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I work for a small MTSO about 25-30 hours a week

Posted By: Linda on 2005-07-28
In Reply to: does anyone work for a co that has you on consistent - primary and secondary?

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I used to work for a small MTSO that used gotomypc - sm
I would connect up to her computer and download the voice files to my computer. Then disconnect/log off. Then I would play the voice files on my player (Bytescribe) and go to work. When I was done, then I would just email the work to her. But if email was down for some reason I would just connect back to her computer with the gotomypc and upload the finished work to her that way. Your computer would probably run faster if don't stay connected via the gotomypc. I suppose you can do that of course, just doesn't seem much point to it though to me, unless you only get one voice file every now and then, so you just stay connected to see them come in on the remote computer.
I'm glad I work for a small MTSO....
I hope my boss never sells out like my last one did. My old company went down the tubes after that and I see lots and lots of posts about it here talking about how bad it is. These nationals sound awful.
Just wait. I work for small MTSO and they have
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I only have dial-up, I work for a small local MTSO -sm
that uses a FTP site to send us our work, so dial-up is just fine for that (work is about a 20 hour TAT, so it does not matter how long it takes for me to download my work, and uploads are quick. So obviously a job that has no set hours, etc. is ideal for someone with dial-up. Also get your own accounts, then it doesn't matter does it as you are the boss. I have 1 account of my own and we transfer the files via the internet through an intermediary website (in place of a FTP). Just keep hunting there are dial-up jobs out there.
No (IC)....but I work for a small MTSO and have set deadline each day for my work
I will not be working on Thanksgiving day, though I will have 120 minutes waiting to be done and turned in by 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
and work more than 40 hours/week you are due

compensation.  If your company requires you to work 7 days a week I'd find a new job.  They may ASK you to work extra as workload dictates but by no means should you be required too.  Many companies require 1 weekend/month or every other weekend, but there are off days during the week, unless you WANT to work.


If you are an IC you work what you commit to.  If a company can get you to work as an IC by holding over your head you dictate the hours you work, versus working a set schedule, why not.   With having to compete with companies offshoring they have to cut expenses where they can and cutting benefits, etc. is where they do it.  I don't like it, but in order to stay in business they have to, but they also can't require you to work 7 days/week either.  


 


 


 


I work 40 hours a week and more
if there is work and I don't slack off and barely take a break. I do acute care and seldom leave a blank. According to my Expander stats, I am saving myself 23 hours of work and do 22% of the total in expanders. My pay has actually gone down especially this year and I am using more Expanders every day. That's my story.
I currently work 70 hours a week and three jobs...
so it is physically possible to work that many hours. I am going down to 50 hours a week in two weeks, but you do what you have to do.
No one could pay me a big enough salary to work 80 hours per week

Disagree. I work 48 hours a week for $65K.
If you can't make a living, it probably isn't the job for you.

Not everyone can do this work successfully.

Of cours. I only work 48 hours a week. ?
I work 5 days a week. Have plenty of time in the evenings and all weekend with my family, my friends and to go out of town, etc.

What kind of quesiton is that?! LOL

I'm no Olympiad but I do workout. Do YOU? LOL


Any companies out there that allow you to work 5-10 hours a week?

I posted this on the company board, but didn't get any responses, so I'm hoping there will be some help here.  work full time outside the home and I am looking for something for just 5-8 hours a week to supplement my income.  I worked for MQ for 6 years, but certain things led me to quit.  Is there a good company out there where I can work 5-8 hours?  Back at the Q I think now you have to commit to 24 hours and I just can't swing that.  Is there such an option out there anywhere?  Any input would be very much appreciated.


 


 


I beg to differ. I work 35-40 hours a week
FT and have an IC job I work maybe 3 evenings a week for 3-4 hours. I easily make over 50K a year. There are good jobs out there that pay wages one can live on.
looking for people that used to work for small MTSO in Suffield, OH a few years back.
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And then consider when you work 9 hours a day 7 days a week...that adds up to way TOO much!

I have work...16 hours' worth every day, 6 days a week no less. nm
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At 53 working 2 jobs 80 hours a week is impossible. I tried it, it does not work!! (sm)
I have been at this business 30+ years and at one point worked 3 jobs and 2 were for hospital contracts with taxes taken out and the other IC. It gives you no life. My suggestion, if you need the extra $$ work your 40 during the week, then 1 or 2 nights 2 hours and then Sat/Sun 16 hours which would give you 20 hours. That is more than enough and will give you a chance to see if you want to make a job change. Have tried the 2 FT 80 hours and almost had a seizure over it. Remember if your not physically well you cannot do it all!
Yes, I work 80-90 hours a week. I am going to stop because life is passing me by and it has caused
depression. There is no way mentally or physically you can keep up the pace. It is finally getting to me and I now realize there are more important things in life than work.  I have been a workaholic all of my life. It started as an escape to a bad marriage but I ended up missing my kids grow up, I've lost friends because I have no time for them, and this is my last chance with an 8-year-old child left at home to get it right and put my family first. It means giving up a lot of "material things" but what do they matter when all you need is the love of your family. I'd never recommend this to anyone.
I'm sorry I didnít make myself clear. As an employee I can only work 40 hours per week (sm)
Overtime has to be approved by manager. I have always been an SE and could work as many hours as I wanted to, such as when I had a day of bad dictators I could work until I got my daily line count. Just wondering if all states had this law. I am working in CA.
typing 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week
is TOUGH.
on my wrists I mean.
and not getting any benefits... and for a salary of less than 30K? not really worth it...
Any small MTSO need PT help? sm
Okay, I have tried the big nationals and that did not work out for me.  I would like something for a few hours a day - would love to do family practice SOAP notes again or something where I can just type away and make some decent money.  I promise a fast turn-a-round and I am willing to work hard, but no complicated platforms and no set hours.  
I had a small MTSO ask that once. sm
As I was heading toward the exit door, she asked me to send her every single one of the normals I used.

So, I sent her the exact ones she had sent me in the beginning, before I refined them to a fine tune, which had taken me hours and hours to do. I'm telling you, I had most tests for every doctor where I could just hop around and fill in the blanks. No way was I giving those hours of work away!
Two small MTSO (nt)
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Thanks, Small MTSO
I knew it must be something like that.  Thanks for your reply.  Molly
Small MTSO
11.5  to 12.5 cpl, put in 30 to 32 hours per week myself now.  Went down to part-time this summer to 22 to 24 hours.  First time in 18 years and felt good.  Just got two new accounts and so back up but will myself after paying IC's make 50K, down from last year but worked less.  Next year will be up to 55K+ unless I go part-time again in the summer if my IC's want to make more.  Will probably raise rates in January as have not done so in two years.    Patti
Especially when the small MTSO

is worth.  I'm done.   


I did when I worked for a small MTSO sm
and boy, did I live to regret it!  She was, let's just say, um PSYCHO!  In a nutshell, my nephew died and she didn't believe me when I asked for a few days off...she had to see the announcement in the paper first! Needless to say, I dumped her shortly after that incident.  There were many, many more, but this was the final straw!
This happened to me too. Small MTSO been with
them for 3 years.  check was mailed, but post office put it in wrong box.  This has happened 3 times in the last 3 months and every time it was the post office not them.
www.lts-inc.com is it a small MTSO in Richmond, VA-
I have been working PT for them since May 2002 except for a short leave of about 4 months. As far as I know still looking for a few more people, just lost 1 yesterday who could not get the hang of WP5.1 I guess(it's what the hospital they contract for uses). Oh well, their loss will be someone else's gain.
I'm a small MTSO. Here are my thoughts on it

I would determine how much per line the seasoned MT should get.  Not sure how much you charge.  But I, being a small MTSO, charge my clients 14 cpl and I pay my subcontractors 10.  Ideally you would be a bigger MTSO and could pay truly seasoned MTs 12 cpl or something on that order.  Otherwise, if they aren't able to make a decent line rate, and they are truly good MTs, they might as well go get their own accounts.


About the pay between the new MTs/mentoring MTs - I would decide what the total you were going to pay for those lines were, and then divide it between seasoned MT and newbie MT.  Say it's 12 cpl - pay the newbie 8 cpl and the seasoned MT 4 cpl for the work that the newbie does that the seasoned MT is helping with.


My husband's company does something similar.  He works with a partner, but the partner is less experienced.  He is basically my DH's helper.  DH uses his own truck and the helper doesn't have to use his truck.  Each job pays a set amount, and DH gets 70% and his partner gets 30%.


As a small MTSO, I found you had to buy
all I really needed was a few.  So I started filling them out online at www.filetaxes.com.  It's much easier and they send out the 1099 for me!  Price is very reasonable too.
I mean big as in Medquist, little as in small MTSO's
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I also make 11 cpl as an IC. This also is a small MTSO. nm
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For me, a very small local MTSO
doing tapes/office notes.
I have worked for a small MTSO once and

was never afraid of not getting paid. Something in her voice told me I could trust her and just dove in. No contract, either. But I did have to give her my SSN for the 1099.


Never realized I would be setting myself up for trouble but every 2 weeks the check came in the mail.


Ask the MTSO. That's all you can do.


Small MTSO here - 6 cpl -- ridiculous

I as a small MTSO would be so embarassed to offer 6 cpl to anyone.  Could not believe what I read.   At the most I take  20 - 25% of what I charge clients and pay the IC the 80%.  I even do the pick up, QA, billing and delivery of finished products.  But to offer 6 cpl is a slap in the face.  Even newbies I offer 7.5 to 8 cpl and start them on the easiest accounts.   Hopefully she can sleep at night and look at her face in the mirror.  


 


My opinion as a very small MTSO
I determine what my minimum charge is by figuring out what I would pay an IC to do the work and then add in enough left over to pay my expenses (TASP, insurance, QA, etc.) and then some for myself as account manager.  If you get an account that you will be working on yourself, you will make both the salaries for the IC as well as the account manager (you are doing both jobs) and pay your overhead.  If you get an account that is bigger than you can handle by yourself, you can easily sub all or some of it out and still pay yourself and your overhead.  Sit down and at least do the financial part of a business plan in order to figure out what you need to charge.
I'm a small MTSO - what platforms do MTs like?

Or do you prefer typing in your own Word program and emailing encrypted files?  Do you prefer to use C-phone to access the dictation, or wav pedal?  I'm seriously thinking it might be better to use a platform where MTs can go online to access the dictation and the platform to type into and I am looking for ones that MTs like and consider MT friendly.  So...what have you used and which ones do you like best?  I did do a search, but I'm asking again.  Obviously, being a small MTSO some of the larger platforms might be beyond my reach, but I'm looking for opinions.


I assume she works for a small MTSO or something, not MQ
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Re: Post way below about the small MTSO in Suffield, OH.
I posted that I worked for a company, though don't know if it is the same one.  I'm just curious if it is.   I've included by e-mail if you want to e-mail me.  
MTSO needs to pay MTs on time, no matter how small sm

her business is, no matter when (or IF) the MTSO is paid by the client.  I would NEVER contract with an MTSO that expected me to wait to be paid until they were paid by their client.  Impossible way to do business, very unprofessional. 


Would be interested in working for small MTSo
I currently am working with a small co and I would like approx 15-20 more hours of work. I mainly do clinic. If you have anything please let me know. I love small MTSOs
No matter how small an MTSO is, their first obligation is to
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Costs for small MTSO equipment
This question is directed to our wonderful small MTSOs who participate in the site postings:

I have a question about what extent of expenses you incurred for equipment and related components for the physicians to dictate, i.e., FTP services, server, physician call-in phone services, physician digital dictation uploading/downloading services, and all that related equipment to send and receive dictations (voice files) and send/receive reports, all pertaining to internet and latest advances.

Considering a small MTSO venture of just three small doctor's office accounts, enough for 1-1/2 MTs, with a total physician dictator capacity of 5 physicians, not necessarily at the same time.

I would be also interested in not only cost figures (ballpark) but the types of equipment and software you elected to use (platform if any).

This information would be beneficial to me, and perhaps to other entrepreneurial MTs as well. Thank you in advance for your helpful information.
I worked for a small MTSO who gave the client
the client changed to smaller and smaller font sizes, the MTSO let them know the rate would change so the MTSO never lost money just because of the font size. The clients always understood. The client simply wanted less bulk in their charts, not to short change the MTSO.
national/small MTSO are both on-line companies
there is PT and orthopedic work.
Or becuase of dropping rates, the small MTSO
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Right around 10 hours a week

Less with really good dictators.  More if you get mostly lousy ones. :)


One guy I've got I could do in 8 hours.  Wish I had him all the time.


Another guy is a "pauser" and he would probably take more like 14 hours.


Average is right around 10 hours.


 


how many hours a week is that?
I need a company like you have!
PT - 24 hours a week
about $24,000 a year.
It would be more but, as my name says, I have 3 kids. The twin babies distract me a lot. I expect to make more when they are older :-)
now maybe $45,000/yr 40 hours/week...nm
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