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Anybody go south for winter and continue working?

Posted By: Elderberry on 2008-07-16
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Hubby and I are thinking of going south for the first time this coming winter.  I've found some sublets with internet access, mostly wireless, one wired.  My work uses DocQScribe and internet based.   I use a desktop computer for work but have a laptop capable of the job. 

Have any of you done this?  If so, what was your experience?  Any tips or precautions as far as wireless internet security?  At home we have a wired network with a hardware firewall/router so no experience with wireless.  I'm not high tech but not a complete novice either.

As for paying bills and accessing cash in a different locale, did you use online banking and ATMs or some other method?  I confess some hesitation about online banking even though most of my friends and neighbors have used it for years!

Thanks to anyone who can help. 

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Winter wonderland in NH
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Nope, it's seasonal. Aug. 31 through winter.
YIKES!!!Got our oil contract for this winter and almost passed out!!!

Last year I paid $845 for  600 gal of oil with a 2 months to pay. Yesterday, I recieved our contract for this winter and it would cost $1517!!!!!

Guess who won't be taking the contract.  That's ridiculous. The country is going to go broke at this rate. They want $759 for 300 gallons. That takes us 3 months into the winter, but......where do they think the seniors  and others are going to get this money?

Guess old Mamma Bear is coming out of storage this year. Wood is no problem for us. We have a stockpile for the garage coal & wood stove and a friend that has 11 acres of woods he likes certain areas cleared every year.

I feel bad for others who have no access to another heating source.

We just signed up for our propane for winter.. It's gone up a dollar per gallon...
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Space heaters can be very expensive as I found out one winter
by just trying to heat my office and leaving the reest of house cold. The cost to use the space heater was more than the gas furnace would ahve been.
Ya know, winter doesn't officially start until tomorrow

And, I'm already tired of the cold,

tired of all the snow,

but my kids love it and I can't move.

Then consider the heat bill.....now I'm crying

Only during the summer. Wild colored toe socks in winter.
Work some holidays - don't really mind during the winter months, but
when summer rolls around, I am at the beach on the holidays and do not work them. As an IC, we get nothing extra as far as $$ just the extra work.

Can't complain - have plenty of work all of the time.
I heard crickets til I realized it was winter. Was really the start of chronic
i still use my fan even during fall/winter and turn it towards the wall but drowns out noises. nm
How are you planning to deal with the oncoming high winter heating bills?
I'll be bumping the thermostat back another degree or 2, down to whatever leveI I can  not be cold at.  Otherwise there will be less "fun" money spent if it has to go to the oil companies!
The HandEze gloves are nice w/the wrist support. I like them in the winter. Other brands to
I use regular thin winter gloves and cut the fingertips off. Works great! nm
I want my bread crumbs white so I let them dry up in the open overnight (winter brings low humidity)
a very good way not to waste stale bread (aside from pudding).
I have always said and will continue

to say that you can take all the classes you want for this job, but it's on the job training that is best.  I have seen the on line course that our local college offers, and it makes no sense to me.  Yeh, you have to know grammar, etc., but the in depth English course that you have to take is crazy!  You have to understand the doc, know terminology for sure, have lots of referrences and definitely know where a period and comma goes, but ultimately, isn't it up to the person dictating to be clear and know how they want the report to go.  It's not a job everyone can do that's for sure, but it's definitely a job that requires you to gain experience by actually doing it. 

I was thrown into transcription at age 18 at a clinic that I worked for, didn't know anything about it, and it showed in the reports...I stuck in there though because I had no choice, and when I think back to all the crap I took from docs because I really didn't have a clue...I feel lucky, but that feeling is slowly going away becasue of all the new rules, technology, etc., but I guess that's the way it goes, things evolve, times change.   That's why anyone who comes to me for advice about this type of job, I say, now especially, always have a plan B. 


If you continue to work for them under these
circumstances and accept their policies by continuing to work there, why would they change. 
They are getting away with it because you continue to work

for them, even though they are cheating you.  

There should be clear written guidelines as to how they count lines and you should have a system to keep track of lines independently of SS.  If there  is a discrepancy it needs to be addressed.   You can file a complaint with the labor board if you can document discrepancy, also file with Attorney General.

If you know there is a problem and you continue to work there you basically say it is okay for them to screw you.  

Not really trying to continue stirring the pot, but...

it really does seem that those with a negative view just LOVE to post here.  Honestly, that fact doesn't mean a whole lot, since I agree that there are probably many, many MTs with positive viewpoints on most any subject here...they just don't post.  Who knows why?  Not me.  Maybe they are positive people who want to stay feeling that way and don't want to get slammed, so they don't post. 

I know, someone will now tell me that I can't speak for others.  I'm not.  I'm just pondering the reasons for the ABUNDANT negative posts vs. the piddly amount of positive posts on most every subject. 

My point is I'm sure HappyMQ'r is not alone in her happiness with MQ.  She's just more verbal than some. 

Why do you continue to call
people fat and ugly?
If you continue to speak to me
like that I will ban you from my site.  Now, I'm trying to relate to you guys by being honest. You should appreciate that.
are not that nice, but they continue....sm

to take classes and learn even if they are OLD MDs.  I have been treated in France and England and yes, their offices are not SPECTACULAR AND FANCY like most of ours in the USA....but they treat people really nice and are very thorough.....esp in American Hospital in France.

I have spent YEARS in Europe.........and prefer the medical system there than here.

If we built and continue...

....to build corporations in Mexico, they why in the world do they keep coming over here for work? 

I totally understand where you're coming from.  I have had many family members and friends lose jobs they have worked at for 25+ years.  It's a shame this continues to go on.  Maybe our political postions should be outsourced to the American people, not the high-rollers who are put there because of WHO they know and NOT because they care about us! 

I am bilingual. Please continue SM
thinking that you should not have to learn another language, you will be one less person I will have to compete with in the global economy. 
want to continue using her service. If he says
If IC could continue to do p.r.n. stats, but I
Well, for example- I want to continue to work
Who told you your full retirement is age 70?? On my papers from social security (and the person there told me same plus another person I spoke with from social security) that full retirement is for me age 66, last year it was 65. Who in the world told you full retirement was 70? Do this, just call social security on Monday and ask them. Simple. What you started off saying and the reason people talked about behind bars and the like, sounds like you wanted to be "employee" of husband, he could pay you, sounds totally underhanded- that is what I thought as well as others on here. I work as independent and pay my own taxes, nothing to do with husband's during the year.
I feel the same way. If we continue to use VR, then
our typing skills will get weak and thus if and when we do need to do straight transcription, we will be a low slower because we are not typing every day. I love to type and that is one of the main reasons I became a medical transcriptionist.
Why do continue to work as an MT then?
I work for 8 cpl and earn approximately $4000 a month working an easy clinic account like the OP. Even setting aside a generous 30% for taxes and paying for insurance, my take home pay is around $2500. Not bad for an easy clinic job with little stress. If I was working acute care or a lot of difficult ESLs, then yes, I would expect to be paid more.
How long would you continue to do work for someone sm
when your check didn't come when it was supposed to?  It is a week late now, saying it was mailed when supposed to be mailed to the correct address but i have not received it yet.  I now already have 2 weeks worth of pay supposed to be on next check.  At what point would you not do any more work until receiving payment?  I have worked for this small MTSO for about 10 months now and never a problem before.  Just leiry as the more I type, the more income i am wondering if i will receive.  Not idea if it truly wasn't mailed or if lost somewhere in the mail. 
It was so good. I was thinking they were going to continue it
again.  I just love George, Patrick Dempsey ain't bad to look at either.  What did Izzy used to be in?.  She looks so familiar but I don't recognize her name. 
I will no longer continue to bicker with you...
I mentioned one word being misspelled, as I stated above, not the typos. It was the most important word of the post N-I-E-C-E. Relax.
I'm not a national MT service but I will continue to use IC's

as I believe I can meet the burden of proof required by IDES and IRS.

they will continue to offer low wages because there is always SOMEONE who will take it!
Ice first, heat later. Continue to move around some.
Bed rest is not actually recommended anymore. Avoid riding in moving vehicles as that will be the most painful time, trust me.
Okay, just for grins and giggles, to continue

I just brought up that document from last night that I had in Word - and this is what I came up with:


5889 characters w/o spaces divided by 65 gives you 90.6 lines


6959 characters w/spaces divided by 65 gives you 107.06 lines


6959 characters w/spaces divided by 55 gives you 126.5 lines


Anyway, I am no math genius - and my husband helped me last night to figure out the percentage - but there was a 15.4% difference between 65 character line with and w/o - you will have to do the math yourself to figure out the % difference between your 55 character line - but w/o spaces you definitely lose and looks to be substantial difference when you factor in your 55 character line.  Good luck!!  It sure made our decision easier! :))

What is worse are companies that continue to use
Why in the world would you continue to work
out there?   Are you mentally challenged???
I would advise you to continue teaching! nm
Word ? DO NOT go on this board, but people continue
to post them.  Administrators have continuously posted DO NOT post word questions here.  Most everything else is allowed unless people get ugly and then they are told to take it elsewhere.  If you want to play you need to follow the rules. 
patience prudence..keep notes and continue to try.

I have 26 years experience, continue to learn every day. nm
Thank you. As long as we accept payment like that, they will continue to do it.
If we do not accept jobs that pay without spaces, then they will realize that we are not going to continue to do something for nothing. How many of you do several things throughout the day at no charge? Now this...
just wondering - but why do people continue to work for a company - sm
that has no work or keeps running out? I'm not asking this in a sarcastic tone, I'm actually being very serious. When I posted my resume on MTstars bank, I was FLOODED with calls from transcription companies. Might I suggest, if people are not happy where they are currently working, to just post your resume on MTstars and wait for the calls to come in.

It's just a thought. And again, I am not being sarcastic, I'm being serious!
It amazes me that places can continue to get new accounts when they do not pay their employees and h
So many of us do not know what it is like to live in poverty.  India is still divided between the rich and poor.  Consequently, that leaves the so many of the poor to work like dogs just to support themselves and their extended family members.  I am tired of everyone talking about the Indian MTs.  We need to be in their shoes also.  All and all, AMERICA IS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE!!!!!  THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY!!!!
Instant Text can import your SH entries so you can continue
to use those shortcuts you are used to. IT can also import AutoCorrect and AutoText.

I used SH for a whole lot of years and switched to IT and have never looked back!
south where
Church retreats, bus tours. Casinos. (Tournaments for pinochle)....
where in the south are you?
some schools here started today, but mine started LAST Monday! It's kind of a relief, but I miss 'em already! Have a good first day of school!
And here in the south we would say...
Bless your heart, in other words you don't know any better and I feel sorry for the venom you are spewing out. You must really be one angry person! You assume this and that about the job I am doing. I format no work, keep no records, no copies. There are a lot of people out there who read these posts and it seems like you have just called a whole host of them unprofessional with the term "any professional peers" not beubg worried about their jobs. I think most of the people worrying might object to that. Just go back under your rock and I hope things pick up for you. Again, bless your heart.
I live in the south.
I was raised to be prejudiced.  As I became an adult I learned better.  Now I have mixed children on both sides of my family.  I really hurts me to see these children, who I love dearly mistreated.  Although the crime in the Holloway case may be a racial issue, I do not see that the media sensation is.  She was an American tourist in a foreign country.  People are interested.  That sells newspapers, magazines and time on TV news.  That says a lot about the American people.  Missing children and teenagers in the U.S. are, for lack of a better term, "old news".  Not to say that a parent of a poor missing child in this country is not just as devastated, I am saying that this is the way we have become.