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Really? I just came from a company that expected 2000 minimum!

Posted By: SM on 2008-09-20
In Reply to: MedQuist requires 1200 lines a day - MQMT1

Per day.  I guess I was getting screwed, but at 5 cpl, 1200 lines a day (if you work only 5 days a week) is only 1200 a month!  How can you live on that?

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My company minimum is 150 lph and seems to be
the industry standard, though there are always exceptions. 
our company minimum 127 lph
Bare minimum? I make over $50,000 a year in 40 hours a week. That is not bare minimum. sm
Bare minimum would be $8 an hour which is $16,640 a year or $10 an hour which is $20,800 a year. I make more than twice that and that is NOT bare minimum.

I worked to get my typing speed to 80 wpm. I worked to get my Expanders user-friendly and plentiful. I am not the fastest because I look up what I do not know, but I am lucky to have a very good memory so if I type it a few times, I do not have to look it up. I keep notes when I run across something I do not know. I am interested in my profession and read the magazines for our profession and network with other transcriptionists during my free time, devoting a minimum of 2 hours per week to networking and learning new things.

I am not the fastest MT, but I am accurate and boiled it down to simple math. I need to transcribe 250 lines per hour for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. At 10cpl, that is 2000 lines a day x 5 days per week x 50 weeks per year. I take 2 weeks off per year during July to visit my grandchildren (unpaid), 1 week a year to vacation with my husband (paid) and 1 week a year to spring clean (paid). I have worked for the same company for 4 years and 8 years for the one before this.

I treat my work hours as work hours and take 1/2 hour for lunch which I do not include in my 8 hours. I pretend that I am working outside the home and do not answer the door, get the mail, do laundry, etc. If I have a good day and go over the 2000, I bank it in my mind for days that are not as good and make sure that I get 10,000 lines each week.

My W2 each year is consistently $50,000. A few years it was higher, but I worked a few weekends, which I no longer do.

It IS possible.
That is exactly what I expected --
unlimited accounts and unlimited available work like it used to be. Seems to be getting some better though, so maybe it will work out.
Yes, but it should be expected...

that when you hire on as an MT, your skills will be evaluated.  I'm sure their clients have certain quality expectations that must be met.  The company is better off finding out whether those expectations can be met sooner rather than later.

But not this year, although not really expected. nm
Precisely what I expected, nothing more, nothing less
At least we'll have plenty of work this summer...Cheers, fellow VR'er!
MTs post here often they are expected to be avail.
What a shame! As an employee I would have expected some
job security! I thought only ICs like me had very little security net. I am sorry to hear that you are having such problems. Makes me think I should still stay IC because I was going to sign on with another company (not Webmedx) just for the security of having work. Uggg. I hope you get work soon!
Probably because most of us are expected to do our share and work at least one sm

day of the weekend, at least once or twice a month.  It doesn't bother me to work weekends.  I grew up with my mom in the medical field so the idea that I would be off on weekends never really occurred to me.  I do not have a family or anything, so I only have me to consider.  I usually work holidays too so those who have families can maybe spend some extra time.  Still, that is me.

If that schedule works for you and the company is happy (which would seem to be the case here), that's great.  I wouldn't mind working 10-hour days and having an extra day off, but not sure that is possible with all of the jobs I am juggling right now.  Still, we all can dream. 

Again, I am glad you have a good situation for you.  Congrats! 

In the manual it says we're expected
Its not a matter of can we use it, its we must use it.  The company expects and demands it, which I think its utterly unfair since they deliberately overhire.  They won't let us have the option of taking it unpaid - my supervisor recently reminded us of that.  Therefore, if you have a vacation scheduled for next month, and you can't get your time in this month, kiss your vacation plans goodbye - you just spent your vacation chained to your desk hoping for work!
Leads actually are expected to meet
a certain quota like everyone else. Otherwise, they'd starve. Leads have to pay their bills like everyone else.
She didn't say she expected to be thanked back
She just said they didn't respond. I think Miss Manners would say that the proper response to thank you would be you're welcome.
Cut & paste. They expected us to type in Word and
Too low even at that rate probably still expected to work many many hours
I was told when they needed help and that is when they expected me to work
so it is possible she was told what days and times, as that is pretty much what they said to me. Then work was never available during that time slot and so I opted to move on.
from IC to Employee status, pay cutis expected.
Heck no. You're expected to work the holidays, even the big ones! nm
Can someone tell me the difference between IC and employee and what hours are you expected to work
as an IC. Are your hours flexible as an IC.
Also $2000. mo.
I'm right there with ya, pass the Kleenex. Over 10 years' experience, work to exhaustion, and bring home $2000. a month.

Years ago it was easy to build up normals, especially for Op reports, and get a decent lph rate. Now, shortcuts are unheard of -- my accounts are teaching hospitals so there are new residents every semester and it's like starting a new account every few weeks.

The old accounts with normals and easy dictators have gone by the wayside in my world -- apparently some of the high-earning posters here must have found them.

You too? I was always a 1800-2000 SM
line producer daily until I worked for them.  1200 and it was taking me 9-10 hours to get those 1200 lines.  Something is wrong with their line counting.
If you read their ads, you see that they are XP and 2000 only. sm
I spoke to KS a few weeks ago and was told that they do not accept satellite or VISTA. I have both :(

I think In Shock should concentrate on fixing the situation or moving on rather than continuing on and on here. The people she is angry with probably don't bother with these boards. They have other fish to fry. I know that I read these posts for entertainment when bored, but if I want real information, I go to the source.

Give it up and move on or figure out a way to work with them. If they do read these, I am sure they can figure out who you are and would not even want you at this point if you are just going to keep harping on it.

There are other companies out there that might use VISTA, but I have not seen many.

Have you tried talking to the person who you say told you this? On reading your post, I could not tell.
I usually get 1800 to 2000
2000 lines/day
How long does it take you?  That's amazing!!  By the time I get my 1000 lines done, I'm ready to quit for the day!
7.5/ln if do 2000 lines a DAY, OH PLZ
20,000 per pay period
10,000 per week
2000 X5 days = 2000 per day

for a whole 7.5 cents a line. They otta be emailed by all MTs and say HAIL NO, unless and until you agree to work for $1.50 an hour yourself. If nobody speaks up, wellllll
Usually averaged over 2000 per day, but
why do you ask?
Who wants 2000 lines a day? That's outrageous! nm
How long does it take you to do 2000 lines nm
I used to get 2000+ daily with one hospital

oh my god that work rocked!  It was 95% normals and work was plentiful.  Imagine, ortho reports that were 2 pages long and all you had to do was type in your little Expander shortcut and poof there was the whole report whenever the dictator said Please use my _____ report.  Ka-ching! 

Ahhhh...the salad days.  I remember them with such a sad fondness...it was the kind of thing that was just so good you just knew it wouldn't last.

Now I'm all bummed again.  Where did I put that cheesecake....


at 80+ reports, you are doing about 2000 lines
But are your 2000 lines per day ACCURATE?
If you expect to work at TT and shoot off 2000 lines per day that have a lot of errors you have just moved to the wrong company. You will be admonished about that. And you should be. Flying fingers don't cut it at TT unless the work is accurate. If you have a lot of Expanders and produce a lot of quality work you will be an asset. I have never made 2000 lines a day at TT but my work is accurate and they are a great company.
Do you think that 1500 to 2000 a week is possible?
This is a serious question, because I have been there a while and still not up to that. Maybe 1450 but not the big numbers. Wondering if it takes a while or if it is the platform.
Not bad at all. Consistently hitting 2000 plus
lines a day. Just gotta get used to the Audit SW. It's not the greatest but it's not the worse.
Okay what is great money? $2000-3000 a PP
2000 lines per day, what kind of work are you doing? nm
hosp I worked for paid IC MTs $1.25/min for 2000 min/mo and
again, realistically, most people are not doing 2000 lines a day
And they have been that way since I worked for them back in 1999 or 2000!
3 cents per line up to 2000 lines per day
and then an incentive but still diddly for QA pay
To the MT wanting to know if 2000 lines a day at TT is doable sm
I am beginning to think it is really doable. I have 5000 lines for my week, 3 days in this week and I don't have the latest out of iChart either. Yes, it is doable. I have been there...oh 3 weeks and 3 days and I can do this already.

Yup, it is doable.
How long did it take you to build up to 2000 lines a day?
Forgot to include 2000 lines a day sm

On the first posting, it posted half way down the page (don't know why) so scroll downward for the figures.  It looks like there is no message (there is though)

Anyway, don't accept something like this, no matter what from this CHRISTIAN company as they put it.  This is clearly taking advantage of very very very skilled technicians.  Just makes me so darn mad to see stuff like this. 

2000 lines a day at $0.18 cpl. Believe it.....Not original poster, another one making $$$$. nm
I average 1800-2000 lines a day on BeyondTXT.
Thats bull. I was told $2000 was tops a month. nm

You can't pick what accounts you get, only whether you are ER or acute. I do 2000+ on ER, Merit p
Keystrokes' ads all say WindowsXP or 2000. Vista is not compatible sm
with most platforms, which is not the fault of the company.

You were not fired; the offer letter states that employment is pending IS approval of your computer. Vista is NOT compatible with most MT platforms at this time. No one would have told you to purchase that. We do just the opposite and tell everyone NOT to purchase VISTA as it is does not work with our hospitals.
Big difference between 2000 and 3000 lines per shift.
MQ. PTflex...2000 lines/week and 401K.
The only post I see that is idiotic is yours. You just admitted you did 2000 lines sm

straight typing, 3000 lines at VR for HALF pay.  So you lose.  If you were to break even then, you'd have to do at least 4000 lines on VR.  I don't honestly remember what you said you made, but most companies pay half for VR.

Before attacking, perhaps you should learn the fine art of reading and comprehension.

Ultimately, though, you're happy, so more power to you.  I'm happy too, so I guess it is a good Friday for both of us.  I will not respond to any more of your posts, but I do resent name calling and labeling by someone who obviously has a lot to learn himself/herself.

Wow .. if I could do 2000-2500 lph, I'd be living next door to the Rockefellers. nm :-)