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Posted By: sporadic work though- sm on 2005-08-08
In Reply to: Does anyone else earn extra money at home doing something along with MT work? - Need some extra cash.

other than that, sell some stuff I don't need anymore on ebay now and then...did about $200 a month for about a year.....got rid of most everything though I really wanted to dump...have a few things now I need to list so maybe I will get lucky this month!

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No, as an IC, I am my own boss. I contract out my transcribing services, but I am my own boss.
Best thing - I am my own boss and my own emloyee, worse thing - I am my own boss and my own


where does your mom manage? sm
My dad managed stores in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

I guess you are probably as surprised as I am that anyone would think that managers in big retail giants don't make good money.
use someone else to manage
Have someone else contact her as a manager besides yourself and explain to her the rules are for everybody and have to be uniform.
How do you manage that?
Gosh it must take quite a balancing act to get them all done? What do you tell one when you have to do the other? How do you decide which one you will do? Do you have other people that will cover for you when need be? Telephone must be ringing off the chain all the time....
How do you MQ employees manage
to get in your 1200 lines in only 8 hours? I am having a dickens of a time, lots of ESLs, new account, etc. Just how do you do it? I figure it will take me 12 hours! Do you ask them to approve OT or what? I'm new at this, need to know. Have to have that insurance.
Yes, I do manage to get enough work on my
account through Amherst, at least so far, but I guess I should just be considered extremely lucky. 
How can I manage 2 jobs. I am currently
working as an employee with good benefits, but I hate the company.... treated like a doormat.  I work as IC part time for another company that I love and am very productive and love the sofware platform.  I am considering trying to do the 1000 line requirement for the full-time in order to keep benefits, and then do 1000 lines for the company as IC.  How does one juggle this type of situation?
Thanks to all... I did manage a chuckle or two
from your stories.  But why does it have to be like this?  Just because we work at home?  I think I will go on strike.  Just keep my office clean since that is the only place I get to be these days.  I have a reprieve from my second job tonight so I think I will just close my eyes, close my ears and shut off all other senses to the slobs I live with and leave for night for my women's group party I did not plan to go to.  Thank to all.
I do know how to manage a team, obviously,

since I have my own service.  I know that you can't put someone with much less experience in a position over a bunch of people with a lot of experience.  It just does not work.  I not only have a lot of MT experience, but I have been a service owner for quite a few years.  Before that, I worked in a hospital transcription department with a lot of seasoned MTs.  Through the years you see a lot of supervisory changes and what it boils down to is the experienced MTs need/want someone who knows more than they do, someone they can go to for help, when they need it.  With someone less experienced, they can't.

One of the big problems people had with Medquist when it started was that the "suits" were running things - not people who actually knew what they were doing when it came to transcription.  You have to know both sides of it.  And I can tell you from years and years of experience, it doesn't work when you try to put someone with less experience over those with lots of experience.  The seasoned MTs have NO respect for someone who knows less than they do.

Sorry, but that's the way it is.

Were you exhausted? How do you manage?
I'm finding it hard to do the things I wanted.  I also work the spli shift thing, but im so tired.  I dont know if im trying to work too much and i just need to go to PT or what.  Also, I would like to be more instructional, work with maps, field trips to the museums and such.  How did you do that?
I manage just fine...
Wow... um, yes. I get plenty of work done. I'm not in the country and I use headphones and the noise of being outside doesn't bother me or interfere just like indoor noises (the heater, the ice maker, creaking floorboards) don't bother me inside. I also have no trouble seeing on my laptop screen and I don't have anything special for it. And, uh, it would have to be a serious insect swarm for the sound of bugs to be loud enough to keep me from hearing my work.

I don't work from bed because I'm lazy, I work in bed (occasionally, rather than calling in sick) because I have joint issues that make me more fatigued when sitting up typing all day. I would not put myself in a position where I was falling asleep on the job (I'm not lying down, I'm sitting up straight, just my back is supported and my legs are extended rather than hanging down).

I am a professional and I've been in this business a long time, I just don't see any reason to be trapped behind a desk if I don't have to be. We are fortunate enough to work in a career that gives us some perks like flexibility and a home environment, so I try to make the most of it. Being happy and comfortable enhances my production and I don't get burnt out as easily when I can change the scenery a little every now and then. Everyone should obviously work in whatever fashion helps them succeed but I don't think there's anything wrong with sitting on the porch on a nice day or working from a comfy spot on not so nice ones.

To each his own, I guess... I'd bet there are plenty of pajama-wearing MTs around here that are grateful to be able to have that option. I don't work in jammies but I do kick back once in awhile and work with my situation to the best of my ability.

Anyway... it works for me. I was just making the suggestion for others that struggle with pain issues or would like an occasional alternative to the same old desk.
I swear, the people who manage
this site should put a button right under  'main board' that says 'MQ Gripe Board' so that the seemingly hundreds of disgruntled MQ'ers can gripe and  argue all day long and the rest of us would be spared.  Every page of this board is filled with arguments between the MQ gripers and the few MQ folks who claim they are happy.  At some point you'd think the (MQ people) would realize that non MQ'ers don't want to hear this stuff every single day, all day long.
It is very difficult to manage this program.
It has a lot of flaws, locks up frequently, some issues with voice quality, etc. I would put it at the bottom of the list of considerations.
You don't manage your own savings account?
5 grand instead of the government. 
not true, I make good $$$ and manage to come
email back and mention how you don't know how they manage on so little.

Yeah, you have to be a doctor now to manage your own care!
I still have daily fevers of 100-102 18 months postop, so I know what you mean. Does the 4 abscesses draining for weeks on end tell them anything? I had severe hypertension that despite 17 doctors along with PAs and nurses could not diagnose despite "the worst headaches of my life," blood pressure of 216/106, slurred speech, collapsing in the shower, mental confusion, extremely loud tinnitus, chest pain, shortness of breath, lower extremity edema, etc. I type OPs and pain management, so I was clueless. One day I was typing "The patient started Norvasc, and his headaches improved." I ran to the doctor and stomped on the floor until I got a hypertensive. Then, what do they give me? Hydrochlorothiazide, when I have severe hypertension. Nitwits. I could go on and on. Best advise, make sure you are in charge of your care. Good luck!
Because the people who manage things in health
My thoughts are, when their bad kharma finally comes back to them, I hope it really hurts. Then they'll know how it feels to be an MT.
I am going to order Shorthand for myself today. I love it. You can also manage your words in
You work full time, manage a house and cut 11 acres? No way man! Not me :)
I don't use any websites--
I use Stedman's Radiology Words 3rd ed.and it has just about any word you'll need.
some websites for you :)





Is there any websites

that show over the counter medicine names and homeopathic medical names out there. Have searched some and found some, but would really like a complete listing if possible.



Could you possibly recommend some websites?  Or maybe books?  Any help much appreciated.

Anybody know of any websites sm
for reference material for Cardiology?  I do strictly cardiology right now and lots and lots of cardiac caths, TEEs, Echos, Holters, PTCAs, etc.  Would be nice to have a website with just cardiology stuff.
I do that with the hospital websites, too.
But I'm lazy.  I'd rather keep a browser window open or save the list to text format and use the search feature than print it out, find my notebook, and hunt through a hardcopy.
Always go to the manufacturer's websites and use it they way they have it!
It is DERMABOND - all caps. The Stedman's books are incorrect.

I know for a fact, as I even called the manufacturer on the telephone to clarify. I was so annoyed because my QA person just kept changing it to lower case - until now of course when I cleared that up.
What are some helpful websites?

I have found some very helpful websites by browsing the boards here.  Just wondering if some of you may have favorites you use. 

My most helpful for finding bacteria is listed below.


some helpful websites
Great websites (sm)
Thanks for those websites.  Out of necessity, I am able to do pretty well with my grocery bill.  I checked the sites you listed and there is some great information--I learned a few tricks!  Speaking from experience, it doesn't get any easier when you are in a bind.  I've lived this way for a very long time since I am a single mom.  Things just manage to work out and everything manages to last just as long as you need it.  Thanks again for the tips. 
You should research other websites because sm
Most of the information in the article doesn't coincide with any of the Biblical principles followed by the Christian churches in America today. Throughout the entire Bible, old and NT, we are taught to refrain from witchcraft, mediums, those who speak to the dead, or any kind of honoring of the dead. Christians are only to pay homage to God through Jesus Christ.
You can check out these websites...



Or you could always call around to local offices to find out what they charge.  Good luck.

Try manufacturers' websites
I have the newest Stedman's CV book, but things change so fast in this field that even it is behind.  Sometimes I find it easier to check manufacturers' websites for a listing of their newest products and then I bookmark it.  Here are some companies to try:  Medtronic, Guidant, Bard, Boehringer Mannhein Corporation, Boston Scientific Corporation, Cordis, Datascope, Kontron, Marquette Electronics Inc., and St. Jude Medical Co.  These aren't just for catheters; they make pacemakers/AICDs, leads, guide wires, stents, balloon pumps, EKG machines, heart valves and the like.  I know there are more, but this is what came to mind on the fly.  If you have Stedman's Medical and Surgical Equipment Words, they have a listing in the back of medical manufacturers and their web addresses if you'd like to do more looking around.
Physician Websites

Here are a couple good ones:



More helpful Websites

I ran across this website and hope that it might some out there.


MT chats? websites for?
Hi, are there any medical Transcriptionist chat rooms?  the board is fun, I just want to chat live.
Any ESL websites or resources?
I was wondering if anyone here knew of any good websites (or other resource) where I could listen to dictators/speakers who have accents?  I am not really crazy about that idea, but want to try to better learn them so that I can do my job better when I get ESLs or even striking regional accents around the US.  Any advice is appreciated.  Thank you in advance.
You can't always trust websites. I have
googled something and have 3 or 4 spellings come up, therefore having to do more research. Books are your best get.
Try the company websites
A lot of the companies will advertise on their web sites the range of prices that they offer clients.  That may be a good place to start.
Go on the websites and search them
Some of them still have XP available. Another poster said they though Dell still gives you this option. I know for a fact that they do but you must factor in that they most likely will be downgrading a Vista computer to XP for you and so it may take a little longer to get it shipped, so I hope you don't need it in a hurry.

Whatever it is that you are doing, I would suggest you do it soon. I just did a bunch of computer shopping myself, and have been told numerous times that XP is on its way out around July this year in prep for the new Windows 7 platform.

I hope all these companies have decided what they are going to do with that situation. I know my company ran on Windows 98 until Microsoft wouldn't support it anymore, and then the new platform they had come out was compatible with XP. I hope they will make them compatible with newer OS because choices are going to become limited really soon.

You might call the tech people at the company and see what they have to say. Will your platform work with Vista at all? I have a platform that will, but only with the 32-bit version and not the 64-bit version. And, let me just tell you, that is a real headache to find.

I wish you the best of luck on this. I know exactly what you are going through because I was just there.
go to HP or Dell websites - sm
I bought a laptop last summer. these two still sell computers with XP and a licence for Vista to do the cross-over.

Call the 800 lines and ask quesitons.
Two awesome reference websites.....sm

Tons of info and links.





I found some interesting websites the other day.
The Offshoring List of Shame

Rescue American Jobs

The Offshore Job tracker listing the worst offenders for offshoring in 2004-2005.


Rural Sourcing (uses rural Americans for labor)

We have a local call center in our city and they ran an ad to hire home-based call center workers. That's cool, instead of offshoring.

I already closed the credit cards, canceled my insurance policy, and rewrote my mortgage with a local bank. It's just tough to boycott all of them. The list of companies that offshore is huge!

People say we need a global economy, but what jobs are going to be left for American workers after everything goes overseas? We can't all be CEOs or doctors.
MTStars/Legal websites?
Hi, does anyone know of a similar website to MTstars (with forums and job board) for legal transcription? Google didn't really help. Thanks. javascript:editor_insertHTML('text','');
The local hospitals probably have websites and you
can see if they have any transcription openings posted, look in the classifieds to see if any clinics are hiring, etc.  I don't know that there are very many MT companies with in-house people anymore, but you can post resume on the various job boards. 
Yes. Leave discussion of other websites off this one, please. (NM)
Operative Note websites

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew of any good websites for medical equipment and/or websites to help with Op notes.  Much appreciated!! 

Websites to search for doctors
I'm looking for some good websites that I can use to look up a doctor's name.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks 
Personal transcription websites
Does anyone out there have a personal website dedicated to medical transcription?  If so, and you don't mind me looking at them, please send me your web address. I'm thinking about making a webpage for myself, and would like to see what is out there already. Thanks!
Need some physical therapy websites
Just got a call for transcription for 2 physical medicine doctors and 5 physical therapist and they want me there tomorrow.  I'm looking for some websites for terminology/word list/samples that I can review.  Thanks.  Wish me luck.  This is a temp to hire position both onsite and at home.  Sounds good to me.