How to Start a Medical Billing Company

By Nicki Howell

  • Overview

    Starting your own medical billing company allows you the flexibility to work from a home office and set your own schedule. But many individuals interested in this type of work aren't sure how to get started. For those who have experience in medical billing, launching a business is fairly quick. Signing up for an online course will get you up to speed. Here's how to start a medical billing company.
    • Step 1

      Formal education will prepare you for opening your medical billing company. Penn Foster Career School offers a medical billing program for those interested in starting their own business. The program is completed online at your own pace.
    • Step 2

      Complete a business license application with your city's business department. You can usually find this application online, or call to receive a hard copy. Fees to process your request rage from $50-$100 and can take a week or more to process.

    • Step 3

      Assemble a marketing package. Contact a local print shop in your area and have business cards and fliers printed. This will make your medical billing company appear more professional when meeting with clients.
    • Step 4

      There is a lot of medical billing work in the online market place. You can bid on projects at sites like Guru, which provides access to local jobs and access to national and worldwide jobs for a small fee.
    • Step 5

      Set up meetings with medical practice office managers in your area. Many practices are outsourcing medical billing functions. Bring your marketing materials and be prepared to discuss your experience, pricing and project turnaround times.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Pen
    • Paper
    • Tip: Understand that most of your time will be spent on marketing initially. After you start securing contracts, you can scale back on marketing and focus on generating revenue for your business.
    • Warning:
    • Keep all of your pay stubs and recipes for expenses. Because you will be an independent contractor, you will be responsible for paying all of your taxes.

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