Eliminate Your Commute

On this week’s episode of the PNC podcast, John runs through the most popular home based careers for physicians.  He starts by explaining why home based careers are so attractive.

Then he describes the benefits and challenges of each one.

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Why Work from Home?

There are three main benefits to choosing a home-based career:

1. Convenience

When you work from home, you’re able to handle household responsibilities. And navigating childcare or adult caretaking responsibilities may make this type of career a necessity.

2. Cost Savings

Eliminating your commute means you’ll save time, and reduce gasoline and auto maintenance costs, saving you thousands of dollars each year. And the time not spent commuting can be spent working and enhancing your income.

3. Flexibility

Home based careers offer the most flexibility. Though some require working 8-hour days, most will allow you to choose your hours. And you might be able to work from anywhere in the world, even while traveling. Or at odd hours, if you prefer.

Popular Home-based Careers

Here are the factors to consider when seeking one of these popular home based careers:

  • Chart Review: Performing chart reviews can be done for utilization management, disability and worker’s compensation assessments, expert witness consulting, clinical documentation, and quality improvement. You can work anywhere that has access to the Internet and phone service. Some jobs require work during regular business hours.
  • Medical writing: As a freelancer, you must set up your own business, and find work, initially. But once you develop relationships with several editors, you should be able to generate regular income, working from anywhere in the world. You must have the self-discipline to meet regular deadlines.
  • Telemedicine: This is an especially flexible career. You must ensure that you are working with a reputable company. You can start by supplementing your income by moonlighting. And you need to take the necessary steps to manage your liability exposure. You can boost your income by working when other physicians are not working, such as during weekends and holidays.
  • Consulting: If you're a consultant working from home, you will likely be freelancing, rather than working for a large consulting firm. You may have to do some traveling and speaking to build your authority and market yourself. But once you get started, most of your business can be done from home.
  • Coaching: Coaching is similar to consulting. But the term is usually used with life, health, wellness, and business coaching of individuals or small groups. It can be face-to-face, but remote coaching is much more common. You must choose a coaching field based on your personal expertise, or obtain formal training, and possibly certification.


Home based careers offer a great deal of flexibility. And there are several attractive options to consider. The income levels might start out at the lower end of a clinical salary. But busy coaches, consultants, writers, chart reviewers, and telemedicine providers will enjoy improving revenues as they streamline their businesses and increase their customer or patient base. If you haven't already done so, you can listen using the player above, or through iTunes and other players.

Thanks for listening today. I appreciate your support. Be sure to join me next week on the PNC Podcast when I present my interview with Drs. Letizia Alto and Kenji Asakura, who have perfected their approach to generating cash flow through real estate investing, and now produce a course to teach others how to do the same.

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