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If you don't know what a typo is, you're in the wrong business.

Posted By: nitpicky? on 2005-09-14
In Reply to: Hey former bank manager, what - my goodness

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Wow, I'm in the wrong business...
Wrong business

Well, I was up at 2AM to start my day MTing for a big national that begs for help on this 3rd shift.  However, my queue is bare.  Just yesterday, I met a woman who says that she buys children's clothes at a local discount store and then sells them at ebay to an international market.  She claims to have made $12,000 last year just doing this part-time.  This got me to thinking.  Maybe this international market stuff can be used to my/our advantage.  I'm off to plan my trip to the discount store today.  At last, my lonely nights are over and I can see the rainbow at the end of the dark cloud.

I'm beginning to realize that, instead of switching from an RN to an MT, that maybe I should have been studying international trade.

Just thought I'd share.  This is my opinion only, folks!  But, I do care about all of you and I do wish that we were all in a happier situation.


I think you're the one who needs to get out of the business.
or at least get out of the house and make some friends in the real world. You're losing it fast.
If you're not a business, but an IC...sm
you can use your SSN.  If you do have a business license, it's how you set it up in the beginning...I have a business, but it is not incorporated or anything like that and I use my SSN. 
you are still an IC when you're a business, you stop being an IC when...sm
you incorporate. Then you become an employee of your corporation. Most home based businesses don't require a business license. Since you aren't having customers traipse in and out, nobody really cares. No advantage to getting a tax free ID since you aren't collecting sales tax. The only thing you really should do when you get your own account is to set up a business checking account with a credit card attached to it. The physician office should make the invoice check out to your business, not you. The separate account simplifies bookkeeping and keeps the IRS happy. No need to really incorporate until you are making about $50K a year. Then you might want to think about it to save on the SS taxes.  If you do get your own account, find a CPA that you can talk to (i.e. approachable). There are self employment IRA's etc that you will want to take advantage of. As far as getting up enough nerve to walk into the office, I call it "the $10,000 question." All you need is one acccount on your own to make an additional profit of $10,000 over what you are making now. But the only people who get paid that are the ones who get up enough nerve to walk into the doctors' offices. Are you one of them?
It's none of their business why you're leaving.
Yup, they're about to lose my business. NM
No matter what type of business you're in, there does -
come a time when you have to draw the line somewhere. It seems like a no-brainer that if the price for transcription was X amount of dollars with letterhead provided by the client, then it would be X amount MORE with letterhead provided by the service. Still I would imagine she panicked a little, fearing she'd lose the account if she stood her ground about a separate rate for providing the paper. Knowing how expensive paper is, I still have trouble seeing how she could just let it slide in the beginning.

In her position, having allowed him to cheat her for a certain amount of time, what I would do next is give him notice that next month (or next week, or whatever), due to the overhead costs of supplying paper for the account, she could no longer do it at the old price, and then quote the new price.

If she gets 'replaced', she'd have to figure that it was going to happen sooner or later anyway, and if he was that cheap, there were probably other 'surprises' down the pike, as well. So probably good riddance. It might seem like a better deal to keep that account and let the guy keep cheating her like that, but then again, a better account is probably just around the corner. OR --- he could start to take her seriously when she sticks to her guns and says she has to raise her price. She has to make a living, too, right? OR --- he could go with someone else for a while, realize he had a good thing when he was using her service, and come crawling back. At that point, she could probably charge him almost anything she wanted, within reason of course, and he'd gladly pay it.

I had a non-MT, service-type business a number of years ago, and some of my BEST clients were the ones who left in a huff when I had the 'audacity' to raise my prices along with the rise in overhead, only to come back on their hands and knees a few weeks or months later. Some of them became the most generous tippers, too. It was funny how male colleagues of mine in the exact same business were rarely, if ever, questioned when it came to their charges for services rendered. Yet as a female, it was almost expected that if the client tried to get me to provide the same service for less, that I wouldn't stand up for myself and would just accept it because I was a female.

Until there is an equal double-standard to go along with the perception that women's work is worth less than men's, and we can pay half what men pay at the gas pumps and in the grocery stores due to our gender, then we shouldn't have to simply settle for less than they would get for the same job, either. And you just KNOW that if medical transcription had evolved into a 'men's' profession instead of a 'women's' profession, it would most likely be a good, high-paying white-collar job that they would have fought long and hard to prevent from being offshored. We just stood there and allowed the hospitals to reduce it to about the same level as janitorial work, or lower.

If a woman running an independent MT business such as this woman is STILL doesn't want to do things like give clients the bad news when a price hike is in order, why not simply borrow a strong male voice to make those calls? And to have a little spiel on the voicemail system, so that it SOUNDS like the system is owned and run by a man? If the client believed a man owned the business and was making those kinds of decisions, I bet she'd be able to command a higher price for her services all around, not just when supplying the letterhead. Something to think about!
Heh ... twice the price cuz they're an AAMT business partner! - nm

I've heard with Dell if you tell them you're a business,
you'll get someone from the US.  I already have two HPs but tried it anyway.  I used to say home or home office but said I use it for business and still got someone from India but he spoke very, very good English compared to some I've spoken to in the past.
Even with a salary you're kind of a small business owner!
Even if you're paid a salary you are your own agent, so to speak. Why not hire a part-time helper and pay them a subcontractor rate. That's what a service owner does. You are no hero for not getting some help. MTs who have their own accounts have responsibility for 7 days a week coverage, but not all of us type 7 days a week. Put an ad in the job seekers board and pay someone to take up the overflow. You will burn out and not be able to work at all eventually. Good luck to you.
they're wrong

The report is not valid unless the doctor signs it.  If there is something incorrect on there and he still signs it anyway, he is verifying that the information is accurate and then he is responsible for the error, not you.  I don't believe a transcriptionist has ever been held legally liable.

You're wrong.
He was not making speeches about the war when the hurricane was coming or after.   I think everyone was too busy attending meetings.   But at least he wasn't blaming everyone else like Mr. Mayor.
No, you're not wrong.
You're still WRONG!!!
You're too busy trying to prove everyone else wrong that you're not even paying attention to the original question, which was why do newscasters say "pleaded guilty." The answer is because that's the proper use of the word: The past tense of plead is PLEADED. The word "pled" is an Americanized version of it, probably derived from lead/led, hence plead/pled. It's acceptable - but not as proper as pleaded, which is why newscasters, public speakers, etc. use it.

So, before you go ahead and plaster a big WRONG!!! under someone else's comment (which is so completely obnoxious), make sure that you are correct and know what everyone is talking about in the first place. Maybe you're the one who needs to do the studying up.
I think you're wrong.
In this instance anyway. I don't see how they can stop someone off shore from posting questions like the OP.
They're wrong.
Whoever told you that it is the law that you must give a SS# to register your child is misinformed. A SS# is not to be used for identification per the original intent of the SS. I have never given the school a SS# for any of my kids and they had no problem at all; they assigned a student number to each one. If this person is insistent, ask to speak to their superior or contact a school board member--that usually gets the problem solved in a hurry.
No, you're wrong.
The rate of pay in this industry has NOTHING to do with intelligence. There are companies willing to work for less than others. Hospitals/clinics, etc., want to see an improved bottom line, so the contract goes to the lowest bidder. It's more about the cost of living and the standard of living in the country where the work is being done.
No, you're wrong....
Please understand that not all Americans have the same ideas.  Some of us see things from a different angle.  Do not be closeminded.  No one is asking you to agree, but have some respect and try to learn from others' perspectives.
You're right, everyone else is wrong. There.
How do you know you're being trained wrong?

Can you give some specifics?  BTW, many MT rules do not follow standard English grammar rules.  We either go by the BOS (AAMT Book of Style) or per account specs provided.  Each job is different.  If you want a paycheck, you learn to adapt to their particular style.

I seriously doubt anybody's going to hire an untrained QA person.  A person has to have years of experience as an MT before doing QA.  Honestly, if you're that unhappy, quit.

Wrong. You're the only one who sucks
more than Monica. In fact, you sucked so much, you were the first american to overdose on semen. They were barely able to save you. Yo daddy and uncle ron kept your throat full of protein.
I think you're all wrong. It's all about getting the work done
for the hospital in the fastest time possible and my company doesn't care if I do it or if you do it (if you worked for us) or if someone else does it, just get it done for the client. So complain as you like, find somewhere else to work if you need, but get the work done. That's the bottom line.
you're not wrong..just full of yourself.

I dunno if you're wrong or not...
or even a shrew or not. If it were me, though, and in fact it was me a couple of months ago, I'd not go out to lunch a couple of times to be able to get my keyboard. How much is this ergonomic keyboard you are needing anyway? When my ergonomic keyboard bit the dust a couple of months ago, I got on e-bay and got mine for $8.00 ($1.00 bid, $7.00 S&H). It came right away and my soreness and achiness for those few days went right away! But, even though this keyboard retails $50.00, I am wondering how much the one you want costs; way over $100.00? I guess what I'm getting at is I'd just take my kids to the park with Colonel Sanders AND get my ergomic keyboard too. I am sorry that your husband responded so coldly. My husband would bend over backwards to help find a for me to get the keyboard, but I can't see where I'd even make it his problem. I would just adjust my budget so I could get my keyboard and let my husband know what I was doing to be able to get it (and this is what I did a couple of months ago). I guess I don't see how this is such a huge issue; we're only talking about a couple of weeks, right? Of course your health and well-being is of great importance, and an ergonomic keyboard is a high priority because of your symptoms, but would it be that awful to adjust your budget just one time so you could get the keyboard? I guess I don't get to get out that much anyway, so missing a couple of lunches with friends wouldn't be that bad for me!

I've totally missed something here I am sure, right?

Anyway, I do hope your symptoms get much better soon; take care of yourself, especially regarding CTS.
You're right, hubby & son are wrong. :) nm
You're on the wrong board!
This particular board is for medical transcriptionists, so we can't help you. Sorry!
Either way, you're in the wrong place. sm
Please read your own message. You made two errors when you neglected to take out two headers not needed, IMO. I don't mean to be rude, but you said it yourself.
You're totally wrong.

The hospitals know exactly where their work is being done.  Large facilities contracting with offshore (or US nationals who provide the offshore liason for them) do it knowingly and with one goal in mind - savings.  It's unfortunate, but it's happening every day.

No you're not wrong but my statement stands too
If it was your daughter missing and the media basically concentrated on a demographic other than yours, you'd be wondering why you can't get help for your daughter too. Media looks for sensationalism and the since outrage currently involves young children or affluent, pretty, white young adult females, that's what the media flocks to.
you're wrong, I type for an MD w/ADHD...nm

Fantasia doing just great- you're wrong..sm


All about Fantasia and what she's doing, TV, songs, etc. 

For those who think Clay was a better more soulful singer than Ruben....those people who think that..... evidently have not one soulful fiber in their body....

Gaydar is what Clay Aiken is all about......to each his/her own....

Sorry, I think you're all wrong. This is the sexiest man alive...!

Nope, you got that wrong. What we're afraid of is
You're both right and you're both wrong.
There are too many variables to give an accurate--or even estimated--count. Using a standard 1-inch margin, you may have short lines and lots of paragraphs and get a lower count. If no paragraphs and it's a full page of text from margin to margin, you get your higher count. You can't possibly use an average count because of variables, which is why no one can commit to a pat answer.
LOL, maybe you should stop reading anti-Bush blogs because you're wrong.
wrong, wrong, wrong. work is being outsourced because of $. period. not because of unqualified MTs
In general business're running slower than usual but running. NM
You're probably doing nothing wrong, employee status seems to be the norm with IC status primaril
SE status instead of IC? For me,SE status is heaven -with part of taxes paid and flexibility in my schedule. Have you ever applied to MDI-MD? They only accept qualified, experienced MTs and stress quality in their transcription. From what I read of your qualifications, it sure would be worth contacting them.

Per "see mssgs" comment regarding age discrimination later on in this discussion, I'm 64 - no problem getting hired at a line rate higher than average. Age is not a factor with MDI-MD - knowledge and quality is !!!
Unfortunately it is legal..so yes it is business and they will continue with bad business practices
I made my business your business by posting and...
I totally respect everyone's opinions. It is easier for others on the outside looking in. That's why I pushed the "post reply" button yesterday. I trust my fellow MTs and I know the more I read from you all, the more confident I am becoming. I just need that final push, not from him though. I also wanted to let you all know that the physical abuse while I was pregnant was documented by my doctor and the hospital. I only wish I had known then that it is a felony to abuse a pregnant woman. I also photographed my face from a couple of weeks ago and told several people in my circle. I had such high hopes for us. Now...not so much. I'm not saying that I won't try to get him to church, but I realize that God can only do so much for someone who isn't listening. j
Business is business. Internet forums are
I typed a report on the wrong patient as the doc keyed in the wrong info, SM
He later said the correct patient's name and I SWEAR to this day I made the changes but somehow the report when through without the correct patient and changes made. I still remember that incident.
Fantasia wrong??? Haven't seen the OP's CD, couldn't have been too wrong.
For a business ad?! A business that deals
''Transcriptsis'' x2

''with good track record''

''serve our clients of all sizes'' (I know what they mean, but I just think the wording is funny)

''strive to achieve highest possible quality'' (once again, they never met an 'article' that they didn't hate)

''all departments including H&P...'' (or a comma, for that matter)

It's about morality - not censorship! Right is right and wrong is wrong!
typo/ should have said definitely. Thanks

Sorry for the typo and...
I'm also going to post this on the company board in case this is the wrong board for this. Thanks.

Just noticed typo - should've proofed before sending.  Sorry for the incorrect spelling of through.
It was a typo
My father-in-law signed my husband up for this and I thought I would give it a shot to see if we could make some extra money. I really am a medical transcriptionist. I work for a company out of Brentwood, TN, but I get to work from home using ChartMatrix and VoiceWave.
It's a typo - get over it! nm