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I've worn mine working for a year and haven't had a problem. .sm

Posted By: casey on 2007-02-27
In Reply to: Magnets and tapes if you transcribe - those do not go well together either.

  I even still handle floppy disks all the time.  The magnets aren't that strong.

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I've worn holes in my keys.

I found a keyboard that I liked and kept it until I was forced to trash it. Who needs letters anyway? 

nope, still crunching last few days of year to hit my 50k this year. how can you when you haven'
They haven't taken mine.
I'm in upstate New York, haven't had a problem. Mine is hvc. Where are you?
Our 16 year old son has been working for a year now to pay for his truck.
He's learning how to sand and do body work and how the engine and transmission go together. My parents didn't buy cars for my siblings and I either. I had a 20+ year old beater car until I could afford to move up to a a newer one.

I see all the nice new cars parked in the high school parking lot every day. It's nice that so many disrespectful punk kids get handed something nicer to drive than what all the teachers drive. Oh, well. Honestly, I think most of them borrow Mommy or Daddy's car or are the child of a doctor who can afford to hand them everything.

Hopefully, my kids will take better care of their cars because they bought and built them on their own. You're not going to grow up to be responsible if you don't work hard for something and expect Mommy and Daddy to bail you out all the time.

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Congrats! But you haven't started working for the
"new" company yet...try not to burn bridges, cause chances are very good that MQ will look like Heaven after all...Been there - done that so many times!
LOL. Wow, you've thought about that one a lot, haven't you?

It's good to have a plan, I agree.  I'd like to set up an SEP retirement account for myself because I know social security won't be there for me.

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I haven't tried it, but I've wondered about it. nm
If they haven't paid you, are you SURE they've
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Umm, actually you haven't been "saying" anything. You've been causing
If you don't like it here, you know what you can do, right? For one little newbie, you're sure causing a big stink, aren't you? Accept the people here for who they are, and we'll do the same back for YOU. It's a two-way street. Stop trying to cause so much trouble. You remind me of some spoiled brat having a temper tantrum when she doesn't get her way. Honestly.
I've been hearing this for years, haven' t you.? It gets boring.
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You've got a point there. I haven't had a problem since I deleted Norton
and installed a different program.
Mine did last year and believes I could to, if I got up
Mine avg. around $2K a year that is it -- all work via the internet- sm
I cannot see how anyone can write off $10K unless they are fudging things or have a very large office area in a very expensive house with a BIG mortgage---and drive back and forth delivering tapes, print outs, etc. I do not do the mortgage/office deduction so I am sure I could write off another $1K if I did that, but as I don't know when we are moving (planning to one of these days) I don't want the hassle so I just eat that one. As for my write offs I deduct anything remotely used or needed for work, electricity, paper, ink for my printer (print patient lists), my fax service, internet, FTP, any programs/upgrades, virus protection, reference books, any equipment (did my computer a couple years ago), phone line for work, etc. I am sure there is more (i.e. a new desk, chair, etc.). If you use it for work, write if off. --From the sounds of it though your accountant is right.
Slept in a recliner for a year before I got mine....LOVE IT. sm

I have degenerative disk disease in my lumbar and cervical spine.  We got a king sized, fully adjustable because of the level of my problems.  I rarely have had to use the adjustments because having found my "number" I am provided with an incredible night sleep.  My number is 35 and it has changed my life.  I have significantly less pain, I can sleep ALL NIGHT without rolling over and over and over in pain.  Wish I would have gotten it when it first came out.  We have had it for 2 years now.  I recommend it to everyone who asks.

Nope, my hubby picked mine up last year and
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year os working...
I agree, you weren't nasty or rude. However, I just wanted to say that unlike you, I do believe places hire untrained QA and training people - as a matter of fact, I know they do. Not making any judgments on OP's situation, but just saying it is plausible.
Mine is working just fine.

I got mine from networking and working

themselves asked me if I'd be interested.  That was 10 years ago though and still going strong, but now I think the competition keeps one from landing their own accounts.  However, it can be done.  I've heard others say they've mailed flyers or gone cold-calling to offices with a business card.  I guess if you have local medical facilities, it's worth a try.  Even mailing a letter with a business card could land you an account.  You never know who is unhappy with their current transcription provider. 

One account I had (he's since retired) asked me because his Transcriptionist was retiring.  So quirky stuff can happen. 

I have mine working with my Ooma
& I can't WAIT to dump Verizon.
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Amanda, did my 2 comments help you? Mine is working,,,nm
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Mine got worse after staying home and working...
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Mine is working fine and turning purple...
I've got it really bad, but mine is from the &$@#($@#
ESL dictators that also mumble.  Out of 28 reports today I've had 27 of these reports. 
What about benefits? I make 50k a year working for a company
out of my home full time. No gas money, no traveling, no printing, faxing, and I get full benefits. How is making 50000 as an MTSO good money? I really just don't get it!
My goal every year is $52k, which I have done for the past 2 years working sm
for Keystrokes. I do radiology only, I should mention. I took the amount I wanted (actually needed) to make in a year, divided it by 52 weeks, divided it by 5 days, came up with $1000 per week or $200 per day. I divided that by 8 hours and by my report rate ($1.25). I know that I need to transcribe 20 reports per hour on average. I keep a tally. Some days, it takes me longer to do than others, but I sit down and do my 8 hours every single day. I use my Expander a LOT (literally for all but a few words). I am on one account, so I know those doctors inside and out. If I am short at the end of the week, I ask if there is work available on the weekend for me to do. The most I end up with 2 hours to make up what might have been short during the week.

At $40k, you would need to make $153.85 per day, or $19.23 per hour. At $0.07, you need to type 275 lines per hour, or 2200 for the day. This should be very easy to get with using an expander and sitting down with a set schedule.

It takes a while to get used to making sure you hit your internal quota every day. I have to think of it daily and make it up on Saturday or Sunday so that I never start a week behind my personal goal.

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I know this sounds weird, but it works for me. I have helped a few others to get to their goals as well, and this seems to work for them too.

I would also look for something that is more in the 0.08 to 0.09 per line range. Ask your lead for production tips. Ask other transcriptionists. It is very possible for us to make good money, we just have to focus on our goals.

I have a sales background, which involved sales quotas. This is easier as I am in control of my daily production, not on someone else's decisions.

Good luck!
I made 21,000 last year working part time...
hoping when my youngest gets a bit older (she is 16 months) I can make a bit more...
If U R making 40-45K/year for working half-days,
Something doesn't add up.
Got mine on Amazon too. I've really liked it... will have to look around too then. nm
I've never used mine for anything but definitions! But
I've scheduled mine too (sm)

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Well, I've never changed mine and
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Your letter could've been mine ---
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Seeing as I spend so much time in this chair, comfort equals production. I paid $450 for it from a local Herman Miller furniture dealer. They had it as a demo during one of the office furniture shows.

It has a 12-year warranty and when I needed my hydraulic cylinder replaced, they came to my home, fixed it on site and even replaced the seat webbing so the chair was just like new once again.

For all the money I had spent in the past on chairs I had to replace once a year and sometimes more, I figured I'm getting a good return on my investment.

Check ebay or other places on the web to see if you can find it at a more reasonable price.
Working 2 full-time jobs (for a year now), and boy am I tired!!
Sickest thing, I made more money my first year as MT as I do now, for working
if you've been at MQ for over a year and had no raise...(nm)

Wow! Sounds like you've been through a lot this year!!! sm
I can't imagine going through all of that......Yes, taking breaks, getting up and walking around does wonders for our body. What I like to do is get up for about 10-15 minutes per 3 reports. I try not to do more than 3 reports without getting up and walking around and I've bee doing this at home for almost 8 years and I have never had problems of back, neck, shoulders. I think that is why!
Even as an employee, I truly believe that MQ will be flexible with all of us. The minute they start taking away vacation times and not letting me off once in a while after I've consistently worked my schedule is the day I give my notice.

Nice talking with you both!
I've been using Vonage for a year.