My background is in the healthcare field. I am a former nursing student from Germany, moved to the United States in 1985 and worked for many years as a certified Hospice Home Health Aide and a certified medical assistant (CMA, CCMA, CMAAS) in different medical offices. I've also taught the medical assisting curriculum at Porter and Chester Training Institution and Branford Hall in Western Massachusetts to medical assistant students.
In 2000 -2001 I was forced to put my career on hold because my then 10 year old son was diagnosed with stage 4A Hodgkin's lymphoma. I put my medical assisting career on hold and focused on web development and web design while also attending to my son's special needs.
Here is the rest of my story:
I became a web developer, certified online testing professional, search engine optimization (SEO) specialist and professional blogger. I started this exciting new career path in 2002 by developing and marketing my first two medical assistant websites and promoted them to the search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and MSNSearch (now Bing).
Eventually these websites became popular and caught the attention of businesses and professional organizations, such as the AAMA, AMT and National Healthcareer Association (NHA). While building my client base, I also wrote continuing education and self-study materials, as well as online medical assistant courses and continued developing more websites. Next thing I knew, well known businesses wanted to advertise on my sites.
Today, I own many, many medical assistant, medical coding and billing, and other related websites and blogs, which I manage under my business's name, a registered Massachusetts LLC, while I continue to manage a few websites for clients.
IS IT LIKE MAKING MONEY IN YOUR PAJAMAS???
No. In this business you need to be good and diligent at what you do and deliver what you promise. The field is (extremely!) competitive, and when it comes to carving out your own niche you have to know your specialty and the Web industry very well. Reaching out to others, forging long lasting relationships and offering services and agreements that lead to a win-win gain for everybody is the ultimate key to success. Most make it, many don't.