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Ready to scream!!

Posted By: Enough! on 2009-07-21
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I need to vent!!  There is a certain co-worker who lurks, hovers, and then pounces whenever she sees good jobs coming up.  She waits until I am tied up with another job and then swoops in like a sniper and grabs them.  She does this over and over!  It is becoming so disgusting. 

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Advice from an MTSO. You will not be ready until you think you are ready and it takes more than MT
One of the most important things a service owner can have is confidence. You have to have confidence in yourself before anyone else can.

Transcription is only about 50% of what you need to know. Set yourself up right from the beginning. Pick a name, incorporate, open a checking account.

Then put the basics in place down to the littlest detail. Pick your colors, your logo, your motto.

Put together a business plan. A formal one. It will help define where you want to go and will add to the professional image you want to portray. Register with the state and your city or county.

Take a small business class at a community college - that is a HUGE help.

The other 50% is accounting, business management, HR, marketing, sales and legalities.

It sounds like a lot but it will pay off.

And be prepared ... as you succeed, there will be a lot of people that will try to talk you out of it but you need to be strong and realize that they did not do it so they have no idea. Get some thick skin.

I used to post a lot on here, and learned the hard way not to. This is the first time in a long time that I have come over here, but your post caught my eye. I do not post anymore, but my company has a lot of posts about it and you have to learn to put blinders on it and ignore the bashers. Hard to do but trust me, very necessary.

Anonymous MTSO, although some will figure out who I am !
Scream at at me if you want...
....but it is my opinion that production pay is what has brought medical transcription down to the level it occupies now. I also agree with several of the other opinions expressed herein, but the pressure and stress of working by production has devalued MTs. Fortunately, I started so long ago and have proven myself over and over to many employers...enough so that I have never had to work on production. I do not see how you all run this rat race day in and day out. You're right...you do get used up and treated horribly. My best wishes to you all.
I am so frustrated with the Webmedx system that I could scream! sm

I've been here about 3 weeks now, and when I'm typing, I'm fine.  However, going screen to screen is so slow and even seems stuck sometimes.  My mouse going over the screen, especially near the top right, makes the report just, POOF, go away.  Sometimes it can be recovered, usually in fact, but I have to log back in to the system in order to do so.  My SH doesn't even want to work correctly - caps in places it shouldn't.  This is so frustrating!  And they pay on lines per hour - I will never make it. 

Again, you are not ready
...If you have to ask if there is a contract to type up. If you have been an MT for ten years, you've had to sign a contract with an MTSO. It should be common sense that you would do a contract if you have your own account. Even though the client can break it at any time.

MTs don't mind helping MTs. I think if you seemed a little more knowledgeable you would be getting a better response.

You may want to do some research first. You are not asking the right questions. You don't strike me as someone who has been in this business for ten years.
Get Ready
that is way too high - and is why you are being replaced bu Indians.
You probably won't know until they are ready for you to.

Yes, I'm about ready if
If like you said, I knew I could have a good job out of the house, I would take it. I'm tired of being treated like a first grader by MT companies who think they are all that.

I work like a dog, and I'm very honest but I have people micromanaging me and telling me to make sure I'm not late... they are crazy. I overwork if anything. Egos.
I'm getting ready to start sm
with a company that uses this platform and am curious as to how it works as well. I'm wondering if there is a built-in line counter.
get ready to tell your thumb
that it's going to work for free. Phoenix Medcom doesn't pay for spaces.
Get ready to be clocked in....

I would think it is tough to go from IC (flexibility) to working a strict shift.  This is just my opinion.  The other problem with working for that hospital is that at any given time they could outsource the work.  I'd be very careful if I were you especially if you are an IC with your very own clients that you service yourself and not through an MTSO, which is actually subcontracting. 

Even though you are hourly, I'm sure they'll want some sort of production out of you, and this as well can be stressful in a new environment. 

It's tough, but if I were you, I'd stay IC.

Most are ready for editing though, sm
Much more work flow these days now that they added additional work types.  Easy to make good money.    I like it.
Only if you're PT ready to go FT

For 1/4 of a cent raise.

Yes, I'm ready to give up the PT MT I do
because this 3 cpl VR crap is for the birds!   I already gave up FT MT after 20+ years and that was a WONDERFUL decision for me.  
getting ready to test with Amphion
anyone take the test recently?  How was it? 
ITA with poster below. You aren't ready to go
after your own accounts.   You need to do some research, to be more confident.   The questions you are asking indicate you haven't a clue and that isn't a good place to start.  I don't know what your life experience is, or your experience as an MT, but you need a bit more experience under your belt to be able to get and keep your own accounts. 
I am getting ready to apply with Diskriter.
Do they offer a good rate of pay? Did you get an offer from Diskriter or one of their hospitals?
I was ready to sign the contract. (nm)
I know 2 people who are getting documents ready
One of them recorded a conversation where they called and ask her to work and also has email's requesting work on her off day's.
Ready to quit Spheris
I have had it with Spheris. So, I am now looking for another company. With the lack of benefits and reduction in pay I can no longer work there. I will be looking for something better. At this point, I do not know how much more of this I can take.
Ready to Quit Spheris
You have my sympathy. Just make sure you have something else lined up before you quit. I worked Spheris and another company at the same time just to make sure I was not jumping into the fire. We are in recession right now, which makes it an employer's market whether we like it or not. The way MTs are being treated is upsetting to everyone.
I was just getting ready to post the same theory
I can imagine that some PSs don't appreciate it when recruiters hire unqualified MTs for a particular position. I'm not saying the OP was unqualified, but if a recruiter has a history of not hiring within job requirements, thereby putting a huge load on the PS, I can see how the PS might not be a happy camper. It's definitely not right of her to take it out on the MT, but that might at least be the reason for such irrational behavior?
she pays when she gets good and ready to!
She does not pay when the client pays her even though that is what the contract says.  If you want to get paid on time, I would not recommend this company at all.
I'm also ready to throw in the towel
and am counting the days (a little over two years) until I can retire. I work for a splendid company, but the industry in general is headed for the sewer.
I'm about ready to quit my job getting paid...
Once a month and you know what? They can't even do that! I have not had a check for 5 weeks and when I asked where it is they said it has not even been sent yet!

Bet you're wondering why right? Well so was I so I asked (politely of course), and my response.

The swine flu is slowing the post office down

I ask myself that too but I was just ready to have a simple account sm
with a repetitive dictator daily where I could make more money using templates and macros with all the repetitiveness. I know I can make more money in the long run that way and that is what it sounded like to me so I guess I was desperately looking for a way to make more money for less time spent.

Also, the pay was only 0.06 gross line or they call it physical line.
As much as I like to work at home, I'm ready to
Is your MTSO ready for Windows 7 when it comes
I am getting ready to buy my own equipment and am wondering for those that use their own equuipment
did you have any problems downloading DQS at all on your own equipment.
It lasted a little longer for me, but I'm ready to move on. -sm
Nice people. You really do feel appreciated for a while, but then I don't know if they think the average lifespan of an MT with any company is that short-lived or what, but they started giving my primary away to others, secondaries I would never get the same dictator twice unless it was a work type I hate and told them I hate, then I'd get them regularly. I don't get it. Feedback and evaluations are not in their vocabulary after you're out of probation. I think it's time to move on.
I find this interesting. I am getting ready to be in the same position. sm
I have only worked from home as an IC but have recently accepted a position, because of health insurance and benefits, as an employee. My thoughts are running scared because I, too, am afraid of the set schedule that I must work. But working as an employee is supposed to be giving me assurity of steady workflow which my old company almost took me to the poor house! I am like you, would give it a month and then compare. Then be tempted to stay with my old job because of it was like a good worn shoe to me. But I liked what the other poster said about give it 3-6 months. Makes sense. And maybe I won't be so hasty.

I hope you make it with the employee position because, even though I don't personally know your circumstance, I know that employee with benefits is much, much more beneficial than just an IC. Good luck!!!!
I'm not ready to leave yet, so will remain anon sm
but I did want to just say that not any one company is all that for everyone.  I personally know at least three people who have not had a good experience with this company, one of which is me.  I choose to remain anonymous because I am still working there for personal reasons but will be making a change here in a couple of months.  I thought they were wonderful at the beginning too but things have soured for many different reasons.  I don't say this to argue with anyone but just to say that this company is not for everyone and not everyone who works for this company is the greatest.   
Finally ready to apply with Transtech
Well I hope they are ready for a mass exoduos over this
not sure why they think people will hang around not getting paid.
Don't know, maybe they're getting ready to go live on a new account?
Is anyone else ready to throw in the towel on transcription?

After years of doing this work, and actually loving it; to now looking for another job with a US based company with a fair wage and hopefully not another sinking ship, is there anyone else that would JUMP at a good paying job outside transcription?  A job that you know wouldn't be offshored somewhere else or pay less and less as time/experience goes by?

I have always believed if you worked hard, hard work would pay off.  I need some hope here . . .

They are just getting ready to change plans and the rates are much lower than that.
I would do my homework first before making those statements. That may have been what it was in the past, but not now. Much less.
Get ready for the 'FBI type' background check

I refused to complete all of that paperwork and be subjected to such an extensive background check so I can work in my 'home office'.  I don't have any negatives, but thought this was rediculous, especially since I would be working from home. I think companies should focus on making sure the patients information is private.

I understand the premise of doing a simple background check, but they do a much more than that. Good luck.

I wouldnt go there. No communication. People getting ready to quit
Unless, your desperate for a job, I'd stay away.  You can do better with a honest company who treats their MTs fairly. JMO. I currently know of three people who are quitting and it wont be long I am sure before others follow suit.
OSI true to form: I am ready to quit on the spot

I just got my latest paycheck from OSi and did not get paid the extra 5 cpl holiday pay.  The reason???  With their ridiculous new holiday policy my primary and secondary accounts were out of work, did not have enough work to give me the 1000 minimum line count so therefore I did not get the extra pay for the lines that I did type.  I was required to be stuck at my PC all day and constantly got instant messages from client support to make sure I was there.  This is just sooooooooooo wrong.  I am so fighting mad and feel like quitting right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need some help ASAP.  Does anybody please know where I could get hired at another company pretty quickly?  I almost don't care where it is because I am desperate.  This is the last straw with OSI and I have had enough.  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. 


Get ready to lose that backup account when there is no work on it....
They are doing more hiring and they always overhire...
Bout ready to take this computer to the pawn shop
and cancel the internet - then find a real job again that pays hourly, has a sane schedule, gives me a yearly raise and a paid vacation.  Get paid if there is work and don't have to hear We don't pay for downtime.  Not kidding either.   Might enjoy socializing a bit again too. 
Got all my terrible towels washed and ready to wave. GO STEELERS!

If the off-shores produce "client-ready reports" why do you need THREE tiers of QA? nm
Thanks. I'm not really ready to give up my employee position, but nice to know in the future. nm

I've said this before, but I'm ready to go sit on the beach and sell cheap stuff sm

to tourists ... has to beat this.  I passed burnout a long time ago.  I am not sure what the next stage is supposed to be.  However, in the meantime, I have to make a living.  Maybe I could open a margarita stand and compete with the little kiddies and their lemonade stands .. hmmm ....LOL

Warminster office is about ready to close its doors. Our accounts unfortunately went to Amherst. I
understand they are going to have a national system not regional where when there is a hospital that needs help people out of work get work in it. I would rather have a main account or a few I know so I am not sure about this new deal. Maybe they are going in with Spheris.
Well, just wondering if they are getting ready to sell out or merge with Spheris. I dont work for
them either but from what I have ready this is close to the way they operate.
no, isn't 2 week vacation but technically is. new acct isn't ready on go live date so we get
After all these years, if I use Media Player, I just have my test outline ready and play the voice