knew
a woman who did so much business as an Avon rep. that she had
people calling her and knocking at her door wanting to order
products at all hours of the day and night! Once you are an
established Avon representative, you, too, will turn a good
profit.


CONCLUSION:
On your search for the ideal home based business, try not to get
caught up in any scams that will run off with your money. There
are thousands of scam artists out there just waiting for the
next sucker to come along. Remember, if it sounds too good to be
true, then it probably is. Just use your good judgement and
invest wisely in proven methods of earning extra income.

Stone Evans Will Personally Build A Money Making Website
Just For You That's 100% Ready To Take Orders And Pull In
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Medical Transcription - marketing with signs

Sign On Your Car

As our cities sprawl with growth each year, many of us find ourselves commuting ever longer distances to work. Long commutes in slow traffic are making signs on automobiles an effective low-cost way to advertise.

You can use magnetic signs, window stickers, or have yourmessage painted on the side of your car, van, or tuck. Check the Yellow Pages for a printer, sign company, or banner maker who can provide your signs.

Online check:
http://www.signsquick.com
http://www.goldsword.com/signtech/samples.html

Because we tend to drive along with the same clump of cars for significant distances, people can see your sign for 15 to20 minutes. Your signs can work as a prolonged highway infomercial.

An old media trick is to number your vehicles. One station had two vans: number 3 and number 7. People thought they had a whole fleet.

Kevin Nunley provides marketing and copy writing. Read all his free tips at http://DrNunley.com Reach Kevin at kevin@drnunley.com or 603-249-9519.

9/19/2005

Medical Transcription - Business Resources

Government Resources

There is a wealth of information available on the Internet about starting and operating a business from home. In addition to web sites, these organizations have local branches that can tell you what licenses and permits you need in your town. Here are some useful web sites.

Small Business Administration
http://www.sba.gov
800-827-5722

The SBA's Online Women's Business Center
http://www.onlinewbc.org

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
http://www.score.org
800-827-5722

9/17/2005

Medical Transcription - 6 Amazing Secrets

6 Amazing Secrets To Work At Home Success
By Vernette Carbon

Are you a stay at home mom or dad who would like to work from home? Maybe you have a job outside the home, but you're tired of juggling your job and your kids, especially when your child is sick and needs you.

You'd like to work from home, but it seems as though there are no legitimate jobs out there. You don't really want to start a home-based business from scratch, but would love to work from home.

Well let me tell you a little secret, knowledge is power. And there are 15 strategies you must apply if you want to be successful in landing a work at home job or contract These 15 strategies will definitely help you beat out your competition.

Let me share with you 6 of the 15 strategies I've used and continue to use to increase my chances of obtaining home-based jobs and contracts over and over again.

1. You Must Acquire A Specialized Skill The secret to landing a home-based job or independent contract and keeping it forever is to acquire a specialized skill, or start a career in a field that is completely recession proof and in high demand but has a low supply of skilled workers.

For instance, people will always get sick. So therefore doctors will always need Medical transcriptionists. Another example; companies will always have quarterly meetings and will always need general transcriptionists to transcribe reports, minutes, etc.

If you lose your home-based job today, you can apply for another one tomorrow and land another job within a week or two. How am I so sure about this? Well I've done it over and over again as a general transcriptionist, and Cyber Agent (Call Center Customer Service Rep) for the past five and a half years. The jobs and independent contracts in these fields are in abundance.

As an example, let's look at Medical Transcriptionist. Just go to your search engine and type in the keywords, "Medical Transcription Companies." You will see hundreds of medical transcription companies listed. Just visit a few of the web sites and check to see if there's an "employment," "Career," "Join us," "Contact," etc., tab on the web site. I'm sure you'll find several job openings.

2. Don't work at home for the wrong reasons.

Too many people want to work at home for the wrong reasons. Never tell an employer that you want to work at home because you need to spend more time with your children. That will certainly seem selfish to an employer, and you would never get hired. Most employers don't care whether you want to stay at home with your children or not. Wanting to work from home to spend more time with your children is not really a wrong reason, but in an employer's mind it is.

Why not look at it this way; working from home would enable you to be more productive in the sense that you would not miss work when your children are sick. Also if some other family issues arise you can take care of it without calling in sick. Wouldn't this be more beneficial to the employer instead of saying you want to work at home to spend more time with the kids?

3. Be Professional At All Times

When applying for a home-based job, never respond to an ad via email stating, "I'm interested in the work-at-home (data entry) position." This is quite unprofessional. Once you find a home-based job vacancy, apply by sending your cover letter and resume, or fill out an online application.

If the employer didn't ask for a cover letter in the job vacancy ad, please send one anyway. Never send a resume without a cover letter. It will get thrown in the trash. Please customize each cover letter with information tailored to that specific job advertisement.

4. Never Send Your Resume As An Attachment Unless The ad States That You Can Do So

The hiring manager might never open the attachment. Also, never copy and paste your resume into the body of your email and send it to an employer. It will change format by the time it reaches to the employer, and will look like a jumbled mess. You must create an ASCII/Plain Text resume and cover letter. For more information on how to do this please visit the following web sites, http://resume.monster.com/dosanddonts/email/Index.asp or http://www.eresumeiq.com/ABC.html.

5. Follow Instructions

When responding to a job vacancy announcement please make sure you follow the ad instructions. If the ad asks for specific information please do exactly as it says. For instance, if the ad says, please describe home office equipment, make sure you mention in your cover letter exactly what equipment you have in your home office.

I was once commended by an employer for being the only job applicant, out of

hundreds to actually follow the specific instructions in the job ad. I was hired for this home-based job mainly because I followed instructions, not because I was more qualified than all the other applicants.

6. Reduce Your Job Search Time Finding a job using the Internet can be a frustrating, time-consuming endeavor because there are literally 1000's of job boards and work at home resources. And don't forget the Job newsgroups and the regional newspapers.

To be current on this information is essential. Let YourJobSearcher do the work for you. This software is not only for 9-5 job searches. You can use it to find telecommuting jobs also. All you have to do is download and install your Job Search Program, enter your job description (home-based job title you desire), click and begin the search. It's that easy.

Vernette Carbon is the owner-publisher of AmazingWorkatHomeSecrets.com, and a work at home mom with two children. Discover how you can work at home for Fortune- 500 companies like Office Depot, Sears, etc. To obtain a free report sent to your email immediately visit: http://www.AmazingWorkathomeSecrets.com/intro_new.html or send a blank email to mailto:carbonv@getresponse.com

9/16/2005

Medical Transcription - Start an At-Home Career

Start a Medical Transcription At Home Career!
By Michele Miller

As a medical transcriptionist, I do get asked several times a month, how I got started in this business. So many people nowadays want to work from home, especially mothers with young children. That’s the primary reason I started my home business ten years ago, so I could be there for my daughter. I didn’t want someone else taking care of her after school instead of me.

It’s really not hard to start a medical transcription business. The start-up costs are low compared to many other home-based businesses.

You need a form of education, via home study courses or by attending your local community college. You do NOT need a degree in medical transcription to start a business either. In a short amount of time, usually nine months or less, you can be working from the comfort of your own home, just like me.

You will need some equipment, such as a computer, a printer, a transcriber, and some reference books. All of which can be purchased second hand if need be. The latest and greatest equipment is not necessary to get started.

Now, there are some special skills you will need, outside of the education, which include:

* Excellent grammar skills

* Good Listening Skills,

* Basic computer skills with a word processing program

* Research Skills

* Ability to type – your speed will increase with experience

* Must be detail oriented

* Ability to work on your own

* Ability to maintain work deadlines and be a

self-motivator

You will also need some computer programs such as a medical spellchecker and a word expander utility to cut down on the amount of actual typing you do. Some programs, such as Microsoft Word® include this type of utility. It is the best invention by far, in my opinion.

Basic bookkeeping is necessary, but not difficult. A good bookkeeper is great to have when it comes to taxes and advising you about saving money with tax deductions for your business.

Medical transcription is usually paid by the amount of work transcribed. Therefore, it is quite normal to charge your clients by the line. If you charge 13 cents per line and type 200 lines per hour, (this is a very comfortable speed to type) your hourly rate would end up being about $26.00.

Being self-employed does have some pitfalls. One must consider, as with any home based business, that once you become self-employed you are responsible for securing your own health insurance, and putting away money for retirement.

However, there are many positive things about being self-employed, as I’m sure you can imagine. For me, what I love the most, is the flexibility I have with my time. If I want to work late in the day I can, and if I want to work early in the morning, that’s up to me. Running a home-based medical transcription business is a lot of fun.

Medical transcription is not for everyone, and it is important before venturing in to any business that you weigh up the pros and cons of it all and do what is best for your situation.

Michele Miller is a home-based business owner and medical transcriptionist who helps others start their own home based medical transcription companies. You can visit her website: http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/medical-transcription.html

9/15/2005

Medical Transcription - Planning for Profits

Plan Your Business for Profits
by Leva Duell
Copyright: 2005

Most businesses fail to plan for success. Knowing your customers, and uniqueness are the first steps to developing a successful business. Follow these steps to position your business for profits.

Step 1: Define Your Ideal Customers, Their Needs and Concerns

Many businesses are trying to attract everybody. Don't make this mistake. Your business will be more profitable when focusing on your ideal prospects who are likely to buy your products or services. Ask the following questions to create a profile of your ideal customers.

- Who are your customers?
- Who wants or needs your products or services?
- What is the age range, gender, profession, industry, income level, and education of your ideal customers?
- What are your customers' needs, wants, and concerns?
- What problems can you solve for your customers?
- What is the common denominator of your customers?
- What information do they want?
- Are most of your customers computer literate? Will they look for products or services like yours on the Web?

After defining your ideal customers, target your sales copy, sales materials, web design and web content directly to them.

Tell right away what you offer and what's in it for them. If they don't read further, they were not prospects. Attract your target audience with a benefit-oriented headline and provide valuable, useful, and interesting information your prospects are interested in.

If you are targeting seniors, make your text large. If your prospects are accountants, use a conservative design. Make your design colorful for children. Avoid video and sound on your web site if your clients have slow computers and Internet connections.

Step 2: Demonstrate Your Uniqueness

Emphasize your uniqueness to stand out from your competition. Attract your audience with a benefit that is different from your competitors. What is your distinct advantage? What separates you from your competition? What is distinctive about your offer?

Answer these questions to help you formulate your uniqueness.

- Why should prospects buy from you instead of your competitors?
- What are the most important benefits or results your customers will achieve from your products or services?
- What do you do better than anyone else? Do you possess hard-to-find or specialized expertise?
- Do you offer a free consultation, initial visit, analysis, or better advice?
- What makes your products or services better, unique, or more desirable than your competitors?
- Do you have the lowest prices or the highest quality products in your industry?
- Do you provide the fastest service, the strongest guarantee, longest hours, or better follow up?
- Do you keep customers informed with newsletters or information hotlines?

Determine what makes your business unique. Then emphasize your uniqueness to make your sales materials and web site stand out and set you apart from your competition.

Plan your business for profits. Determine who your ideal audience is and what makes your business unique. Only after implementing these steps are you ready to start developing your sales materials and web content.

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9/14/2005

Medical Transcription - Tips for Success for Small Businesses

Success Tips for Small Business Owners
By Lorraine Pirihi


Running a small business requires many skills. However, to do this successfully you need to organize yourself first. Avoid procrastination - read the following and take action.

Successful Small Business Owners Look After Themselves First

Exercise regularly, eat healthily and be around positive people. Feed your mind by attending personal development courses. Read self-help and motivational books, listen to tapes. Stress management levels will be much more effective when you look after yourself.

Do the right thing by yourself and you'll have heaps of energy, be motivated, have more balance in your life which in turn will help you be more productive and successful.

Successful Small Business Owners Clean out the Clutter Regularly

You will save yourself heaps of time, energy and money if you clear out your work and home environment…paperwork, books, old equipment etc. You'll be able to find things, save money because you won't have to buy what you already have hidden somewhere, plus you'll be less stressed. Organize your office and your small business premises regularly…keep the clutter out. Eliminating clutter will help you to avoid procrastination. It's too easy to avoid getting things done if you are overwhelmed with clutter.

Successful Small Business Owners Use the Right Tools

It's no good having the latest whiz-bang computer when the desk that you sit at is too small to accommodate it, or the chair has poor back support, or the lighting is dull causing you eyestrain and fatigue. All these factors heavily influence how you work. Invest in a decent desk, purchase a desk lamp or change the light globes.

Don't avoid the warning signs your body gives you. Take action now before you have eye, back or neck problems.

Successful Small Business Owners Use a Diary or Digital organiser

With so much to organize in your small business, you need to record your appointments and things to do and goals somewhere. Preferably in a paper diary or digital organiser that you can take everywhere. This is the most effective way to get things done, plan your work and your life. Balance is extremely important. Top achievers are great at time management (even if they have to pay someone else to organize them).

Successful Small Business Owners Learn to say "No"

To dramatically improve your productivity and do more of the things you want, you have to be firm with others and let them know if you cannot, will not or are unavailable to fulfil their requests. If you constantly say "yes" to everyone else's requests you will never have the time to do what you really want to.

Book yourself into a self-assertiveness course to learn these skills if you feel you need to.

Successful Small Business Owners Do What They Do Best and Delegate the Rest

See what tasks you can delegate tasks which would suit someone else's talents. Many small business owners are spending heaps of time on mundane secretarial tasks which would take a person who is trained in that area a quarter of the time to undertake. Stress management is an important part of running your small business. Reduce the stress by delegating or outsourcing wherever you can.

Use a bookkeeper, personal assistant or virtual assistant. Always ask yourself, who else can I get to do this? Use your time management to focus on what you do best.

Successful Small Business Owners Only Have Meetings if Necessary

Make sure the meetings you organize in your small business are relevant and run effectively. Avoid procrastination - always make sure there is an outcome and all actions are followed through.

The Final Word

By following these simple yet very effective time management tips for small business owners you will have more control over your work and your life. You'll have more balance, experience less stress and be more proactive.

Avoid procrastination…take action today!

About The Author

Lorraine Pirihi is Australia's Personal Productivity Specialist and Leading Life Coach. Her business The Office Organiser specialises in showing small business owners and managers, how to get organised at work so they can have a life! Lorraine is also a dynamic speaker and has produced many products including "How to Survive and Thrive at Work!" To subscribe to her free ezine visit www.office-organiser.com.au

9/13/2005

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9/10/2005

Medical Transcription - EMR and SOAP Notes

Finding an EMR System that can Handle Medical Transcription SOAP Notes
By Joe Miller

Searching for the Right EMR Solution

The electronic medical record, or EMR, is a standard electronic database solution used by medical practices and medical service providers. The EMR solution technology effectively manages medical histories, records, and notes; however, all EMR solutions are not created equal. Before adopting an EMR solution, medical practices and medical service providers must search for the EMR solution that meets their specific needs. Two important needs common to most medical practices and medical service providers include medical transcription and SOAP note management.

Sifting through EMR Software

The best way to find what you’re looking for is to "begin with the end in mind," as Steven R. Covey says. Companies may have a small staff, or they may still be using a transcription machine. A practice may need more security, more automation, and better control of SOAP notes or other medical transcription information. In order to find what you need, you need to list them out. The list may look similar to this:

Medical Transcription and SOAP Note Management
Document Scanning Attachments
Customized Data Fields
Medicare or Medicaid Billing Software
Procedure Code (HCFA 1500 forms, CPT code books, ICD.9 codes)
Medical Billing Software
Medical Billing Specialist Support
Diagnosis Code Directory

Finding the right EMR Online

Search engines are one of the most popular tools for finding the software you need, but finding the right EMR online presents its own challenges. For example, typing "EMR system" into any of the big three search engines will yield results similar to the following, which I looked up the day I posted this article: Google 566,000; Yahoo 547,000; MSN 242,835. This means that hundreds of thousands of indexed pages claim to have what you are looking for. So how do you sift through them all? Sometimes searches have to be narrowed by using the listed items above as a part of the search. Since medical practices and medical service providers need to control SOAP notes and medical transcription, use these terms to begin to narrow down the search.

EMR Benefits

An earlier article on EMR benefits lists characteristics of an EMR system that a medical practice or a medical service provider might enjoy with an EMR. In the Information Age of business, speed and efficiency are paramount to success. And when it comes to medical services, success is not only measured by a fiscal year but by a satisfied customer. An EMR system can make an office run smoothly, so that the customer always comes first.

Joe Miller is an online advertiser, specializing in medical software. More information on EMR and Medical Transcription, visit AdvanceMD.com.

8/31/2005

Medical Transcription - Double your typing speed

Improve Your Typing Skills In Just Two Weeks

By John Deprice

Yes, you too can double or even triple your typing speed if you use the right tools. Here is how:

Typing Master Express:

TypingMaster Express is a personal typing trainer that helps you to acquire professional touch-typing skills. As a result you will type up to 4 times faster without errors and save dozens of valuable working hours every year. The comprehensive study material covers both the basics of touch-typing as well as advanced topics, such as the numeric keypad and ergonomics. Learning is supported by multi-form exercises, including graphical keyboard drills, instructive games and personalised review exercises.

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Typing Master Pro With ProTrainer

TypingMaster Pro for Windows is a personal typing trainer that helps you to acquire professional touch-typing skills. As a result you will type up to 4 times faster without errors and save dozens of valuable working hours every year. TypingMaster incorporates ProTrainer technology which analyzes your typing while you are using your word processor, email or any other Windows program. Based on this information ProTrainer creates fully tailored exercises for your current needs. This will remarkably improve your typing speed and accuracy - as quickly as in two hours.

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Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor

Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor teaches the skill of touch typing (typing with all the fingers without looking at the keys) in an accessible step-by-step way. Ten Thumbs has received critical acclaim for its easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to learning keyboard skills. The program is suitable for learners of all ages, and is used in schools, at home, in colleges, universities and industry, including call centers and financial services organizations. Learn using full and proper QWERTY or Dvorak tuition with U.S and British keyboard support.

The rich, customizable feature set includes network support, a range of feedback options and automatic weighting of lessons to get you learning most effectively. A well rounded product with appealing visual interface, additional tips and advice and even tutorials on how to sit at your computer!

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John Deprice owns and operates http://www.deprice.com

8/27/2005

Medical Transcription - Ink Cartridges

The Great Ink Cartridge Conspiracy!

Buying an inkjet printer these days is no big deal. A reliable printer can be acquired very easily through a store or online for as little as $50. Some suppliers are even giving away inkjet printers on promotions or as free incentives when buying other products. On the face of it, it seems like too good an opportunity to pass by - a worthwhile investment you might say.

But, much like a traditional camera that uses film, an inkjet printer is only 'cheap' before you start using it. The cost of keeping it in ink soon mounts up, especially when you're buying OEM (original equipment manufactured) inkjet cartridges as recommended by the printer manufacturer. Before you know it you'll find that you've actually spent more on the ink cartridges than you did on the purchase of the inkjet printer itself!

If you're in this position - and let's face it, most of us are - what follows could be quite a revelation!

Five things inkjet printer manufacturers DON'T want you to know…

Inkjet printer manufacturers make their money selling ink cartridges NOT inkjet printers Selling recommended OEM ink cartridges is a very lucrative business for inkjet printer manufacturers. They know that once you've purchased the printer you'll be coming back to them time and time again to buy the ink that they recommend in the user guide and any other literature that accompanies the printer.

Fair enough you might say, but given that the price of manufacturing an OEM ink cartridge is only a few cents why are the cartridges so expensive?

The answer is that ink cartridges are in fact stuffed full of manufacturer profit. It is where they make their money, and is precisely why they are happy to give away an inkjet printer for nothing.

Inkjet cartridges supplied for 'free' with inkjet printers are rarely full OEM ink cartridges supplied with the printer are designed only to provide enough ink for a few pages to get you 'started'. From the manufacturer's perspective this is a great selling technique, as free cartridges can often make the difference between a retailer closing a sale or losing it…and once you've got the printer the manufacturer is going to make money out of you every time you order more OEM ink! Supplying ink cartridges that are not full shortens the timeframe over which consumers start ordering OEM ink cartridges too. This brings the manufacturer into profit on each customer much more quickly than had they supplied full cartridges for free with the printer.

Consumers have a choice about which inkjet cartridges to buy It's true! Contrary to popular belief consumers are not obliged to purchase expensive OEM ink cartridges from the manufacturer. They can in fact opt to buy cheaper 'compatible' ink cartridges or remanufactured cartridges, often realizing savings on their ink purchase of between 50% and 75%!! All major inkjet cartridge brands are covered, including Apple, Canon, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Brother, Epson, IBM and Xerox. What's more they do the job just as well as OEM cartridges but at a much lower cost!

Compatible inkjet cartridges DO NOT automatically void a printer's warranty Regardless of what you might have heard compatible inkjet cartridges WILL NOT automatically void your printer warranty. In fact, it is ILLEGAL for manufacturers in the United States & Canada to claim that using compatible cartridges will automatically void your printer warranty. For more details on this go to http://www.prontoink.com/?T=Info&ID=printer_warranties

You can make money by reselling compatible ink cartridges

The market for compatible ink cartridges is continually expanding. More and more consumers are choosing to switch to compatible inks that offer the same print quality at half the cost of OEM cartridges. This creates the opportunity for business-minded individuals to make money through affiliate reselling programs as well as save money on their ink cartridge purchases.

Having read this do you feel like you've been hoodwinked by the big boys? Well, it's now time to stand up for your rights! You no longer have to line the pockets of multi-nationals when buying ink cartridges. Think 'compatible ink' and save yourself hundreds of dollars each year on the cost of running your printer.

http://www.prontoink.comis/ an international supplier of inkjet & laser cartridges based in Midland, Texas. Resellers should visit http://www.prontoink.com/incomeop/

8/25/2005

Meedical Transcription - Starting a Home Business

Starting a Home Business
by Mary Evans

In these days, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet with just one source of income. Thus, more and more people are investigating the possibilities of starting their own extra-income business. Most of these part-time endeavors are started and operated from the comfort and privacy of the home.

Most of these people are making the extra money they need. Some have wisely and carefully built these extra income efforts into full-time, very profitable businesses. Others are just keeping busy, having fun, and enjoying life as never before. The important thing is that they are doing something other than waiting for the government to give them a handout; they are improving their lot in life, and you can do it, too!

The fields of mail order selling, multi-level marketing, and in-home party sales have never been more popular. If any of these kinds of extra income producing ideas appeal to you, then you owe it to yourself to check them out. But these aren't the only fields of endeavor you can start and operate from home, with little or no investment, and learn as you go.

If you type, you can start a home-based typing service; if you have a truck or have access to a trailer, you can start a clean-up/hauling service. Simply collecting old newspapers from your neighbors can get you started in the paper recycling business. More than a few enterprising housewifes have found success and fortune by starting home and/or apartment cleaning services. If you have a yard full of flowers, you can make good extra money by supplying fresh cut flowers to restaurants and offices in your area on a regular basis. You might turn a ceramics hobby into a lucrative personalized coffee mug business. What I'm saying is that in reality, there's literally no end to the ways you can start and operate a profitable extra income business from your home.

The first thing you must do, however, is some basic market research. Find out for yourself, first-hand, just how many people there are in your area who are interested in your proposed product or service, and would be "willing to stand in line and pay money for it". This is known as defining your market and pinpointing your customers. If after checking around, talking about your idea with a whole lot of people over a period of one to three months, you get the idea that these people would be paying customers, your next effort should be directed toward the "detailing" of your business plan. The more precise and detailed your plan - covering all the bases relating to how you'll do everything that needs to be done - the easier it's going to be for you to attain success. Such a plan should show you start-up investment needs, your advertising plan, your production costs and procedure, your sales program, and how your time will be allocated. Too often, enthusiastic and ambitious entrepreneur jump in on an extra income project and suddenly find that the costs are beyond their abilities, and the time requirements more than they can meet. It pays to lay it all out on paper before you get involved, and the clearer you can "see" everything before you start, the better your chances for success.

Now, assuming you've got your market targeted, you know who your customers are going to be and how you're going to reach them with your product or service. And you have all your costs as well as time requirements itemized. The next step is to set your plan in motion and start making money.

Here is the most important "secret" of all, relating to starting and building a profitable home-based business, so read very carefully. Regardless of what kind of business you start, you must have the capital and the available time to sustain your business through the first six months of operation. Specifically, you must not count on receiving or spending any money coming in from your business on yourself or for your bills during those first six months. All the income from your business during those first six months should be reinvested in your business in order for it to grow and reach your planned first year potential.

Once you've passed that first six months milestone, you can set up a small monthly salary for yourself, and begin enjoying the fruits of your labor. But the first six months of operation for any business are critical, so do not plan to use any of the money you business generates for yourself during that period.

If you've got your business plan properly organized, and have implemented the plan, you should at the end of your first year be able to begin thinking about hiring other people to alleviate some of your workload. Remember this: Starting a successful business is not a means towards either a job for yourself or a way to keep busy. It should be regarded as the beginning of an enterprise that will grow and prosper, with you as the top dog. Eventually, you'll have other people doing all the work for you, even running the entire operation, while you vacation in the Bahamas or Hawaii and collect or receive regular income from your initial efforts.

For more details on market research, business planning, advertising, selling, order fulfillment, and other aspects of home-based businesses, check with your library or book store.

MARY S. EVANS
mary-evan7@excite.com
COPYWRITER/EDITOR/CREATIVE MEDIA CONSULTANT

8/21/2005

Medical Transcription - Marketing

Marketing is a big subject. It's complex and often misunderstood.We often try to avoid those marketing people because they annoy like anything to promote their products.After all they are fighting for their livelihood. I feel pity for them.

If we accept that every organization has customers or clients -- a public to serve -- then there has to be marketing. Without marketing your public won't be aware of your service or products and you won't have a market. Without a market you won't have a business.

Read the rest of the article here.

8/20/2005

Word Processing

Word Processing: "6 Ways to Keep Your Word Documents Organized
If you spend a lot of time searching for your Word documents, then this guide is a must read. Find out what you can do to take the stress out of finding your documents and take control of your hard drive."

7/30/2005

Medical Transcription:Price Adjustment Strategies / Pricing tactics


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Medical Transcription:How To Get Clients To Take Immediate Action

Create a sense of urgency and get your clients to want what you have now!

Are you tired of excuses? Looking for a persuasion technique to get people to take immediate action? Are prospects saying things to you like: "I'll think it over and get back to you?" "I need to talk it over with my wife." "Call me next week and we'll set up an appointment."

Then create a sense of urgency and get your clients to want what you have now!

The first step in getting people to take immediate action is for them to perceive your product or service as being in demand or in limited supply. People want what is "hot"right now.

Psychologists have proven, people find more value in things they have a difficult time obtaining. If you're told you can't have something, you want it even more. Infomercials tell you that if you call now they will give you another one free or knock $20 of the original price. Shopping networks use a time limit or tell you they only have so many left. Marketers know how to create a sense of urgency.

Have you noticed when you are starving for new business you have an attitude that you would do anything to get business. You make promises you normally wouldn't make. You're practically on your knees begging them to do business with you. You can feel it and so can your customers. They see the look in your eyes and hear the tone of your voice and will do anything to get rid of you. People figure if you're desperate for business then you must not be any good, because if you were you would be inhigh demand. People want to do business with successful people.How do you put this persuasion technique in action and create a sense of urgency?

First, don't be so accessible.

Make it difficult for people to get an appointment with you. What I mean is, don't say I can do it any day this week. Instead use a more persuasive technique by saying, I'm very busy this week, however, I might be able to squeeze you in.

Give them a deadline.

If people think they have unlimited time to make a decision about your product or service they will stall and procrastinate.

Set a time limit for your offer and stick to it.

Be selective about who you work with. Set standards for the type of client you are willing to work with. You will give people the impression that you are busy and that you don't work with just any one. Some people will even go out of their way to conform to your standards to work with you.

Use the persuasive technique of "take away selling".

What I mean is say something like, I'm not sure that our product is right for you. Or maybe our service isn't the right match for your company. Remember, people want what they can't have. By taking it away from them they will search for reasons why they want it now.

Creating a sense of urgency in sales is a win - win for both you and the client. For the client it helps to move them to make a decision to buy something they wantedanyway. For you, it means more sales and the sense of accomplishment for moving people to make a decision that will benefit them.

Jim Klein is the owner of From The Heart Sales Training. He helps sales professionals attract new clients andgenerate an abundance of referrals so they can increase their income and enjoy life more. Get Free Sales Training here. Sign up for our ezine "The Sales Advisor". more...


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Medical Transcription:How to Present Products Persuasively

When you meet people for the first time and introduce yourself, what do you usually say? If you're like most people, you might say: "Hi, my name is Michel Fortin and I'm a marketing consultant" or "my name is John Doe, I sell vitamins on the Internet" (or whatever it is you do).

These are called elevator speeches. But if we examine these typical elevator speeches a little closer, you can see how such introductions will be easily forgotten if not ignored.

Think about it. How often do you easily forget the name of someone who has introduced herself to you? Therefore, if you are introducing yourself in that way, your statement will be easily forgotten because it will not create lasting top-of-mind awareness and, more important, interest in you or your business. As my mother used to say, such introductions will only go "in one ear and out the other." They don't stick. They don't say much. They don't offer compelling enough reasons -- specific pieces of information -- that generate desire.

Why is that? In memory management, they say that you should use mental association in order to memorize names. More important, they say that you should attach emotion to your associations, for emotions help to hook words into the mind. Psychologists often say that emotional events are the ones lodged most deeply in a person's consciousness.

For example, if I asked you to tell me about your childhood you will most likely talk about the times when you felt happy, sad, or mad. These events are solidly etched in your mind.

Normally, a person's name and work are often not associated with emotions. On the other hand, those that are presented in such a way that emotions are tied to them will have made an impact and are easily remembered, even years later. They are laced with meaning. They mean something at a deeper level. There is some sort of personal significance behind them. As such, using emotion in your introduction or product presentation is the key.

Stick Like a Stain

In order to help you, ask yourself some key questions, like: "Why should people buy from me?" "Why should they even listen to what I have to say?" And better still, "Why should they even remember me at all?" Above all, the key question is: "What emotions does my business or product invoke in the minds of my site's visitors?" The answer to all of these is benefits.

On the Internet, benefits are vital, for the Internet lacks humaness let alone emotion. If I asked you to name the last ten web sites you visited, your mind will probably go blank -- unless those sites have communicated benefits that were important to you specifically in some way.

Additionally, how many times have you stumbled onto a website that was confusing, boring, inappropriate to your search or lacking compelling reasons for you to stay? You probably clicked out of these sites faster than you can say the word "click."Of course, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression!"

Good introductions are not only meant to get acquainted but also to persuade let alone to have the people you've just met easily remember you, especially in a positive way. And this goes for the people who visited your web site for the first time. A web site that introduces your product or business in a way that communicates clear, specific and cogent benefits will stick in visitors' minds. Not only will your site be more successful but also will be visited more often.Web sites that are remembered are usually the ones that made an impact, be it good or bad.

In one of my previous articles, you learned that people will remember the stain on your shirt more than your name, business, product, or presentation. People hate making bad decisions, so they are constantly on the lookout for key points that can help justify their rationale -- it's just human nature.

On the other hand, however, you can use this to your advantage by stressing key benefits right from the start.

Humdrum to Humdinger

Don't just give a plain name and title introduction. Use your company name, tagline and a short description of what your site is all about. More important, this description should include the benefits you provide and not just the activities you perform, the products you sell or the services you offer. Get rid of that "welcome to" or "this site is dedicated to (product name)." Give benefits right away, even in the title or headline. Not only will such an introduction arouse interest but it will also make your web site stick in the mind.Visitors will stay on your site longer, respond to your offer more favorably, remember you when the need occurs, refer you to others when the opportunity presents itself, or talk about you openly especially when a related subject is discussed.

Here are some examples. Instead of "My name is Dr. John Doe and I'm a certified plastic surgeon," say "Dr. John Doe, Lifestyle Enhancement Specialist, helps to profoundly impact the quality of people's lives through positive and lasting changes in their appearance." The difference is obvious.

Here are some more. If you're a computer consultant specializing in network solutions, don't say: "My name is Elaine Wilson. This site is dedicated to computer network services." Instead, say: "Network Magic! This site is dedicated to helping corporations relieve their computer network headaches."

Don't say: "Jack Vidoli, management consultant specializing in accounting." Rather, say: "Knack with Knumbers! Jack Vidoli specializes in helping firms save time and money by drastically simplifying their accounting systems."

Go Benefits or Go

BustHaving a superior company or a better product will not work for you in the long run. Benefits will. People perceive a company as superior, not by its better qualities but by its benefits -- the specific benefits it brings to any one person. People are astonishingly attracted to benefits, consciously or unconsciously. Therefore, your most marketable competitive edge should be your main, core benefit. As Theodore Levitt said, "What people are buying are not quarter-inch drills but quarter-inch holes."

Your site must immediately communicate the end-result -- the main benefit that you offer your visitors.

What the product brings to the customer specifically is more important than what it has or does, or even how it is better than the others. To help you differentiate between features, advantages and benefits, do the following:

Take a series index cards and write down a feature of your site or product on each one (i.e., what it has). Below it, write down the feature's relative advantage (i.e., what it does). On the back of the card, write down the benefit (i.e., what it brings). When you describe your product online, refer to your cards. Remember that each and every feature you describe should be immediately followed by its equivalent benefit.

Here's an example. A site sells web hosting services. A feature is the fact that it uses multiple servers. A relative advantage would be that a customer's site will be up 99% of the time. The benefits would be added convenience, less time and hassle, more flexibility, increased peace of mind, greater control, etc. In short, benefits are emotions associated with the feature -- emotions that help to anchor the feature more profoundly in the mind.

Nevertheless, you can tell people what you do. But don't tell them how you do it -- at least, not right away. Tell them why you do it and what that means to them specifically, at an intimate level. Remember, people don't buy products.

They buy what products do for them. They buy results.

Michel Fortin is a direct response copywriter, author, speaker and consultant. His specialty are long copy sales letters and websites. Watch him rewrite copy on video each month, and get tips and tested conversion strategies proven to boost response in his membership site at http://TheCopyDoctor.com/ today. more...


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7/29/2005

Medical transcription - starting a medical transcription business

Below are some of the tasks involved in starting a medical transcription business.

  • Write a business plan.
  • Determine what services you want to offer. What medical specialty will you specialize in?
  • Determine what kind of clients you want to target.
  • Determine a space where you will set up your home office or select a business location.
  • Purchase equipment and office supplies: computer, software, printer, desk, and computer chair, pens, paper, paper clips, and stapler.
  • Choose a business name.
  • Verify that the name is not used by someone else.
  • Register your Fictitious Business Name (D.B.A.) if you will operate your business under a name other than your personal name.
  • Check if the business name is available as a domain name (e.g. yourname.com) and register the domain name.
  • Get a separate phone line. If you plan on advertising in the Yellow Pages, you may need a business line.
  • Create sales/promotional materials.
  • Design a logo.
  • Design and print business cards.
  • Design flyers or postcards.
  • Design letterhead (print it from your computer).
  • Design a fax cover sheet.
  • Design invoices/sales receipts.
  • Write sales letters.
  • Design a web site or have one designed. Select a domain name and hosting company. Check out Five Star Web Design for affordable web design.
  • Get an email address.
  • Get a business license. (check with your city and state)
  • Order Yellow Pages advertising and other advertising.
  • Call everyone you know and introduce your business.
  • Open a business bank account.

You will need to take additional steps if you'll have employees, a business partner, or will incorporate. Procedures vary from state to state. Check with your city and county to find out what legal requirements you'll have to comply with.

Refer to this checklist often when starting a medical transcription service to check what steps you'll need to take next.

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7/28/2005

Medical Transcription:Niche And Grow Rich

Unless you've been living under an Internet rock, you've probably heard the buzz about Niche Marketing. Right now it's the hottest marketing topic online.

Is it a new concept?
Well on the Internet maybe, but if like me, you've been involved in direct response marketing in the 'Bricks and Mortar' world then it isn't - that's the way we've done things since time immemorial.

So what's this Niche Marketing thing all about?If you have ever taken Marketing 101 then you'll have heard of the old marketing adage : "Find a need and fill it" - that's what "Niche Marketing" is all about. Finding a "focussed" group of people, with a specialized interest, eager to buy (The Niche) and promoting a suitable product or service to all those interested in buying it (Marketing).

Let me give you a few examples of these Niches :Recipes Golf Fishing Health and Fitness Travel Collectibles Dating Dog TrainingS atellite TV Beauty Tips AstrologyG ourmet Foods...... the list just goes on and on and these are just the main headings, there are niches within each of these niches ...

Think of a subject and there's likely a niche market for it...But the name of the game is to find a "tightly focused" niche. The reason for this that if you target a general market the competition is fierce and it's hard, if not impossible, for the little guy to get a foothold. When you narrow down the size of the market you eradicate most of the heavy hitters with bottomless advertising budgets, because these guys aren't interested in making a few thousand bucks a year from these tiny specialized markets, they're after millions from mass markets...... And let's face it if you're a little guy you simply can't be everything to everybody, so you must pick a specific focus (Niche) for your business.

For example don't target "Fishing", instead target "Fishing Baits" or "Fishing Lures" both of which have a much more specific focus......Get the idea?

Once you narrow down the size of the market you have an automatic advantage over larger companies. Here's why: You can quickly become an expert in your niche (if you're not already)It's easier to keep current with a narrowly focussed market niche You can respond faster to changes in the market. You can build close relationships with key customers that will be hard to compete against.

By now you're probably wondering about the mechanics of this niche marketing stuff. In a nutshell here's how it works:

Find and research profitable niche markets
Locate or develop suitable products/services to market
Set up a web site to market the products/services
Establish a marketing system that works for you
Repeat the process over and over again with a different niche each time.

Imagine having a niche site producing one sale a day at say $20. That's $7300 a year - how many sites could you set up and run 10, 20 ....?

Before you get too excited, I have a word of caution for you :Niche marketing is not a magic bullet. It isn't a matter of putting up a web site and then sitting back and waiting for the money to roll in - "build it and they will come" may have worked for Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, but it doesn't work that way on the Internet - if you do that you'll be waiting a long time.

If you want a successful niche business, you have to work at it just like any other business - if you're prepared to put in the effort though the rewards can be significant.

André Anthony owns and operates Niche Market Know-How a resource for beginning Niche Marketers. Visit http://www.nichemarketknowhow.com today to find strategies, tips, tools, products and resources for effective niche product creation and marketing and get his Niche Market Know-how Mini Course: http://www.nichemarketknowhow.com/course.htm more...


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7/25/2005

Medical Transcription:7 Tips to Make a Fantastic Impression

Making a fabulous impression on people opens doors for your business, personal, and career endeavors. People like charming people who make them feel comfortable. So, making a fantastic impression helps you get where you want to go.

The basic rule to make a great impression is this: Humans crave to be around people who seem similar to themselves. The key word is seems. Everyone differs from other people in hundreds of ways. However, you get along with people you seem similar to you in interests, feelings, experiences, or goals. You can put these techniques into action to help people feel you seem similar to them and, as a result, make a wonderful impression.

1st Technique: Forget the “Golden Rule”Since people crave to be around people who seem similar to themselves, avoid wasting time on the “Golden Rule” fantasy suggesting, “Treat people as you want to be treated.” People do not want to be treated the way you want to be treated!Instead, treat other people the way they like being treated. You make a stellar impression by focusing on their likes, not yours.

2nd Technique: Use the Other Person’s Interpersonal StylePeople interact using four interpersonal styles, as follows:1. Results-Focused: “Quickly tell me the time, not how to build a clock!!”

2. Detail-Focused: “Slowly tell me how to build a clock, slowly leading up to what time it is.”

3. Friendly-Focused: “First, I’ll tell you about my family and weekend. Then, let’s discussyours. Then, let’s gossip. Then, let’s discuss work.”

4. Partying-Focused: “Wanna hear another joke? Let’s PARTY!!”Remember: Humans crave to be around people who seem similar to themselves. So, with a results-focused person, act fast-paced and results-focused. To impress a detail-focused person, tell “how to build the clock,” not what time it is.

3rd Technique: MirrorMirroring proves incredibly subtle, powerful, and physical. It helps the person instinctively feel comfortable with you.

How? You mirror – make yourself seem similar to – the person’s1. Body language2. Vocal style3.

Attire

To impress someone who sits straight, you sit straight with that person. If the person speaks slowly, then you do likewise. And dress as formally or informally as the person you want to impress.

4th Technique: Listen Attentively

This tale illustrates the importance of listening well. A man decided to divorce his wife. His lawyer asked, “Did you love your wife?” The man replied, “I would have left her, but I was hesitant before.”Then, the lawyer asked, “Why do you want to leave her?” The man said, “We have lots of trees around our house, but I rake up the leaves myself.”The lawyer asked, “Is she mean?” The man answered, “ I stopped eating red meat.” Then, the lawyer inquired, “Does she do housework? Does she take out garbage?” The man responded, “We have a two-car garage.”

Finally, the man felt frustrated, because he failed to understand the point of the lawyer’s questions, so he blurted, “You’re a lawyer. Ask me useful questions about my lousy marriage?” So, the lawyer asked, “Why do you want to divorce?” The man replied, “Because we can’t communicate!” This story shows, in extreme fashion, that many conversations actually are two simultaneous monologues.

To make a great impression, listen well using these tactics:
1. Paraphrase or repeat ideas the person said
2. Ask questions
3. Take notes

5th Technique: Artful Vagueness

Prospective clients, who wanted to use my consulting, told me their business problems. Using my expertise with similar problems, I gave my recommendation. They kept telling me they did not like my recommendation. But I knew my recommendation would solve their business problems. The more I said I was right and they were wrong, the more they defended their viewpoint. Suddenly, I realized I did not make them feel comfortable enough. But, I could not agree with them, since they were wrong. So, I listened again to their ideas. Then I said, “I’ve listened carefully to how you want to do this project. That’s an idea.”At the same time, I thought to myself – but did not say it – “That’s a stupid idea.”What did they think? They apparently interpreted “That’s an idea” as me agreeing with them, although I had not. Actually, anything anyone says is “an idea.” This technique is called artful vagueness.

You can get out of uncomfortable jams using these artfully vague phrases:
1. “That’s an idea.”
2. “You’ve got a point.”
3. “You may be right.”

6th Technique: Use Everyone’s Favorite Word

Imagine a time you heard someone shout your name. I bet you spun around to see who called your name. We are drawn to people who say our names. My research comparing high-achievers and underachievers revealed high-achievers used the name of the person they spoke to one or more time in each conversation. In contrast, underachievers used the name of the person they encountered less than half the time. This means high-achievers use the name of people they talk with much more than underachievers. You can do what high-achievers do.

7th Technique: Compliments

While studying high-achievers and underachievers, I discovered an amazing difference. High-achievers gave an average of three compliments per day. However, underachievers seldom gave compliments. What an intriguing difference you can use to your advantage!Some people say these seven charm school techniques are “selling out.” But, a French saying puts it in perspective: “A car can go as far on square wheels as it can go on round wheels. The difference is that on round wheels the ride is much smoother.” Go through your life on round wheels!

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7/17/2005

Medical Transcription:The Choice between Yes and Yes: A Psychological Revelation

Three year old Kara was throwing a tantrum. She didn't want to go to bed, of that she was certain."Do you want to brush with the red or blue toothpaste?" her dad asked gently. "Blue," she says, glad to be given the opportunity to make a decision. Ten minutes later, Kara was well tucked up, wondering when she'd agreed to go to bed in the first place.

You laugh at the story, don't you? The method used to get Kara into bed seems a bit like trickery. And who am I to say that it's not? Yet I want you to pay attention to one thing.

Kara was glad to be given a choice between yes and yes. Your clients are not much different

Clients come to you every single day asking you to give them a choice. A choice between yes and yes. Instead all you're giving them is a choice between yes and no. Mah friend, your bank account will see far better days if only you'd step back, and use the immense power of the choice between yes and yes. Of course, you don't have to believe that this choice factor works. You don't have to believe your sales will go up. All you have to see is proof.

So in the article below I'll demonstrate the psychological factor of choice.How it can work for you and how it can turn against you and bite you in the you-know-where.It all started on one stupid loss-making November's day...We were doing fine with the sales on our website when we made one change. I'm going to demonstrate the change in the article below so it would help for you to have the page open so you can see what I'm talking about. If you look at this page at http://www.psychotactics.com/hiddenlink.php you'll find that you get the choice to buy two packages.

One is the copy of the Brain Audit and the other choice is a copy of the Brain Audit + the Brain Audit Rip. Till the middle of November, we had both the offers up. Then one ego-driven morning we decided to pull the plug on one choice. We gave customers the choice between a yes and um..NO!Almost within 24 hours, our sales started going south for no reason at all. We ignored this sickening slack for about a week. Then we looked back at what was working. And we put back the choice between yes and yes. The customer was back in choice-ville and the sales soared.

But here's the curious part Among the two packages, one has a much higher price. Yet over 97.5% of customers, when given the choice between the two packages, chose the higher priced package. The customer is no dumboNo siree.

The customer knows exactly what she wants. And when given the choice between yes and yes, she takes a decision to buy that which creates most value for her. Of course, if there's an enticement to buy, as was in this case, thenthere's a far greater likelihood of her buying the more expensive product. The customer is no dumbo...but I sure am

Think about it. If your revenue shot up. If customers were buying higher-priced products what would you logically do? Wouldn't you take the same concept and use it everywhere you could?You'd think a smart person would do that, wouldn't you? (Which is why I qualified myself at the start of this paragraph). But no! As we speak, the only product that has a choice of YES and YES is the page I've already mentioned above.

Don't stop at one point. Take the concept through it's pacesIf you're in consulting, look at the choice between yes and yes. Are you giving the customer a choice between package A and package B. Or do you offer just one package? If you're selling products, the concept of yes and yes choice stays put. And once you've found that the concept works, puh-lease don'tdo the dumbo bit. Audit every possible thing you sell. And put in a yes and yes factor. Not only will this bring you higher quantity of sales, but also an a much better price on every product/consulting assignment you do.

I said yes and yes...NOT yes and yes and yes and yesYou, me, we all crave for choice. But give us too much and we go a little waka-waka in our brains. Because choice is based on rejection. To choose the strawberry flavour ice-cream, you must mentally refuse all the other flavours.If you give a client too much to choose from, they will end up rolling their eyes, doing a RAM check and shut down their brains before you have time to do anything at all. Keep your options simple. Keep the choice between yes and yes. So that even a three-year old has no trouble choosing!

Want to find a secret library of small business ideas? Where can you find simple, yet electrifying ideas, on marketing strategy,copywriting, public speaking, sales conversion, psychological tactics and branding? Head down to http://www.psychotactics.co today and judge for yourself. Drawing on his 15+ years in communication, Sean has developed a system called Psycho Tactics. PsychoTactics unlocks the working of the human brain and radically tweaks the way you think and act about your business.


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Medical Transcription:How To Use Database Marketing To Skyrocket Your Profits

Here's some simple yet POWERFUL ideas on how to use Database Marketing to skyrocket your profits...which will have a GREAT effect on your bottom line.

Database Marketing is the gathering and storing of specific information about your prospects or customers. This information is usually stored in a database program on your computer. You would then use the information to market and advertise to them. It can save you time and money because you can target your promotional efforts to your best prospects or customers.

The Types Of Information To Collect

The information will vary depending on the product or service you'res elling. If you're selling a product that costs $2 you wouldn't collect information about their yearly income. If you're selling web space you wouldn't collect information about what type of books they read. The basic information you need would be all their contact information, purchase history, and birthday. You will need to decide what other information would benefit your business.

How To Collect This Information

It's pretty easy to collect this information online but the hard part is getting people to give it to you. The best way to collect this information is to give them something FREE in return. Ask them to fill out an e-mail survey before subscribing to your free e-zine. Tell everyone who visits your web site they will get a free e-book when they fill out your online questionnaire form. Ask them this information before they sign up for afree contest at your web site. Sometimes you have to give a little something to get a little information online.

Beneficial Uses For Your Database

Find out your customers purchasing habits. Use the information to improve the design of your web site. Use it to write all your advertising material more persuasively.Find out the things they like or dislike about your business. Use the information to target your best prospects. Find out how much money your prospects or customers make. Use it toimprove your customer service. Find out what new products or services they need or want. Use it to test ideas before launching a total sales campaign. Find out how to your improve your existing products or services. Use it to build your customer loyalty. Find out which benefits or features they like most about your productsor services. Use it to send electronic greeting cards on holidays or on your customer's birthdays.

The list of beneficial uses are endless. Do you see the importance of collecting this information? The Internet makes the process of collecting this information quicker and cheaper than offline methods. Take advantage of database marketing and watch your online profits skyrocket.

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Medical Transcription:11 Powerful Methods of Sales Lead Generation


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7/12/2005

Medical Transcription:Basic Guidelines To Keeping Your Work At Home Business Legal

Basic Guidelines To Keeping Your Work-At-Home Business Legal by Montegaza Cristian http://www.work-at-home-business-dot.com

A work at home business or home business can be an exciting, challenging, and lucrative adventure. It is, however, relatively the same as any other business, and is subject to the same laws and regulations that govern any business, no matter what the size. Simply because home businesses are sometimes "one person" endeavors (especially in the beginning) does not free them from adherence to the same laws and regulations that apply to all businesses.

In order to avoid problems both in the beginning, and in the future of any home business, it is important to do some research, spend some money, and otherwise make sure that all laws and regulations at the state, local, and national levels are followed "to the letter".

Herewith follows some basic guidelines to keeping your work at home business legal, and avoiding possible aggravation and heartache in the future:

1. Call your Department of State, or other local government agency, before starting your business. All information from local government agencies is always usually free, and any required licenses such as DBA (Doing Business As, or Fictitious Name Licensing), will be fully explained, as well as Articles of Incorporation and other smaller license requirements. Usually the fees and how to obtain all necessary licensing will be explained as well in a phone call such as this.

2. Call your regional or local government office for any advice on zoning permits that may be required or space and inventory requirements, depending on the type of business.

3. Call an accountant or accounting firm. These firms are generally hugely knowledgeable about how to start and maintain a legal work at home business and will freely share this advice with others. They will in addition have a good knowledge of local requirements and tax issues.

4. Find out before starting, what tax requirements are necessary and the forms you must have on hand before beginning. These forms and requirements will depend on the type of business, number of employees (if any), etc., and are a necessary part of setting up any home-based business.

5. Call a local business chamber of commerce if possible. Other business owners can effectively impart information on other legalities, and usually do so very willingly.

All of the above require some fees, but are usually very economical means of preventing larger fines and sometimes legal action if regulations and licensing requirements are not met. Remember, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", and this statement is no truer than when applied to a work at home business.

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RICHMOND, VA.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2005

--In recognition of creating the nation's third largest transcription service in marketplace filled with more than 1,500 competitors, Robert Lynch, President and CEO of CyMed, Inc. was recently honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Virginia.

Lynch's selection in the services category reflects the company's success in applying Six Sigma management principles to re-engineer the workflow for outsourced Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and improve the costs, quality and cycle times traditionally expected for the process. An internationally recognized speaker on Six Sigma management and author of numerous transcription re-engineering articles, Lynch has grown the 1998 start-up to now generate more than 25,000 patient records daily on behalf of their health care clients across the country.

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The following web sites have great information for medical transcriptionists.

If you want to become part of a clinical trial, go to VeritasMedicine.com. Veritas Medicine is a free, confidential, on line resource where you can find information on a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Over 1,300 clinical trials are available across more than 100 different diseases and condition,." says Dr. John Yee, chief medical officer for www.veritasmedicine.com

A great cancer web site is oncolink.com from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. It offers hard- to- find advice about the side effects of cancer therapies.

7/01/2005

Medical Transcription:Medical Transcriptionists Jobs

Medical transcriptionists listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and transcribe them into medical reports, correspondence, and other administrative material.

They generally listen to recordings on a headset, using a foot pedal to pause the recording when necessary, and key the text into a personal computer or word processor, editing as necessary for grammar and clarity.

The documents they produce include discharge summaries, history and physical examination reports, operative reports, consultation reports, autopsy reports, diagnostic imaging studies, progress notes, and referral letters.

Medical transcriptionists return transcribed documents to the physicians or other healthcare professionals who dictated them for review and signature, or correction. These documents eventually become part of patients’ permanent files.
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6/28/2005

Medical Transcription: Should you consider medical transcription?

Home Medical Transcriptioin: A Decent Living or a Scam?
by: Stephen Bucaro

No doubt you have seen many ads by medical transcription schools claiming that you can make big money typing medical transcription at home.

Can you really make a good living doing medical transcription at home, or is it just another scam? In this article, you'll learn the honest facts about home medical transcription.

Can you really make a decent living doing home medical transcription? Yes and no.

Yes - Many people are earning $50,000 to $80,000 or more per year typing medical transcription at home. They work where they want, when they want, and as much as they want. The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be done FAR exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. When I say the demand exceeds the supply, I mean the situation is desperate.

No - Reading a few booklets and listening to a few tapes will not make you into an instant $50,000 per year medical transcriptionist. If you're not ready to commit to between six months and a year of hard study and practice, find another means of earning a living.

Typing medical transcription is not like typing a letter to your mother. It's far more challenging. Below are some of the challenges you must be prepared to meet.

1. You must have a good understanding of medical terminology.

You need to know how to spell the names of the latest medical conditions, drugs, medical tests, treatments, and procedures, and just knowing how to spell them is not enough.

Because of challenge #2 decribed below, you need to have some familiarity with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition. It's difficult to learn this with a mail order medical transcription course. This type of knowledge comes from experience. - You don't need to be familiar with ALL medical terminology.

Many transcriptionists specialize in specific areas such as gastroenterology or opthalmology. However, when you want to go on vacation, you'll need someone else to take over your work while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation, and they may be transcribing to a different field than you're familiar with.

2. You need to be able to extract the transcription from a noisy electronic recording.

Unfortunately, many doctors mumble, garble, don't enunciate, don't speak up, or talk too fast when they dictate. Combine the above problems with a thick, foreign accent and you can have real dificulty understanding what the doctor is saying. In many instances, the only way you will be able to decipher what the doctor is saying is if you are familiar with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition. - Doctors dictate "on the fly". They don't have time to think about proper sentence construction as the words emanate from their mouth.

Frequently the sentence they started doesn't make any sense or has an error by the time they get to the end. Do you edit what the doctor said, or just type the jiberish as dictated? Usually a doctor appreciates when you clean up their dictation. On the other hand, medical documents are often presented as evidence in legal actions. You're taking on liability if you change what the doctor actually said.

- Many transcriptionists have their own group of doctors that they type for and eventually become familiar with the idiosyncracies of each doctor. This makes understanding what they are saying much easier; however, when a you go on vacation, someone else will need to cover the doctors while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation. You won't be familiar with how the doctors dictate.

3. To make the earnings cited above, you need to be able to sit and type for long hours. You need to isolate yourself from the noise and distraction of other human beings (and some pets) and pound on that keyboard hour after hour. As I stated earlier, the amount of medical transcription work available far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. Some transcriptionists let greed take control of them and sit at the computer for 16 hours seven days per week. They get accustom to a $100,000 a year lifestyle. But what does it do for their health? -

Medical transcription companies charge more for "fast turn around". Some pass part of this money onto the transcriptionist, others just demand the work get done immediately. In either case, fast turn around work prevents you from controlling your own working hours. Now that I've discouraged you, the fact is that many medical transcriptionists do work where they want, when they want, as much as they want, and earn a respectable living. If you're up to the challenge, how do you became a medial transcriptionist?

Training

You'll need to be proficient in the use of a computer. You'll need to be a fast typist. If you can't type as fast as the doctor dictates, you'll be working hard with the foot pedal to move back and forth in the recording. You must be comfortable using a Word Processing application such as Microsoft Word or Workperfect. You'll need to know how to format documents and how to use macros. If you don't use macros you'll be typing the same phrases over and over.

If you decide to sign up for a medical transcription course, make sure the course provides plenty of authentic dictations. You cannot become a medical transcriptionist by just reading medical terminology. You need to hear it spoken. Just listening to terms being pronounced is of limited use. You need to hear the terms used in a sentence. Simulated medical dictations are fine, but you need some practice with actual medical dictations.

- Find a course that teaches basic anatomy and physiology along with terminology.

The best way to learn The best way to learn is with on-the-job training. If you have a doctor friend or family member who does dictations, ask them if you can transcribe a low-priority dictaion for practice. If you're working at a clinic or hospital as a secretary or receptionist, investigate how the transcription gets done and volunteer to help.

Start out with a specific type of transcription such as letters or office notes in specficic specialities. As you get more experience, your speed will improve and you can branch out into other types of transcriptions for other specialties.

The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be done far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work.

Yes, you can make a decent living doing home medical transcription. You can work where you want, when you want, and as much as you want. But, medical transcription is an occupation only for those who are prepared to meet the challenge.

Copyright(C) 2005 Bucaro TecHelp. Stephen Bucaro. To learn how to maintain your computer and use it more effectively to design a Web site and make money on the Web visit bucarotechelp.com. To subscribe to Bucaro TecHelp Newsletter visit http://bucarotechelp.com/search/000800.asp.

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Consider what it takes to become an undeniable success with these sincere quotations that identify the fundamental factors necessary to triumph...

" Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; head you win -- tails, you lose."
-- Anonymous

"The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."
-- Ayn Rand

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
-- B. R. Hayden

"Success is a journey, not a destination."
-- Ben Sweetland

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-- Bill Cosby

"The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm… to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore."
-- Cyril Connolly

"All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."
-- Danny Thomas

"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other."
-- Erma Bombeck

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire."
-- Fred Shero

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success."
-- Joyce Brothers

"Failure is success if we learn from it."
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"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."
-- Mark Caine

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."
-- Paul Sweeney

"Get up one time more than you're knocked down."
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"Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit."
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"The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent."
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Communication Keys for Success

Improving communication is a major need for many organizations.

Whether you are a manager, supervisor, or frontline employee, there are always opportunities to improve communication. Often, communication problems occur when people don’t pay attention to the basics. Here are five keys to better communication.

Focus on the Situation or Behavior
When communicating, focus on the situation or the behavior occurring, not the person. This allows you to better communicate with the other person, rather than to seemingly pick on them. People tend to be more open to discussing the situation they are in or their behavior. When it gets personal, there is less willingness to change.

Focus on the Positive
Focus on the positive aspects of the other person to build the other person’s self-esteem. By looking at something positive about the other person, you can better deal with areas needed for improvement.

Look for "Win-Win" Opportunities
Look for opportunities where both you and the other person benefit -- "win-win" situations where both of you can develop. In today’s rapidly changing world, managers, supervisors, and frontline employees can always learn from each other.

Strive for Open Communication
Strive for open and direct communication with others. A manager or supervisor can speak in a direct and clear manner and still show respect for the other person. Clear expectations provide direction for a job well done.

Share Information
Share appropriate information with others. Organizations are realizing that they are all on the same team. Better sharing of information means that managers, supervisors and frontline employees are better informed and can provide improved customer service.

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Your organization may reprint this article for your newsletter, online publication, or mailing list. We ask that you print the:

article in its entirety;
byline of the writer;
information about the writer, which is available at the end of each article; and
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Medical Transcription:Believe In Yourself

Believe In Yourself

Believe In Yourself (Believe Your Way to Success)


Believe in yourself. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? Some people will tell you it is easy and others will say it is impossible depending on their own experiences. Yet, most of us have learned that is necessary to believe in your abilities to achieve a particular goal.

Have you ever done something just because somebody told you to do it, but you didn't think you could get it done? I don't know what that task was for you, but I do know you didn't give it your best and it did not have a positive outcome for you. Think about that for a moment. You can probably make of list of the things you failed at because you did not believe you could do it or that you could not do it well enough.

On the other hand, you can probably think of successes in your life that were made possible because you believed in yourself and your capabilities even if no one else did.

You must learn, if you haven't already, that you can achieve whatever you set out to do. But... (there's usually a but) you must be willing to do what is necessary to build your competence and confidence; your persistence and your patience; and your knowledge and your stamina. These are but a few of the building blocks for learning to believe in yourself through preparation for the task to be accomplished.

The same applies to running a successful business of any kind. You must believe in yourself and that you are able to do whatever is needed to make it successful - for you. Not because you have to, but because you choose to prepare yourself for successes. I often say that "if you believe in yourself - you will prepare yourself"

When it comes to operating a successful online business you must prepare yourself for success. The best way to do this is to learn from the 'masters' or 'gurus' who have made their fortunes
on the Internet.

There are a numerous sources of information on internet marketing, etc., but many of them are pitiful, unproductive schemes. Fortunately, there are a number of informative online newsletters (Ezines) full of useful advise and resources to direct you on the right path to a successful business of your own.

Yes, it's true. You can believe your way to success.

Manna Success News, a free weekly Ezine provides short, information packed online marketing articles by experts in the industry. Each issue includes at least one FREE E-book for subscribers and links to the best resources to help you start or grow your business.

Until the next time Keep on believing.

Copyright 2005 Burke Publications - All Rights Reserved

Dr. J. Elisha Burke
Editor, Manna Success Newsletter
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jeb@burkepublications.com
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All Rights Reserved
Dr. J. E. Burke, a college instructor, has been involved in various business enterprises via his business, Burke Publications for 11 years. Dr. Burke is an educator, writer and motivational speaker on a variety of topics.



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Medical Transcription:5 master qualities of extraordinary achievers.

5 master qualities of extraordinary achievers.

You can be a master achiever by developing the same qualities of those who seem to achieve more than others. Here are 5 qualities you need to master in order to become a successful person in your chosen field and in your life.


Achievers are creative.
Creativity is a fundamental quality of a visionary leader. Creativity is also essential for problem-solving, conflict resolution, crisis and change management.

As they are extensively goal and result oriented, achievers need to come up with many solutions to reach their goals; therefore they need to be more creative than others. An effective method for you to be more creative in problem resolution is:

First, sit down in a comfortable chair and think about all the ways to resolve the problem, even if it may be absurd. This is not the time to be critical, but the time to think without any judgment. Come up with at least 20 solutions.

The first eight solutions will be obvious; the second eight solutions will require some effort and therefore creativity. You will see that the last two solutions will be the hardest to find, but the most creative. And they will surely be the ones that you will stick to.

Second, act out in your head the movie of how you would implement each solution. And third, be critical as far as each solution is concerned. This is an effective way to resolve problems used by effective leaders and managers.

Develop the Habit of Courage.
They have developed the habit of courage. Courage to wake up earlier and go to bed later. They've developed self-discipline. Self-discipline is astering yourself, your actions, thinking and emotions. They know that in order to become leaders for others, they need to become a leader for themslves first.

It takes courage to have self-discipline but it is learnable. They take action even if it is uncomfortable. They go out of their comfort zone, and go for opportunities. Talk about courage!

An effective method to develop the habit of courage is to see opportunities to grow and evolve in every challenge you face. Face your fears and learn from them. There is always a positive intention behind every fear you feel.

Top People are committed to contribute.
Finally, they take action. High achievers are result and action-oriented. They are committed to action. As they make precise plan for what they really want, they go for it and are committed to reach the goal. An effective way for you to be committed to action is to set goals. Work every day on these plans and evaluate very week where you are.

Continuous Learning.
High achievers are lifelong learners who subscribe to the process of continuous improvement. They view mistakes as learning opportunities. "There is no failure, only feedback" is always their motto. They know they need to improve, take risks, make mistakes and view these mistakes as opportunities to bounce back.

An effective way for you to develop this habit is to first, read each day a book in your chosen field.
Second, listen to educational audiotapes in your car and go to seminars given by experts in your field.
By doing that, you will be ahead of your competitors and you will become more educated, therefore, you will earn more in your life.

They are Responsible.
High achievers know that they are 100% responsible for what's happening to them. They don't blame anybody else. They look themselves in the mirror and say "You can do it, it's only up to you dude!" You have the ability to respond in every situation you find yourself. Your response is up to you.

Creativity, courage, commitment, learning and responsibility are at the heart of every great achievement. Success is not always easy. People may be in your way. You may face discouragement. Problems may appear. But by learning how to be responsible, you will find solutions that others won't think of. You will find the courage to change your life and commit to excellence.


Develop a vision for your life and career will help you be at peace, happy and get far more than you could ever imagine.
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Medical Transcription:"How To Make A Career Out Of Copyediting And Proofreading"

"How To Make A Career Out Of Copyediting And Proofreading"

Do you possess the qualities of a good proof reader? Are you good with details, spotting errors in spelling, grammar, and the flow of a piece and putting together quality work? If so, you may be able to make a career out of copyediting or proofreading. For those looking to get in to this field of copywriting, they may be stuck looking in if they do not know where or how to get established. So, is there a tried and tested method for getting your foot in the door? No matter how much any and all of us would like that; there is just no easy way to do so.


Of course, anyone looking into copyediting and proofreading can prepare themselves for the demands of the career. Training is often the most essential need. Quality training that is. For many freelance is the way to go. One slip of the finger and you could have cost yourself a good proof reading job. No matter if you get your training through online courses or go to a standard college, you’ll need to ensure that your goals remain the same. These should be quality training, dedicated work, and responsibility. For many, starting with freelance is the best way to go. In the field, copy editing and copy writing is growing in demand for quality trained employees. For others, working under other proof readers is the best first step.

It all comes down to getting that first break. When you do, it is solely up to you to make it count for all it is worth. If you have the qualities that are needed to build a career in copyediting or proofreading, you can begin work for clients online. There are several websites that are able to provide you with a connection to the clients you need. From there, it only takes one person to get moving in the right direction. You’ll find if you do a quality job the first time out, you can guarantee your services to be recommended time and time again. Or, you may even want to get in touch with a proof reader needing help. Then, you can develop your skills, work out any glitches and learn how to get your own clients. In the end, you’ll find that the answer to your how to questions is just to try!


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6/26/2005

Medical Transcription:Why your ads aren't working

Why your ads aren’t working

Straight-forward answers to a key question.

The president of a manufacturing company recently asked me, “Why isn’t my advertising working?” Have you ever been asked this question? Have you ever asked it yourself?

Like most marketing communications questions there are no simple answers. After all, communication is a high level activity. There are lots of variables involved. If your ad results are disappointing, here are the key things to look at:

1) Message Is what your ad promises compelling? Is it meaningful to your audience? If you’re not offering something prospective customers want, they won’t respond. If you’re not sure what prospects want, ASK!!

2) Audience Are you reaching the people who make the buying decision for your product or service? Many big ticket sales involve buying teams or multiple layers within an organization. Are you reaching everyone you need to?

3) Vehicles Are you in the best publications (or radio time slots, TV programs, whatever)to reach your audience with your message? Look at quantitative AND qualitative data to get a true evaluation of media and vehicles.

4) Frequency/repetition There are two cardinal rules of human communication: a) People will notice your ad only when they’re interested, and b) People retain about 10% of the messages they’re exposed to each day. So for a communication program to succeed, it must repeat, repeat, repeat. (Current estimates are that it can take 7-9 repetitions of a message for it to sink in.)

5) Attention Does your ad have stopping power? Will the intended audience take the time to look? This usually requires the synergy of an arresting visual and a powerful headline.

6) Objectives Are you asking advertising to do what it’s good at? Generating inquiries and creating awareness are reasonable ad objectives. But don’t expect advertising to SELL a product. Good ads set up opportunities to sell. Your sales channel will need to close the deal.

7) Measuring results Do you really know what your advertising is achieving? Are you collecting and reviewing results that relate to your objectives? For instance, if you expect your advertising program to generate inquiries, measurement that looks at inquiry quantity and quality should be built into your program.Sound intimidating? Communication is important to any business but it’s complicated. Fortunately there are experienced consultants and agencies who can help you.

©Copyright 2005 Clairvoyant Communications, Inc.

Claire Cunningham, president of Clairvoyant Communications, Inc., has 20+ years’ experience developing and implementing successful marketing and communications programs. Sign up for Claire’s monthly e-newsletter, Communiqué, at http://www.clairvoyantcommunications.com Claire can be reached at 763-479-3499 (claire@claircomm.com)


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Medical Transcription:A good logo vs. a FABULOUS logo

A good logo vs. a FABULOUS logo

If you had a choice, which one would you choose, a good logo or a fabulous logo? Think about it for a second here, although I know the answer is crystal clear. Because many of us settle for a good logo created by a credible logo designer just because he or she is a credible logo designer who charges low prices. For example, I had a client who paid $500 for a normal-looking logo.....

If you had a choice, which one would you choose, a good logo or a fabulous logo? Think about it for a second here, although I know the answer is crystal clear. Because many of us settle for a good logo created by a credible logo designer just because he or she is a credible logo designer who charges low prices. For example, I had a client who paid $500 for a normal-looking logo which looked like something anyone else can come up with. A couple of color changes to the logo, alteration of the logo text is inevitable and then maybe changing the alignment of the logo here and there….THAT’S IT! $500 per pop!!??

There are lots of reasons why we settle for a normal-looking or good looking logo apart from price. One, it’s easy to change. Two, it’s uncomplicated. Three, the logo is simple enough. But let me tell you something about logos. You need a FABULOUS logo….an OUT OF THIS WORLD logo, not just any logo, ok?

The size, the precision, the text, the symbol, the color, the font, etc all counts towards bringing the attention of your potential customers towards your company, your image and your branding. Granted, most of the large International companies have pretty simple logos and you’re thinking to yourself….that’s VERDANA font sent at size 12 and that logo is set at Myriad set at size 14……but every single one of those Internationally renowned brands and logos have their own specific fonts and size, specific and exclusive color combinations and every single symbol and icons that are is used together with the logo has a meaning.

Whether you’re in a competitive industry or not, it doesn’t matter. Whether your market is small or big, it doesn’t matter! The fact of the matter is that your customers DO remember you when they see your logo, regardless of how hard you try to convince yourself otherwise. They won’t remember your logo now, but if they see it compared to others, they will be able to pick your logo out among the lot! Trust me on this one because there has been many researches and studies that has been done in the past to back this logo fact up.

So, my advice is this….don’t skimp on your logo. Don’t pay for something that is below par and don’t pay below par for something recognizable. It’s a very fine balance, mind you, I know.

But if you want your logo to be recognized, here are some basic rules:-

cheap logos are not everything
template logos rarely work
don’t go for conventional text
create a unique and special icon together with your logo
include your website or company name in your logo
create a colorful and yet peaceful combination of colors with your logo
don’t use more than 2 or 3 colors in one logo
have different logos for different brands
hire a logo designer with loads of experience…not paper qualifications
before you decide on the logo, test it out
have a tagline to go with the logo
Your logo says a lot about you so, don’t skimp!

Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from her home in Selangor, Malaysia. She loves nothing more than blowing bubbles in the park with her 2 kids, Joshua and Jared. She designs apparel and premium items at http://www.creativejooz.com and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at http://www.marshamaung.com


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6/25/2005

Medical Transcription:Small Business Marketing Series-Choosing a Niche Market

Small Business Marketing Series – Choosing a Niche Market

Many smaller businesses choose niche markets for various reasons and these niche markets can be very lucrative. This article will look at ways to identify and assess whether they are right for your business?

For many smaller businesses it is important to have a focused strategy which enables them to operate in a small part of a chosen market with great success. This has a further advantage of giving the smaller business a way to compete with larger organizations and achieve a level of protection against competition.

How is it Relevant to You as Owner?
As the owner of the business, you decide on the business strategy and make informed choices as to where the business will be going. Being clear on possible niche markets or a niche focus of your business can be crucial to the ultimate success and sustainable growth of your business.

The advantage of operating in a niche is that you can specialize in a small market and hence become a leading supplier of that specific product or service.

Niche marketing can be extremely cost-effective. For instance, imagine you offer a product or service that's just right for a select demographic or population group in your area, such as South Africans or students. You could advertise in newspapers or websites that focus on them, which have considerably lower rates than stations that program for broader audiences. So your marketing budget would go a lot further, allowing you to advertise with greater frequency or to use a more comprehensive media mix. Taking on a new niche can be a low-risk way to grow your business, as long as you keep in mind several important rules:
Here are a 4 steps to consider when choosing a niche market.

Step 1 - Being Clear

The first step in almost any process is being clear on what you are doing. Processes like this can take time and money to complete and as a small business owner both time and money are valuable resources that should not be wasted.

Ask yourself: What do I want from this process, how exactly am I going to accomplish it, what resources do I need before I start, who will manage the process, how will I know when its done?

The steps to be followed in the first phase could be as follows. It may vary from one project to another.

Convene a meeting with the stakeholders of the project and identify the exact aim and required outcome of the project.

Assign a project manager to assist in the development for the project.

Identify potential team members required to support the proposed solution.

Convene a proposal review meeting with potential team members to identify: proposed creative approach; scope of work, potential number of effort days; resource requirements; technical requirements; and other issues to be addressed in the proposal.

Produce a work breakdown diagram, proposed budget and resource requirements list considering steps 2, 3 and 4 bellow.

Note:
This phase is extremely important. A good carpenter always measures twice and cut once. This step is about specifying what the measures will be.

Step 2 - Doing Your Research

Analyse other businesses operating in your market and the products or services they offer. Do their products or services attract a wide range of customers or just a few targeted ones?

Use this analysis to decide what degree of specialization your product or service calls for. Will operating in a niche mean alterations to your product or service? Can you offer flexible service solutions?

Identify areas where customers’ needs aren’t already being met and look for competitive edge by adding features or offering a value-added service that isn’t currently available.

Conduct research to see if there is a group of customers that your competitors are failing to reach and consider how your product or service could be updated or adapted to attract them.

Explore how your customers buy from your competitors. Can your product or service be sold in a different way – over the Internet or through a mail order catalogue? Once you’ve completed this analysis use the information to identify customers that have things in common and things that make them different from others buying in that market. Then create a profile of these customers and use this as the basis of market research to ensure the niche is viable.

Step 3 - Appeal to Your Customers

Now that you have a good idea of what your target group want, it is up to you to make sure that you appeal them. Meet their unique needs. The benefits you promise must have special appeal to your market niche. What can you provide that's new and compelling? Look for ways to tailor your product or service to meet the unique needs of your prospective clients.

Say the right thing.
When approaching a new market niche, it's imperative to speak their language. In other words, you should understand the market's "hot buttons" and be prepared to communicate with the target group as an understanding member--not an outsider. In addition to launching a unique campaign for the new niche, you may need to alter other, more basic elements, such as your company slogan if it translates poorly to another language, for example.

In instances where taking on a new niche market is not impacted by a change in language or customs, it's still vital to understand the key issues and how they prefer to communicate with companies like yours.

Step 4 - Test and Review

Step four is to test and review. Always test-market. Before moving ahead, assess the direct competitors you'll find in the new market niche and determine how you will position against them. For an overview, it's best to conduct a competitive analysis by reviewing competitors' ads, brochures and Web sites, looking for their key selling points, along with pricing, delivery and other service characteristics. But what if there is no existing competition? Believe it or not, this isn't always a good sign. True, it may mean that other companies haven't found the key to providing a product or service this niche will want to buy. However, it's also possible that many companies have tried and failed to penetrate this group. Always test-market carefully to gauge the market's receptiveness to your product or service and message. And move cautiously to keep your risks manageable.

By now you should have a pretty good indication of which niche market you are going to focus on and whether this is the right market for you. Remember what you have learned from your clients, be responsive to them and trust your research.

Ben Botes is an author, entrepreneur and expert speaker on new venture creation. He is also the founder of http://www.my1stbusiness.com a web portal for 1st time business owners and entrepreneurs. Visit my1stbusiness.com today for the most extensive range of small business resources, courses, articles and tools, designed to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit.


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Design does matter

The idea that good design can improve how people perceive your business has long been a part of a designer’s sales tools.

They try to convince you that by improving your image, maybe creating a new logo or changing the way you communicate with your customers you can somehow improve sales and improve your bottom line. But are they right?
Over the years many companies have been sceptical about these claims because of a lack of concrete evidence. Designers struggle to back up their claims with written evidence and so this argument for good design often falls down at the first hurdle.

Companies fail to understand why they should invest time and money in improving their visual identity if there is no tangible result.
However, last year The Design Council released the results of a groundbreaking study on the link between the use of design and financial performance. The study published in March 2004 finally recognised the direct relationship between effective use of design and financial performance.

The study looked at 166 design-led UK quoted companies over a period of ten years from 1994 to 2003. A group of 63 companies were recognised as effective users of design. This was based on the fact that they consistently appeared in the listings at various design award schemes.

The study reveals these 63 companies outperformed both the FTSE All Share and FTSE 100 indices by around 200% between 1994 and 2003.
The Design Council is a professional body which supports the work of the UK design industry. It works to demonstrate and promote the vital role of design within business and the wider UK economy.

A recent study by the Design Council, Design in Britain 2004-05, based on an annual business survey of 1,500 companies of all sizes and sectors, shows companies using design to innovate and stand out are growing faster than their competitors are.

According to the in-depth research, a third of the UK's fastest growing companies see design as integral to their business, while only 11 per cent of businesses with a decreasing turnover have this view.

The figures confirm the impact of design across sales, profits, quality, share price, market share and competitiveness.

Using design throughout your business ultimately boosts the bottom line by helping you create better products and services that compete on value rather than price.


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6/24/2005

Medical Transcription:Home Based Business Plan Guide

Home Based Business Plan Guide

Every home based business needs a plan to be successful. It isn’t enough to have a great idea for a home based business and just hang out your shingle. Which is a something that many home based business owners learn too late. So even if you aren’t going to be borrowing money for your start up home based business, you still want to take some time to create a thoughtful, realistic business plan.

The first step in creating a home based business plan is to clearly define your goals. It isn’t just a matter of saying you want to make a certain amount of money in, say, five years or to leave your competition in the dust. These are certainly lofty goals, but they are vague. You want to define what your home based business really is at the beginning and where you want it to be. It’s a good to break this into segments. Where do you want your home based business to be in six months? A year? Eighteen months? Two years? A home based business plan that outlines your objectives this way gives you a road map to refer to and will ensure you’re on the right track and that you stay there.

Second, you have to know the market potential for your home based business. After all, there has to be a demand for the product and/or service you are offering or you have no business. If your home based business is going to provide business cleaning services, for example, you’ll want to be sure that there are companies and offices in your immediate area that need your service. You will also want to look at surrounding areas for opportunities to grow your home based business in the future. The amount and type of competition for your service needs to be taken into consideration too. If your area is already saturated with business cleaning services, you may need to consider a different service altogether. Without some planning and research, however, you won’t know this in advance, and your home based business won’t be as likely to succeed as it could be.

Next, you want to consider all the costs your home based business will incur. A lot of times when people work at home at their own home business, they fail to consider the small expenses. Printer ink, paper, postage, long distance phone calls and cell phone bills are easily missed when considering the cost of operating a home based business. And these seemingly small amounts add up in a short amount of time for most business owners. So realistically look at all the costs involved with owning and operating your home business. This way you’ll know how much you have to bring in to meet expenses and hopefully, to make a profit.

Now you want to think about how you will market your home based business. Again, you can have the best product and/or service going, but it won’t do you any good if you don’t market it. You need a marketing strategy for your home based business, and you need to plan for the costs involved in making it a reality. You may only be thinking about flyers, circulars and posters to begin with, but they do cost money to produce. And you need to think about other ways as well. Radio, billboards, direct mail, email, Web advertising are all great ways to promote and market your product and/or service. It’s wise to do some research into what type of marketing tools work best for your type of home based business and use a combination of offline and online advertising. You may want to start with more inexpensive marketing methods and work up as you go. To do this, you’ll need to, yes, plan for that. Plan for how much you can spend at the beginning and how much you want to add to your home based business marketing as it grows—which, with the proper planning, it will certainly do.

Charles Fuchs
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Copyright © 2006, Charles Fuchs, President of Vision Management Enterprise Inc., is an established online marketer who specializes in helping people start their very own Work at Home Based Business.




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6/22/2005

Medical Transcription:Secretarial Business Professonal Transcription

Professional Transcription and Your Business
by Kate Smalley

Got stacks of audio tapes that need to be converted to a more user-friendly format? Professional transcription services may be the answer.

Professional transcriptionists can take standard or micro cassette tapes and produce a typed version of the text in a format that's clear, consistent and correct. They can create transcripts of taped meetings, training sessions, seminars and conventions, as well as dictated letters, reports and manuscripts.

Once the information is transcribed, you can easily email, fax or post it to a Website. Accuracy Is Essential Transcribing actually covers a variety of services. It can include whatever editing is necessary to make a report or letter 'flow'. It can also include the tweaking sentence syntax, adjusting paragraphs, removing redundancies, and repairing general grammatical errors.

For some professions, a high degree of accuracy in transcripts is crucial. For example, medical transcriptionists must carefully listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and accurately transcribe them into reports, correspondence and other administrative materials that eventually become part of patients' permanent files.

Their ability to understand and correctly transcribe patient assessments and treatments reduces the chance of patients receiving ineffective or even harmful treatments and ultimately ensures high quality patient care. Accuracy in transcripts is equally as important in other fields.

In legal matters, it's essential because all testimony must be rendered exactly as it's spoken. Likewise, police detectives require precise transcripts of statements by suspects and witnesses. In the corporate arena, letters, meetings and training sessions must be properly transcribed for the sake of effective education and communication.

Requirements For A Good Transcriptionist Whether you need medical, legal or general transcribing for your business, accurate transcribing requires a unique set of skills. But if your staff lacks the expertise or time to transcribe materials in house, an outside company can easily fill the void.

- Working with an outside vendor offers a variety of cost-saving benefits, including:

- No cost of special equipment.

- No hourly employee downtime.

- You pay only for production.

- No Social Security, payroll or unemployment taxes.- No medical insurance benefits, paid vacations and sick leave But before you run out and hire the first transcription company available, make sure it has the skills to meet your needs. The outsourcer you choose should be:

- Well-versed in the English language

- Knowledgeable of the rules of grammar

- Familiar with your industry- Easily accessible for questions

Copyright 2004, Kate Smalley, Connecticut Secretary.Freelance Secretarial and Transcription Services http://www.connecticutsecretary.com , mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com. For more information about professional transcription services, contact Kate Smalley, Connecticut Secretary, at 203-641-3739 or mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com .

Medical Transcription:Home Medical Transcriptioin: A Decent Living or a Scam?

Home Medical Transcriptioin: A Decent Living or a Scam?
by: Stephen Bucaro

No doubt you have seen many ads by medical transcription schools claiming that you can make big money typing medical transcription at home.

Can you really make a good living doing medical transcription at home, or is it just another scam? In this article, you'll learn the honest facts about home medical transcription.

Can you really make a decent living doing home medical transcription? Yes and no.

Yes - Many people are earning $50,000 to $80,000 or more per year typing medical transcription at home. They work where they want, when they want, and as much as they want. The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be done FAR exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. When I say the demand exceeds the supply, I mean the situation is desperate.

No - Reading a few booklets and listening to a few tapes will not make you into an instant $50,000 per year medical transcriptionist. If you're not ready to commit to between six months and a year of hard study and practice, find another means of earning a living.

Typing medical transcription is not like typing a letter to your mother. It's far more challenging. Below are some of the challenges you must be prepared to meet.

1. You must have a good understanding of medical terminology.

You need to know how to spell the names of the latest medical conditions, drugs, medical tests, treatments, and procedures, and just knowing how to spell them is not enough.

Because of challenge #2 decribed below, you need to have some familiarity with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition. It's difficult to learn this with a mail order medical transcription course. This type of knowledge comes from experience. - You don't need to be familiar with ALL medical terminology.

Many transcriptionists specialize in specific areas such as gastroenterology or opthalmology. However, when you want to go on vacation, you'll need someone else to take over your work while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation, and they may be transcribing to a different field than you're familiar with.

2. You need to be able to extract the transcription from a noisy electronic recording.

Unfortunately, many doctors mumble, garble, don't enunciate, don't speak up, or talk too fast when they dictate. Combine the above problems with a thick, foreign accent and you can have real dificulty understanding what the doctor is saying. In many instances, the only way you will be able to decipher what the doctor is saying is if you are familiar with medical conditions and what tests, drugs, and treatments are related to that condition. - Doctors dictate "on the fly". They don't have time to think about proper sentence construction as the words emanate from their mouth.

Frequently the sentence they started doesn't make any sense or has an error by the time they get to the end. Do you edit what the doctor said, or just type the jiberish as dictated? Usually a doctor appreciates when you clean up their dictation. On the other hand, medical documents are often presented as evidence in legal actions. You're taking on liability if you change what the doctor actually said.

- Many transcriptionists have their own group of doctors that they type for and eventually become familiar with the idiosyncracies of each doctor. This makes understanding what they are saying much easier; however, when a you go on vacation, someone else will need to cover the doctors while you're gone. In reciprocation, you'll need to cover for someone else when they go on vacation. You won't be familiar with how the doctors dictate.

3. To make the earnings cited above, you need to be able to sit and type for long hours. You need to isolate yourself from the noise and distraction of other human beings (and some pets) and pound on that keyboard hour after hour. As I stated earlier, the amount of medical transcription work available far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work. Some transcriptionists let greed take control of them and sit at the computer for 16 hours seven days per week. They get accustom to a $100,000 a year lifestyle. But what does it do for their health? -

Medical transcription companies charge more for "fast turn around". Some pass part of this money onto the transcriptionist, others just demand the work get done immediately. In either case, fast turn around work prevents you from controlling your own working hours. Now that I've discouraged you, the fact is that many medical transcriptionists do work where they want, when they want, as much as they want, and earn a respectable living. If you're up to the challenge, how do you became a medial transcriptionist?

Training

You'll need to be proficient in the use of a computer. You'll need to be a fast typist. If you can't type as fast as the doctor dictates, you'll be working hard with the foot pedal to move back and forth in the recording. You must be comfortable using a Word Processing application such as Microsoft Word or Workperfect. You'll need to know how to format documents and how to use macros. If you don't use macros you'll be typing the same phrases over and over.

If you decide to sign up for a medical transcription course, make sure the course provides plenty of authentic dictations. You cannot become a medical transcriptionist by just reading medical terminology. You need to hear it spoken. Just listening to terms being pronounced is of limited use. You need to hear the terms used in a sentence. Simulated medical dictations are fine, but you need some practice with actual medical dictations.

- Find a course that teaches basic anatomy and physiology along with terminology.

The best way to learn The best way to learn is with on-the-job training. If you have a doctor friend or family member who does dictations, ask them if you can transcribe a low-priority dictaion for practice. If you're working at a clinic or hospital as a secretary or receptionist, investigate how the transcription gets done and volunteer to help.

Start out with a specific type of transcription such as letters or office notes in specficic specialities. As you get more experience, your speed will improve and you can branch out into other types of transcriptions for other specialties.

The amount of medical transcription work that needs to be done far exceeds the available transcribers to do the work.

Yes, you can make a decent living doing home medical transcription. You can work where you want, when you want, and as much as you want. But, medical transcription is an occupation only for those who are prepared to meet the challenge.

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Education for the Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant: Distance Education for the Medical Assistant by: Dr. Mark Stout Medical Assistant distance education is emerging to meet the demands of a new generation of students in the twenty first century. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School distance education program for medical assistant presents a good model for this integration of technology with medical assistant education. Distance education, particularly in its most recent form, online education, is being integrated into even the most cautious and conservative of educational institutions. Yet the impact of these alternative forms of teaching and learning on students, faculty, and institutions has yet to be broadly or deeply studied. New models such as that at St. Augustine Medical Assistant School are immerging. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School is available at: www.medassistant.org Distance education is not new, and can be traced as far back as the first century. The Apostle Paul wrote to the early Christian churches, instructing them from a distance (even when he was under 'house arrest' in Rome). This was probably the first type of 'correspondence course', which was the only method of learning at a distance until the advent of the telephone. Today, distance education and in particular online medical assistant instruction calls upon an impressive range of technologies to enable medical assistant instructor and the medical assistant student who are separated by distance to communicate with each other either in real time (synchronous) or delayed time (asynchronous). Currently and asynchronous model used at St. Augustine Medical Assistant School to instruct medical assistant students. This has proven to be a very effective model however the medical assistant program is currently investigating the benefits of synchronous online medical assistant instruction and the benefits it may have for the medical assistant student. Medical Assistant distance learning epitomizes the move away from institute based learning to a more direct, student centered approach. As a concept, distance learning has existed for over a century, notably in the form of paper based correspondence courses including the less formal correspondence education for medical assistants. Now however, distance education is depending increasingly upon technology for its success and technological innovations ensure that distance learning for the medical assistant continues to evolve and grow as a valid and potent force in all forms of education for the medical assistant. The task of the medical assistant distance educator is therefore to obviate these problems as much as possible by mixing and matching techniques, creating and maintaining a stimulating environment, and offering opportunities for medical assistant students to communicate with each other and with the medical assistant teaching staff on a regular basis. The medical assistant educators will also need to change their traditional role as well. Many remote medical assistant students need a great deal of social support, and medical assistant distance educators may find themselves spending more time offering one-to-one tutorials and less time lecturing. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School at www.medassistant.org or www.MedicalAssistant.us is leading today�'s technology in medical assistant education. When designing medical assistant educational systems and materials for medical assistant distance in delivery the medical assistant teacher must consider not only learning outcomes, but also centered requirements and technical constraints for the medical assistant. Also to be considered are the needs, characteristics, and individual differences of both the students, the teachers and future medical assistants. Medical assistant distance education for the medical assistant then, should not be viewed as a means of reducing costs, but as an opportunity to raise standards. It is also about providing quality medical assistant learning opportunities for those who, for one reason or another, have previously been excluded from this basic human right. Medical Assistant distance education will quickly become the norm and not the exception for the twenty first century medical assistant. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School distance education program for medical assistant presents a good model for this integration of technology with medical assistant education. The St. Augustine Medical Assistant model can be reviewed at: http://www.medassistant.org and http://www.medicalassistant.us By Dr. Mark Stout Dean of Education St. Augustine Medical Assistant School Distance Education and Informatics Specialist www.medassistant.org Dr. Mark Stout Medical Assistant distance education is emerging to meet the demands of a new generation of students in the twenty first century. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School distance education program (visit: http://www.medassistant.org) for medical assistant presents a good model for this integration of technology with medical assistant education. Distance education, particularly in its most recent form, online education, is being integrated into even the most cautious and conservative of educational institutions. Yet the impact of these alternative forms of teaching and learning on students, faculty, and institutions has yet to be broadly or deeply studied. New models such as that at St. Augustine Medical Assistant School are immerging. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School is available at: www.medassistant.org info@medasstant.org


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6/21/2005

Medical Transcription:Marketing mistakes

Two Biggest Marketing Boo-Boos There are two things that will sink your marketing and advertising almost every time. More often than not, when someone says "my ads didn't work," one of these two boo-boos are to blame.

Marketing that isn't targeted to a specific kind of customer doesn't work (unless you have LOTS of budget).

Big companies can blanket radio, TV, and magazines with million dollar ad budgets. They know they will catch their best customers somewhere in the crowd.

The rest of us have to first find our best customers, figure out what media they use, and tightly target our advertising to reach those best customers. The second major marketing boo-boo is so simple you may not believe it. Most marketing fails because people didn't understand it.

The message was too clever, too technical, intended for a different audience, too long, or in an e-zine they couldn't figure out how to read.

Once when I was working in radio, I jumped on the air and announced the first caller would get tickets to see the Rolling Stones. My tongue got tied and I mumbled my way through the announcement. No one called, not a single person. A few minutes later I read the announcement again, this time speaking clearly. The phone rang off the wall.

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Medical Transcription:Piggyback for cheap ads

Piggyback for cheap ads.

One way to get very low-cost advertising is to piggyback your ads onto someone else's. This is a longtime practice in broadcasting, but can be used with any media.

Here is an example: You want to advertise your web site on radio, but don't have the hundreds or thousands it would take to buy your own spots. There is a computer store in your town that advertises on radio all the time. You offer to cover a small share of their ad costs or trade a service for a mini 10 second ad included at the end of their radio commercial. Check with customers and suppliers who do lots of advertising.

I know a furniture chain that always includes a 5 second mention for the local cable TV company in their commercials. With the huge percentage of small businesses that want to be online but don't know how, you might offer to build them a web site they can promote in their commercials. Of course, the site will include a banner linking visitors to your site.

TV ads can include a graphic for your business or run a crawl (words across the screen). Larger newspaper ads might include a graphic and a few lines of copy for your business.

Kevin Nunley provides marketing and copy writing. Read all his free tips at http://DrNunley.com. Reach Kevin at kevin@drnunley.com or 603-249-9519.


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Medical Transcription:Know your customers

Know your customers

The better you can describe your best customers, the more products and services you can sell. What newspapers, magazines, and e-zines do they read?

What topics interest them most?

What groups or associations do they belong to? You can devise a questionnaire to send to your best customers and prospects. Entice them with a free offer or a big discount.

Many actors start developing their character by writing down a long list of words that describe the character. This helps the actor think deeply about the part they are going to play.

This strategy works well to help you figure out what kind of people buy often. You likely know far more about your prospects and customers than you realize. This method helps you get a clearer understanding of what you probably already know.

Kevin Nunley provides marketing and copy writing. Read all his free tips at http://DrNunley.com Reach Kevin at kevin@drnunley.com or 603-249-9519.

Medical Transcription:Don't give up

Don't give up

There is a time to stay the course, keep your chin up, and keep plugging.

There are also times when you have to face the realization that a business idea just isn't gong to work. You have to give up. Unfortunately, there is plenty of evidence that we often give up too soon. It takes time, sometimes lots of time, before a business idea can take root and start to turn real sales.

Big businesses often figure they won't make a profit for the first few years. Although most small businesses don't have that luxury, success may still take many months to come.

The other day I was searching for info on a 33.6 modem. Several search engines listed one site high. The site was a simple, home-made page on a free GeoCities space. It hadn't been updated in two years. At the top was a note from the owner, "I have enjoyed doing this site but I'm not getting anywhere with this and will have to give it up." It was dated June of 1997. Sometime after the owner gave up, the business started to cook.

At the bottom of the page the counter listed over three million visitors! This long forgotten project has been pulling hits like crazy. Could you make money off three million visitors? The owner had given up too soon.

Kevin Nunley provides marketing and copy writing. Read all his free tips at http://DrNunley.com. Reach Kevin at kevin@drnunley.com or 603-249-9519.

6/20/2005

Medical Transcription:Cheap flyers

Cheap flyers
Super Cheap Flyers Paper flyers are one of the oldest and most effective forms of marketing. Their low-tech quality packs a lot of advertising punch for just pennies per flyer. When Samuel Adams alerted Patriots to the Boston Tea Party, he did it with flyers.

Your flyers may not get into history books, but they certainly can boost sales.

  • Put a big black headline at the top of your flyer that screams your most important benefit. ENJOY CLEAN WINDOWS! $5.00!
  • Include a graphic that shows someone using your product or service. Black and white drawings work well.
  • Have photos half-toned (broken up into little dots like newspaper photos) to photocopy better.
    Use a light colored paper. Darker colors sometimes make your text hard to read.
  • Type your text in larger 14 point type that is easy to read fast.
  • Be sure to check local laws before posting flyers.
  • Many neighborhoods welcome flyers stapled to rubber bands and placed around front door knobs.

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Medical Transcription:"Will My Press Release Work?"

Now, THIS is a frustrating answer. Will your press release work?

Honest reply: No one knows. The job of a press release is to suggest a story idea to an editor, reporter, writer, or broadcaster. It's a bit like fishing. Whether or not the editor takes your bait depends a lot of what kind of day they're having. In the end, it is entirely up to the editor as to whether they use your story.

  • Slow news days are good times to get an editor's attention.
  • You will do better if the editor receives your story before 3pm.
  • Late afternoon is deadline "crunch" time for newspapers, past the prime news times of radio, and getting into last minute preparation time for TV news.
  • Linking your story idea to a popular story in the news can also get an editor's attention. Media folks figure the audience can only stay interested in a few topics at a time.
  • Finally, it's a good idea to make your release sound newsy in the beginning, saving the blatant commercial stuff for the end of the release.

Kevin Nunley provides marketing and copy writing. Read all his free tips at http://DrNunley.com. Reach Kevin at kevin@drnunley.com or 603-249-9519.


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Medical Transcription: The Lesson Is to Network

"The Lesson Is to Network"

Author and marketing guru Nancy Michaels explains how entrepreneurs can reach and impressive greater numbers of potential clients

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What Customers Really Want
Years of research and millions of dollars spent studying customers for every size business keeps coming back with the same answer: Customers want to be treated differently.  If this is so easy to understand, why is it so hard to...


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5 Tips For Creating Your Unique Selling Proposition
Creating a USP can be a daunting task for many. Keep it simple and start writing down ideas... and you will be far ahead of your competitors who are still scared of starting. The more you write - the more...


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Medical Transcription:Reliably Satisfied Customers

Reliably Satisfied Customers
Do you have BusinessWeek Online Small Biz delivered to your desktop and even consider it one of the nine newsletters that you really must read-not delete or put in a folder for later reading? Why nine?...


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6/19/2005

Medical Transcription - customer service 8 rules

8 rules for good customer service.
You can bring in as many new customers as you want, but unless you can get some of those customers to come back, your business won't be profitable for long. These 8 simple rules will ensure that your business becomes known for its good customer service and allow you to reap the benefits that good customer service provides
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Four Ways To Outshine Your Competitors' Customer Service
There’s no real secret to getting your customers to come back. All you need to do is provide customer service that exceeds your customers' expectations and outshines your competitors' customer service.
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6/18/2005

Medical Transcription:Top Digital Voice Recorder Transcribers

A digital voice recorder that lets you dictate directly to your PC is a wise investment if you do a lot of transcription. Here are my top picks for digital voice recorder transcribers.

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Medical Transcription:How to Get and Register a Domain Name

The first step to starting an online business is registering a domain name. This primer on domain names explains how to register a domain name and gives tips for picking the right domain name for an online business

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Medical Transcription:5 Resources You Need To Succeed

Are you a "Type D" person? Do you have sufficient start-up capital? These are only two of the five resources you must have if you want to start a successful small business. Find out more...

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6/16/2005

Protecting Your Computer from Adware and Spyware

Protecting Your Computer from Adware and Spyware

Recently, while checking our company web site statistics, we noticed a number of referrals from gambling and pornography sites. Since we are certain these types of sites would not house links to us, we investigated further and determined that some of our faithful visitors may be the victims of adware or spyware.


What is adware?

Adware, in it's most sinister incarnation, is a program that runs on your computer (like a virus) and occassionally pops up ads or redirects your browser to websites you had not chosen to visit.

What is spyware?

Spyware is software that collects personal information from you without your knowledge or permission. The information spyware collects can range from all the web sites you visit to sensitive information including user names and passwords.

How can I make sure I don't get these on my computer?

Never download programs or files from a website you don't know and trust.
Never open email attachments unless you know what they are. If you receive an email from a friend, but the text is strange and you don't know what the attachment is do not open it. Write to your friend and make sure they sent the email.
Keep an antivirus program running on your computer at all times.
You may also want to download Microsoft's Spyware program which can be found free here: http://www.microsoft.com/
More comprehensive articles on adware and spyware may be found here:

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http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/malware.ars?72460http://www.adware.info/


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Small Business Marketing Series-Choosing a Niche Market

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Home Based Business Plan Guide

Home Based Business Plan Guide

Every home based business needs a plan to be successful. It isn’t enough to have a great idea for a home based business and just hang out your shingle. Which is a something that many home based business owners learn too late. So even if you aren’t going to be borrowing money for your start up home based business, you still want to take some time to create a thoughtful, realistic business plan.

The first step in creating a home based business plan is to clearly define your goals. It isn’t just a matter of saying you want to make a certain amount of money in, say, five years or to leave your competition in the dust. These are certainly lofty goals, but they are vague. You want to define what your home based business really is at the beginning and where you want it to be. It’s a good to break this into segments. Where do you want your home based business to be in six months? A year? Eighteen months? Two years? A home based business plan that outlines your objectives this way gives you a road map to refer to and will ensure you’re on the right track and that you stay there.

Second, you have to know the market potential for your home based business. After all, there has to be a demand for the product and/or service you are offering or you have no business. If your home based business is going to provide business cleaning services, for example, you’ll want to be sure that there are companies and offices in your immediate area that need your service. You will also want to look at surrounding areas for opportunities to grow your home based business in the future. The amount and type of competition for your service needs to be taken into consideration too. If your area is already saturated with business cleaning services, you may need to consider a different service altogether. Without some planning and research, however, you won’t know this in advance, and your home based business won’t be as likely to succeed as it could be.

Next, you want to consider all the costs your home based business will incur. A lot of times when people work at home at their own home business, they fail to consider the small expenses. Printer ink, paper, postage, long distance phone calls and cell phone bills are easily missed when considering the cost of operating a home based business. And these seemingly small amounts add up in a short amount of time for most business owners. So realistically look at all the costs involved with owning and operating your home business. This way you’ll know how much you have to bring in to meet expenses and hopefully, to make a profit.

Now you want to think about how you will market your home based business. Again, you can have the best product and/or service going, but it won’t do you any good if you don’t market it. You need a marketing strategy for your home based business, and you need to plan for the costs involved in making it a reality. You may only be thinking about flyers, circulars and posters to begin with, but they do cost money to produce. And you need to think about other ways as well. Radio, billboards, direct mail, email, Web advertising are all great ways to promote and market your product and/or service. It’s wise to do some research into what type of marketing tools work best for your type of home based business and use a combination of offline and online advertising. You may want to start with more inexpensive marketing methods and work up as you go. To do this, you’ll need to, yes, plan for that. Plan for how much you can spend at the beginning and how much you want to add to your home based business marketing as it grows—which, with the proper planning, it will certainly do.

Copyright © 2006, Charles Fuchs, President of Vision Management Enterprise Inc., is an established online marketer who specializes in helping people start their very own Work at Home Based Business.
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Professional Transcription and Your Business by: Kate Smalley Got stacks of audio tapes that need to be converted to a more user-friendly format? Professional transcription services may be the answer. Professional transcriptionists can take standard or micro cassette tapes and produce a typed version of the text in a format that's clear, consistent and correct. They can create transcripts of taped meetings, training sessions, seminars and conventions, as well as dictated letters, reports and manuscripts. Once the information is transcribed, you can easily email, fax or post it to a Website. Accuracy Is Essential Transcribing actually covers a variety of services. It can include whatever editing is necessary to make a report or letter 'flow'. It can also include the tweaking sentence syntax, adjusting paragraphs, removing redundancies, and repairing general grammatical errors. For some professions, a high degree of accuracy in transcripts is crucial. For example, medical transcriptionists must carefully listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and accurately transcribe them into reports, correspondence and other administrative materials that eventually become part of patients' permanent files. Their ability to understand and correctly transcribe patient assessments and treatments reduces the chance of patients receiving ineffective or even harmful treatments and ultimately ensures high quality patient care. Accuracy in transcripts is equally as important in other fields. In legal matters, it's essential because all testimony must be rendered exactly as it's spoken. Likewise, police detectives require precise transcripts of statements by suspects and witnesses. In the corporate arena, letters, meetings and training sessions must be properly transcribed for the sake of effective education and communication. Requirements For A Good Transcriptionist Whether you need medical, legal or general transcribing for your business, accurate transcribing requires a unique set of skills. But if your staff lacks the expertise or time to transcribe materials in house, an outside company can easily fill the void. Working with an outside vendor offers a variety of cost-saving benefits, including: No cost of special equipment. No hourly employee downtime. You pay only for production. No Social Security, payroll or unemployment taxes. No medical insurance benefits, paid vacations and sick leave But before you run out and hire the first transcription company available, make sure it has the skills to meet your needs. The outsourcer you choose should be: Well-versed in the English language Knowledgeable of the rules of grammar Familiar with your industry Easily accessible for questions For more information about professional transcription services, contact Kate Smalley, Connecticut Secretary, at 203-641-3739 or mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com Copyright 2004, Kate Smalley Connecticut Secretary Freelance Secretarial and Transcription Services http://www.connecticutsecretary.com 203.641.3739 mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com Start a secretarial business more...


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The Perfect Medical Transcriptionist

The Perfect Medical Transcriptionist
by: Margery Hinman

As a medical language specialist, we are responsible for the accuracy and professionalism of the patient's medical report.

Is there such a thing as the perfect MT?

I say there is, and as an owner of a several successful MT businesses, I can tell you exactly what employers like me are looking for. When thinking of the perfect MT (medical transcriptionist) several things come to mind.

First the MT should have the necessary medical knowledge needed to make sound judgment calls when the dictator misspeaks or gives a wrong word accidentally. A good transcriptionist knows the difference between aphasia and aphagia and when to use which term.

In addition, many times the physician will dictate a surgery note on the right foot when, in the last sentence, accidentally says left foot. A good medical transcriptionist has been trained to catch that.

Good medical knowledge starts with a top rate MT school and the learning continues throughout the career of the MT. (That's why experienced MTs are usually preferred over new graduates, except in certain cases.)

The transcriptionist should understand the physiology of the human body and know why body systems work the way they do.

They must know the drug names, dosages, and usages for hundreds of medications. They will know when the drug is dictated as 50 mg that it is actually in 15 mg because 50 mg would be an overdose.

They must know lab normals so as not to put a ridiculous number when this is what they "hear" the dictator saying. This is all necessary not only for the accuracy of the report, but ultimately for the safety of the patient whose report is being transcribed.

The perfect MT should have an excellent command of the English language. Not only must we know grammar and punctuation, but also our spelling should be exact. As healthcare becomes more and more competitive in today's world, the professionalism of reports is paramount in the specialist's mind as he endeavors to impress his colleagues with prompt, professional consultation reports. A report with no punctuation, spelling, or grammatical errors goes a long way in differentiating an excellent MT from an average one.

Now, for the remainder of the qualities of the perfect MT, put yourself in the service owner's shoes.

What other attributes would you, as an owner, need from your people in order to make your business successful?

It's a well-known fact that in addition to top-notch medical anatomy, physiology and terminology training, the perfect MT should have certain characteristics which cannot be learned. This being said, however, these characteristics are vital to the success of the transcription service and the transcriptionist's career.

The first characteristic which comes to mind is dependability -- old fashioned reliability. A good transcriptionist does what he/she says and says what he/she does. It does no good to hire an employee who comes from the best online school with a 4.0 grade average and perfect punctuation and grammar skills, if the employee does not turn her work in on time.

Dependability is, in fact, so important that it is the #1 thing that service owners look for in a subcontractor or employee. I cannot tell you the number of times I have had a subcontractor take 2 hours' worth of dictation, only to find that barely 20 minutes of the work was actually transcribed. This obviously leaves the service owner to scramble to get the work done urgently by another subcontractor (who already has their work for the day) and to have to explain to the client why the work was not turned in on time as promised. (Good communication requirements on the part of the service play a big part in solving these issues.) This affects the reputation of the service and could ultimately cost the service the contract.

In severe cases or in cases of contractual obligation, the client must be given a discount on the work that is late, leaving the service owner with little to no profit for that day's work and, more than likely, costing them money in the long run since the discount was in excess of the profit the owner would have made for the day. Therefore, a transcriptionist that keeps her word is worth her weight in gold.

Another characteristic equally important is that of attitude, yet another attribute that cannot be learned. How much more pleasant is it to work for someone who is appreciative of you, or even neutral, compared to someone that constantly complains, nitpicks, and whines?

While transcriptionists are looking for good employers, good employers are also looking for transcriptionists with these attributes.

A good attitude for an MT would consist of not complaining when the doctor dictates an extra few reports for the day (flexibility on the part of the transcriptionist), going the extra mile when the dictator asks for format changes (patience), and keeping the service informed of specific requests the dictator asks for (conscientiousness).

A good transcriptionist will stay on an account for an extra few days after notice has been given, rather than leaving the service owner high and dry without someone on the account.

A good transcriptionist will take constructive critique in a good manner and leave her ego behind.

A good transcriptionist, therefore, works together with the service owner in almost what could be construed as a "partnership," where each party does his best to help the other achieve their mutual goals. In this case, both the transcriptionist and the service owner work in synchronicity to serve the client, which ultimately serves the patient himself.

Another characteristic that comes to mind in a great transcriptionist is that of willingness to take on more than is necessary. So many times, employees will say something to the effect of "that's not my job."

A great transcriptionist will gladly jump in and do what is necessary to get the job done. Although not mandatory to do more than promised, service owners know that being able to call on someone who will help them in a pinch makes the MT more valuable than a co-worker who will not.

Of course, good transcription service owners realize that perfect MTs don't grow on trees. If you do your job well and have the characteristics mentioned above, you should expect top pay in your profession as well as a pleasant work environment.

For the at-home transcriptionist, a pleasant work environment, in my opinion, would consist of few, if any, interruptions from the service owner, consistent work from the service (so as to guarantee a paycheck), and protection from cherrypickers (finicky transcriptionists who take the best work and skip over the harder, more difficult work.)

I can think of at least a dozen more attributes that the service owner should possess, but that is best explained fully in a separate article.

The bottom line is - in order to become more valuable to your employer (more valuable = better compensation,) begin to think like an owner. If you see an opportunity for improvement, mention it. If you can help out in emergencies, do so. Above all, never forget that a perfect transcriptionist begins with the proper training. Adhering to these recommendations will ensure a transcriptionist that is happy, productive, and is making the income she deserves.

Margery Hinman, CMT, is owner and Director of Education for MT Advantage Career Center, a comprehensive, online, advanced medical transcription training program. With over 20 years in the transcription industry, Margery owns a number of transcription services and has mentored and trained hundreds of students in the field of transcription. She has taught medical transcription at Tidewater Community College and has authored and published the MT Advantage Career Center curriculum as well as other numerous articles throughout the years. For a free e-book on medical transcription please visit www.mtacc.net. You can reach Margery at MargeryMTACC@aol.com. Copyright 2005 Margery Hinman, CMT

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Why Hire a Professional Transcriptionist to Convert Your Dictation or Audio Recordings to Typed Text?
by: Laurie Kristensen In a discussion forum for non-fiction writers (where I had posted my introduction of myself and my professional transcription business), another member replied and mentioned that for simple dictation, she uses a voice recognition software program. When what she had said really sank in, I felt like someone had kicked me in the gut! Then my reaction was huge dismay and questioning, "Why should I even stay in business?" This came JUST after spending almost two months getting clear on why my transcription business feels exciting to me and realizing that I want to assist and support creative, positive, motivated people to succeed in ways they have not been able to before, working on interesting projects! I imagined emptying my transcription business website of all information -- just leaving a notice (as a �'public service�') pointing out to the people who THINK they need me to transcribe their audios that they should go and buy that software instead! Yikes! Drastic thoughts! But seriously, then I started thinking some more... I mean, it's a legitimate question! Why SHOULD someone hire me if they can buy software for dictation? In what situations would dictation software be inferior than having a live, intelligent human being (who is passionate about helping her clients succeed) listening and transcribing their audio material instead? Knowing such software exists, ANYONE might appropriately ask that question! Since I've never worked with this kind of software, I realize I may not understand it perfectly, so I decided to ask some questions... With audio recordings of interviews, groups, or live teleclasses, seminars, and so forth, how does the software distinguish between multiple speakers? How does it know to punctuate and break the text into paragraphs appropriately? When people just speak naturally, their speech is filled with tons of 'ahs' and 'ummms' and 'you know's' and so forth. Does the software know to filter those out when appropriate? People also string multiple sentences together with 'and' forever! Does the software know when to break the sentences apart? How about when the quality of the audio recording is not top-notch, such as when there is background noise or people speaking on top of each other... how does it handle that? Even when there is only a single speaker, if they do not dictate punctuation, paragraphs, etc., does the software intuit that correctly? If the software does not handle these issues well, how much work is involved in cleaning up the text? Also, in my relationships with the clients I've worked with, there is the unquantifiable element of me being an objective outsider who can catch errors or discrepancies in the CONTENT. And I often even come up with valuable ideas to help them improve their material! There is a creative, collaborative give and take between my clients and me that often seems to be of benefit to us BOTH beyond the action of me �'just�' transcribing their audio recordings. So, I concluded, there IS still a need for my services by many people! Not all, but I�'m sure enough to keep me busy. I actually do enjoy this kind of work under the right circumstances and with the types of clients I intend to connect with! So in the end, I thanked that discussion forum member for her post and the internal thinking process it sent me through, because it helped me face a fear and come out stronger on the other side! And then, as a welcome validation of everything I had deduced on my own, quickly after I had submitted my reply to her, she was kind enough to reply with a more detailed explanation of how the voice recognition software works and its definite limitations -- everything I had suspected, and even more! I truly have a valuable, worthwhile service to offer my clients. I�'m very proud of my skills, my dedication, and my opportunity to make a contribution to the entire world by assisting my clients to develop their own gifts in ways they might never on their own IF it was up to themselves alone to type out their wisdom and creativity! Copyright Laurie Kristensen, 2005-Present. All rights reserved. Laurie Kristensen owns and operates a successful audio transcription and typing business from home, visit http://www.LKTranscription.com Also be sure to browse through her Success Resources at http://www.LKSuccess.com. You have permission to publish this article in its entirety, unchanged, electronically or in print as long as the byline, URL, and copyright are include


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Education for the Medical Assistant


Education for the Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant: Distance Education for the Medical Assistant by: Dr. Mark Stout Medical Assistant distance education is emerging to meet the demands of a new generation of students in the twenty first century. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School distance education program for medical assistant presents a good model for this integration of technology with medical assistant education. Distance education, particularly in its most recent form, online education, is being integrated into even the most cautious and conservative of educational institutions. Yet the impact of these alternative forms of teaching and learning on students, faculty, and institutions has yet to be broadly or deeply studied. New models such as that at St. Augustine Medical Assistant School are immerging. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School is available at: www.medassistant.org Distance education is not new, and can be traced as far back as the first century. The Apostle Paul wrote to the early Christian churches, instructing them from a distance (even when he was under 'house arrest' in Rome). This was probably the first type of 'correspondence course', which was the only method of learning at a distance until the advent of the telephone. Today, distance education and in particular online medical assistant instruction calls upon an impressive range of technologies to enable medical assistant instructor and the medical assistant student who are separated by distance to communicate with each other either in real time (synchronous) or delayed time (asynchronous). Currently and asynchronous model used at St. Augustine Medical Assistant School to instruct medical assistant students. This has proven to be a very effective model however the medical assistant program is currently investigating the benefits of synchronous online medical assistant instruction and the benefits it may have for the medical assistant student. Medical Assistant distance learning epitomizes the move away from institute based learning to a more direct, student centered approach. As a concept, distance learning has existed for over a century, notably in the form of paper based correspondence courses including the less formal correspondence education for medical assistants. Now however, distance education is depending increasingly upon technology for its success and technological innovations ensure that distance learning for the medical assistant continues to evolve and grow as a valid and potent force in all forms of education for the medical assistant. The task of the medical assistant distance educator is therefore to obviate these problems as much as possible by mixing and matching techniques, creating and maintaining a stimulating environment, and offering opportunities for medical assistant students to communicate with each other and with the medical assistant teaching staff on a regular basis. The medical assistant educators will also need to change their traditional role as well. Many remote medical assistant students need a great deal of social support, and medical assistant distance educators may find themselves spending more time offering one-to-one tutorials and less time lecturing. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School at www.medassistant.org or www.MedicalAssistant.us is leading today�'s technology in medical assistant education. When designing medical assistant educational systems and materials for medical assistant distance in delivery the medical assistant teacher must consider not only learning outcomes, but also centered requirements and technical constraints for the medical assistant. Also to be considered are the needs, characteristics, and individual differences of both the students, the teachers and future medical assistants. Medical assistant distance education for the medical assistant then, should not be viewed as a means of reducing costs, but as an opportunity to raise standards. It is also about providing quality medical assistant learning opportunities for those who, for one reason or another, have previously been excluded from this basic human right. Medical Assistant distance education will quickly become the norm and not the exception for the twenty first century medical assistant. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School distance education program for medical assistant presents a good model for this integration of technology with medical assistant education. The St. Augustine Medical Assistant model can be reviewed at: http://www.medassistant.org and http://www.medicalassistant.us By Dr. Mark Stout Dean of Education St. Augustine Medical Assistant School Distance Education and Informatics Specialist www.medassistant.org Dr. Mark Stout Medical Assistant distance education is emerging to meet the demands of a new generation of students in the twenty first century. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School distance education program (visit: http://www.medassistant.org) for medical assistant presents a good model for this integration of technology with medical assistant education. Distance education, particularly in its most recent form, online education, is being integrated into even the most cautious and conservative of educational institutions. Yet the impact of these alternative forms of teaching and learning on students, faculty, and institutions has yet to be broadly or deeply studied. New models such as that at St. Augustine Medical Assistant School are immerging. St. Augustine Medical Assistant School is available at: www.medassistant.org info@medasstant.org


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Medical Transcription - Professional Transcription


Professional Transcription and Your BusinessBy Kate SmalleyGot stacks of audio tapes that need to be converted to a more user-friendly format? Professional transcription services may be the answer.Professional transcriptionists can take standard or micro cassette tapes and produce a typed version of the text in a format that's clear, consistent ... more...


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6/12/2005

Medical Transcription - Using other people's money

How to Use Other People's Money for Your Business
By Matthew Lesko

"Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant."
- P.T. Barnum John Ray, the famous 17th century author, was known to have written the aphorism, "Money begets money." In the business world, I'm sure you've also heard the saying, "You've got to have money to make money."

There are countless sources of cash, but by far, the best one to utilize for your business is ... other people's money. Perhaps one of the greatest "secrets" of the richest people in the world is summed up in those 3 words: Other People's Money - OPM for short.

If you took a cross-section of the most affluent business people, you'll find that the majority of them launched their fortunes using OPM. In the next few minutes, I will show you how you can obtain other people's money for your business.

What you do with the money, however, is up to you - but if I were you, I'd take P.T. Barnum's advice, and make money your servant so that you, too, you can make your own fortune. The use of other people's money has become such an ethical and acceptable mainstay in business because one can leverage other people's money to your benefit.

For example, you can leverage borrowed money into high-yield investment programs that could generate a return that would then pay back your lender and line your pockets as well. Or you can leverage borrowed money into asset-producing or income-generating real property. Or you can simply borrow money to start or grow your business.

The benefits to using OPM are obvious:

1) When you use other people's money, especially within the parameters of a corporation, your debt is assigned to your business, and your debtors can make no claims against your personal finances; and

2) the infusion of cash allows you to have money to make money for your business. Of course, even with the proliferation of lending institutions and venture capitalists, it is often difficult to obtain other people's money. Well, since Wall Street Journal has kindly called me a man who "finds answers in unlikely places," I'm going to reveal an unlikely place where you can obtain other people's money.

This one is available to all, and yet very few ever take advantage of it. It's the federal government. I've coined a phrase for this source of money: I call it "other taxpayers' money" - OTM for short. The federal government has millions of dollars of taxpayers' money allocated to funding businesses like yours. Here are a few great sources of OTM:

1) If you want to get training and/or money to start your own business, millions of dollars are available at www.sba.com. They'll also show you how to find alternative sources of financing, how to protect your invention, how to sell your idea, how to license your product, how to write legal contracts, how to sell overseas, and how to buy business equipment.

2) If you want money to export and sell products to foreign countries, you can obtain it from the Export-Import Bank of the United States at www.exim.gov. Or you can go to The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) at www.opic.gov.

3) If you want to obtain government contracts, then access the Procurement Assistance Offices online. Here, you'll learn how to draw up a business plan that'll get your business noticed. They can match the product or service you're selling with the appropriate agency, and then help you market to them more effectively. You can find these programs at www.dla.mil.

4) If you need venture capital for a new or existing business, then you need to go online and access the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). These are privately-organized and privately-managed investment firms that are licensed by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

With their own capital and with funds borrowed at favorable rates through the federal government, SBICs provide venture capital to small independent businesses, both new and established. You can access them at www.sba.gov/INV.

5) If you need free help or want to learn how to do your own personal or business taxes? All you have to do is access www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/bus_info-bus_help.html.

You can also obtain a free 26-page book on the Internet called The Credit Process: A Guide for Small Business Owners. It's written for small business owners seeking financing for the first time. It covers sources and types of financing; funding resources; preparation of a business plan; preparation of loan applications; and action to take if a loan is denied. It also contains an especially useful and comprehensive glossary of finance terms, agencies, and fair lending regulations.

Matthew Lesko is a New York times syndicated columnist, and author of 2 New York Times best-sellers. He is regularly featured as the nation's top expert on government freebies on TV programs such as Larry King, Oprah, David Letterman, Jay Leno, the Today Show and Good Morning America. His latest book, "Free Money for Entrepreneurs on the Internet" identifies hundreds of little-known sources of free government money for "net-repreneurs" and reveals the secret formula for easily obtaining the money for your business. See Matthew Lesko's List of Free Government Grants! Start a secretarial business

6/11/2005

Medical Transcription - Professional Transcription

Professional Transcription and Your Business

by: Kate Smalley

Got stacks of audio tapes that need to be converted to a more user-friendly format? Professional transcription services may be the answer.

Professional transcriptionists can take standard or micro cassette tapes and produce a typed version of the text in a format that's clear, consistent and correct.

They can create transcripts of taped meetings, training sessions, seminars and conventions, as well as dictated letters, reports and manuscripts. Once the information is transcribed, you can easily email, fax or post it to a Website.

Accuracy Is Essential

Transcribing actually covers a variety of services.

It can include whatever editing is necessary to make a report or letter 'flow'.

It can also include the tweaking sentence syntax, adjusting paragraphs, removing redundancies, and repairing general grammatical errors. For some professions, a high degree of accuracy in transcripts is crucial. For example, medical transcriptionists must carefully listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and accurately transcribe them into reports, correspondence and other administrative materials that eventually become part of patients' permanent files.

Their ability to understand and correctly transcribe patient assessments and treatments reduces the chance of patients receiving ineffective or even harmful treatments and ultimately ensures high quality patient care.

Accuracy in transcripts is equally as important in other fields. In legal matters, it's essential because all testimony must be rendered exactly as it's spoken. Likewise, police detectives require precise transcripts of statements by suspects and witnesses. In the corporate arena, letters, meetings and training sessions must be properly transcribed for the sake of effective education and communication.

Requirements For A Good Transcriptionist

Whether you need medical, legal or general transcribing for your business, accurate transcribing requires a unique set of skills. But if your staff lacks the expertise or time to transcribe materials in house, an outside company can easily fill the void.

Working with an outside vendor offers a variety of cost-saving benefits, including:
No cost of special equipment.
No hourly employee downtime.
You pay only for production.
No Social Security, payroll or unemployment taxes.
No medical insurance benefits, paid vacations and sick leave

But before you run out and hire the first transcription company available, make sure it has the skills to meet your needs.

The outsourcer you choose should be:
Well-versed in the English language
Knowledgeable of the rules of grammar
Familiar with your industry
Easily accessible for questions

For more information about professional transcription services, contact Kate Smalley, Connecticut Secretary, at 203-641-3739 or mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com
Copyright 2004, Kate Smalley Connecticut Secretary Freelance Secretarial and Transcription Services http://www.connecticutsecretary.com 203.641.3739 mailto:kms@connecticutsecretary.com

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6/09/2005

Medical Transcription - Why hire a transcriptionist?

Why Hire a Professional Transcriptionist to Convert Your Dictation or Audio Recordings to Typed Text?
by: Laurie Kristensen

In a discussion forum for non-fiction writers (where I had posted my introduction of myself and my professional transcription business), another member replied and mentioned that for simple dictation, she uses a voice recognition software program.

When what she had said really sank in, I felt like someone had kicked me in the gut!

Then my reaction was huge dismay and questioning, "Why should I even stay in business?" This came JUST after spending almost two months getting clear on why my transcription business feels exciting to me and realizing that I want to assist and support creative, positive, motivated people to succeed in ways they have not been able to before, working on interesting projects!

I imagined emptying my transcription business website of all information -- just leaving a notice (as a ‘public service’) pointing out to the people who THINK they need me to transcribe their audios that they should go and buy that software instead!

Yikes! Drastic thoughts!

But seriously, then I started thinking some more...

I mean, it's a legitimate question! Why SHOULD someone hire me if they can buy software for dictation?

In what situations would dictation software be inferior than having a live, intelligent human being (who is passionate about helping her clients succeed) listening and transcribing their audio material instead?

Knowing such software exists, ANYONE might appropriately ask that question!

Since I've never worked with this kind of software, I realize I may not understand it perfectly, so I decided to ask some questions...

With audio recordings of interviews, groups, or live teleclasses, seminars, and so forth, how does the software distinguish between multiple speakers? How does it know to punctuate and break the text into paragraphs appropriately?

When people just speak naturally, their speech is filled with tons of 'ahs' and 'ummms' and 'you know's' and so forth. Does the software know to filter those out when appropriate? People also string multiple sentences together with 'and' forever! Does the software know when to break the sentences apart?

How about when the quality of the audio recording is not top-notch, such as when there is background noise or people speaking on top of each other... how does it handle that?

Even when there is only a single speaker, if they do not dictate punctuation, paragraphs, etc., does the software intuit that correctly?

If the software does not handle these issues well, how much work is involved in cleaning up the text?

Also, in my relationships with the clients I've worked with, there is the unquantifiable element of me being an objective outsider who can catch errors or discrepancies in the CONTENT. And I often even come up with valuable ideas to help them improve their material!

There is a creative, collaborative give and take between my clients and me that often seems to be of benefit to us BOTH beyond the action of me ‘just’ transcribing their audio recordings.

So, I concluded, there IS still a need for my services by many people! Not all, but I’m sure enough to keep me busy. I actually do enjoy this kind of work under the right circumstances and with the types of clients I intend to connect with!

So in the end, I thanked that discussion forum member for her post and the internal thinking process it sent me through, because it helped me face a fear and come out stronger on the other side!

And then, as a welcome validation of everything I had deduced on my own, quickly after I had submitted my reply to her, she was kind enough to reply with a more detailed explanation of how the voice recognition software works and its definite limitations -- everything I had suspected, and even more!

I truly have a valuable, worthwhile service to offer my clients. I’m very proud of my skills, my dedication, and my opportunity to make a contribution to the entire world by assisting my clients to develop their own gifts in ways they might never on their own IF it was up to themselves alone to type out their wisdom and creativity!

Copyright Laurie Kristensen, 2005-Present. All rights reserved. Laurie Kristensen owns and operates a successful audio transcription and typing business from home, visit http://www.LKTranscription.com Also be sure to browse through her Success Resources at http://www.LKSuccess.com.

6/06/2005

Medical Transcription - Be a spy

Spy constantly on your competitors, your industry, and yourself. Keep an open mind. Look for things you may not have expected or rather not see.

Why is this important? Most of us tend to develop beliefs about ourselves, our products, and our businesses. We have strong feelings about why we are good, why people should buy from us, and why our customers find us important.

Believing in yourself and your products and services is very important. It is hard to be successful if you don't believe with confidence.

Beliefs can also blind us to reality or new conditions. Believing in a false reality can bring unpleasant surprises down the road when a competitor suddenly surges or customers begin to stay away.

The best cure is to spy. Watch yourself, your biz, and others with open eyes. Look for solid indicators that your view of things may need an adjustment. If someone disagrees with your view, listen to them. There may be some valuable grains of truth in what they think.

Kevin Nunley provides marketing and copy writing. Read all his free tips at http://http://DrNunley.comReach Kevin at kevin@drnunley.com or 603-249-9519.

6/02/2005

My Own Business: Free Internet Course for Anyone

My Own Business: Free Internet Course for Anyone
"Welcome to the world's leading Internet business course on how to avoid failure in starting and operating your own business. This course is run by successful business owners and professionals who donate their time and experience to point out the common, avoidable pitfalls.

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How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup
You need three things to create a successful startup:
  • to start with good people
  • to make something customers actually want, and
  • to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these.

A startup that does all three will probably succeed.

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Independent Contractor or Employee: Which Best Fits Your Needs?

Independent Contractor or Employee: Which Best Fits Your Needs?
by Steve Strauss

It is often said that your employees are your most valuable asset, but they also take a lot of time, effort and expense.

One way to keep the value of employees without worrying about the details is by hiring independent contractors. Although an employee and an independent contractor often perform similar duties, your obligations towards independent contractors are much less in comparison to an employee. Read the rest of the story here.


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Internet is Transforming Rural Businesses

Internet is Transforming Rural Businesses
One of the trends we noticed in early 2004 was that of small businesses taking to blogs to gain Web visibility, serve customers and grow their businesses.


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Selling to Big Companies

Selling to Big Companies
There is ]a trend I see increasingly, called the "on-again off-again entrepreneur."

The on-again off-again entrepreneur is someone who moves back and forth ...


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Things You Can do Today to Help Your Business

Things You Can do Today to Help Your Business
Plan your cash flow everything else will follow:- Ask suppliers for credit - Ask suppliers to increase credit period - Consider leasing machinery (or lease and buyback) - Consider factoring (releasing 80% of invoice value at invoice date) if you are not


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Medical Transcription - Trump online university

Trump Launches Online “University” to Teach Entrepreneurship

The trend toward “entrepreneurship across the curriculum” is moving entrepreneurship education beyond business schools to entire campuses. And now, thanks to Donald Trump, it’s moving to cyberspace.

Last week, the real estate tycoon launched Trump University – offering a group of self-directed learning courses available in entrepreneurship, marketing and of course, real estate. The online university won’t be handing out any degrees, the courses are structured to last for one to two weeks where students get their assignments and submit their work to classmates for peer review.

While the courses won’t be guided by professors, students will have access to an “Expert Center” featuring videos of the professors. Serving as the entrepreneurship content expert and faculty is Jack Kaplan, currently the adjunct professor of entrepreneurial studies at Columbia Business School.

Learn more at www.trumpuniversity.com


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Entrepreneurship Education for the Rest of Us

Entrepreneurship Education for the Rest of Us
Entrepreneurship majors, like ours here at Belmont, attract only a small percentage of students interested in business ownership. In fact, an annual survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education finds that about 40% of today's students cite owning their own...


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Cultivate a Culture For Referrals

Cultivate a Culture For Referrals
Referrals don't just happen. Well, that's not entirely true. If you are doing a good job for your clients, the occasional accidental referral will likely come your way.The idea should be to make referrals happen intentionally. I work with a large number of


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The Powerful Marketing Habit of 5s

The Powerful Marketing Habit of 5s
I started doing this marketing activity years ago and it never ceases to amaze me how effective this simple strategy is.




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All Marketers Are Liars

All Marketers Are Liars

Last week I was surprised to receive a coy of Seth Godin's

Free from 9 to 5

Free from 9 to 5

Free from 9 to 5 is an interesting new blog to check out.

From the about page:

If someone told me 10 years ago, when I was in college,


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6/01/2005

Medical Transcription - Success In Business

Post by Jason Calacani about success in business.
http://calacanis.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000053039351/

The older I get the more I realize that business is about three very basic things:
1. Hustle
2. Passion
3. Resiliency

You have those things it really doesn’t matter what the idea is ... you can change your ideas all day long, in fact evolving is what you’re supposed to do in business. However, you can’t substitute hustle, passion, or resiliency. You can certainly learn, and defiantly enhance, those three core attributes. I know I’ve tried to do that over the years.


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Consider what it takes to become an undeniable success with these sincere quotations that identify the fundamental factors necessary to triumph...


" Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; head you win -- tails, you lose."
-- Anonymous

"The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."
-- Ayn Rand

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
-- B. R. Hayden

"Success is a journey, not a destination."
-- Ben Sweetland

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-- Bill Cosby

"The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm… to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore."
-- Cyril Connolly

"All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."
-- Danny Thomas

"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other."
-- Erma Bombeck

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire."
-- Fred Shero

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success."
-- Joyce Brothers

"Failure is success if we learn from it."
-- Malcolm S. Forbes

"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."
-- Mark Caine

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."
-- Paul Sweeney

"Get up one time more than you're knocked down."
-- Peter's Principle of Success

"Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit."
-- Robert Schuller

"The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent."
-- Smiley Blanton

"When your physical environment is in alignment with your aspiration, success becomes the norm."
-- Susan St Lawrence

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"The way to succeed is to double your error rate."
-- Thomas Watson

"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."
-- Vince Lombardi

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
-- Winston Churchill

"Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have."
-- Zig Ziglar

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"If he who has a thing to sell Goes and whispers in a well, He won't be so apt to make the dollars As he who climbs a tree and hollers!" -- Anonymous

Every day in your business, something happens that others should know about. You give exceptional service to a client; you reach out to a new type of customer; you demonstrate your expertise on an important topic. Yet most of the time, the only people aware of these significant events are the individual you are speaking with and you.

We might chuckle at artists or performers who are waiting to be "discovered," but sometimes business owners are just as guilty of hanging back when there's boasting to be done. Below are some examples of occasions for informing the media, your clients, referral partners, and very importantly, POTENTIAL clients that you have done something special:

  • Winning an award or competition
  • Being elected or appointed to office in a professional or civic organization
  • Obtaining an important new client or contract
  • Giving noteworthy service to an existing client
  • Opening or relocating your office
  • Expanding to serve a new market
  • Offering a new product or service
  • Launching a new or redesigned web site
  • Publishing the first issue of a newsletter
  • Reporting an invention or discovery
  • Expressing a unique opinion on a topical subject
  • Being selected to speak at a major conference
  • Completing a survey or study
  • Having an article, white paper, or book published
  • Getting a mention in the news
  • Landing an interview on radio, TV, or a live chat

When any one of these events occurs, notify all your clients, prospects, and referral partners by letter or e-mail. Include a copy of any item referenced in your letter, or let readers know where they can learn more. For example, if you will be speaking at a conference, mail a copy of the program, or mention the conference web site.

It gives you extra credibility if the event you're reporting is also acknowledged by someone else. When you give great service to a client, ask for a testimonial letter. Then include the letter in mailings and your marketing kit.

Many of these developments are newsworthy enough to inform the media. Write a news release describing what has occurred and your opinion about it. If you win an award, describe how it made you feel. If you are elected to office, outline your goals for the organization. Include in your release a brief paragraph about your background.

Send your news release to your own trade press and all your local media outlets. If you are nationally known already, include national outlets as well. Follow up with a phone call to offer additional information and find out if they plan to run the item.

When you do appear in the news, no matter how small the mention, capitalize on it. Unless you are on the cover of a major publication or featured on national TV, don't expect a lot of people to contact you as a result of your appearance alone.

In addition to reprinting articles about you or by you for everyone on your mailing list, keep them on hand. Include them in your marketing kit for prospective clients, speaking engagements, and future media opportunities. Use them as handouts at trade shows. Frame them and hang them on the wall of your office. Post links or entire articles on your web site.

When you land a radio, TV, or live chat interview, let everyone on your mailing list know when you will be on. You'll probably get more business from telling people about it than you do from the program itself.

C.J. Hayden is the author of Get Clients NOW! Thousands of business owners and salespeople have used her simple sales and marketing system to double or triple their income. Get a free copy of "Five Secrets to Finding All the Clients You'll Ever Need" at http://www.getclientsnow.com

What's Your Marketing Attitude?

Entrepreneurs pay a lot of attention to the mechanics of marketing. They take workshops, read books, and hire consultants to find out how to do the best job they possibly can. With my own clients, I often discover that their knowledge of marketing techniques is quite good already. What they might lack is the right kind of marketing attitude.

Do any of the attitudes described below sound familiar? If so, you may be sabotaging your own marketing efforts. Read on for some possible solutions.

1. "I shouldn't have to market." If you are good enough at what you do, you tell yourself, clients should just come to you. Marketing is for products, not professionals. You have years of training and experience in your specialty, why should you have to spend your precious time on marketing?

This perception is extremely common among consultants and professionals, although many won't admit it. The fact is that successful marketing is a necessary part of business ownership. If you could get all the paying work you wanted without having to market, why wouldn't everyone be self-employed?

If you perceive marketing as a dirty business, try thinking of it as the diapers you need to change in order to have the joys of being a parent. But instead of focusing on what you dislike, tie your marketing chores to your vision of a successful business.

Visualize checks arriving in the mail when it's time to make a cold call, or picture a signed contract when preparing for a presentation. Post visual reminders (e.g. photos or clippings) at your desk of the reasons you became self-employed in the first place. Parents don't remember all the diapers when they're looking at the baby photos.

2. "I don't have time for marketing." There are only two situations where this can really be true: you're too busy doing the client work you already have, or you have other important responsibilities (e.g. an outside job or young children) taking up your time.

It's easy to believe that doing client work already contracted for is more important than marketing, especially when deadlines are tight. But if you always follow this policy, you will be locked into a feast or famine cycle, with no new clients waiting for you when the work is finished.

Whether your responsibilities preventing you from marketing are within the business or outside it, you need to allocate a minimum amount of time each week, no matter what. Even two hours per week can make a significant difference, if you consistently use that time for marketing.

Imagine that you have overslept, and are late for an appointment. You might skip breakfast, but would you leave the house without brushing your teeth? Of course not. If you are going to be successful in business, that's how automatic marketing needs to become for you.

3. "My marketing isn't working." It's true that there may be something wrong with your marketing. Perhaps your message is unclear or the tactics you're using are inappropriate for the audience. I find, though, that for the majority of business owners who say this, the real problem is not that their marketing isn't working but that they aren't working their marketing.

Let's say your business needs two new clients a month, on average. If, in your experience, you must make a detailed presentation, proposal, or initial consultation to three potential clients for one to say yes, you will need to make six of these presentations per month.

Now how many prospects do you need to have contact with for one to be interested in a presentation? Ten, maybe? That means you need to make contact with 60 prospects each month to land your two new clients. If you do this math for yourself, you may quickly find that the only thing wrong with your marketing is that there hasn't been enough of it.

Author: C.J. Hayden

Article URL: http://www.getclientsnow.com/march2000.htm

C.J. Hayden is the author of Get Clients NOW! Thousands of business owners and salespeople have used her simple sales and marketing system to double or triple their income. Get a free copy of "Five Secrets to Finding All the Clients You'll Ever Need" at http://www.getclientsnow.com
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Know what you need before starting to deal

Know what you need before starting to deal
usatoday.com - How many negotiations have you conducted this month? This week? In business, you're constantly negotiating. You negotiate with clients on fees, suppliers on price, employees on salary ...


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Home Front


Home Front

How to balance your home and your business under the same roof
Entrepreneur's Be Your Own Boss magazine - May 2005 By Romanus Wolter

Many people dream about being able to work at home. They imagine rolling out of bed and starting work as they sip a latte. They feel that without the commute, water cooler conversations and office politics, they'll be more focused and, consequently, more efficient.
Read the complete article at http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/0,4621,321255,00.html


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Subtle Emotion - The Key To Copy That Works

Subtle Emotion - The Key To Copy That Works
smallbusinessbrief.com - Say the word "emotion" to a man, and he'll immediately jump out of his seat and run from the room! Utter the word "emotion" to a woman, and she begins to conjure up thoughts of romantic, long talks...


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5/31/2005

Medical Transcription - Stand out

Stand Out

The most common mistake made when starting a new business is to copy what other companies are doing in your industry.

In reality, it's critical that you stand apart from your competition, and that you look to your competitors as examples of what to avoid.

Medical Transcription - Medical transcription resource

This medical transcription resource will answer a lot of the questions you might have about medical transcription.

http://www.mtdaily.com/faq.html

5/30/2005

MT Daily - medical transcription, work at home.

MT Daily - medical transcription, work at home.

What is medical transcription, how is it done, and what does it pay?
Step-by-Step Guide to Medical Transcription at Home, book by Michele Miller
Related Medical Transcription Articles & Resources Can Be Found Right here.


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Medical Transcription - Choosing the perfect home business

Choosing The Perfect Home Based Business

Nowadays, more and more people are becoming a home based business owner. If you make a search on ‘home based business’ at Yahoo, it returned a total of 51,000,000. No, I didn’t put any extra zeros. It’s 51 million! Most of them are promoting business opportunities and others provide home based business information.

The question is now, if you want to start your own home based business, without
having to go through all 51 million sites, how do you find the perfect business that really suits you?

Let’s begin.

Basically there’re 2 types of business that you can run. I’ll go through one at a time.

1. Selling a new product.
If you’re a super genius who knows what the market’s wants, that this type of business is for you.

Advantage: You will be the owner of the product which means you control everything; from pricing to the product type. You’ll become the expert and people will see you as genius who create new product line.

Disadvantage: You will have to design your own marketing plan; sales letter, website
design, autoresponder email system and everything. So, in other words, your business might no begin within 1 or 2 month after you develop your product. Even you already setup everything, your income might come in rather slow since most people are afraid to buy new product.

2. Selling other people product.
You sell other people product and you earn income by receiving your sales commission.

Advantage: You don’t have to design any market plan (most of the time). Everything
will be provided to you. All you need to do is using these tools to market their product. Since everything is there, you can start promoting them almost immediately and so do your cheque.

Disadvantage: You don’t have the power to change the market plan, product or any tools. You have to use them whether you like it or not.

Which one you choose is wholly up to you. But for me who is so lazy of doing any thinking and working, I’d choose option 2.

Still, you have to make filter out millions of products that you can promote for your
business.

Here are the guidelines for choosing them:

1. Available marketing tools: Are they giving me any marketing tools? eg. email ad,
banner ad, sales letter etc. The marketing marketing tools provided, the better.

2. Product is suitable for huge market: Choose a product that can be use by many people and not only for certain group of consumer.

3. Recurring commission: For me this is the most important factor. Some product, you earn your comission only once when you make one off sales. Normally, you earn a recurring commission when you sell product that needs the buyer make recurring payment every month. So, you will earn your commission every month as long as the buyer makes the payment.

It is easy, isn’t it?

Let’s we summed up everything that we learn.

If you want to start you home based business immediately, promote other people’s product. This product should have excellent support, all marketing tools are provided to you, many people use it and the buyers have to pay them every month.

There you have it. A perfect home based business for you (at least it is for me ).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nas Romli runs a site that help people to start their own home based business within 24 hours.Many have benefited from this service.Drop by at his site for more information about this amazing service:http://www.cashflowsecret.net

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What Constitutes a Good MT Program? pt6

Author: Dawn Moreno

How To Choose A Good Medical Transcription Training Program

Additionally, our course offers more transcription practice than any other program that we know of. Through our program you will transcribe over 5,000 medical reports. Why do you need to transcribe so many reports you might ask? It is our belief that practice makes perfect. Working MTs come across a variety of difficult accents and medical specialties. Without extensive hands-on practice with real world dictation, the new MT will flounder in the real work environment. Transcribing a few hundred reports may give you some idea of how it's done, but clearly is not enough practice to enable a new MT to be productive in the real world work environment ready to handle whatever is thrown at them.

One reason there is such a high demand for MTs right now is because there are so many very poorly trained MTs. In fact, it is difficult to come across a well-trained MT. Good MTs have the potential of making a very good income and enjoying a lucrative career. Poor MTs usually go from job to job, then finally leave the business because they just can't reach quality or production standards. In our program we offer a great deal of real world dictation practice by real doctors. The dictation you will be transcribing comes from a variety of specialties and includes very difficult dictators. It is important to get enough practice while in school so that when you graduate, you will be handle the most difficult types of dictation with ease.

Our school was founded by an MTSO (medical transcription service owner) with many years of experience who also teaches medical transcription at a local community college, and who owns her own very successful MT service. The instructors of our program are highly experienced MTs and MTSOs (medical transcription service owners. This program was developed by MTs for MTs. Additionally, our program offers comprehensive job placement assistance upon graduation. Another unique feature of our program is that it promotes both professionalism and excellence

The choice is yours. Excellence in education means making the commitment to invest wisely and choosing a school that adheres to the AAMT guidelines as outlined in COMPRO. We feel confident that we have the experience, dedication and ability to turn out MTs ready to enter the workplace capable of handling even the most difficult dictation. We wish you every success in making a quality decision for a quality education.

About the author:
Dawn Moreno resides in Miami, FL and is the Director of MTACC, an on-line medical transcription school. She is married w/one Chihuahua and two cats and is pursuing her doctoral degree at this time.

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How To Choose A Good Medical Transcription Training Program

How Does Our Program Measure Up?

Now the goal of this article is not to discuss why some other courses do not live up to the COMPRO guidelines but to present evidence why our course does. What does our school have to offer a prospective MT student? We offer an in-depth, comprehensive program of study including in-depth study in every single area outlined in COMPRO. Students of our program will get comprehensive study in all subject areas relating to MT.

Our program offers the opportunity to work with mentors one on one. Specifically, this means that each student will be assigned their own mentor who will work with them throughout the program. Why is this important? As an MT student, you are going to have a myriad of questions pertaining to your coursework, and a good course needs to provide you with someone who can answer those questions quickly and comprehensively. Also, learning MT is not an easy task, and many new students get frustrated and give up. We don't want to see that happen, so each of our students will be assigned their own mentor who will guide and direct them throughout their studies.

We feel that comprehensive feedback of your work is essential to your success. It is important to know what you are doing wrong and why, as well as, what you are doing right. It is very easy when checking your own work to miss many tiny mistakes. In the workplace an MT needs to work with a high percent of accuracy at between 98-99%. When MTs fall below that accuracy level, they are putting their jobs in jeopardy. In our program, you will get immediate feedback on-line after each lesson. Also, your transcription exam is HAND graded with extensive feedback, and returned within 24 hours. In other words, you will have the support of a trained instructor throughout the entire program, and this is imperative to your success.

About the author:
Dawn Moreno resides in Miami, FL and is the Director of MTACC, an on-line medical transcription school. She is married w/one Chihuahua and two cats and is pursuing her doctoral degree at this time.

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What Constitutes a Good MT Program? pt4

How To Choose A Good Medical Transcription Training Program

What Should You Look For In A Good Program? When looking into MT programs it is important to think about it as an investment that will pay off when you complete the program and begin working. We discussed earlier how some programs offer very short courses and only skim over subjects like anatomy, medical terminology, disease processes, laboratory medicine, and pharmacology.

Additionally, many courses do not offer comprehensive transcription practice. When evaluating programs it is important to have a base model to compare every program to. I believe a wonderful model is the AAMT's COMPRO. Look not only at what subjects the school offers but how in-depth and comprehensive do they cover each of these areas. For example, you cannot possibly thoroughly cover the subject of anatomy in a few weeks time. Medical transcriptionists deal with many different accents, medical specialties, and must have a broad based understanding of medical language. If the program you are considering does not offer comprehensive study in all of the areas discussed in COMPRO then you may want to consider that it is not a wise investment of your money. You also want to ask the following questions when deciding on a school:

1.Are the instructors experienced MT? 2.How much dictation is included in the program? 3.Is the dictation that is included authentic doctor dictated reports? Some schools offer tapes that are read by actors which are WAY to easy. 4.What type of materials will you receive in the course? Good MTs need good reference materials, and must learn to use them while in school. 5.Will you have access to an instructor who has many years of experience in this business? 6.Will you receive immediate feedback on assignments or will you have to wait weeks to hear from your instructor through the mail? 7.Does the school offer in-depth coverage of all the topics COMPRO suggests, or do they just touch lightly on these subjects? 8.Does the school offer comprehensive job placement assistance? Handing you a list of services to apply with is not considered comprehensive job placement

Dawn Moreno resides in Miami, FL and is the Director of MTACC, an on-line medical transcription school. She is married w/one Chihuahua and two cats and is pursuing her doctoral degree at this time.

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How To Choose A Good Medical Transcription Training Program

What are the Results of Poor School Choice?

It is a fact that even if graduates of subpar programs are able to pass an employment test and get hired they have a very hard time on the job. This is because they lack a comprehensive understanding of medical language. Sure, they may know some basic anatomy and terminology; however, they lack a clear understanding of what is being said. How would this effect their potential income and job security? Well, MTs are paid based on production. In other words, most MTs are paid according to how much they are able to transcribe in a day. Most companies have minimum quotas for the amount of work they want each MT to produce in a day. If a new MT has to stop and look up every other word because they do not understand the context or content of the dictation, they are not going to be able to meet the company's minimum quotas. This happens a lot to new MTs who are poorly trained. See a comparison of two new MTs and one experienced MT and their daily production :

MT ID #: Company required daily line count Daily pay @ .07 cents Of 1,200 lines per day: per line. NEW MT #1- 1,250 lines done for the day. $ 87.50

NEW MT #2- 600 lines done for the day. $ 42.00

MT #3 - 2,000 lines done for the day $140.00 (Has experience)

Which of these MTs would you like to be? As you can clearly see, MT #2 is not making very good money. If both MT #1 and #2 worked the same amount of hours that day, why the difference in pay? Maybe MT #2 had to stop many, many times during the day to look up simple medical words. MT #2 is not going to be very happy with her paycheck at the end of the day. Also, MT #2 is at risk of losing her job because she is FAR below the company's minimum production standard for the day. However, it is possible that MT #2 feels that she got a great deal on her MT education because it cost under $1,000 and only took her 4 months to complete the entire program. MT #3 has about a year and a half of experience and is clearly making good money. Most new MTs are hired and then put on a probation period where all of their reports are checked by an editor or quality assurance person. Most companies allow between 30-90 days for a new MT to get up to production standards in terms of production and quality. If the new MTs work is not up to company standards by that time it is likely they will be let go. This happens every day to new MTs. Being serious about getting a thorough education will avoid this problem. Investing now in a good education will assure that you can start out in the workplace ready to handle difficult dictation with ease.

About the author:
Dawn Moreno resides in Miami, FL and is the Director of MTACC, an on-line medical transcription school. She is married w/one Chihuahua and two cats and is pursuing her doctoral degree at this time.

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What Constitutes a Good MT Program? pt2

Author: Dawn Moreno

How To Choose A Good Medical Transcription Training Program

Why Not a Less Expensive, Faster Program?

When you take the time to research the skills that a quality MT needs, it will become evident that a shorter, less comprehensive course of study isn't going to give you what you need to succeed in the workplace. Many prospective students who look into very inexpensive fast programs buy into the idea that they can learn medical transcription quickly and then begin making good money right away. You may hear some people say that a comprehensive education is not necessary, and that you just type what you hear. This type of thinking is faulty because in medical language many words sound alike but have very different meanings. Please see the example below:

EXERCISE: Say the following words aloud. Say them slowly and then faster: Dysphagia (dis-phage-ee-a) - Difficulty swallowing. Dysphasia (dis-phas-ee-a) - Difficulty speaking. Dysplasia (dis-plas-ee-a) - Abnormality of development.

Ileum (il-ee-um) - The small intestine. Ilium (il-ee-um) - Hip bone.

It is clear to see that without a clear understanding of the meaning of these sound-alike terms, and the medical context in which these terms are dictated, it would be very easy to type in the wrong word. Now consider the consequences of an MT typing in the wrong medication because it sounded like a different one. It is true that physician's are supposed to read the completed reports for accuracy before signing them. However, the MT is the main person responsible for proofreading the reports. Unfortunately, the reality is that many physician's are very busy and rushed. Many times they sign reports that they read quickly. It is the job of the MT to make sure these reports are accurate.

About the author:
Dawn Moreno resides in Miami, FL and is the Director of MTACC, an on-line medical transcription school. She is married w/one Chihuahua and two cats and is pursuing her doctoral degree at this time.

5/29/2005

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What Constitutes a Good MT Program? pt1

Author: Dawn Moreno

How To Choose A Good Medical Transcription Training Program

Many ideas abound about what constitutes a good MT program. Some people feel that the schools that advertise on TV showing a mother working at her computer while her children play quietly at her feet is an accurate portrayal of the life of an MT. What is true and what is not true in regard to MT education is what this article shall attempt to cover.

What is AAMT and COMPRO?

The American Association of Medical Transcription (www.aamt.org) is the professional organization that represents medical transcriptionists. The AAMT has developed a competency profile for medical transcription education (COMPRO). This profile outlines many of the areas that a good solid MT program should cover. In brief, some of these areas include the following: English language, medical knowledge, technology, healthcare documentation, and professional practice. Under each of these broad headings are very particular sets of competencies that an MT student must demonstrate to show they have mastered that area. The full COMPRO guidelines are listed on the AAMT's web site, and I highly suggest that all prospective MT students visit the site and go over the profile in detail.

About the author:
Dawn Moreno resides in Miami, FL and is the Director of MTACC, an on-line medical transcription school. She is married w/one Chihuahua and two cats and is pursuing her doctoral degree at this time.
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5/28/2005

Medical Transcription - Make your business more profitable

Make Your Business More Profitable
Do you want more sales and more profit from your business? It's not that hard to achieve if you follow these 4 simple tips.


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Speed up your Internet access.

Did you know that Internet accelerators can double or tripple your Internet access speed, even if you have cable or DSL access?

Internet accelerators use caches, compression, and other
technology to dramatically increase your dial-up connection
speeds. They can save you hours you are now wasting waiting for web pages to download in your browser.

The following companies provide Internet accelerators:
www.netzero.com, www.propel.com and www.slipstreamdata.com.

Medical Transcription - Formatting a business letter

Anatomy of a Business Letter
by Linda Elizabeth Alexander


Business letters have many purposes and recipients. Despite variations in tone and style, the basic parts of a business letter remain standard throughout most business correspondence. This article outlines the elements found in standard business letters today, in order, as well as their modern format.

1. Heading

Assuming you are using company letterhead, your full address will already be on the page. Add the date two spaces below the last line of printed copy. If you are using blank paper, add your full address and the date in the heading. Align the heading, and all paragraphs, with the left margin(which should be at least one inch wide).

Example:
21 Carson Parkway
Boulder, CO 80111
December 3, 2006

2. Inside address

Include the recipient's full name, title, and address two spaces below the date. Align it with the left margin.

Example:
Conner T. Walker
2345 Sunrise Avenue
Denver, CO 80555

3. Salutation

Two spaces below the inside address, and also aligned with the left margin, place your salutation, or greeting. If you are on a first name basis with the recipient, use her/his first name followed by a colon. If you are writing a more formal letter, use a personal title (Ms., Mr., or Dr.) followed by the person's last name and a colon. Use Mr. for men, and Ms. for women. Never use Mrs. or Miss unless a woman has specifically expressed a preference. If you are not sure if the recipient is male or female, use a salutation that is appropriate to the letter context.

Examples:
Mr. Yates:
Ms. Dickinson:
Dear Customer:
Dear Publishing Manager:

4. Body

The body of the letter should begin two spaces below the salutation; all paragraphs should be aligned to the left margin. Single space within paragraphs and double space between them.

If your letter continues onto a second (or higher) page, leave at least two lines of text on the next page before the closing. Do not go onto another page just for the closing; this is bad form. If necessary, change the font size or margin width to make it fit onto one page.

5. Closing

Place the closing two spaces below the last line of the body. Use a standard closing such as Sincerely or Best regards. Capitalize only the first word, and follow the closing with a comma. Four spaces below, type your full name, also aligned with the closing at the left margin. Finally, sign your name in the space between the closing expression and your typed name.

6. Additional Information

Sometimes a business letter requires you to add the typist's initials, an enclosure notification, or a note that other people are receiving the same letter. Any of this information goes two spaces below the last line of the closing in a long letter, four spaces below in a very short letter.

The typist's initials follow the writer's initials, separated by a slash. The writer's initials go in capital letters, while the typist's are lowercase.

Example: LEA/lak or LEA/ald

If the writer and the typist are the same person, no initials are needed.

If you are sending material along with the letter, such as an invoice or report, indicate this with an enclosure notification. When you use this, you must refer to the enclosures in your letter. Abbreviate or describe the enclosure(s).

Examples:
Enc.
Encs.
Enclosure: Report findings

Lastly, if you are sending the same letter to more than one person, notify your recipients with a copy notation. This is abbreviated "cc:" and followed by the recipients' names.

Example:
cc: Linda Alexander
Janna Bree Smith
Emily Lane

7. Formatting

Finally, format your letter so it is easy to scan. Center the letter on the page both vertically and horizontally so that plenty of white space surrounds your text. When using your company's letterhead, remember to format your margins inside the printed material.

If a letter is very short, consider double spacing the entire letter. Also, you may add spaces between paragraphs, the salutation, etc., if it provides for a fuller appearance and enhances the overall "look" of the letter.

© 2002 By Linda Elizabeth Alexander. Linda Elizabeth Alexander writes marketing copy for nonprofits and other businesses. Contact her today to get your free consultation! http://www.write2thepointcom.com
lalexander@write2thepointcom.com

Medical Transcription - Build your own mousetrap

Oh Yeah? Go Build Your Own Mousetrap!

Are you in a home business now, or still just testing the waters? Either way, one of the things it takes to be successful is the ability to avoid building your own mousetrap.

Those of you who are already working in network marketing probably know what I'm talking about. Chances are you are working with a supplier company that has great products and/or services. Chances are also good that you have a system that was put together by a leading distributor within the company, who had success with it and is now bringing it to the masses.

Chances are also good that you're not making the kind of money you want, or aren't making any money at all.

Sorry...didn't mean to throw cold water on your home business dreams. It's certainly possible to make great money working from home. Lots of people are!

I'm just using the statistics. Most people in home businesses love what they're doing and have a lot of confidence that someday they will break through and make the kind of big bucks they see other people making. And those who stick around long enough inevitably will.

But statisically, there's about a 90% drop out rate in the first year for people who start their home businesses. Why is that? Does the industry not work? Does it promise more than it can deliver? Are the costs too much?

None of the above. For some people...actually most...it's a matter of not following through on what you've been taught. One of the leaders within our company calls it being willing to "submit to the mentoiring process."

In other words, here's the system. Do Step A, then do Step B. Take it all the way to Step G or H or whatever. Lots of people aren't willing to be held accountable to all these steps, so they just assume the business isn't for them, and go back to whatever life situation they started with.

We let these people go. They're great people, but it's like trying to teach Chinese to a house plant. At some point they might get it, but who wants to put that kind of time in!

Some are just too uncomfortable with the things they'll need to do, which usually means they don't want to talk to anyone...friends, relatives, strangers, whatever. We let them go too. If it were so simple that you didn't need to talk to anyone, what would they need YOU for?

And then there is that special group who insist on building a better mousetrap. Here's a system for finding interested people, promoting your product or service, training new people, managing your business, etc. It's not perfect, there's room for improvement.

But heck, it works! It may be why you're here now!

The folks who are a little too smart for their own good will start tinkering with it, or even try to build their own thing. And what do they get for their troubles? Total confusion with no one to help them...because no one else is doing what they're doing.

Hey, I've got my newsletters. I've got my conference calls. I love playing around with my own things!

But if you're in our business organization, it's because we use the system EXACTLY the way it's supposed to be used. The simpler, the better. I didn't create the system...I just use it.

It's the old Subway restaurant example. If something works in Subway...even if it's not perfect...would you want to change it on your own, or would you want the people who've been working on the system forever to try and fix it?

Even better, if you owned 30 Subways, would you want to mess with the system so that NONE of the managers knew what to do?

Or would you want to standardize everything so that ANYONE who could follow directions could do it?

That's why the fast food industry in this country is run by 16 and 17 year olds who flunked Algebra 1 and English, but still manage to turn a profit in their restaurants. Simplicity, simplicity!

Some of the people I've seen who move the slowest in home businesses are the smartest people, because they spend all their time questioning the system.

I don't blame them...most of them got successful in the outside world because they checked things out and improved the things they work on.

And they can do the same in this business. They can build a better mousetrap...

...once they've STUDIED the industry throroughly. What makes this business tick is unlike the things that work in the rest of the world...

...and once they've gotten SUCCESSFUL in this business. Are you a leader? Show me your own success!

...and once they've HELPED OTHERS get successful. What works for you only matters if you can easily show others how to do the same thing!

So whether you're in business or thinking about it, COPY what the successful people are doing, and stay the course.

Or go ahead and try building your own mousetrap. If you do, the only thing you'll catch is mice!

Larry Hochman, M.S., C.A.G.S. is "The Guidance Guy" and the author of NINE SECRETS TO COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS. He has published widely on education, personal development and home business. Visit Larry at www.TheGuidanceGuy.com

5 Ways to Take Your Business Beyond WAHM Status

5 Ways to Take Your Business Beyond WAHM Status
Being a work-at-home-mom can be a rewarding way to raise your children while being a business woman but too many WAHMs don't know how to go beyond just being a work-at-home-mom. Here are 5 ways to achieve that.


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5/27/2005

Oh Yeah? Go Build Your Own Mousetrap

Oh Yeah? Go Build Your Own Mousetrap
Are you in a home business now, or still just testing the waters? Either way, one of the things it takes to be successful is the ability to avoid building your own mousetrap.


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5/26/2005

10 Ways to Know If Your An Entrepreneur

10 Ways to Know If Your An Entrepreneur

Tom Evslin:

Here in late night talk show format are the ten ways to know if you (or a loved one) is an entrepreneur.


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Work At Home Scams

It's tempting to want to work from home. I work from home myself, so I know the benefits of the flexible schedule and comfortable environment. But, watch out for scams.

Here's some common work at home scams:

Typing scams: http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/articles/typing-scams.html

Envelope stuffing scams: http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/home-businesses/envelope-stuffing.html

Medical billing - Is it a scam or not? http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/articles/medical-billing.html

Instead of falling of those scams, start your own medical transcription business or secretarial business.


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Alterpreneurs

Alterpreneurs

SmallBizBlog:

Alterpreneurs are small business owner managers who went into business for lifestyle reasons, and as an alternative to the nine-to-five.


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Get the Edge in Business

Get the Edge in Business
The best post I’ve read all year. From Mark Cuban: The ultimate competition.


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MS Word Mail Merge

MS Word Mail Merge
Mail merge in MS Word can save you a lot of time and make smart use of your contact lists... see how.


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MS Excel - Lesson Ten

MS Excel - Lesson Ten
Take a look at some ideas for dealing with blank cell effects on calculations....


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WordPerfect Basics- Lesson Two

WordPerfect Basics- Lesson Two
Lesson Two- Formatting Text Tools. Learn how to use the formatting tools found in WordPerfect.


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Medical transcription - starting a secretarial service

If you know how to type, you can provide secretarial services from home. The Secretarial Business-in-a-Box provides everything you need to start and run your own secretarial service.
Click here for more information about starting a secretarial service.

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Business start-up checklist for secretarial services
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Medical Transcription - Medical transcription resources

Transcription resources
Here's some more transcription resources.

transcriptiongeer.com has everything you need for medical transcription http://www.medical-training.info.com

5/25/2005

WordPerfect Basics- Lesson 1.

WordPerfect Basics- Lesson 1.
Introduction to WordPerfect for the beginner. Topics include menus, toolbars, views and margin settings....


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MS Word- Tables

MS Word- Tables
Tables provide you with a wonderful tool for controlling and formatting information in a document. Take the time to understand how to use them and watch your documents shine....


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MS Word- Using AutoFill

MS Word- Using AutoFill
Using Autofill features to improve your correspondence by customizing this feature for your business and business language. See how......


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If a man can... make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door

If a man can... make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door
My parents were very fond of this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American essayist.They believed it and so did I. Over the years, however, I have begun to have my doubts and recently I have been trying to analyse why.The main reason, I believe,


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A Marketing Message

A Marketing Message
Yesterday morning I was walking through our local shopping centre. The shops open between 9:00 and 9:30. One shop, however, had a sheet of paper taped to its security grille stating:Open at 10:00 today Inside, the shop assistant was stocking the shelves.


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What is marketing?

What is marketing?
One of the biggest problems faced by small businesses is understanding the concept of marketing.I recently came across Peter Drucker's definition:Marketing is the whole business seen from the customer's point of view. A little ethereal perhaps but it do


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Choosing The Perfect Home Based Business

Choosing The Perfect Home Based Business
Nowadays, more and more people are becoming a home based business owner. If you make a search on 'home based business' at Yahoo, it returned a total of 51,000,000. No, I didn't put any extra zeros. It's 51 million! Most of them are promoting business opportun


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Work from Home

Work from Home
So you want to work from home. First you need to determine your expenses. You'll have household expenses, insurance, car, loans, food, clothes, and luxuries such as vacations and hobbies. On the positive side, you can look at how much you're saving if you wor


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Home Business Tips

Home Business Tips
How to start and grow your home business online.


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5/23/2005

Medical Transcription - Use testimonials to market

Use Testimonials to Market Yourself
by Wendy Weiss

Testimonials are a wonderful way to market yourself. They give you credibility—a third-party endorsement. It is no longer you alone saying that you and your company and products or services are phenomenal--it is someone else saying that they are phenomenal! When you place an ad, everyone knows that you have paid for it. It is you “tooting your own horn.” Much more believable and credible is someone else “tooting your horn!” Use testimonials in your marketing materials, use them on your web site, use them in advertisements, use them in your media kits, put them on business cards and make sure to use them in your sales presentations and/or on the telephone as success stories.

So, how do you get all of those glowing testimonials from satisfied customers? Ask. Get in the habit of asking every single satisfied customer for a testimonial. There are many ways to do this.

Here are a few:

1. Ask your customers to fill out a brief customer satisfaction survey. Leave space for comments at the end. Make sure to also ask at the end of the survey, “May we use your name and comments in our marketing materials?” Have a space for them to check “yes” or “no,” along with their signature. Most people are delighted to have you use their comments!

2. If you use public speaking to increase your visibility and generate leads for your business pass out an evaluation form to your audience. Make sure to ask at the end of the evaluation form, “May we use your name and comments in our marketing materials?” Have a space for them to check “yes” or “no,” along with their signature. Again, most people are delighted to have you use their comments!

3. Using the satisfied customer’s name greatly increases your credibility. It is far stronger to have an endorsement with a name than without. Use the customer’s name and the company name. Make sure to ask permission to use their name first.

4. Ask your customers to write testimonial letters. Say, “I was wondering if you could help me.” (People love to help!) “Would you write a testimonial letter for me outlining how happy you are with our product/service?” (Only ask customers that you are sure are happy!)

5. Offer to write it for them, “I know that you are very busy. I’d be more than happy to draft something for you to edit.” People do genuinely want to help, and people are also genuinely very busy. This makes it easy for them to help.

6. Every time you complete a project and/or a customer says something positive to you about your product/service, say to them, “Would you write that down on your letterhead? It would be a big help to me, and I would use it to market my product/service.”

7. Use your testimonials as success stories when speaking with prospects or even customers. This enables you to tell others what you have accomplished for your customers without appearing to brag. The model of a success story is: Your customer had a problem. You fixed it. They are now very happy. Remember to always tell your success story from the customer or prospect’s point of view. That means stick to the benefits that your customers received from your work.

8. And if you occasionally suffer from the “blahs,” here’s another tip. Post your favorite testimonial letters on a bulletin board or clear wall space near where you work. Put the rest into a three-ring binder. Anytime you start to feel “blah,” read through your letters from all of the people saying how much you have helped them. It will perk you right up!
© 2005 Wendy Weiss

Wendy Weiss, "The Queen of Cold Calling & Selling Success," is a sales trainer, author and sales coach. Her recently released, self-study program, Cold Calling College, along with her book, Cold Calling for Women, can be ordered by calling toll-free (866) 405-8212 or visiting http://www.wendyweiss.com/. Contact her at wendy@wendyweiss.com.

5/09/2005

Medical Transcription - Fear of Success

Fear of Failure? Fear of Success? What's Holding You Back?

One of my clients came to me saying he wanted to expand his business - something he had thought about for years. He described the changes he wanted to make but he had taken limited action to make those changes happen. When he talked about what he wanted, his eyes lit up, he smiled, and there was passion and joy in his voice. Years? What was stopping him? I listened as he expressed his internal conflict. He said " My business is going well, and it's not like I have to make changes, maybe it's not that important ... on and on." Bottom line - some part of him inside continued to feel unfulfilled.

On the surface, it sounded like the changes he wanted to make were for financial gains. Talking further, he realized he was really speaking of a level of service (how he wanted to help people improve their quality of life) and personal fulfillment (actualizing his values, purpose, and vision) that would come from aligning who he is and what he does in a BIGGER way.

We discussed the things he told himself that allowed him to remain stationary. His initial objection was "If I put myself out and take some risks- what if I fail?" (What if this or that happens??? ) I replied, " With all the years of experience you have thinking about what you want without committing to action, you have brilliantly SUCCEEDED in FAILING! "Congratulations!!!" His eyes widened, and he burst out laughing. By doing nothing, he insured his success at failing.

Going forward in our coaching sessions, we focused on his attitudes about success/failure AND identified his values, needs, purpose, and vision. Increased self-awareness enabled him to make choices and design strategic actions to create greater life satisfaction and self-fulfillment. Consider a change you have been thinking/talking about for a while without much progress.

To learn more about what may be holding you back from moving forward, ask yourself:

1. What is your definition of success? What does success mean to you? Be specific.

2. Identify specific successes. What made them successes for you? What value did you receive from succeeding?

3. What fears, concerns, or assumptions do you have associated with success?

4. How would your life change if you were/felt more successful? (at whatever)

5. What would you have to give up? What would you gain?6. Who would you become? (happier, self-confident, authentic, stronger???)

In exploring your attitudes about failure, consider the following:

1. What is your definition of failure? What does failure mean to you?

2. If you fail at something, does that define YOU as a failure?

3. What specific failures have you experienced? What value have you received from failing? Be specific

4. What fears, concerns, or assumptions do you associate with failure? Are they true?

5. Can there be success in failure? If yes, how? If no, say more.6. If you could not fail, what would you be doing? Who would you be?

Fear of success/failure are two sides of the same experience. By definition, success and failure is perceived from multiple viewpoints. Both results offer opportunities for self-discovery and change. Developing the clarity to know who you are on the inside is a key ingredient to achieve rich outcomes with ease, strength, and focus! To live fully, you must fully participate -- succeeding and failing for the joy of the experience.

Copyright (c) Lorraine Cohen 2003. All Rights Reserved. Lorraine Cohen is an Business Coach & Life Strategist and brings more than 25 years of experience in life coaching, counseling, and sales. She helps people through career change, life transitions, and the process of breaking through FEAR and removing barriers to success.

5/08/2005

Medical Transcription - Jump start sales

10 Amazing Ways To Jump Start Your Sales

1. Find a strategic business partner. Look for ones that have the same objective. You can trade leads, share marketing info, sell package deals, etc.


2. Brand your name and business. You can easily do this by just writing articles and submitting them to e-zines or web sites for republishing.


3. Start an auction on your web site. The type of auction could be related to the theme of your site. You'll draw traffic from auctioneers and bidders.


4. Remember to take a little time out of your day or week to brainstorm. New ideas are usually the difference between success and failure.


5. Model other successful business or people. I'm not saying out right copy them, but practice some of the same habits that have made them succeed.


6. Take risks to improve your business. Sometimes businesses don't want to advertise unless it's free, sometimes you have to spend money to get results.


7. Include emotional words in your advertisements. Use ones like love, security, relief, freedom, happy, satisfaction, fun, etc.


8. Ask people online to review your web site. You can use the comments you get to improve your website or you may turn the reviewer into a customer.


9. Out source part of your workload. You'll save on most employee costs. You could out source your secretarial work, accounting, marketing, etc.


10. Combine a product and service together in a package deal. It could increase your sales. If you're selling a book, 1. Find a strategic business partner. Look for ones that have the same objective. You can trade leads,share marketing info, sell package deals, etc.


Merry GAGNOL - mailto:support@netprofitblueprint.com -
www.netprofitblueprint.com/?ref=181

5/07/2005

Medical Transcription - Success Formula

The DPAPR - formula for success!

The What if.......... factor!

Can also be translated as if only....

It freightening how many people have regrets about things they said, lost opportunities,love lost, etc.

The vast majority of employees are unhappy with their jobs, a big chunck of our society live in constant denial and depression.

The actress who jumps out with a smile on her face and a sparcle in her eyes is a far cry from our own situations, even though we would like it to be us.

Instead we walk around with a knot in our stomachs fearing the smallest setback which has indeed got the capacity to destroy our livelyhoods.

But....

What if you take charge......


What if you claim the power that is within you.....

The DPAPR - formula for success!

1) Decide

2) Plan

3) Act

4) Persist

5) Reap

Now don't make a mistake all of us have the capacity to take this formula, apply it and succeed. Once yourealize that we are the sum total of all our own decisions. That is right where you are right now at this point in time is your own creation.

You are the product of your own decisions. So you can decide right now if you are going to do something about those areas in your life that leaves you cold.

Our worst enemy is lack of action, lethargy. It is because we don't live according to to the DPAPR formula that we become the victims of our own bad decisions which becomes habits. Let's face it no one is holding gun against your head forcing to be a couch patato or to eat that extra slice of pie.

It is simply just so much easier to follow the path of least resistance because the you don't have to think and decide you can just sit back and let it happen to you, depression, obesity, poverty,low self-esteem, etc

OR...

You can decide, plan, act, persist and reap.

I was listening to Dr. Joe Vitale the other day and he mentioned that the no1 thing that all people seekis not money or love....

It is....


JOY

And you will only ever have joy if you are happy with yourself, your situation and your achievements.

So decide today......

What if you take action and you succeed......................

Article written by: Tonie KonigFrom: My-Net-Coach.commailto: tonie@my-net-coach.com For more information visit http://www.my-net-coach.com

5/06/2005

Medical Transcription - Spring cleaning your computer

Spring Cleaning for your Computer

At least once a year, better if you do it twice, take a few minutes to clean your computer. Inside and out.


First, make a backup of every possible data file. No need to backup programs if you have the original disks. If you downloaded programs, you should have the original download (before installation) saved on a disk or burned on a CD.


This step is here because most folks don't do backups. The day will come (so many of us know the feeling) when it all goes KaPow! and you realize how long ago or incomplete the backs were. Backups are a tough habit to build, so much time sitting in front of the monitor with a creeping blue line.


There are a number of very efficient backup programs out there that will make copies while you sleep. My personal favorite is Smart Sync Pro. You can find it at http://www.smsync.com/


On to spring cleaning Dust can kill your computer, and with it, valuable information you thought you had backed up.


At least twice a year clean your drives with an inexpensive cleaning kit. Vacuum any dirt off your cooling fan in the back. Clean the keyboard with a new paint brush, get the gook out from between the keys. Clean the monitor screen as per directions in the monitor book (Caution: some window cleaners can damage the surface).


While you are at it, reorganize your hard drive for greater efficiency. Run De-Frag (Start>Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter).


Search for files that haven't been modified in the last six months or year. If they're not being used, get them off your hard drive.


Put this project on a schedule and do it at the time change each year. That's April and October.


For more about your computer, get my article "10 Ways to Fight Spam" by sending a blank eMail MailTo:FightSpam@BigIdeasgroup.com


©2005 BIG Mike McDaniel, All Rights Reserved MailTo:Mike@BIGIdeasGroup.com BIG Mike is a Business Consultant and Professional Speaker. His BIG Ideas Group helps small business grow with mastermind groups, seminars and training.


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5/03/2005

Medical Transcription - Design a Logo

Creating A Brochure
by: Vann Baker

Why does your business need a brochure?

A cover letter to a potential client can present only a small fraction of information about your business. Potential clients are often swamped with business mail and a letter may be scanned for a couple of seconds then trashed. A face-to-face meeting is a great way to tell a potential client about your business or expertise, but sometimes it's not possible to get a meeting with just a phone call or introductory letter. Or, what if someone you've met weeks ago suddenly becomes interested in your service but can't match your name with your business card in their Rolodex?

A brochure will fulfill all of these business needs. Brochures are a great way to package a lot of information about yourself, your business and expertise into a format that is easily mailed or handed out at a business meeting or given to current clients to pass on to possible referrals.

Brochures range from a simple two-fold design using one sheet of 8-1/2 inch x 11 inch paper to an elaborate 9 x 12 inch pocket folder with 8 pages stitched in and insert sheets. Good brochure design involves not simply producing a flashy design, but a careful analysis of your target market, what level of sophistication is needed and consideration of your market niche in order to make a great first impression. And, last but certainly not least, your brochure should leave a potential client with something he or she is hesitant to throw away.

Today, in the age of E-Mail, multi-media presentations and the Internet, it's easy to assume that a web site can take the place of a printed brochure. Having a web site really can't replace the immediate visual impact of placing a brochure into a prospective client's hands.

Getting started

If you've never created a brochure, start by collecting a number of brochures (including competitors') that represent a wide range of quality--from simple one and two-color on textured stock to slick 4-color glossy brochures.

By asking yourself what it is that makes a brochure attractive and effective to you, it will be easier to make a brochure for your own business which will convey the message and level of sophistication you require.

Next, you will need to create some basic brochure copy about your business. Even if you're not a professional writer, putting some thoughts and facts about what your business does on paper will help make more concrete what information your brochure needs to convey. When writing copy ask yourself:

- Is my company an industry leader?
- Does my company have a market niche?
- What distinguishes my company from my competitor?
- Do we offer better value, service or selection of products?
- Do we have anything new or different to promote?

Questions to ask yourself:

- Who is your target audience?
- What message will get a potential client's attention?
- What kinds of brochures and what level of sophistication are typically crossing your client's desk?
- Does your product or service require photographs or illustrations to help convey your message?
- Will the brochure need to be a self-mailer?

Key information to include in your brochure:

- Mailing address.
- Phone number (and 800 number if you have one).
- Fax number.
- E-Mail address.
- Web Site address.

Be sure not to include in your brochure any information which is subject to changing in the next 12 months or so. Also, be wary of using a specific person's name as a contact person unless he or she is someone you know isn't going to leave in the next year. The same goes for printing photographs of people. There's no sense in spending several thousand dollars to create a brochure only to have it become out of date because someone leaves the company.

What does a brochure cost to produce?

Brochures can vary from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Because there are so many variables involved in producing a brochure such as quality of paper, number of ink colors, use of photographs, number of brochures printed, etc., it is difficult to estimate the final costs until all the specifications are determined.

Four color process printing, varnishing and special treatments such die-cutting, foil stamping can add additional costs to producing a brochure, and may well be worth it if they enhance your brochure and the image you wish to project. Other cost considerations are whether you need professional photography, help with writing or editing copy for your brochure.

Even if you don't know all the details of your brochure when getting started, it's a good idea to create a budget. Start with determining how many brochures you will need to use during the next twelve months including mailings and sales meetings. If you have seen a brochure with a similar amount of information and photographs as you need for your brochure, a designer can use it as a model for determining printing and production costs.

Another consideration when designing a brochure is postage. Larger brochures will be more expensive to mail and if you are planning on doing a large mailing as part of your marketing, an oversized brochure may be expensive to mail. Larger brochures don't fare well through the postal system and often end up wrapped around other mail. Brochures which fit in a standard #10 business envelope give you the best buy in terms of postage and protection while mailing. Using a business envelope also allows you to mail a cover letter and business card as well.

Updating an existing brochure

I worked with a client once who had sales of over a million dollars a year, but was still using a dated, unsophisticated brochure produced by a printer nearly ten years earlier. While reputation alone helped the company's sales, their brochure was doing very little to promote them as a cutting-edge company to potential customers who had never heard of them.

If you have a brochure you produced a few years ago, it might be a good idea to have your brochure evaluated by a someone outside your company to make sure it projects the image of your company today and sets you apart from your competition. Often, a small company will produce an inexpensive brochure just to have something for a trade show or for telephone inquiries. While short-term needs are fulfilled, not having any kind of long-term plan for a package of coordinated materials will lead to a "hodge-podge."

As a business grows, the image of the business can outgrow the first brochure's image. Often other collateral such as pocket folders, product inserts, etc. are produced at different times by different printers and the result is a corporate image that is not coordinated, with different kinds of paper used and ink colors that don't match--not professional at all.

It is tempting to take the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach and leave an existing brochure alone--for years. However, now could also be the ideal time to produce a truly professional brochure which will set you apart from your competition and give your potential clients something they will keep on their desk to serve as a memory jogger when you do a follow-up call.

Why have a graphic designer involved in creating your brochure?

Many businesses are producing promotional and sales materials internally or are relying on a printer to put a brochure together for them. There's nothing wrong with either of these approaches, provided you have the time and expertise to make all graphic design decisions that will produce a sophisticated brochure that's right on target. It's rare to find a printer who has a graphic designer on staff who will put a creative spark in your brochure, and relying on in-house talent doesn't save you money when it actually costs you lost sales.

Using a graphic designer can free you from having to make all decisions about your brochure by yourself and will provide you with an outside perspective on how to communicate to your audience. A designer can provide you not only expertise on typography but can help you with selecting ink and paper and some direction with your brochure and help guide you through the process from start to finish.

In addition to making design decisions, a graphic designer can serve as your project manager and will see the brochure from concept through successful completion. Most designers work with several different printers and can provide you with a printer that has the capabilities to print your brochure. If you need help with writing your brochure copy, many designers work with freelance writers and photographers.

Some Parting Advice . . .

Carpenters have a saying, "Measure twice, cut once," which applies to creating your brochure. By defining what your brochure should do and doing some research first, your brochure can be effective, informative and get prospective clients' attention. By utilizing design and printing professionals and by paying close attention to details, you can have a brochure that truly represents your business and is something you can be proud to hand out and mail.

Vann Baker is the president of Design-First, a marketing company specializing in corporate identity and collateral development. Vann has been helping small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to create brochures, newsletters, catalogs, websites and more for over 20 years. www.design-first.com.

4/30/2005

Medical Transcription - Netiquette

Understanding Netiquette
(the Etiquette of cyberspace)


"Etiquette" means "the forms required by good
breeding or prescribed by authority to be required
in social or official life."

"Netiquette" is a set of rules for behaving
properly online.

Here are 16 BIG Mike Netiquette suggestions.

1. Be Prompt
Answer your mail as soon as you get it. If you
think the importance of a message justifies it,
immediately reply briefly to an eMail message to
let the sender know you got it, even if you will
send a longer reply later. The idea here is time
and speed. Check your mail at 10, 2 and 4 (like
the old Dr Pepper Advertising slogan).

2. Be nice to your reader
Use short paragraphs - Reading endless rows of
text is a killer Make each line no more than 40
characters long.

3. Be Concise
One of the many luxuries of eMail is its ability
to answer a question or communicate a thought in a
more quick and informal manner than a letter or a
phone call. Keeping eMails short helps to keep
eMail more productive. Attention may drift if
messages are too long. You can be brief without
being overly terse.

When replying to a message, include enough
original material to be understood but no more. It
is extremely bad form to simply reply to a message
by including all the previous message: edit out
all the irrelevant material.

4. Write it off-line
For a lengthy or complicated eMail, create the
eMail in your word processing program, use the
spell check and then copy to your eMail. If you
have an eMail glitch during the sending process,
you can easily retrieve your message! Reread your
message to avoid those "I meant to say" messages
sent two seconds later.

5. Use an Informative Subject Title
Use the Subject line to clearly describe the topic
of your eMail. This is helpful for the recipient,
and for you if you want to find a message you've
sent.

6. Use a Signature File.
eMail without a sig file says more about you that
you want them to know.There is a detailed article
abouot htis available from
MailTo:SignIt@BIGIdeasGroup.com

7. Don't Use ALL CAPS
Using capitals is considered SHOUTING.
Instead of Caps. Use Asterisks to highlight a key
word or thought for emphasis (i.e. thank you
*very* much). Use asterisks only when necessary to
highlight a point as overuse of asterisks may make
your message appear insincere.

8. Size IS important
Know how large a message you are sending.
Including large files such as Postscript files or
programs may make your message so large that it
cannot be delivered or at least consumes excessive
resources. A good rule of thumb would be not to
send a file larger than 50 Kilobytes. Consider
file transfer as an alternative, or cutting the
file into smaller chunks and sending each as a
separate message.

9. Avoid "Flames"
A "flame" is an inflammatory or critical message.
Keep your emotions in tow. Don't send eMail that
might trigger an upsetting response from the
recipient. Don't say anything you would say face
to face. When you press the SEND button your reply
is GONE. There is no takeback. You can rean a
widley published article on this subject at
MailTo:Flames@BIGIdeasGroup.com

10. Avoid Angry Replies
If someone sends you an eMail message that strikes
you as just a little too critical, or you read a
message in a discussion group (eGroup) that seems
a little too offensive, chances are that you're
misinterpreting the intent of the sender. Perhaps
the message that you are taking so seriously was
intended to be taken sarcastically--or perhaps you
have stumbled upon a newsgroup where no-holds-
barred messages are tolerated, or even expected.
Either way, it does no good to pour fuel on the
fire of what could potentially become a "flame
war," where a few people engage in pointless
verbal warfare, usually as the result of a
misinterpreted message or an undiscriminating
author.

Wait to send emotional responses to messages. If
you have really strong feelings about a message
received write the response immediately, but don't
send it. Let it cool for 48 hours. Then, if you
still feel that way, perhaps you can temper your
remarks and send a less inflammatory message

11. Sometimes you just want to have fun
Use Shortcuts and eMotes for personal eMail only.
Not for business use

Using BTW instead of typing By The Way or making a
smiley face :) is reserved for the most personal
and informal of all eMail

12. Use Threads
Threads are a series of responses to an original
message. It is helpful to, rather than start an
entirely new message as a response, continue with
the thread by pressing "reply" to the messages
until the communication is complete. Keeping the
thread information together makes it easier for
the participants to follow the chain of
information that has been exchanged.

13. Use Correct Subject Line
Mail should have a subject heading which reflects
the content of the message. Many times replies
head off in a different direction and have nothing
to do with the original heading which appears with
every transmission.

14. Use Common Sense
Just as mail (today) may not be private, mail (and
news) are (today) subject to forgery and spoofing
of various degrees of detectability. Apply common
sense "reality checks" before assuming a message
is valid.

15. Avoid Spamming
Spam, when used in reference to eMail, means
electronic garbage. Sending junk eMail (such as an
advertisement) or to anyone you don't know,
singularly or in a group is considered "spamming".
Avoid this annoying practice.

16. Assume everyone will read it
Whether you are composing an eMail message or
writing your own WWW document, it is wise to
assume that everyone in the world will read your
words. Never assume that your eMail can be read by
no one except yourself. Though eMail is sent to
only one person, it is very easy to forward an
eMail message to hundreds or thousands of people.

Be sure you want it in writing. Remember, once
your message is sent it can be printed, saved,
duplicated forwarded or anything else the receiver
chooses to do. You may find out in a most
unpleasant way that your private conversation is
now public information.

Unless you have complete trust that the recipient
of your mail will keep it confidential, assume
complete exposure to the rest of the world.

Think of eMail as a postcard. Once you send it,
you have no control over who sees it.

Good manners are always welcome, on line or not.


Copyright 2004 BIG Mike McDaniel - All Rights Reserved -
BIG Mike McDaniel is a former successful
radio station owner and major market TV News
anchor and nationally recognized Speaker,
Author, and Small Business

4/29/2005

Medical Transcription - Your own home business

Create Your Own Home Business
Copyright (c) 2004, Darrell Knox
Free Home Business Tips Newsletter
http://www.cashgroup.biz/biztipspop.html

A home business is by far the best way to support yourself if
you just cannot stand working for others for less money than
you need to survive. It's also the best way to get out of a
good paying job that just takes up too much of your precious
short life working for someone else.

Let's face it, you probably know someone who has a home business.
Do they look happy to you? Do they complain as much about work
and money as you do? Probably not.

This is not to say that you should quit your job and start a
home business. You should start one while you still have your
job. Some people complain that this is hard and takes up too
much of their free time. In the beginning a home business is
not profitable - you have to work at it like anything else.

Some people eventually go back to work blaming some program or
home business opportunity that wasted their time and didn't
work. Unfortunately, the odds are actually that they didn't
work hard enough and stick to their dreams. Many people allow
themselves to believe that there are no legitimate home
businesses. It's easier to go to work thinking this than to
let themselves truly believe that a home business is possible,
profitable, or liberating.

But if you truly believe there are no good home businesses,
that they are all scams, then what are the thousands of people
doing everyday in your hometown driving around during work
hours?

You know the ones. The people you see on your day off that are
driving around and standing in line in places you frequent on
your days off. They can't ALL be on their days off too! You
have wondered, just like I did, what it is these people do.
I know you have.

Many of them have their own home business. Many of the people
you see at the post office who know the clerks by first name
are shipping packages of goods they sold on auction at Ebay
or their own websites.

The cars parked in the county clerk's office in your home town.
Some are employees there, but not all of them. Many of the
people coming and going from that office in your town (during
business hours when everyone should be working, right?) are
real estate brokers, or no money down buyers and sellers
looking up local property information.

Home business owners are all around you, everyday. The home
business industry is quite literally booming and is getting
larger exponentially by the month.

The worst thing you could ever do to yourself, that is a
life-altering belief system, is let yourself believe it is
all a scam or that there is no room for YOUR creativity and
YOUR value as a home business owner of any kind!

Take me for instance! I own my own website and I sell
information, business tools for home business people who work
on the internet, and services of all kinds. I work from home.
I am one of those people you see during the week driving around
town while you wonder what it is I do for a living. Nice to meet
you!

Darrell Knox is a writer and entrepreneur with 15 years of home
business and marketing experience. Free Home Business Tips
Newsletter at: http://www.cashgroup.biz/biztipspop.html
Website: http://cgi.tripod.com/lazaraus26/cgi-bin/index.pl

4/28/2005

Medical Transcription - Phone lines

Do I Need a Separate Telephone Line for your secretarial business?

A separate phone line is not an absolute necessity but there are several advantages:

- Gives you extra credibility.
-Gets you a free listing in the Yellow Pages.
- Makes you eligible to purchase Yellow Pages advertising.
- Prevents your husband or kids from picking up the phone and answering unprofessionally. Or worse, not giving you messages from clients.

In some areas, phone companies offers "Ring-Mate", "Ring-Master", or "Identa-Ring." These service provide a second number to the same phone line, distinguished by a different ring pattern (usually a double ring).

As your business grows, it will be harder to change your phone number. So, it's best to get a separate phone line right away.

4/27/2005

Medical Transcription - Business correspondence

Ten Tips to Simplify Your Business Correspondence
by Linda Elizabeth Alexander


You write to express, not to use every word in the dictionary. Here are ten tips for using those words to make your writing clearer.

1. Simplify language
Avoid using big or vague words. Use fewer words, but make them count.

2.Shorten sentences
Business people don't have time to read 10-page letters. Cut out run-on sentences. Eliminate extra words as long as it doesn't change the meaning. You can also combine a short and a longer sentence into one to remove extra words.

3. Use active voice
Instead of, "A good time was had by all," say, "We had a good time." This changes the subject from "good time" to "we." It also puts emphasis on the verb, making the statement stronger.

4. Use present tense
Stick to the present tense wherever you can. Also make sure you don't switch tenses in the middle of a sentence.

5. Use bullets where appropriate
Since people have little time to read, put important points in a numbered or bulleted list. This makes it easier to scan so your readers get the meaning without reading every word.

6. Never use exclamation points in business writing!
Unless you're writing an advertisement or an excited letter to a friend, skip the wow factor! It doesn't belong in a memo, report, letter, or other serious-toned business writing!

7. Eliminate jargon
Avoid it at all costs if your audience will not understand it. It will be like a foreign language to them, and your point is to make your writing clearer - not more complicated.

8. Avoid fragments and one word sentences
A fragment. Is an incomplete sentence. No subject or no verb. Really.
A complete sentence has both a subject and a verb and contains at least two words. "She walked" is a sentence because it meets all three criteria.

9. Proofread your writing
You know to use your spelling and grammar checkers. But you should also go over your writing yourself -- the spell checker cannot distinguish between "to" and "too" or "their" and "there." It can't tell you if you said "and" where you meant "an." If possible, get somebody else to read it before handing it in. Two sets of eyeballs are better than none.

10. Avoid repetition and redundancy!

Use these tips every time you write and you will avoid ten common mistakes that cloud your writing.

Linda Alexander is a business writer and marketing consultant Specializing in web and sales copy. Be heard and understood! Subscribe to Write to the Point, a FREE biweekly ezine for Business people who want to be better writers. http://www.topica.com/lists/write2thepointcom http://www.write2thepointcom.com/newsletter.html

4/23/2005

Medical Transsciption - Call to Action

Increase Sales with a Call to Action
by Leva Duell
Copyright: © 2005

Use action words in all your marketing materials. A call to action such as "call now," "order now," and "click here" can dramatically increase your sales. Motivate readers to do what you want them to do with action verbs. Give precise instructions. Tell them exactly what to do. Give them a direct order. Add an incentive or benefit to your order.

Here are examples of Call to Action:

- Pick up your phone right now and call our toll-free number at 1-800-444-1234.
- Click Here To Download Your Entire Package Immediately.
- Order NOW before all copies of this limited edition are taken! 1-800-444-1234.
- Ten ways to increase your Web sales immediately. Sign up now to get this $39 value free!
- Increase your Web site traffic by 300 percent! Click here to find out how!
- Browse our recommended home business resources! Click here.
- Recommend this site to your friends!
- Check out these products you can sell for profit.

A "Call to Action" is one of many strategies successful copywriters use. This proven copywriting technique can substantially increase your sales ... so start using action verbs in all your promotional materials!

medical Transcriptions - Skills needed

What experience or skills does someone need to run a secretarial service?

Nancy Gillespie answers this question:

The industry standard is two to three years experience in office support, keyboarding speed of 70 wpm, and good English and grammar skills. When I was hired for my first secretarial job, my typing speed was only about 45 wpm. Over the years, it has more than doubled.

But typing speed is only part of it. I have a college background (although that's not really necessary), have taken additional courses over the years, and have worked in a variety of industries. Now that I have my own business, I find that all of those bits of knowledge I picked up over the years help me to do a better job now. Because I have such a variety of clients, I find it helpful to know a little bit about a lot of things. So I would have to say that knowledge and continuing education are helpful.

4/21/2005

Medical Transcription - Working from home - getting started

Why Work From Home? How to Get Started
by Marybeth Henry

So you're a new mom (or a mom to be or a mom-for-ages-and-ages) and you're starting to think about staying home. Can it be done? Can you stay home and still make it on one salary? Let's start by looking at the pros and cons of staying home and then move on to how to actually realize that goal.

There are actually many advantages to staying at home that working women don't realize. My husband and I have been able to save more money since I started staying home than we did when we were on two salaries. Here are some ways you'll be saving money:

1) no daycare costs. My salary would've gone almost entirely to daycare, so it was barely a break-even for us. However, even if you're making enough to cover daycare, this is one big expense you won't miss. Additionally, as a stay-at-home mom, I have met several other SAHMs, and we have a babysitting co-op. End result: free babysitting almost anytime I want/need it. So I'm not paying for full-day daycare or even part-time.

2) no more (or fewer) drycleaning costs. Those great suits you wear to the office every day can become a thing of the past (although you might want to throw one on occasionally just to feel like an adult again) and, with it, the high drycleaning fees.

3) no more paying for your lunch every day. While you and your little one may occasionally eat out together (or meet a friend for lunch), you won't have to spend $5 (or more) every day. My lunch usually consists of leftovers (keeps the fridge much more organized!), sandwiches, soups or salads. And let me tell you, a soup and salad I make is much cheaper than any soup and salad I bought at the deli!

4) reduced wear and tear on the car and less gas consumption (or fewer public transportation costs). I can now go almost an entire month on a tank of gas (okay, my little car gets great gas mileage), as opposed to filling up once a week when I was working. That's a full 75% reduction in cost!

In addition, I also made some concessions. Since I am home, I make sure I take the time to peruse the circulars every Sunday to find the best deals (especially on groceries) and to cut coupons. I do all the cleaning myself (it's a bore, but someone has to do it). And we used cloth diapers (that I laundered) and washcloths (instead of wipes) to keep baby costs down. We made our own baby food and are blessed to have family and friends that keep us well-stocked in hand-me-downs, so our clothing costs are low. And I cook every night, and we eat a lot of casseroles to stretch our food budget (every Friday, I do a "restaurant night," where I cook a meal you might get at a restaurant (Italian, Chinese, etc.), but it's a lot cheaper when it's home-made). But I don't see these as sacrifices. They allowed me to stay home and play with my beautiful little girl from the day she was born.

Now, on to choosing your home-business. First, recognize that a home-business is WORK. It will take time before the money starts coming in. There will be ups and downs. If you don't love what you're doing, you won't stick with it.

The first thing to do is sit down and brainstorm every single business you COULD do from home. These will include your hobbies, your skills and even some things you don't necessarily find very appealing (like doing other people's laundry, for me -- but some people LOVE to do laundry and make good money at it). Check into local companies that might want to hire moms as telecommuters (data entry, word processing, desk-top publishing). Look at transcription (if you have the skills). Talk to other moms who already work from home and find out what they do. Scan your classified ads. Give yourself a minimum of a week to brainstorm (I took almost 9 months, from the time I first found out I was pregnant).

From that list, narrow it down to what you might LIKE to do (so drop the laundry!). Then sit down and take a good look at each of the businesses on your list. Start doing some research. Are there others in your area who already have the business you want who might be able to help you (or is the area already saturated)? Can you find information on-line? Visit your local library and see what you can learn about the businesses you're interested in. Also be sure to check with both your county and state tax offices about any requirements -- zoning, licenses, tax forms, etc. -- you might have to fulfill.

Whatever you finally choose, network, network, network. Network with people in your town (start with your family and friends and work out), network on-line (there are a million great on-line communities for moms), network through your church, your Chamber of Commerce, your Small Business network. If you sell products, consider offering to do fund raisers for your locals schools or your religious community. Donate products (or services) to charity auctions and raffles (and make sure your business card goes with each of your donations). Hold open houses (and offer door prizes, free food (nothing too expensive) and a prize to whoever brings the most guests), especially near holidays. Look into setting up (or having set up) a website (I suggest starting with a free website provider) and moving into some of the on-line malls (many offer you space for simply a commission on every sale, so you don't pay them if you don't make money).
Home-based businesses are the quickest growing sector in the business world today. There are so many opportunities out there -- you just need to find the one that's right for you. One last word: if at first you don't succeed, try again. Some of us try 3 or 4 businesses or jobs before we find the one that suits us. It's okay to jump around. The important thing is: are you enjoying your life? Do you feel better being able to be with your children at home? Are you comfortable where you are? Then I say, "GO FOR IT!!!"

Marybeth Henry is the Director of WAHMfest '99, dedicated to helping moms stay home by bringing them face-to-face with business opportunities and resources. Visit our site for more information on working from home and be sure to check out our Resource Library for helpful information. She is also the Editor of The Backyard Fence, a FREE weekly ezine for parents that offers money saving tips & recipes, and a place for parents to call their own.

4/18/2005

Medical Transcription - Temperature affect typing performance

Temperature Affects Typing Errors/Performance

If your office is too cold, you might not be typing as accurately or as much as you could be. A landmark study shows that typing errors increase and typing performance decreases as office temperatures drop.

In a study evaluating the impact of indoor environmental conditions on worker productivity, Cornell University ergonomics professor Alan Hedge found a 74 percent increase in typing mistakes and a 46 percent reduction in typing output when office temperatures fell from 77 F to 68 F. The findings were presented in June at the 2004 Eastern Ergonomics Conference in New York City.

During the study, Hedge placed HOBO data loggers (from Onset Computer Corporation) or miniature temperature recorders at nine workstations at the Insurance Office of America's corporate headquarters in Orlando, Florida. The loggers sampled air temperature every 15 minutes for an entire working month. This data then was correlated with a month's worth of ergonomic data to show how typing performance worsened as temperatures fell.

Hedge says: "Temperature is certainly a key variable that can impact performance. As employees typed, we knew the amount of time they were keying and the amount of time they were making error corrections. At 77 degrees Fahrenheit, employees were keying 100 percent of the time with a 10 percent error rate while at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the keying rate went down to 54 percent of the time with a 25 percent error rate. This study shows that when employees get chilly, at least in this case, they are not working to their full potential."

Hedge estimated that the decreased productivity resulted in a 10 percent increase in labor cost per worker per hour.

Keep the temperature in your home office comfortable and your fingers warm to reduce typing errors and increase performance.

You can find a detailed presentation about this study at http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUEHEECE_IEQDown.html.

4/15/2005

Medical Transcription - What to sell on eBay

What can you sell on eBay?

Just about any item will sell on eBay. The best items to sell on eBay are items people want to buy.

Here's some excellent advice from marketing experts:

- Find a hot market.
- Find out what they want.
- Sell them what they want.

Find hot markets.

A hot market is passionate, motivated, irrational, has cash to spend, and is predisposed to buy. They also have to be easy to target. Examples of markets people are passionate about are motorcycles and golf. To target your market, find out what keywords they are using and include relevant keywords in your eBay title and description.

How to find out what people want.

Do your research. Find out what people are buying first before you buy or create anything to sell. Go to eBay and search for items you're considering. When the results come up, go to Search Options on the left, check the checkbox Show Completed List, then click Show Items. The search result will show you what items sold.

Find out what people are searching for.

Go to http://buy.ebay.com/. This page shows the popular keywords people type into the search box on eBay. You can click on any word and see how many times people searched for it. I typed in Motorcycles. Within the Motorcycle category, I found 16206 results in Parts & Accessories, 7522 for Apparel & Merchandise, 7274 for Motorcycle Parts, and 484 for Women's Clothing. This should tell you that motorycle parts & Accessories are popular items on eBay.

What do people buy on eBay?

Here's some of the items people buy on eBay:

- Any items they can find cheaper than elsewhere.
- Rare items.
- Unique items.
- Items created by the seller such as arts & crafts.
- Ebooks.

How to attract people to your item.

Your auction title attracts people to your auction. If your title includes words mentioned in the list you searched above then people will find you.

How to write a description that gets bids.

The best way to learn how to write an auction description that sells is through practice. Also study the description of other auctions that sell well.

If you want to sell successfully on eBay, sell what people want to buy, use keywords people will find, and write a compelling and descriptions that includes your most relevant keywords.

Ebay is one of the greatest money-making opportunities in history. Don't miss out. Here's some excellent resources about selling on eBay, visit http://www.startasecretarialbusiness.com/home-businesses/ebay.html

4/14/2005

Medical Transcription - Using shortcut keys

Using shortcut keys
You can quickly accomplish typing tasks you perform frequently by using shortcut keys.

For example, pressing CTRL+B on the keyboard changes the selected text to bold. Isn't that a lot faster than clicking Bold on the Formatting toolbar or selecting Bold in the Font dialog box (Format menu) to bold text? Below is a list of useful shortcuts that will save you typing time.

Make letters bold: CTRL+B
Make letters italic: CTRL+I
Make letters underline: CTRL+U
Decrease font size: CTRL+SHIFT+< (hold CTRLand SHIFT down simultaneously, then hit <)
Increase font size: CTRL+SHIFT+>
Copy the selected text or object: CTRL+C
Cut the selected text or object: CTRL+X
Paste text or an object: CTRL+V
Undo the last action: CTRL+Z
Redo the last action: CTRL+Y
Create a nonbreaking space: CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR

Print the shortcut keys you find useful and keep them handy until you've memorized them.

Start using those shortcut and you'll immediately increase your typing speed.

4/13/2005

Medical Transcription - Undo action

Undo Mistakes

Did you know you can undo the last 100 changes you made to a Word document?

To undo mistakes
- On the Standard toolbar, click the arrow next to Undo (indicated by a curved arrow). Microsoft Word will displays a list of the most recent actions you can undo.
- Click the action you want to undo. If you don't see the action, scroll through the list.
When you undo an action, you also undo all actions above it in the list.

To undo the last action.

- Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Z . This is the fastest way to undo your last change.
- Or Pull down Edit on the Menu Bar and select Undo (Undo Typing, Undo Paste).
- Or click on the undo arrow on the toolbar.
- If you didn't want to undo an action, click Redo. Or use the key

To repeat your last action
- Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Y
- On the Edit menu, click Repeat.

Use these features and shortcuts to increase your typing speed.

4/12/2005

Medical Transcription - Automated hyperlinks

Disable Automatic Hyperlinks

When you're typing an e-mail address or a Web address, e.g., leva@myprovider.com or www.my-web-address.com, the instant you finish typing the address, Word converts it into a blue underlined hyperlink. The link is "hot," so if you accidentally click on it, it will open a web page.

You can avoid this by changing your Word settings. Here's how.

In Word, click Tools, AutoCorrect, AutoFormat As You Type, and then uncheck the box that's reads Internet and Network Paths with Hyperlinks.

To remove a hyperlink but keep the text.
• Right-click the hyperlink you want to remove, and then click Remove Hyperlink.

To remove a hyperlink completely.
• Select the hyperlink, and then press Delete or Cut.

Learn to use those features in Word that will save you time.

4/11/2005

Medical Transcription - Customize your dictionary

Custom Dictionaries

To prevent Microsoft Word from questioning the spelling of words that aren't in the main dictionary, you can create a custom dictionary. Here's how:

1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
2. Click Custom Dictionaries.
3. Click New.
4. In the File name box, type a name for the custom dictionary.
5. Click Save.
6. In the Dictionary list box, select the new custom dictionary.
7. Do one of the following:

- To use the dictionary when checking text in all languages, click Modify, and then click All languages in the Language box.
- To use the dictionary only when checking text in another language, select the dictionary's name, click Modify, and then click the language in the Language box. Custom dictionaries of different languages are grouped by language in the Dictionary list box.

8. Activate the custom dictionary.

You may have added words to your custom dictionary by accident, or don’t need them anymore. You can also delete, add, or edit the custom dictionary. To do this:

1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
2. Click Custom Dictionaries.
3. Select the dictionary you want to edit.
4. Click Modify.
5. Do one of the following:
- To add a word, type it in the Word box, and then click Add.
- To delete a word, select it in the Dictionary box, and then click Delete.
- To edit a word, delete it, and then add it with the spelling you want.

Make your dictionary more useful by customizing it.

4/10/2005

Medical Transcription - Transcription Shortcuts

Speed up Transcription with AutoCorrect

To automatically correct typos as you type, you can use Word's AutoCorrect.

AutoCorrect uses a list of built-in corrections to detect and correct misspelled words. For example, if you type "the" plus a space, then AutoCorrect replaces what you have typed with "the." You can also use AutoCorrect to quickly insert symbols that are included in the built-in list of AutoCorrect entries. For example, type (c) to insert ©.

AutoCorrect can save you a lot of typing work by adding your own shortcuts and phrases. Here's some examples.

Replace "mis" with "miscellaneous."
Replace "box" with "Secretarial Business-In-A-Box."
Replace "thankspurchase" with "Thank you for purchasing the Secretarial Business-In-A-Box. The Secretarial Business-In-A-Box will help you start your secretarial business quickly."

I created a whole list of shortcuts with AutoCorrect. Here's some examples. Here's how to add your own entries to the list of automatic corrections:
1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
2. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you often mistype or misspell — for example, type usualy.
3. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word — for example, type usually.
4. Click Add.

Start creating your own shortcuts with AutoCorrect and speed up your transcription.

4/09/2005

Medical Transcription - The Office Assistant

The Office Assistant allows you to ask for help using natural language.

The Office Assistant can answer your questions, offer tips, and provide help for a variety of features specific to the program you're using. The Assistant is shared by all Microsoft Office programs.

To ask for help, click on the Office Assistant or the ? icon at the top right of the screen and type in your question.

4/08/2005

Medical Transcription - Attitude attracts success

The Thriver's Secrets to Success: It Starts With Your Attitude - Get a Grip and Go!
By Gail H. Stone

What impact would it have on your professional and personal life if you could learn the secret of successful living known by about 25% of the people? Think about that for a minute and even pause right now and write some thoughts down. How would your life be different if you operated like a "thriver" - a person who thrives and flourishes no matter what life throws at him or her?

In Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary, the definition of thrive is: "(v) (1) to be healthy or do well: flourish. (2) to be successful: prosper." In the field of positive psychology, thriving is defined as "reconstructing life's meaning in response to life's most destructive occurrences." So, it's not that the people who thrive go around unrealistically whistling a happy tune all day long. But they are conscious creators of their lives, not mindless acceptors. They know their power lies within.

I thought I had coined the word thriver when I first set out on my speaking and coaching career in 2001. But, as I did research and reading on the topic of thriving, I found that thriver was a little known word used primarily in the medical profession to denote a group of people who, when faced with major life challenges, choose to get a grip and get on with making it through the tough times in fine fashion rather than caving in. Dr. Paul Pearsall, who wrote a great book about thrivers called the The Beethoven Factor quoted one thriver he interviewed as saying, "think of thriving as the 5 C's. Think of it as the ability to transform a life Catastrophe into a Catalyst for a Creative Change of Consciousness." I like to call thrivers "creative solutions experts".

The word survivor has had much play in the past few years through popular TV shows and books. But, Webster's definition of survive is: "(v) to continue to live or exist. (2) to live longer than: outlive. - survival (n) - survivor (n)".

Why would you care to just "exist", when you could "flourish" in your personal and professional life? Studies done by researchers in the field known as "positive psychology" show that 75% of Americans between 25-74 do not fit the criterion of "flourishing in life". Instead a full 75% of us are seen to be languishing - "emotionally and spiritually fatigued from trying to keep up...generally devoid of highly positive and optimistic feelings towards living", as defined by Dr. Pearsall.

We'll never move ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation and our world forward in this new millennium with so many people in such a state. But the good news is that it is possible for each of us to shift out of that mode of thinking - that defeatist way of operating.

Research shows that we can all cultivate the attitude of a thriver. It starts with a willingness to do so. "Our attitudes are our mental stances, the positions we hold vis-a-vis life. In some ways our attitudes determine everything because they are the glasses through which we see the world.", writes M J Ryan in her inspirational little book, Attitudes of Gratitude. And, as Dr. Wayne Dyer, the noted psychologist and author, says, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.". I believe that change happens the moment desire meets momentum.

I encourage all of us to stop aspiring to be the last guy/gal on the island eating the few remaining bugs. It's time now to make heroes of those people who not only THRIVE in their lives, but help others thrive as well. Let's make thrivers our role models. And then let's get busy becoming thrivers ourselves and inspiring others around us to do the same.

The Thrivers Secrets To Success:

1. Thrivers don't moan and groan, they make things happen. As the noted playwright, author and satirist George Bernhard Shaw noted, "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they don't find them, make them."

2. Thrivers have the ability to laugh and find humor in things. They know instinctively what research now shows, that our ability to assign a positive meaning to whatever happens to us makes all the difference. As psychologist and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's notes, "thrivers' happiness is not dependent on external factors or life circumstances alone. It derives from their chosen state of consciousness and ability to cheer themselves up when things are looking down."

3. Thrivers don't get stopped in their tracks in the face of adversity. They pause and catch their breath and then start making plans on how to get through it with their hearts and minds intact. Positive psychologists call this "creative construing" - the art of reframing the events in our lives and assigning a meaning to them that pulls us forward and helps us thrive rather than worry.

4. Thrivers consider life's challenges "growth opportunities" rather than hassles. Thrivers are able to creatively "compartmentalize" each challenge in their lives as a temporary blip rather than a permanent situation. They also use what Dr. Pearsall calls "their mental delete key" to get let go of bad things when they are over - what scholar Alan Watts calls having a "forgettory", which is the opposite of memory.

5. Thrivers have an attitude of gratitude. Because they have faced many unpleasant and usually life-threatening challenges in their lives, they are thankful for all the riches they receive. They don't walk around thinking life is a death sentence; they realize its LIFE and are grateful to be living theirs.

6. Thrivers are optimistic and hopeful, not just some times, but all of the time. They look for the bright side and always assume that things will get better somehow, if they just keep believing. "Positive psychologists see hope and optimism as essential to surviving, recovering from and eventually thriving because of adversity", writes Dr. Pearsall.

7. Thrivers trust that there is a plan and a point to life. They believe in some greater force for good which guides us all, whether they call that force God, Yahweh, Allah, Great Spirit, Divine Mystery, the Universe or any of the myriad of names that people have for the Universal Consciousness.

8. Thrivers act "as if" and trust that sooner than later, they will become what they envision they already are. Some people call this the "fake it until you make it" approach. Dr. Paul Pearsall calls this the "great pretenders" trait. Whether it's being applied to reach a specific goal or just make it through a very tough time, thrivers use their imagination in creative ways to enhance the quality of their lives in the current moment.

9. Thrivers know that you can't go it alone. They realize that it's not only important but imperative to have a team of people around them who love, support and encourage them in their efforts. Thrivers reciprocate in kind. They know the sum is greater than its parts and they facilitate teamwork everywhere they go - at home, in the office and in their communities.

10. Thrivers dream big,they believe in their dreams and they invest their time and energy into creating a way to make those dreams come true. They know that what they envision can come true. As Napoleon Hill so aptly stated in his landmark book, Think and Grow Rich, "Verily, there is nothing, right or wrong, which belief, plus burning desire cannot make true. These qualities are fr.ee to everyone." So, thrivers hold their goal in sight and keep believing that it will happen. And they are also willing to "let go and let God" handle the final outcome.

So, how would becoming a thriver affect you and your success in life? Just consider with whom you would rather do business or be around - a person flourishing or one languishing through life? Think about that and start cultivating some of these qualities. I also highly recommend these two wonderful books for anyone who wants to read more about thrivers - The Beethoven Factor by Dr. Paul Pearsall and The Eagle's Secret by David McNally.

I'll leave you with a quote from Marianne Williamson to inspire you to start thriving.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

2005 © Creative Mastery Coaching, LLC. All rights reserved. Gail Stone is Founder of Creative Mastery Coaching, LLC. Find out how you can Get a Grip and Go®! and register for your Get A Grip Clips today at http://www.GetAGripAndGo.com Enjoy a burst of energy and inspiration delivered to your inbox every three days.

4/07/2005

Medical Transcription - Spacing documents

Create Professional-looking Documents.

Want more control over your documents? Change the line spacing or paragraph spacing.

Line spacing determines the amount of vertical space between lines of text in a paragraph. By default, lines are single-spaced.

To change the line spacing of a paragraph in Microsoft Word:
1. Select the text you want to change.
2. Do one of the following:
To single-space lines, on the Format menu, click Paragraph, then set line spacing to Single. Or press CTRL+1.
To set to 1.5-line spacing, on the Format menu, click Paragraph, then set line spacing to Double. Or press CTRL+5.
To double-space lines, on the Format menu, click Paragraph, then set line spacing to Double. Or press CTRL+2.
If you select Exactly or At least for line spacing, enter the amount of space you want in the At box. If you select Multiple, enter the number of lines in the At box.

Paragraph spacing determines the amount of space above or below a paragraph. Here's how to change spacing before and after paragraphs in Microsoft Word:
1. Select the paragraphs you want to change.
2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph, and then click the Indents and Spacing tab.
3. Under Spacing, enter the spacing you want in the Before or After box.

Use those settings to make your documents look better.

4/05/2005

Medical Transcription - Understanding Netiquette

Understanding Netiquette
(the Etiquette of cyberspace)



"Etiquette" means "the forms required by good
breeding or prescribed by authority to be required
in social or official life."

"Netiquette" is a set of rules for behaving
properly online.

Here are 16 BIG Mike Netiquette suggestions

1 Be Prompt
Answer your mail as soon as you get it. If you
think the importance of a message justifies it,
immediately reply briefly to an eMail message to
let the sender know you got it, even if you will
send a longer reply later. The idea here is time
and speed. Check your mail at 10, 2 and 4 (like
the old Dr Pepper Advertising slogan)

2 Be nice to your reader
Use short paragraphs - Reading endless rows of
text is a killer Make each line no more than 40
characters long

3 Be Concise
One of the many luxuries of eMail is its ability
to answer a question or communicate a thought in a
more quick and informal manner than a letter or a
phone call. Keeping eMails short helps to keep
eMail more productive. Attention may drift if
messages are too long. You can be brief without
being overly terse.

When replying to a message, include enough
original material to be understood but no more. It
is extremely bad form to simply reply to a message
by including all the previous message: edit out
all the irrelevant material.

4 Write it off-line
For a lengthy or complicated eMail, create the
eMail in your word processing program, use the
spell check and then copy to your eMail. If you
have an eMail glitch during the sending process,
you can easily retrieve your message! Reread your
message to avoid those "I meant to say" messages
sent two seconds later.

5 Use an Informative Subject Title
Use the Subject line to clearly describe the topic
of your eMail. This is helpful for the recipient,
and for you if you want to find a message you've
sent.

6 Use a Signature File.
eMail without a sig file says more about you that
you want them to know.There is a detailed article
abouot htis available from
MailTo:SignIt@BIGIdeasGroup.com

7 Don't Use ALL CAPS
Using capitals is considered SHOUTING.
Instead of Caps. Use Asterisks to highlight a key
word or thought for emphasis (i.e. thank you
*very* much). Use asterisks only when necessary to
highlight a point as overuse of asterisks may make
your message appear insincere.

8 Size IS important
Know how large a message you are sending.
Including large files such as Postscript files or
programs may make your message so large that it
cannot be delivered or at least consumes excessive
resources. A good rule of thumb would be not to
send a file larger than 50 Kilobytes. Consider
file transfer as an alternative, or cutting the
file into smaller chunks and sending each as a
separate message.

9 Avoid "Flames"
A "flame" is an inflammatory or critical message.
Keep your emotions in tow. Don't send eMail that
might trigger an upsetting response from the
recipient. Don't say anything you would say face
to face. When you press the SEND button your reply
is GONE. There is no takeback. You can rean a
widley published article on this subject at
MailTo:Flames@BIGIdeasGroup.com

10 Avoid Angry Replies
If someone sends you an eMail message that strikes
you as just a little too critical, or you read a
message in a discussion group (eGroup) that seems
a little too offensive, chances are that you're
misinterpreting the intent of the sender. Perhaps
the message that you are taking so seriously was
intended to be taken sarcastically--or perhaps you
have stumbled upon a newsgroup where no-holds-
barred messages are tolerated, or even expected.
Either way, it does no good to pour fuel on the
fire of what could potentially become a "flame
war," where a few people engage in pointless
verbal warfare, usually as the result of a
misinterpreted message or an undiscriminating
author.

Wait to send emotional responses to messages. If
you have really strong feelings about a message
received write the response immediately, but don't
send it. Let it cool for 48 hours. Then, if you
still feel that way, perhaps you can temper your
remarks and send a less inflammatory message

11 Sometimes you just want to have fun
Use Shortcuts and eMotes for personal eMail only.
Not for business use

Using BTW instead of typing By The Way or making a
smiley face :) is reserved for the most personal
and informal of all eMail

12 Use Threads
Threads are a series of responses to an original
message. It is helpful to, rather than start an
entirely new message as a response, continue with
the thread by pressing "reply" to the messages
until the communication is complete. Keeping the
thread information together makes it easier for
the participants to follow the chain of
information that has been exchanged.

13 Use Correct Subject Line
Mail should have a subject heading which reflects
the content of the message. Many times replies
head off in a different direction and have nothing
to do with the original heading which appears with
every transmission.

14 Use Common Sense
Just as mail (today) may not be private, mail (and
news) are (today) subject to forgery and spoofing
of various degrees of detectability. Apply common
sense "reality checks" before assuming a message
is valid.

15 Avoid Spamming
Spam, when used in reference to eMail, means
electronic garbage. Sending junk eMail (such as an
advertisement) or to anyone you don't know,
singularly or in a group is considered "spamming".
Avoid this annoying practice.

16 Assume everyone will read it
Whether you are composing an eMail message or
writing your own WWW document, it is wise to
assume that everyone in the world will read your
words. Never assume that your eMail can be read by
no one except yourself. Though eMail is sent to
only one person, it is very easy to forward an
eMail message to hundreds or thousands of people.

Be sure you want it in writing. Remember, once
your message is sent it can be printed, saved,
duplicated forwarded or anything else the receiver
chooses to do. You may find out in a most
unpleasant way that your private conversation is
now public information

Unless you have complete trust that the recipient
of your mail will keep it confidential, assume
complete exposure to the rest of the world.

Think of eMail as a postcard. Once you send it,
you have no control over who sees it.

Good manners are always welcome, on line or not.

Copyright 2004 BIG Mike McDaniel - All Rights Reserved - BIG Mike McDaniel is a former successful radio station owner and major market TV News anchor and nationally recognized Speaker, Author, and Small Business Consultant. Big Mike has authored four books and hundreds of articles and publishes a sales magazine. He has served as a Director of the International Idea Bank (a marketing think tank). He is the founder of the BIG Ideas Group, a marketing and management facilitator for small business growth through seminars, MasterMind Idea Exchanges, focus groups, distance learning, sales training and operational strategies. Reach BIG Mike by eMail MailTo:McD@BIGMikeOnline.com. Subscribe to "BIG Mike's BIG Ideas" Newsletter without cost, click on the MailTo: link to send a blank email to the subscription robot. MailTo:subscribe-956603364@ezinedirector.net

Medical Transcription - Networking your home business

Networking Your Home Business within Circles of Influence
Copyright © Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy
http://www.Home-Business.com


When you need an auto mechanic or an air conditioning repairman,
where do you turn for help? Sure, some people turn to the yellow
pages. But most will turn to friends and family and ask if they
know of anyone who can do the work.

The best place for your business to be positioned is to be the
business on the tips of the tongues of the people asked to make
the referral.

THE 300 RULE
Preachers, funeral directors and people in a few other
professions have learned "the 300 rule" through their own
personal experience.

"The 300 rule" states that the average person knows 300 people
on a friendly level. Wedding planners tend to make reservations
for 300 guests. Funeral directors tend to need to make room for
300 mourners. You get the idea.

DOODLING WITH CIRCLES OF INFLUENCE
Imagine your circle of friends, family and acquaintances, a.k.a.
your circle of influence. Now, draw your circle of influence as
a circle on a blank piece of paper.

Next, contemplate the people in your parents' circle of
influence. Some people who know your parents also know you.
Therefore, you will share some influence with the people your
folks know. Now draw your parents' circle of influence on your
piece of paper.

Your circle and your parents' circle will intersect in one area,
although the larger majority of the two circles will not
intersect. If you are like most people, the two circles on your
page at this point looks very similar to the MasterCard logo.
Now imagine drawing a page full of intersecting circles, each
circle representing the circle of influence of the people who
are within your own circle of influence. Imagine trying to
encapsulate an accurate rendering of where your circle and the
circle of your friends will actually intersect.

Some circles will share a large area of space, while others will
barely cover one another.

Actually, you can only imagine at this point what your piece of
paper will look like. The actual layout of the circles imagined
in this analogy is simply too overwhelming for the mind to
comprehend.

THE BIG PICTURE
300 multiplied by 300 equals 90,000. By using the analogy of
doodles in the previous section, the average person can actually
network with up to 90,000 people! Even factoring in the overlap,
one can still probably network with 50,000 people through their
own circle of influence!

Simply amazing, isn't it?

HERE IS THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS
There are 300 people on this planet whom you have a reasonable
amount of influence. Take advantage of this fact. Make darn sure
that every person within your own circle of influence KNOWS that
you are in business for yourself, and make sure they understand
what your business offers.

When your friend is asked to make a referral, they will
recommend you.

PASSIVE VERSUS ACTIVE REFERRAL NETWORKING
When people ask your friends for a referral and your friend
mentions your business, that is passive referral networking.
Active referral networking is when you can get your friends go
directly to their friends and say "Hey, I have a friend who just
started a business. If you are in need of what he offers or you
know someone who will need his services, would you please give
my friend a call or make the referral to his business?"

If you can get even a portion of the people in your own circle
of influence to actively refer your business, then you have
built the foundation to build an advertising campaign even more
effective than the average local television advertising campaign.
Think about that for a moment.

Most people only dream of reaching 50,000 potential customers
with their television advertising dollars. You now have the
knowledge to reach 50,000 people without spending a single penny.
About the author:


Stone Evans owns the Home Business Resource Directory where
you can find everything you'll ever need to start, run and grow a
home based business at:
http://www.Home-Business.com

4/03/2005

Medical Transcription - Typing mistakes

I saw the following typing story on a forum.

"I had been trying to transcribe "may well" for a couple of minutes but kept typing "mall." I wondered if there's a reason for our brain/fingers to short circuit like that? I was having a series of these things happening. Usually when I do a letter switch (i.e. seh instead of she, etc.) I know the minute I have done it. I was making a lot of those kinds of errors and didn't know it until I proofed. I was convinced my brain was short circuiting. I went to a neurologist, had an MRI of the brain and EMG. My brain was fine. I finally figured it out--my keyboard was short circuiting, not my brain. It all started when I got a new keyboard. Found out someone else with the same keyboard also had similar problems. I got a new keyboard and everything was fine! I was convinced I was getting dotty!"

I related to this story because something similar happened to me. I didn't get a new keyword. Instead, I spelled coffee on my keyboard. I cleaned up the coffee, dried out the keyboard and thought the keyboard would be fine. But strange things started to happen. The computer typed different letters than the ones I typed in on the keyboard. I replaced the keyboard and the typing problem was gone.

If you have similar experiences, try a new keyboard before going to a neurologist!

4/02/2005

Medical Transcription - Starting a home business.

Starting a Home Business? Start with what you know.
By Bob Cortez

The most frequently asked question I receive as an Internet home business consultant usually goes something like this: "I would really like to start my own home business on the Internet, but I don't know what." The short answer is - Start with what you know and enjoy.

There are a number of good reasons for this:

By drawing on existing knowledge, you can concentrate on building a business rather than learning about a new trade, product, or service.

Starting and running a home business means long hours and sacrifice. It is easier to do when you are doing something you enjoy.

Selling what you know and enjoy is less difficult for non-salespeople.

The Internet offers unique opportunities for the home business netrepreneur. It creates the ability to reach a much larger potential market for your product, service, or information at a much lower price than through conventional advertising mediums.

The Internet and World Wide Web are still in their infancy. Right now, you can get everything you need to put your business online - free. It is like someone offering you a store (web hosting), full time staff (web pages, auto responders) and advertising (lots of advertising) for free. All you have to do is come up with an idea for a product or service to put in the store.

One of my favorite examples is my mother's home business. She builds very creative and unique birdhouses. She uses scrap lumber from a local sawmill (free) and driftwood from the local beach (free), to keep her material costs low. Another local artist provides the miniature sculptures for a percentage of the sales. She started by building and selling these for the local tourist trade in Homer Alaska, and was doing ok. But when we put them on the Internet (http://www.ptialaska.net/~cortez/) sales really began to soar. Not everyone that would be interested in the birdhouses can afford to visit Homer, and we certainly couldn't afford to advertise to the world in any other way. We were able to reach this larger market by using free web hosting, design, and promotion services. Once we developed a flow of traffic, we were able to create additional income streams by selling other peoples products as well. (I'll discuss this further later in this article)

This business model can work for just about any product that can be shipped. What unique item can you build using local materials? Do you have a craft or gift idea that is unique? How about a kit or plans for something you have built?

Information is another type of product. What do you know or know how to do that would be of interest or value to others? You can either sell that information as a report, or a tip booklet. Or you can give the information away at your store and sell other peoples related products for a commission. The advantage here is that once you put your information in the store it is done. You don't have to keep building it and shipping it. If your not comfortable with writing your own material you can use a ghostwriter (http://www.home-work.net) or have a tips booklet prepared with assistance in getting it published (http://www.realvoices.com/booklets).

Another home business opportunity that is unique to the Internet is based on common interests. What do you have a special interest in that others may share? Music, books, computers, cars, gardening, collectibles, etc ... ? The idea in this business model is to create a site with information and resources available online of interest to others. Then you select products to sell of interest to people that would be visiting your site. For instance, if you had an avid interest in a particular type of music. You could develop a site that was a resource for others with that same interest. The site could include links to artists sites, reviews of the latest releases, concert tour information, photos, sound clips, interview excerpts, a chat room, or discussion board. You become an "associate" of one of the CD distributors online and receive a commission on CDs that are sold. The distributor does the entire order fulfillment. The number and variety of companies that have an associate program online is growing daily. They cover all kinds of products and services from gifts to computers or web hosting to credit cards. For a partial list of these types of programs, send any email to start@athome.hypermart.net

Start with what you know, apply some imagination, and open your low cost home business online. The market is growing everyday - world wide.

Brought to you by: World Wide Information Outlet, your only source of FREEWare Content online.Copyright 1998 Total Quality Marketing and Bob Cortez. Bob Cortez has 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Through Total Quality Marketing he is providing consulting services to home based entrepreneurs looking to expand their business online and take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available. Total Quality Marketing, P.O. Box 338, Homer Alaska 99603. http://athome.hypermart.net/tqm.htm (Note from blog publisher: This link is no longer available).