5 Tips for Medical Billers Working From Home

While medical billing is a particular profession and carries its own set of skills, pretty much every person who does most of their work at home has some similarities. For one, most people don’t think you’re actually working, even if you’re putting in 12-hour days that feel like 20-hour days. While there’s no significant commute when you work at home, often that advantage is weighed down by the disadvantage that home feels like a place to play. The following tips will help you stay on task at home.

Schedule Activities in Blocks

Turn off your phone, including text alerts. Turn off your IM program and don’t let your email sounds alert you every time you have a new message from your child or your best friend or someone who wants to know what temp staffing services they should try. While these things may seem like the height of efficiency, there are no e-mails that can’t wait until your next break. There are also very few phone calls that need to be answered this second.

Set Up a Particular Work Day

If you’re tempted to work “all the time,” keep in mind that you’ll soon go insane. If you wake up, work and then go to bed with nothing else in your day, your paychecks will be good. But you’ll grow to hate your life. Try to work 12 hours a day or less, and break it up with exercise, meal breaks, or even just a walk around the block. You’ll both enjoy yourself more, but actually be more productive.

Keep a Clean Home

A clean home will help you be more productive. Not only will it inspire peace of mind, but you also won’t be tempted to do a bunch of cleaning tasks that will interrupt your work.

Turn off the Automatic Noise Makers

Turn off your phone, including text alerts. Turn off your IM program and don’t let your email sounds alert you every time you have a new message from your child or your best friend or someone who wants to know what temp staffing services they should try. While these things may seem like the height of efficiency, there are no e-mails that can’t wait until your next break. There are also very few phone calls that need to be answered this second.

Ask Your Family to Respect Your Work

While you’re working, you need time to yourself. Your children and your spouse need to respect that your work time must be uninterrupted.

Working at home is great. Unfortunately, being distracted or trying to work all the time will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. A little moderation will help you tremendously.

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