I have been a work at home mom for over 10 years. I started typing medical transcription when my first child was 4 months old. I got this job by an odd twist of fate. When my son was first born, I knew that I wanted to be able stay home with him but I also knew that I needed to find a job that I could do from home.
During the first 4 months of his life, I search the Internet diligently for a work at home job. This was back in 2000 and legitimate work at home jobs were hard to come by. Then one day I was at church and was speaking with my God mother. I told her that I needed to find a job that I could do from home or else I would need to go back to my old job. She told me that she knew of someone who typed medical transcription who was looking for a replacement.
The next week I met with the woman who was currently typing transcription for a local doctor’s office. She basically handed me her account. I was excited and scared all at the same time because I had never typed medical transcription before. The next day, I met her at the doctor’s office and she introduced me to the doctors and their staff. They knew that I had never typed medical transcription before but were willing to work with me through my growing pains. The first three months of typing transcription were very hard.
It seemed like every other word I needed to look up in the medical dictionary. I was waking up at 4:00 a.m. every morning to start typing before the baby woke up. I was exhausted. Gradually, I started to become more comfortable with the terminology. I continued typing for the doctor’s office for almost 10 years and my time with them ended in January of 2010 because they converted their office to paperless system and started using voice recognition software. Even though over those 10 years I had a job, I would constantly search the Internet for other legitimate work at home jobs just in case I ever need to get a different job. Every company I learned about, I would write down in journal. Needless to say, in January 2010, I pulled out my journal.
I was able to get a job working for Leapforce at Home as a search engine evaluator. This job fit very well into my schedule as I could work whenever and where ever I wanted. I continued to work for Leapforce for about 8 months. Even though the job was very convenient, the work was a bit boring so I started looking for another work at home job. I again referred to my work at home jobs journal. I then started working for Demand Studios as a freelance writer.
While working as a freelance writer I also continued to apply to other companies that I had listed in my journal. Some of these jobs included call center support representatives, virtual assistant and marketing. I was offered a job working for 1-800-Flowers however my computer (a dinosaur) didn’t pass the requirements. I’m planning on getting a new computer this Christmas so I put their offer on the back burner. I was also offered a job with Alpine Access which a call center support company but I haven’t accepted their job offer as of yet because I’m currently working with Miles of Marketing which is a marketing company which employs Moms to help spread the word about events and products.
At this time, I’m still freelance writing, I’m working with Miles of Marketing and I’m running three blogs (Busy Mom’s Tips, Blogging Hints and The Work at Home Helper). I learned along the way that to be a success work at home mom I don’t need to find a single job. I can work several different jobs all at the same time. I consider myself and my services a business and all of these different companies that I work for are my customers. I decided to publish my journal so that others could benefit from my list of legitimate work at home companies. I published the “Busy Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Work at Home Job.” Working at home is possible it just takes an open mind and a little bit of work to find the job that fits your schedule.