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Oh honey, sounds like my daily routine.

Posted By: your not alone on 2006-06-16
In Reply to: This could quite possibly have been - sm - Frustrated

You just gotta push through.  I've noticed that as my kids get older, it has gotten somewhat better.  I have a 9 and 11 year old and they have gotten to the point of seeing after themselves while I'm working.  They were 3 and 5 when I started and it was really tough.  Now If they make a mess, they clean it up themselves.  Unless the house is on fire, someone is dying, etc. they are to leave me alone when the headset is on.  I have had to really draw the line with them.  It didn't happen overnight, it took quite a while for them to understand.  Fortunately my husband understands all this and has really helped me work with them on this issue. 

Friends and family on the other hand haven't been so easy to train.  I screen my calls with caller ID and let the machine get the ones I don't have time to deal with.  My machine has a message stating that "I am working at the moment and am unable to answer your call.  Please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible."  I have also had a put a sign on my front door stating "Please Do Not Disturb.  I am currently working and unable to visit at this time.  Please come back after 4:00 p.m., I will be available then."  I had to do this because people just couldn't seem to get it.  Just because I was at home, they thought they could just drop in.  I even have some to still ring the doorbell because they think that sign isn't for them.  But you know what...I feel that is very rude and disrespectful of them.  They can sit out there all day for all I care because until I'm finished working, I won't answer.

Your not alone in all of this.  I believe this is what most of us who work at home go through.  Eventually it will get better but you must put some rules into place for everyone and enforce them.  I know with very young children it is hard for them to understand this but if you begin now helping them understand, then it will get easier as they grow.  Also, if you have older children that can help with the younger ones, give them an incentive to help you out.  You've just got to be creative with it and find what works for you. 

Hope this helps!

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my opinion, my experience.
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Honey, you probably do not even have a job!!!

Honey, you probably don't even have a job


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Oh, yes, my honey without the beard
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(Not being a smart @$$ -- I'm serious).

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I read your entire post.  I totally feel that sometimes it is soooo easy for these MTSOs to blame us, and then they look better to the client.  An apology would have been nice.  But the old saying goes, CRAP rolls downhill.

Definitely interview for another company and get away from this crazed MTSO while you're still sane and only "frustrated."

As far as the mortgage company, give them a call.  Tell them your situation.  They have e-mail.  Let them know you are trying your best to get that payment to them on time, but are currently experiencing job switch syndrome and that your employer is not a reliable payer.  I would see if you could get that $75.00 fee waived as long as you send it by a specific date.  I think mortgage companies are willing to work with you in this day and age. 

I sure hope you get away from that MTSO and find one who pays on time every time, and they are out there.  You sound like a very professional and classy MT that does not need the headaches. 

I wish you the best of luck! 

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Honey Bee Wax, microwavable formula, sold at Sally's Beauty Supply for $9.99 (plus the strips for
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If you are paid 8 cpl, surely you do not believe the service charges the doctor 8 cpl - do you?

This is what I use daily


This site lets you type in three or more letters of the drug, and it pulls up everything with those letters.  It's great for when you only hear part of the drug.


Daily work is exactly what the word DAILY means --> work that comes in on a daily basis.  No days pass by without an empty queue.

I must be with the wrong companies then.

By chance is this MT Daily?
Not everyone comes to this board daily!
Are we not allowed to ask questions if they've been asked before? I understand this is the main board but people complain on the company board too if you ask about a company already posted about. Maybe those people can just skip over the posts and keep going, onto another message board preferably! Sheesh.
How many authors do you have daily?

I'm with a small MTSO and for quite a while have been on an account with about 10 doctors, mostly ESL.  I was very comfortable with them.  I have been trained on three accounts, one with maybe 6 and then another very large account, but they kept me primarily on this account.

Recently I was switched to one of the other accounts - no ESL, but this last pay period I had 38 different authors!!  Am having a hard time getting comfortable, and there's other problems , but for this post I just was hoping to find out, on average how many authors are others doing?

Maybe I was really lucky before with just 10 docs - ?