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Our 16 year old son has been working for a year now to pay for his truck.

Posted By: ooh, you struck my nerve. LOL on 2005-11-23
In Reply to: Do you believe parents should GIVE their teenagers a nice new car? - SM

He's learning how to sand and do body work and how the engine and transmission go together. My parents didn't buy cars for my siblings and I either. I had a 20+ year old beater car until I could afford to move up to a a newer one.

I see all the nice new cars parked in the high school parking lot every day. It's nice that so many disrespectful punk kids get handed something nicer to drive than what all the teachers drive. Oh, well. Honestly, I think most of them borrow Mommy or Daddy's car or are the child of a doctor who can afford to hand them everything.

Hopefully, my kids will take better care of their cars because they bought and built them on their own. You're not going to grow up to be responsible if you don't work hard for something and expect Mommy and Daddy to bail you out all the time.

Oh, my Dad lectured us on even allowing our child to have a vehicle because Dad didn't have one until after he had worked his way through college, lettered on the football team, got straight As, lettered on the baseball team, yadda yadda. He either walked or hitched a ride. Yeah, well, times were different back then, Daddy-O. LOL At least my kid has the opportunity to work and earn his own car.

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After paying on my truck and house for a year I can
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year os working...
I agree, you weren't nasty or rude. However, I just wanted to say that unlike you, I do believe places hire untrained QA and training people - as a matter of fact, I know they do. Not making any judgments on OP's situation, but just saying it is plausible.
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money.....but I am an IC and he has all the benefits...health insurance/dental that the company pays for, pension plan, 401k, etc.  Factor all of that in and he makes way more than I do.
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to cowgirl - Last I knew, last year the job paid $25,000/year no taxes, etc.
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out of my home full time. No gas money, no traveling, no printing, faxing, and I get full benefits. How is making 50000 as an MTSO good money? I really just don't get it!
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for Keystrokes. I do radiology only, I should mention. I took the amount I wanted (actually needed) to make in a year, divided it by 52 weeks, divided it by 5 days, came up with $1000 per week or $200 per day. I divided that by 8 hours and by my report rate ($1.25). I know that I need to transcribe 20 reports per hour on average. I keep a tally. Some days, it takes me longer to do than others, but I sit down and do my 8 hours every single day. I use my Expander a LOT (literally for all but a few words). I am on one account, so I know those doctors inside and out. If I am short at the end of the week, I ask if there is work available on the weekend for me to do. The most I end up with 2 hours to make up what might have been short during the week.

At $40k, you would need to make $153.85 per day, or $19.23 per hour. At $0.07, you need to type 275 lines per hour, or 2200 for the day. This should be very easy to get with using an expander and sitting down with a set schedule.

It takes a while to get used to making sure you hit your internal quota every day. I have to think of it daily and make it up on Saturday or Sunday so that I never start a week behind my personal goal.

I also take an incentives that are handed out (for instance if they are asking for help in a backlog situation at increased rate) and work at least a partial shift on holidays. If I am ahead at the end of the week, I carry it to the next week and know that I have some lines in my internal quota bank.

I know this sounds weird, but it works for me. I have helped a few others to get to their goals as well, and this seems to work for them too.

I would also look for something that is more in the 0.08 to 0.09 per line range. Ask your lead for production tips. Ask other transcriptionists. It is very possible for us to make good money, we just have to focus on our goals.

I have a sales background, which involved sales quotas. This is easier as I am in control of my daily production, not on someone else's decisions.

Good luck!
I made 21,000 last year working part time...
hoping when my youngest gets a bit older (she is 16 months) I can make a bit more...
If U R making 40-45K/year for working half-days,
Something doesn't add up.
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After I went to a 1-year MT course at a vocational school, it was so bad that I did the 2-year colle
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Sickest thing, I made more money my first year as MT as I do now, for working
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  I even still handle floppy disks all the time.  The magnets aren't that strong.
Made 60K last year working 50 hours a week being paid on gross line
I think he makes $700,000.00 a year, and if they ask him to walk before his first year MQ has...sm

to pay him a cool 1 million dollars.  You can check this out at the Medquist website.   I think the CFO makes $350,000 a year, and the head of IT makes $250.000 a year.

P.S.  This does not include the perks, like expense account, car allowance, sign-on bonus, etc. 

IC - 30 hours week, $98K last year. So far this year - 28K. sm
Individual IC - own account(s).
Not me, owed last year, and expect to owe this year- sm
or break even, had more expenses this year. Only owed $200 but still don't want to owe at all. Need to start doing estimated tax payments again so I don't owe! Guess I will get off my butt and do that this year.
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46/F I have a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.
Got $$$$ back last year but this year
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Ask me next year. sm
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Can't wait to see my end of year :(
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anyone have any ideas?  I am positive after I put in the new card back in early 02/2005 it read 756. So if anyone had any insight or suggestions I'd appreciate it.....might explain why my computer has been a bit slow lately...we have also had a lot of power surges/outages lately, but I do have battery back up now (after it wiped my work out 2 x), maybe it got fried from that?  TIA.
About a year now. Don't like it. NM
3 year old
I am very glad you have a happy ending. A friend of mine, who is an MT, had the same thing happen to her with a tragic ending. Her son had drowned in a pond on their property. He was also 3 years old. They just don't realize the danger.

Make sure he removes his make up before he goes to sleep, LOL.
Big S does. For one year.
I am actually thinking of dictating the information into a microcassette and then hiring a typist to type it out for me.

I believe I put it in Autocorrect as -yo and then expended to -year-old and it finally worked.
I kept a log my first year but never again. NM
When you save -year-old in your autotext check the formatted text box NOT the plain text. This should work.
I did it one year...sm
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Well, I did get a cat the next year...
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Maybe next year
she can blind carbon copy everyone and nobody will be the wiser.
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My son is pulling the "greater than thou" attitude.  I don't know if this is his way of getting me to kick him out of the house or what.  He is to start college next year and we had told him he could stay here to save on rent, but I don't think it is going to work out.  Also, what obligation do we, as parents, have as far as assisting in college payment?
> 1st of the year I think she said. nm
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So much for the new year being better than the last.

Life could be a lot worse, right?  I know, but I still have no work even at a different job.  I still have no money.  My bills are still behind because my jobs have just snowballed in the past three months.  Home life is the same old, same old.  Can't get the kids to pitch in without complaining.  Still can't get them up in the morning despite moving their bedtimes back.  Can't get the husband to cut back on the budget.  His job has been really slow since Thanksgiving, too.  Christmas was the same old thing.  I wound up returning my Christmas presents again this year.  Nobody gives refunds even with gift receipts so I get to use the gift cards to buy groceries.  I don't know why I thought the new year would be any different.  It's so darn depressing.  What's the point of trying so hard when nothing ever changes?

What year?
$700-$800 F/T, although 3-year-old
is constant interruption. Not her fault, of course. She is going to the sitter's starting next week. I have seen how much of a difference it makes when she is not around.
It's a man's year this year!
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I was going to do this last year
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One 3-year-old and trying for my second!!

I have only been doing this for a year..

and I am fully aware of all of the above, except the (GERD). Like the others said though, that is just probably how the account wants it done. My account wants the 2 spaces after each period though, so that is how I do it.

I personally would not worry about what other people are doing. If they are not doing their jobs right, that will be their problem. By correcting the above though, you only benefit yourself.

I would suggest entering some of those in your expander. I have bid put in to expand out to b.i.d. The same goes for q4h, expands out to q.4 h. Once you enter all those in, you won't have to worry about doing it wrong anymore. It will correct them for you. It doesn't get any easier than that. Good luck!

Why don't you come on over and see for yourself. I have a 2 and 4 year old
boys who are the most well-behaved children you've probably ever met. Yes ma'am, no sir, etc.

This one will really get your panties all in a bunch! I actually started pre-k at home with my 4 year old AND transcribing. How's that one for a kicker?

I plan on homeschooling both of my children.

They are very well adjusted. I worked a split shift and do most of my typing at night when they go to bed.

By the way, I used to be in daycare. That was my first career. I wouldn't be so quick to think that those kids are getting any more attention than they are at home. Trust me, most centers have a ratio of 10:1 and even more! I can promise you this: It's natural for a child to be with their mothers and not strangers from infancy all the way through adolescence. They WANT to be home with their mommy's and in some cases daddy's too, even if their mom's are working while they are home. It's a great sense of security that our precious children have knowing that their parents are not going to leave them all day with some stranger. How do I know this? Because I worked at a center before becoming an MT. Those kids would cry, some infants would cry all day long. Doesn't that tear at your heartstrings?

Please don't feel sorry for the children who are home with their moms or dads while they work from home regardless of what they do. I have met more well-adjusted children whose parents work from home than from working parents who choose to work out of the home, which I don't condemn. I just preferred to be the primary caretaker in my children's lives.
She is a four year old. That's all.
Her *lack of concentration* is most likely associated with family upheaval than ADHD or anything else. Weak hands? What does that mean exactly?

Take a hug and then give one to your daughter - she is going to be fine. I guess if she needs to be in preschool (which is another subject altogether - I'm a keep them at home until school actually starts kind of person) find a teacher with a little more time to spend on the child's individuality instead of one who tries to cram all the square pegs into round holes.
No. I have SBC DSL. This is my 2nd year to
that is all I pay, period.