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I did 3 jobs for a while about 3 years ago, you burn out quick, I was doing 3 MT jobs though...after

Posted By: Laura E. on 2005-07-07
In Reply to: My Headache - LG

10 months I cut down to 2 as I don't like to have all my eggs in one basket.  But I am considering going down to 1 in September for my sanity, its a good steady job so financally it should not be an issue.  I have 2 right but have not worked the 1 in about 3 weeks due to some problems at their end, supposed to learn a VA account but not sure if I want to pursue it right now or not, they are waiting to hear from me at this point. I still have a lot going on with chemo, etc. so am mulling things over.  But if you have a full-time day job, then I would just go with 1 part-time MT job at night, unless 1 is during the week, and the other weekends only, then of course you will be working 7 days a week, very tiring I know.  I have been working 7 days a week for 3 years now but I do slack off now and then of course to recharge and get sleep etc. But burnout happens fast and I doubt you want to lose your day job so be careful. Good luck.


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supposed to be, after people lose their jobs, they are forced to take part-time, lower-paying jobs..
with little to no benefits. service jobs. where are you going to work in a few years, when Medical Transcription is replaced by technology? McDonald's, Walmart? you really going to like that?
Several jobs on Monster & CareerBuilder for inhouse office jobs down there through an
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At least 12 in 14 years, some for less than a day. Had 2 jobs
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I've done a lot of WAHM jobs in the past 15 years.

Is it the typing that's getting you or the subject matter?  Maybe try general or insurance transcription?  I did secretarial work at home for a while, bookkeeping, typing, resumes, insurance typing, databases, mail merges.  I did mystery shopping, but couldn't make any money at it.


I sold on eBay by going to yard sales in the hot afternoon and offering people $1 a box to haul off their leftovers.  Or go early in the morning so you can snap up the collectibles.  Run an ad in the paper that you're buying certain collectibles.  Estate sales and auctions are good sources of stuff, too.  I once paid $12 for several boxes of junk that I sold for $800.  eBay does get tiring quite often between finding packing materials; finding inventory to sell; answering people's emails because they can't bother to read the auction instructions; nonpaying bidders; blatant liars; driving to the post office every day, etc.


I've done some other WAHM jobs but, again, eBay and transcription make the most money for me from my home.


I worked grave yard for years but then my jobs all
disappeared by midnight. This very large company said they needed help late and I always did my work, did all the preop hps, etc., but now I am lucky to get 5 jobs a night. This happened to several others that I know, too. It is simply that the off-shore do it cheaper. I did not get paid a differential, either. I just like that shift, but I also need work, so good bye big company
I was making 6.5 cpl in 1975 at a service -- 30 years later most jobs
Talk about PITIFUL.
Two jobs very common, 3 jobs not unheard of.
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It has not been financially worthwhile, but I find it easier to get jobs. I have 18 years experienc
and I find with the CMT, I get an offer for every job I go after. In all fields, there are many employers that just feel more secure hiring you with initials after your name. I will be keeping mine.
They were pretty quick to burn women as witches
Kinda similar
Yup! Not only short jobs, but also jobs from
extremely difficult dictators, bad sound files, jobs that need lots of ADT info added, and anything else that is not "easy" to do. I also questioned them about this and was told the same - they do not allow cherrypicking. Definitely not true!
I did it for years - then I got burn out! sm
I guess the key to not burning out is not to do it every day. If you can work two jobs (1 FT and 1 PT) make the PT job 2 or 3 nights a week and not 5. That helped me during my burn out phase. To do it every day 5 or 7 days a week is just too much. You will feel like you have no life, no "me time" and no time for family and friends. After a while that starts to wear on you big time!

Good luck - Hope everything works out for you!
Burn out after 11 years
Today I absolutely hate this job.  Tomorrow may be a different story.  The monotony of typing all day is really getting to me.  I need to work smarter, not longer.  My goal is to work 30 hours a week and get paid like I am working 40.  That means minimizing interruptions (like surfing the web, talking on the phone, etc.) and constantly adding Auto Corrects (we don't have an Expander in our hospital system except for this).  The only thing that keeps me going is the flexibility and great pay at about $22 an hour with full benefits (as I work for a hospital).  I can try to increase my hourly wage by several dollars as we work on a base salary plus an incentive program; that would allow me to cut hours without sacrificing what I am used to earning. 
ABC told Star not to come to work anymore because of her stunt yesterday. Burn bridges, burn! nm
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MQ R jobs
the R stands for Reserved.  My office will call me to tell me they are reserving a job for me, for instance, if a doc calls them asking where a report is that he needs asap (don't they always) or if a doc forgot to make it STAT.  The coordinator can then reserve the job for you, used to be just simply assign in the good ol days
other jobs
I think that if you were unhappy at your job and you weren't making money then it was a wise decision to get another job. I wish you well.
Where are the $20-$30/hr jobs?
Just wondering if they are out there.  So far I make $10/hour or LESS and it's not going to pay bills. thanks.
no. of jobs
take some 20 files in the begining for working for 8 hours.

that is sufficient.

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Jobs
Like you, I've worked over 30 years in the medical field. Seems a shame to waste that knowledge sliding groceries across a scanner but what the hey, why not? At least you are working, getting paid and have some benefits. It "ain't" all that bad, is it? Our so-called "profession" is becoming a joke! I'm still working here and there but got dumped by my own group of doctors after 26 years--I think the bottom line is they didn't want to pay me big bucks any longer--even though I knew the ropes, obviously, knew more than the girls they hired, etc. Bottom line. . . money! They want to keep it all for themselves. I didn't even have sick leave for years until I screamed loud and clear! I did get a huge pension and profit sharing, though, for my grief so I guess it was worth it. I just didn't like being "dumped" so unceremoniously when I came to their rescue years ago because their Transcriptionist quit. Oh well, such is life, I guess.
Other jobs can be the same too...
I agree it is stressful to always be watching the line counts, but other jobs have stress too. I worked as a physical therapist assistant for 7 years before becoming an MT and it was all about numbers and paperwork at most places. Even had to keep a number chart at some places with how many patients seen and how many hours worked doing patient care, etc. The director wanted us to double up on patients, seeing 2 to 3 at a time. I feel lucky now to work for a supervisor who puts quality above quantity. We get paid by the hour, so lines per hour is not in the forefront, but we get bonuses if we go above what is expected. This job is much less stressful for me and easier on my back as I was lifting patients and injured my back in the process doing the physical therapy job. I also love working from home, so that is a wonderful benefit too.
Second jobs
I tried that for awhile myself.  The first job picked up and I had to stop.  The important thing is that you meet turnaround times for both jobs.  I made it clear up front with the second job that it was a second job, and that I could not take on as much work for them, since I was full-time with the other company.  However, whatever work I agreed to do, I was expected to get finished on time.  It got to the point that I was not going to be able to do both and meet deadlines, so I had to give the second job up.  I have worked a second job several times for various lengths of time.  You just have to make sure you can realistically do both. 
I'm going to try two jobs and see what happens...sm

I have always had my eggs in one basket.  I recently picked up a second job and so far I really like it.  When one job had no work, I just started my other job early.  My first job has a set schedule, but my second has a 24 TAT, so this is beneficial to me.  Originally, I was going to quit my first job after a couple weeks, but I'm going to keep both just to be safe.  I have to make a certain amount in order to pay bills and I can't have my account running out of work (which happened three times last week).  I just can't risk it.


Just an idea.  I might actually pick up a very very part time third job too.


2 jobs?
Has anyone ever successfully worked 2 FT jobs?
2 jobs
Been doing this since 1976. Never had two jobs, but my first work-at-home job in the mid-1980s offered endless transcription. I, too, was a single partent. Before I knew it, I was working 12 hours daily (sometimes longer) 6-days-a-week on an IBM Selectric. I would work at times until midnight or beyond.

After my shift, every single day, I would pack up my reports and make about a 12-mild round trip to deliver them to the company which at the time was being run out of a residential home. I shopped cooked, cleaned and gardened in between. I would go months and months at-a-time with my only human contact outside of my home being with cashiers in the store. The only voices I ever heard (except for my son's) were electronic, from dictation and the TV.

Five years passed without a vacation. Can't remember too many holidays when I wasn't typing. It didn't seem to take much time at all before back pain was making it take longer to type the same amount of work, thus stretching my work day from 12 to 16 hours. By the time I was 34, I was diagnosed with DJD at multiple levels in my back. At age 42, I had a physical (and mental) collapse, and for the next 7 years I could not do transcription. I lost my home and my car. My son went back to live with his dad and I had to move in with my elderly mother. When unemployment ran out, I ended up on food stamps and at the door of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. They told me I wasn't "handicapped enough" to warrant assistance or job skills retraining.

I had to figure out my own physical therapy because of the public health care system was such an abdomination. That was a long and painful process. I learned how to take care of myself again and how to restore balance back into my life.

Ultimately I ended up back behind the computer cranking out medical reports again. I work 5 days, not six, and I type 8 hours over a 10-hour window, allowing for plenty of "stretch" breaks and time out for lunch. When my shift is over, it's OVER


2 jobs
Been doing this since 1976. Never had two jobs, but my first work-at-home job in the mid-1980s offered endless transcription. I, too, was a single parent. Before I knew it, I was working 12 hours daily (sometimes longer) 6-days-a-week on an IBM Selectric. I would work at times until midnight or beyond.

After my shift, every single day, I would pack up my reports and make about a 12-mild round trip to deliver them to the company which, at the time, was being run out of a residential home. I shopped, cooked, cleaned and gardened in between. I would go months and months at-a-time with my only human contact outside of my home being the cashiers in the grocery store. The only voices I ever heard (except for my son's) were electronic, from dictation and the TV.

Five years passed without a vacation. Can't remember too many holidays when I wasn't typing. It didn't seem to take much time at all before back pain was making it take longer to type the same amount of work, thus stretching my work day from 12 to 16 hours. By the time I was 34, I was diagnosed with DJD at multiple levels in my back. At age 42, I had a physical (and mental) collapse, and for the next 7 years I could not do transcription. I lost my home and my car. My son went back to live with his dad and I had to move in with my elderly mother. When unemployment ran out, I ended up on food stamps and at the door of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. They told me I wasn't "handicapped enough" to warrant assistance or job skills retraining.

I had to figure out my own physical therapy because the public health care system was such an abdomination. That was a long and painful process. I learned how to take care of myself again and how to restore balance back into my life.

Ultimately I ended up back behind the computer cranking out medical reports . I work 5 days, not 6, and I type 8 hours over a 10-hour window, allowing for plenty of "stretch" breaks and time out for lunch. When my shift is over, it's OVER. I have a life now.

I can tell you this much. When I look back on those years, my regrets are not because of what happened to my house, my car or even my body. I was able to get all those things back eventually. But I never figured out how to have a second chance to be there for my son more when he needed me. I was usually too exhausted to help him with his school work. Missed a bunch of soccer games. The TV and video games were his babysitter when he was younger. He was a latch-key kid and during his junior high and high school years, he and his friends (usually other latch-key kids of workaholic parents) virtually ended up raising themselves.

I was lucky. He turned out just fine. But I can say without hesitation that the extra money, the good house and the new cars were most definitely not worth the price I paid to get them and I am a whole lot happier (and better off) without them. I indulge myself in simple pleasures that money can't buy and live a full and satisfying life now.

If I had it to do over again.......


2 jobs
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2 jobs sm
I did not lose anything, but for the grace of God, but you told my story work-wise. I had to "retire" because of the back pain and each day that goes by, I think of returning to the same work because that's all I know after all these years of 100 hour work weeks. However, the posts on this board are very discouraging as to who to work for, etc. If I had it to do over, I probably would not have "killed" myself the way I did, but then again, my son would never have gotten his master's degree. Can't win. I am using a laptop and can't do much else for too long without wicked back pain. Paying the price for being an over-achiever but still have high hopes "repairing the damage"  myself once again and doing this again soon. I thank God to still be here but pray the back pain will go away. Tried PT, heat packs, all kinds of gadgets, but the damage is done - overuse to say the least. A rheumatologist had the brass ones to say he sees "nothing wrong" with me. Good God, I wish he could feel the way I do just for one day. I sure am relating to others today. My gift, I guess, there's always someone worse off. Take care of yourself. We all need to share to help others not make the same mistakes we did. Don't overdo it and do it ergonomically correct or the damage will be permanent. Thanks for sharing your story today.
That would be 2 FT jobs....nm
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jobs
Check online on MT Jobs...there are quite a few services on there that are hiring, most of which are asking for only 5+ yrs experience. I've been applying past couple weeks. I have 24 yrs experience, & got the definite impression that they're nearly desperate for us seasoned pros!
JOBS.

I hear people complaining from the big companies that they hate their jobs or that they are low on work and etc.  So, it brings me to this question; I have been working for a small MTSO and was thinking about trying to get on with a big company, but then I read all of the bad posts about them.  What do you think is better?  Dont the Big Nationals offer benefits? 


Thanks tonz for all then INFO!!


 


jobs
Hi,  I apologize in advance if this is posted in the wrong spot.  I live in Grand Rapids, MI, and my husband has been looking for a job since September, to no avail.  If anyone knows of anything open around our area, could you please send me an email?  I would greatly appreciate it.  My husband has 10+ years experience in customer experience.  We aren't even getting any unemployment, so it's been very difficult.  Thanks so much just for reading this, and God bless you.
Some of the new jobs are second and third
jobs obtained by people whose primary job doesn't pay enough to take care of basic needs - thanks to corporate greed and the government's complicity in absolutely ruining the middle class little by little!!
There might be MT jobs but only 1 for every 10...sm

I've been in the field for 25 years and been watching very closely what is happening with outsourcing, VR and EMR. I bought a VR program and became proficient with it to see if it can be done. I went to the hospital in the next town when I heard they had a VR program that in 30 days, had the docs doing their own radiology transcription, without proofing. I went to the EMR conferences to see what the programs can and cannot do. If you think you have 30 years of MT work left until you retire, you will be in for a big surprise...There is a huge push to automate. The only work left will be crappy ESL's that the machine can't understand. Oh, there might be jobs, but 1 job for every 10. Wages will fall, and it will be cutthroat. Only the most shrewdest MT's will survive. Dictaphone is a million dollar company that will only exist if they can convince doctors to keep dictating. Yet they know the cost has to be competitive. Solution: Speech recognition. They put their smartest engineers on task to find a way to make it work. They consulted with MT's to find out how to make it efficient for editing. And guess what? They were successful. As far as India taking the work, in a few years, there will be experienced MT's that can do the work.


Best advice I can give is to at least get a bachelor's. It will get you in the door somewhere doing something you like.  I'm getting mine in a field that is growing and can't be outsourced...nursing. I LOVE working from home  but I don't have my head in the sand.


VA jobs
I did VA overflow for a while and I did NOT like it.  Talk about poor dictators, bad reports, etc.  Also the government does not want to pay much.  Very frustrating to me and gave up after a month or so.  This was a couple of years back but it was way worse than any teaching hopsital that I have done.   Of course I did to a lot of psych posttraumatic reports that were really weird.  But that is just my opinion. 
new jobs

i see where a lot of people are getting out of transcription and thinking about doing something else I was just wondering what else people were getting into knowing that MT will no longer exist in probably 5-8 years and the fact that we are getting older, etc.  Are you staying in the medical field at all or getting out all together?   Would like to know what some of you are doing to make up for the income that we seem have lost over the past 5-6 years and will continue to lose (as it sounds) to make ends meet???


 


I like my 2 jobs, too! nm
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two jobs
This may not help, but just to add to your thoughts - I work 2 jobs, one 12 hour shift and then I go home and do transcription part time for now. I am trying to find a full time transcription job so that I can quit my 12 hour/day job. Luckily, there are many jobs out there for us that have flexible schedules, and that is my hopes. My advise to you is the same: Look for flexible scheduling.
two jobs

It is hard doing it that way, I've done it before, although my full time job was out of the house, so I had the break for the drive.


I now work full time at home and also part time.  My part time position is a couple hours a day, but has a 24-hour TAT, which helps tremendously.  I have a couple of choices of when I can do the work, which really helps.  


Having a set schedule has its advantages though. When you are done, you are done, and can make plans for the times you don't work.  If you have to do it the way you explained, I would at least give yourself an hour break in between.    


 


2 jobs
I have a 35 hour a week job at a hospital coding and then 20-30 hours a week at home as MT. I need the outside contact with people. I like both jobs but wouldn't want to MT or code for that many hours.

My hospital job gets me out of the house and provide affordable insurance. My at home MT job is a lifesaver as far as extra money.
I think if you have to have 2 jobs
do MTon production for less hours and something else besides typing for an hourly wage.  I think it would be very difficult to have 2 full time MT jobs. 
Yes I have one of those jobs....
I work at home but do so for the local hospital here.
Well, I think MOST VR jobs pay cpl...
but I used to get paid $15/hr to do VR. I absolutely hated it and it wasn't worth the hassle of having to retype everything. I guess it depends on what software they use and how good it is. I went back to doing QA, make more money and am much happier.

By the way, I have worked at another company doing VR for 6 cpl and didn't make squat because the software was horrific too. However, if you can find one of the few companies that pays well AND has good software, you can make good money at VR, but good luck with that!
US jobs
Its been happening and we can't do anything about it. Companies wants more money; and in order for them to do that, they go overseas. Sometimes it makes me wonder what, we, the middle class will be doing in 10 years. Just to save a few more bucks.
Are there really any jobs that don't have 85% OR BETTER ESL?

Really hard to make a living this way.


Where are all of the QA jobs?

I am an MT with dial up only.  I have been an MT forever.  Are there any QA jobs out there?  There just aren't any ads for any recently.


Thanks


 


jobs
I work at as a dental assistant and office manager at a dental office, ambulance EMT, and do paramed physicals part time, plus church treasurer.
I have 2 jobs.

What do you do when 2 jobs run into each other.


 

I work for a place that says we must work OT today.  It is an in-house position that is backed up big time.  We have been backed up for the last several months and they picked a very nice holiday weekend to tell us mandatory OT Saturday 8 hours.  We donít get an incentive just the more you type the more you make.    I have been working for a small online transcription company since Christmas because I wanted to be at home.  I need to put in 20 hours for this little national but it is not possible to do if I have mandatory OT at another place.   I told my OM at the hospital that she needs to figure out what she needs to do with me whether she is going to let me work from home or not.  I told her that if she has me drive in house again that I was going to have to leave because I liked to have lost my shirt the last time I did it.  To clarify, the hospital set me up at home temporary back in January because the roads were icy but they are trying to pull me back in house.   The computer does not run well at home.   They have several people also working from home who have computer problems and I donít remember how they worded the problem but it is something about the distance and the large volume coming through that messes things up.  I live even further from the MTSO and all their programs run real smooth.  The small national treats me better.  They do have incentives for their FT MTs  and they do offer OT quite often.  The pay is not as high though and the benefits are more costly but they way they treat their MTs compared to the way this hospital treats their MTs is like night and day. 
Pay for New Jobs
I have noticed a growing trend on the job seeker's board for lower line rates.  I read the new ad.  They want this, they want that, oh, and we must be experienced, and, by the way, we are starting you at 7 cents a line.  For an experienced medical transcriptionist, that rate is an insult.  I just see another recent dip in the offered starting line rate, and I have to wonder if it is me.  If I have this and that, and am all that, and with my 20+ years of experience, I expect no less than 9 cents a line to start.  Just wondered if I am alone in my thinking!!  Thanks for listening to me vent.
Three jobs, sm
I worked three jobs for almost two years. I literally got only 3 to 4 hours sleep most nights during the week. Then on the weekend, I would sleep for 10 to 12 to even once 14 hours at a stretch.

You can do it. Just don't plan on having any kind of life outside of work. I needed the $$$ at the time and I made it. :)
Two f/t jobs
Anyone out there work two f/t jobs and if so how do you manage?  I am the only one working in my family as my husband is not able to work and trying to get SS and seems one job alone is not doing it.
RE: Jobs
I worked at hospital for 20 years, then retired. I helped people off and on for years. I work for one local person on Dictaphone and one on internet.
The only way I think you could do 2 jobs at once is to -

have seperate time frames for each job, like work on in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Trying to work both at once would just cause problems in my opinion..