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Posted By: XmasMT on 2008-12-23
In Reply to: I agree with you - I have been doing this 10 years and sm - AnonMT


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I work every day and am not a slacker
This is why I chose to be an IC instead of having my own accounts. I am not implying that I eat bon bons and work in between. However, I do not want someone watching over my shoulder and making sure I clock in at 8 and take lunch from 11 til noon. I understand why employers need these rules. However, as I said, they want to have their cake and eat it too. If you want me to punch a clock then give me the benefits of an employee.

In my opinion that is why transcription is wonderful. Besides, when I run out of work because there is none...I don't get paid and I don't complain because I am not guaranteed work as an IC.

In the eyes of the IRS I do not believe it matters if you paint houses or do transcription. Independent contracting is independent contracting. If employers want the benefits of paying ICs like ICs then in my opinion they should treat ICs like ICs and not employees.
JLG alert

The mysteriously secret and elusive JLG has a purple banner running on top of one of the boards - stating now hiring.  Don't everybody grab their feather quills all at once, now.


Trust me on this one, stay away from D&L Typing Service, Inc.  The worst company I have encountered in my 20+ year working life.  DO NOT accept a job with them.  Treatment of transcriptionists is very very poor.  Pay is terrible.  Checks sent through mail, wrong amounts and late.  Never know when or how much going to be paid, and then impossible to get accounting to return phone calls.  Horrible company. 
I got a virus alert when I went to their site

What in the world could it be other than free work?  Try backlog catchup for free!  Horrible... 

Lawyer alert! Fishing for info!
Looking for biziness??
Ha, ha. I love it. Troll alert! Good one. nm
Yes, I clearly remember 'Jasper' posting the first alert
And being accused of being dishonest.

Thanks for trying to give a heads-up early on, Jasper...Being forewarned certainly helps.
We've been at high alert OT all this week at Webmedx. nm
Got a news alert today that Spheris bought Vianeta company. nm
when docs give mtso a check, then mtso pays you?
Isn't she an MTSO owner - which MTSO ? Just curious. n/mnn
Is this news should have been labeled NEWS ALERT ...
This is breathtaking information and everyone who works at TT or is considering has the right to know. It will be buried with a title like is this news? It seems as if you are responding to the first poster's complaint of no work.
New here.  What does MTSO stand for?  Thanks
Looking for an MTSO where I can do mostly ops.nm
Better MTSO
I would contribute myself. Sorry to sound conceited, but I'm really good at my job - and I want to work with other people who are good at it, too.
I think that the MTSO can
anonymously or pseudonymously respond with line rate range info to provide general info to the posters.
Another MTSO here

Feeling just like you.  Look at the ones who complain about working weekends - how many medical professionals do you know that don't have to work weekends?  Why are they in this field if they don't want to work weekends?  It's a pity trip.  How about working in retail or restaurants?? You want a 9-5 job, go get it, away from home of course.

Would like to talk privately but I don't spend much time on this board and don't really know how to do so.  Let me know if you do!

To MTSO - sm
I don't fish, so I don't know what you are smelling, but perhaps something from your personality? I have posted this before, and will continue to do so, as IT DID HAPPEN to me, IT IS THE TRUTH, and I have no reason whatsoever to lie. I want the original poster to know what can happen if she gets
hired by Keystrokes. I want others to benefit from my hiring experience so they don't have to go through what I went through. If my posts are so distasteful to you, do not read them. Your attitude in your posts leaves much to be desired as MTSO...wish I knew your company so that I never cross your path. Perhaps someone posted the truth about your company once too often?
Not all MTs are employees. There are ICs and there is a difference.
Many of the MTs who send that great looking resume' with what appears to be a solid work history...are totally bogus. They may have worked for company x, x, x, x, and x in the last five years, yet they condense and fudge to make it looks like they only worked for company x, and x in the last five years. Many MTSOs don't take the time to check. If the MT passes the test...the MTSO is usually so desperate to get somebody in to work, they hire them without checking.

Also, many claim that they job hop because a company runs out of work....guess what? This happens at almost every MTSO, so instead of quitting only to find yourself in the same situation a few months later, get a second part time IC job to fill in the gaps.
MDI, anybody know how big this MTSO
is and how many MTs they have?  Does any body know if it is IC or employee status?

Any info is greatly appreciated.  
Does your MTSO allow you to use your own

I'm torn on this issue.  My company has just strictly forbidden us to use normals unless they were created by the client, since apparently some MT's have left text in the document in error by not editing correctly.  I can see how this causes a serious QA issue, but I can also see that my pay just got cut seriously yet again by not being able to use them.

So, what' s the answer here?  How does your MTSO handle normals/standards, and what happens if you make an error with one?

At the risk of causing a stir, I am curious about your comment that no serious MTSO would hire a PCDI grad. I am the poster titled Another PCDI grad right below this post. Again, I state that I do not believe it is all about the school, I believe the person and the determination has a lot to do with how far you can go. I feel very comfortable with the 2 jobs I have. I also know that I am not the only PCDI grad with a job. I truly wish that more people would stop looking at just the school, and start looking at the person, because there are all types.
If I may ask, what does MTSO stand for? Thank you!
What is MTSO?
Well, that's why you are the MTSO and we are the

MTs!! Its your responsibility to divide up the work, and sorry, but most MTSOs I have dealt with have asked me to commit to XX amount of work. They know full well that is all I can handle due to MY other commitments, yet the MTSOs are more than happy to have me at my commitment of XX. That is OUR agreement. I am an IC and on my own. So it is not my problem if Sally has an earache or Dr. Jones has extra work. That is YOUR problem. MTSOs should ASK if we can handle more due to the above situation, but when MTs get dumped on with 2 or 3 times the amount of the agreement, it is WRONG, and very frustrating for the MTs. Thus why most quit and move on to a MTSO who will keep the agreement. Its only common sense, really. Which seems to be a lot to ask for in this day and age.

Top 5 MTSO
Cymed advertises as the 3rd largest for domestic MTs. Not sure how you would verify that though.
Of course....but where are you and are you an MTSO?
It is just hard to give up all my info all the time only to never find out who an MTSO is or if they are legitimate. All of my info, address, etc. is usually on a resume which we submit via e-mail, but if a supposed MTSO never e-mails back, how do we know who we just sent OUR info to?
You are not being 'bashed.' People are merely using a public forum to forewarn fellow MTs of poor experiences. If you are truly concerned about your reputation, you will re-examine your business practices and make some needed changes.

Bashing implies an 'unfair' attack - that's not what is going on here.
This is why when you are an MTSO

You should have a payroll account.  Any business person knows that you must have an account to pay out subcontractors.  My brother pays his subs (painting contractor) every week.  He doesn't see his payments for work done until sometimes 90 days, but why then should his subs wait? 

If you want to run a business, you must have a payroll account and not rely on what the client pays to you and when. 

If you do not have the capital, then quit using subcontractors thinking you are making a buck.  Do your own work! 

Just yet another view. 

Which MTSO's allow you to use your own
Seems to me an MTSO needs to see example of
Where in the heck do some of you people get this mess? We have more work because the hospitals are busy. Stop trying to invent things. Pretty cut and dry if you really want to know the truth. You people always get on here to plant negative ideas in people's heads. Why don't you pay attention to the job numbers and you can see or is it just easier to assume. SHEESH!
me too!! Must be MTSO above..nm
Which MTSO
was this?
Not only can your MTSO see....(sm)

your posts, management, supervisors, etc., etc., BUT anyone who Googles your name or anything associated with your post.  I have even gotten onto boards that are subscription only by Googling words and posts showed up on their boards.  True, I may not have been able to post on that board, but I sure could read whatever was associated with my search results. 

I have a second job as an IC. I let the MTSO
know when I can work and how many minutes I can transcribe. They will then assign me that many minutes and I have it in by their TAT time. If I can't work, I don't. If I request work and they have none, that is fine too. I have no set schedule and am not on call. I work when I want. They have requested I work 1 time when they had a backlog which I did, though I didn't have to, because at that particular time my FT was out of work. As an IC, you set your schedule, they don't tell you when to work.
You must be an MTSO?
Maybe it's time for you MTSOs to get together and lobby Washington to stop this off-shoring that is destroying the American dream.  Most MTs today are making less (including myself) than they were making in the 80s and I dare say the MTSO profit margin is probably also less. 
Because the MTSO will probably know who I am if I do this.
I am still working for both of these companies (no other choice right now). Both companies post job openings on this site, so I am sure that they also read some of these posts.

because this was my company being owed $10,000, which was at the time about 6 weeks' worth of work.  It was easy at that time to rack up that kind of money...that is also about the time I found out that a company has 30 days to pay another company each individual invoice.  I was billing, per contract, every 2 weeks.




This person is looking for an MTSO with subs or employees to do 5000 lines a day not one MT.


Being an MTSO is not for everybody (sm)
I wish you luck, but be prepared for sleepless nights, major stress, and hassles you can't even imagine now. You'd probably be surprised how many MTs have done this in the past and gave it up because it's just not worth it. Being an IC and letting somebody else do the legwork, the marketing, the collecting, etc., is waaaay less hassle, believe me. I wish you luck, but I'm just sayin.... be prepared. It's more stressful than you can even imagine.
If an MTSO does not need 8 to 5
coverage, then they do not have to let an IC work those hours. They only have to let people work when they need the coverage if you are an IC.
They (MTSO) can also tell you when you
But the MTSO should tell them no, right?
Am I missing something?

If VR is not more cost effective, it's the MTSO's responsibility to educate the client. It's not right to make the MT pay by cutting their CPL. You're going to lose your experienced MTs, and all you'll have left to edit are the MTs who don't care about quality.

Are you saying that the MTSO is
supposed to accommodate you?? Don't think real life works that way 99.9% of the time.
No different than any other MTSO
I don't know why MTSO's think we can - (sm)
- edit more lines in SR than we can type, thus their claim of making more money.

I don't do SR (and hope I never do!), but I do proofread all my reports, and I'm here to tell ya that it takes me almost twice as long to read through one of my reports as it did to type it! (Boredom, wandering mind, eyestrain, and all that). I honestly can't imagine being subjected to that torture full time, every day! And to do that for a couple cents per line is just unimaginable.
MTSO's need to know this: If the PAY isn't