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Best advice - work in-house a couple of years

Posted By: MQQA on 2008-07-24
In Reply to: Getting discouraged.. - Ashley U.

You really do need hands-on experience in order to be able to do this at home. You will run into terms that you will have no idea how to look up - like "booj aw boo" would you know to look under bougie au boule? Or "terry onal craniotomy" would you know it is "pterional" or would you spends loads of time looking for "T" words? If you work face to face with experienced MTs, they can help you when you run into similar situations. I'm not being snooty, I am only pointing out real situations that you will be faced with and the reasons MTSOs insist that before an MT can work independently at home they have at least 2 years experience. I believe that most of us have worked in-house in the beginning to get to the point where we can do this efficiently at home. Once you do get that experience, though, stand back, the MTSOs will be beating down your door with job offers. Good luck and hang in there! Remember we all had to start somewhere. Best of luck to you!

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Or how about just a circuit around the house a couple of times?

I worked graveyards at hotels for years.  When it got really bad I'd get up and walk around the lobby, or get the security guard to watch the front desk for me so I could walk around the hotel.  Or do jumping jacks, or do something like an 8 minute Billy Blanks video.  Just something to get your blood moving again.  I have an elliptical machine that I'll get on for a minute or two or three in the middle of a shift just to get my blood going and to get some circulation to my hind end.

The other alternative is how about actually taking a 10 minute power nap?  Do you take a lunch or dinner break in the middle of your shift?  Get a little alarm clock you can set and put by your desk and just close your eyes for 10 minutes.

I had a brutal schedule for a number of years where I worked 8 am to 5 pm at one job, went home and took a nap then went to the hotel at 10:30 pm to 7:30 am, went right back to the other job until noon.  Then went home and passed out (hopefully) to go back to work at the hotel that night at 10:30.  On that first night, I'd sit in my chair around 3 am when it was the quietest and my work was done and just take a nap.  I'm really good at sleeping sitting up.  The security guard knew not to bug me between 3 and about 3:45.  I found that if I got a 30 minute nap then I was good to go for another several hours. 

Good luck. Hope you find a solution that works for you.

Sorry, don't have time. Gotta go run around the house a couple of times. nm
I did a couple of years ago

I did about two years ago, two years after I got divorced with a lot of debt.  At first I tried to settle the debts at 25-40%, and supposedly would have 3 years to do so, but then got sued anyway and had two lawsuits, so I was back to where I started.  Spoke to a lawyer about bankruptcy and he said go for it and encouraged me to do it myself.  Of course I didn't own anything except for a car that was worth about $200.00, so it was easy.  It was the last thing I thought I'd ever do, but it flew through without a hitch and four months from the time I filed it was over.  Yes, my credit has been stinky, but it's coming back.  Wish I would have filed sooner.

Don't know about your situation, but a lot of lawyers will offer a free consultation so you could see if it would be worth it for you.

Good luck!

A couple of years ago . . .

this lady in California won the lottery.  She divorced her husband and didn't tell him about the lottery.  He thought she was being very generous because she let them have their house and most everything else.  Well, he started getting all this mail for lottery winners and put 2 and 2 together and took her to court.  The judge was very hard on her for lying and made her give everything to the husband.   Live and learn.

A couple years ago...
someone told me 15-16 cpl, but I'm sure it's more than that.  This person "knew" or so she said.
I tried it a couple of years ago - sm
But I'm a hard stick and they won't do the back of the hand, so I was banned from donating. They did pay me $20 for my time, though, and I think they paid cash on the spot.

Apparently, the more you donate, the more they pay. The place I went to was crowded as heck and there seemed to be a lot of sitting and waiting involved so bring plenty of reading material.

I definitely would have done it on a regular basis had I not been a hard stick.
Jeez, take your own advice for your husband/dog/kid/house/money problem. nm
I did a couple years ago and it was of no help...just my experience..nm
Went BK a couple of years ago. It turned out
to be one of the best things ever.  Since then, we only use cash and have been able to save and pay off our house.  Unfortunately, the laws have changed and I think it is almost impossible to file a Chapter 7 now.  Anyway, good luck to you either way!
We went to Maine a couple of years ago and it
was a MAJOR disappointment.   It was nothing at all like you see on TV.   We were in southern ME and people didn't keep up their yards, no one had a single flower in their yard, although there were a couple of hanging baskets and people were not very friendly.  Went to Portland and couldn't get out of there fast enough.  Everyone we met was rude and the place was just so dirty looking.
Same situation with me a couple years ago...
my ex-husband and I still remain friends to this day.  We saw a mediator, who pretty much divided everything the way we wanted to.  He bought out my half of the house, etc. and I even got spousal support for a 1-1/2 years (and we don't have children) and he paid my health insurance for a year.  The mediator will tell you how to file your divorce papers, etc. Cost me about $350 - he just deducted it from what I was getting.  Good luck!
I've used it for a couple of years now - sm
It's not really a typing program - Transnet is just the way to send the files over the Internet - you download the file, transcribe it, then sign it off. I do the downloading on one computer then type in Word on another computer. Works really well but has to have its own foot pedal (darn that Dictaphone!).
Yes. I made that my first couple of years.
Now it's at least twice that when I'm lucky enough to have a half-decent account. (Those are getting fewer and farther between.)
This happened to me a couple years ago

I worked for Golden Isle and they had the wrong state that I lived in.  They submitted a revised form AFTER I filed my taxes.  They had the state they were located and NOT where I lived.  What a mess. 

I used Tax Cut and put down document preparation or something similiar every year and never had a problem.   

I heard this on the news a couple of years ago, or maybe it was

Paul Harvey.  Graduates of the Naval Academy received diplomas with "Navel" Academy on them and they all had to be reprinted.  You would think with something like that they would have someone proof and reproof before it went to final printing, and then proof again after printing.  

Along with spelling errors that drive me nuts, bad grammar makes me cringe.  When I hear someone say "I seen" it is like fingernails on the blackboard. 


When I joined a couple of years ago it was something like $30 a month and you could either pay

monthly or have it deducted automatically from your account.  If you elected to pay monthly, I think the membership went up about $5 to $10.

There wasn't any high pressure sales.  I basically called them and asked could I come in a check it out and they give you like a week trial or two weeks (my memory is sooo bad!).  Then if you decide to become a member, you fill out the paperwork and they weigh and measure you (fun, fun) and file it all away.  And then periodically they will ask if you want to be weighed and measured to see how much you've lost.

They are really encouraging there (at mine anyway).  They gave way prizes for different things like if you came a certain amount of times in like three months, you got a T-shirt.  And then there are prizes for when you lose 10, 20, etc pounds.  And at mine everyone had a little paper doll that started out at 0 and when you lost weight you moved your little paper doll around on the wall.  It was kind of fun.

Well, I've just convinced myself! 

started at about 8K PT 2002, last couple years 12K but
I did not work much in 2005 for about 6 months when my 5-y/o got diagnosed with cancer and going through chemo, etc. So I would have made a bit more. I expect to do about $16K this year. I alternate my hours a lot though, about 60 or so minutes of work during the school year a day, but then only 30 during the summer, plus a side job that fluctuates ($300-500 a month). I am shooting for $20K next year, still not at FT (5-6 hours a day). I'll see how it goes. I think $12K for PT is good, but that is my opinion.
There have been lots of changes over the past couple of years (sm)
What kind of info are you looking for specifically? Are you asking about posting a resume on the MT Stars site? - or the JLG site? If the latter, I believe JLG takes applications on their web site.
I saw Meatloaf a couple years ago on a news show and...
he looked GREAT.   I guess he had had a heart attack and had lost tons of weight and was taking care of himself.  Apparently he's back on the McDonalds because he looked very heavy and not well at all.  Too bad.  He used to have a great sound back in the day.
I started a neighborhood watch a couple of years ago...sm
we were having similar problems to what you're having and they're gone now. Here's what worked for us. I gave every home in the subdvision a flier asking anyone that was interested in forming a neighborhood watch to come to an organization meeting and made the meeting a week later and on a week night, and gave my phone # in the event someone was interested but couldn't attend then. Out of 150 homes in my subdivision we had 40 people show up and 20 called expressing interest.

Everyone had the same complaints on the same "problem" homes and as a group we decided that each time the noise level was high enough to hear outside of the vehicle or house that we'd call the police. We all alternated placing those calls so the police department didn't think it was just 1 person complaining. The police department agreed to increase the patrols for our subdivision at all hours of the day and night and just having people see them ride through every few hours helped significantly cut down on the problems.

Over time the people that were causing problems either put their houses up for sale or moved out of the rental home and left when they saw that we neighbors insisted on a peaceful and quiet living area. It worked! When these problem homes left the problems with the trash thrown on the roads left as well.

In addition we were having some problems with some of the youth hanging out walking the streets at all hours and it was making some of the residents nervous, especially when the youth were walking through yards. So, we told the youth to stick to the roads, ask permission before cutting through yards to find out who cared and didn't care if they walked through them, and one of the men placed a basketball goal at the end of one of the cul-dec-sacs for the kids to play basketball after the neighbors in the cul-dec-sac agreed it would be fine. It worked - some of them started playing basketball there and they honored requests of homeowners that didn't want them walking on their yards.

Good luck to you!
I switched from WP51 to Word a couple years ago
I chose InstantText as my Expander because it would import my PRD list and that was important to me to make me feel comfortable out the gate. Several of my co-workers didn't really like IT but at the time, it was the one that had the easiest import function and I *had* to have my PRD to type! IT's not cheap, but I think it's well worth the investment.

Also, I highly recommend Laura Bryan's book on Word. There is another lady who is a Word guru, Cheryl something (I'm sorry I can't remember her name at the moment) who is also very good. Basically these are MTs who know you have to keep your hands off that mouse to make money, so they show you the keyboard ways to do things, in contrast to other Word how-to books for the general user which focus on the mouse.

It's a moderately painful switch, in my opinion, but once made, definitely makes one feel more 21st century. :)
I've had Bellsouth for a couple years now. Reliable and no problems. nm
I switched from SH to Instant Text a couple of years ago and would never go back.
I increased my productivity another 30 percent pretty quickly. And you can still use your old shortcuts with IT. Browse through the IT Commands forum on Productivity Talk for tricks you never thought you could do with a text expander.
I worked in house for 2 years

and when I went on Maternity leave they set me up from home.  I started working for a national in January.  My other at home position went VR and they brought all the jobs back in house. I couldn't go back into the office as I have two little ones and the cost of daycare is outrageous.  What's the sense of working then?

6 at home and 1 in house (first job) in 6 years
Regarding going in-house after ICing for 7 years...(sm)

First, thanks to all who responded.  Your collective experiences and insight were very helpful.  I've decided that for the time being I am going to stay put at home.  The main reason I was considering going in-house was because I am now alone at home (hubby is in assisted living).  After years of caregiving and progressively becoming housebound due to that caregiving I find myself doing nothing but working and visiting hubby.  I thought going in-house would give me a much needed change.  However, I've decided that I'd rather select the people I interact with than having that fellowship need met by colleagues in a work environment. 

Anyway, thanks again for your input.  Most of you confirmed my underlying horror of office politics, gossiping, and pure misery.  I do love the company I work with and would have had a very difficult time leaving them.  I'm staying put!! 

I trained in house 5 years ago
They had such a turnover they would hire anybody off the street that felt like giving it a try.  One in-house self-study medical terminology course, and a lot of help and support from my co-workers and I was good to go.  Since then I've worked for 2 nationals (and had to unlearn a few bad habits - I'd never even heard of BOS inhouse, LOL).  I never spent a cent to begin this profession - I got paid hourly to do it.
Besides the fact they've had a freeze for hiring transcriptionists for the past couple years.
The MT I know works a few hours, is required to take 2 hours off, then come back and finish her shift. Plus she has to work 4 hours on the weekend. They do work at home but keep to a strict schedule. I wouldn't want it.
A few years ago, Atlanta in-house average was about $12-$15/hour, plus good bennies. nm

By the way, as of about 5 years ago, Wellstar was with a service.  They might not even have in-house MTs.  Hope so for  your sake :).



All MTs are asked to work a couple of hours
if they can to keep the clients covered. No one is "assigned" holidays. Normally, this takes care of everything.
Wanna a little advice? I've been at this for 10+ years and no offense, but I think you outta get an
I may be way off base here, but you've posted like 6 posts. One says your bored, one says you'd get more done if you'd stop watching TV and surfing the net, and one says you can't get motivated to work in the early morning hours.

And since you say you are a "new to work at home MT", I think maybe you lack the organization skills, motivation, and dedication it takes to be a successful work-at-home MT.

This is just some friendly advice. I am one of those people and after working at home for about 5 years and barely making ends meet, I recognized my weaknesses and took at job back in the office.

Guess what? I am posting this from my work. I am halfway through my shift, I have met my quota and earned incentive, and still have time to post this. Plus, I can still earn a little more incentive before the night is through.

Just a suggestion...
You're rude. That being said... Some people just work alone for a couple doctors and don't
Work in-house
Too much drama.  I miss working at home. 
work in-house
I work in a bricks and mortar.  I am 61 and got this job 8 months ago.  I work Friday through Tuesday, every single weekend, every single holiday.  I have been to church once in the last 4 monhts - I called in sick.  I have 8 years of experience as a trans and 5 years as a nurse.  The manager said, with a sneer, "we only hired you because you said you would work weekends."  when I asked her for 2 Sundays off a month.  I have not seen my family 42 miles away in monhts.  If you go, you will be at the bottom of the list.  You will get the worst schedule.  You will get the worst reports.  I will say this was the ONLY in-house transcriptioniost job for hundreds of miles (I live in teh midwest).  I am trying to figure out how to get an at-home job - I flunked Medwebx test because I could not figure out how to listen to the test adn type so I had to hand-write....never mind.  I'm very discouraged about all of it.  But I can't retire. 
i work in-house for a hospital and they
did. the bonus was the first to go, then outsource our work so that the 'chosen few' would be the only one to qualify for what little bonus was left. doubled the lines to qualify for bonus but also cut the pay per line of the bonus.  they cant keep emps now except the ones that are too close to retirement.
I work a split. I get up before everyone else in the house
and work for two hours until it's time to take the kids to school.  I take off an hour to run kids and shower, then I'm back to work for three hours.  I take a half-hour lunch, and I'm right back at it for another two or three hours until I have to pick up the kids again.  I love it.  I'm done working by the time they're out of school, and the computer is turned off for the night.  No more late nights or working until 6:00 p.m.  I'm way more productive in short spurts.
I am looking for in house rad work in Indiana. sm
where are you located? I love radnet!
I sure would not leave the house to work - not for anybody. SM

Especially to mentor somebody. That's going to be your problem, paying people enough to make them leave home.

Sometimes I'd love to get out in the world again with a job, but I just can't afford it. I made around $22/hr years ago at my hospital job, and I thought I was doing great, but I can't work for that now.

Or if you work in-house, you unplug
and turn up the volume and look around the office at other employees with your hands asking ... "Why?"

When I worked in house one of the 3 MDs did this. I only played it for the OM, who said she'd handle it. Ah, finally I found a use for her, LOL.

Can you work at a friend's house or your son's
place for a week?  
I have 2 middle age couple friends. One couple became pregnant from condom failure.
This is not just "irresponsible" behavior! Both couples are "fixed" now, because for them, reliable birth control was NOT. But it's an error to assume this stuff happens to people who are unmarried or irresponsible. Both these couples are raising 2nd families, now, but it wasn't "irresponsibility" that did them in!
There were in-house parties, donuts, 40 work week.
I work in-house for doctor's office now and Love My Job!
Good Luck.  I accepted an in-house position at a doctor's office after being laid off from a very large hospital. It is wonderful to be able to go and ask the doctor questions and get feedback directly from them.  It really is the way to go now instead of working for the really big transcription companies.  I feel like I am appreciated.
If you cant get a job inhouse, go to a local company and work in their house.
A lot of people who I went to school (college) with ended up working for a local company to Jackson, MS, MidSouth Transcription. They worked with you and got you ....further trained shall we say. We had school, real college courses, so we were very well-trained (had to take an anatomy and physiology class that was the same as the premed students) - we knew a LOT but Ms. Torri got us employable. Try a local transcription company for a while. It will help, I promise.
That's an idea -- does it matter that my cell phone won't work from the house??
It rings but then cuts you off as soon as you answer. I think we are too far from a tower.
You work full time, manage a house and cut 11 acres? No way man! Not me :)
Lack of work advice.............

Hi all

I wanted to see if I can get some opinions on my situation. 

I started with this company in September and the workload was good for a while.  I promised to do 30 minutes per day.  I do this part-time after 4p EST every day as I have a full-time job out of the house.  Since the holidays, the workload has dropped off and by the time I get home after 4p, many times there is next to nothing for me to do and some days absolutely nothing.

I was thinking of asking the supervisor if there is some other fairer way to divide up the work that does come in so that I can have some too when I get home.  Would this be a reasonable thing to do, or would it be asking too much of her? 

Thanks for your opinions.  In the meantime, I am looking for something else too.

I used Abacus at the advice of who I work for once--sm
and yes, it is free, but it consistently counted less lines than I get with other line counter software. It would not count the headers, either. Depending upon the file it was counting, I found it to count from 1 to 6 lines different from others. To me, that is too many variables. JMO
Thank you for the work at home advice

I changed my phone number! I also signed up for a www.grandcentral.com #. I can give it out and change to voicemail when I am working.

Honestly we have had the best few days! :) We have had more time to homeschool and go out to play. I am getting my shifts in with less prep time.


Thank you for the encouragement and advice.

The national I work for usually offers jobs to the in-house people when they acquire an account. nm
Ten years ago work was being

I find this nothing new. It is just accelerating. I wouldn't recommend this field to anybody new, unless they are ready to eventually find something different.

Remember back in the 60s and 70s, the steel industry was oursourced to Japan. Now I think it is going to China.  It never came back. Everything is being outsourced. We are losing (or have almost lost) our manufacturing industry. The jobs go to where they can pay a few dollars a day and get away with it, they don't have to pay taxes, no environmental protection, no worker rights, unemployment, social security, etc.

I don't know what will happen with this country if this trend continues. I hear politicians say the answer to outsourcing is Americans should go to college and get degrees and become doctors, lawyers, etc. These jobs are also being outsourced. They already are reading our x-rays in India by outsourced radiologists. Now I hear an insurance company is encouraging their customers to go to a foreign company for surgery. Go by a pair of pants. They are all made in China, it seems everything is.

This is those "fair" trade agreements our government has made. And don't blame just the Republicans and Bush, this started back with Cliniton. The Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty. I don't know what the answer is. The world is changing and that is a fact of life. My strategy is to just try and make sure my family is provided for.