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So, you think it is okay for hard-working MTs to earn 7-8 cpl for their hard work?? nm

Posted By: What are YOU worth? on 2005-12-19
In Reply to: That kind of money is what has sent work overseas, IMO. - nm


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working at home is hard work
I have been working at home for 22 years. I used to get the same statements from people asking me what I did all day, until one Sunday in a local paper they compared 8 hours of sitting at a computer and typing to digging ditches 8 hours a day, not as physical but a lot of mental use, especially transcription. I do my housework early in the morning if I get a chance. If I have extra work at night, I have my family order pizza at night. My husband used to say to me what did you do all day and I would tell him, well I typed, did laundry, made beds, went to the grocery store, before I started typing, took kids to baseball practice. Now I am older and wiser and so is my husband and he does not dare ask me what I have done all day as he knows if I am working I am making money and if I have the time I will clean, but if I don't, then it can wait until tomorrow. Occasionally when people would ask me what I did all day (not husband), I would reply "nothing", just sat with my feet up all day lol. My feeling is this, if they don't like it, let them do the laundry, dishes, empty dishwasher, sweep the floor, vacuum, etc, and you know what they do and will. Don't let them get you down. Just because we work at home does not mean we have it made quite contrary, we work hard and just look at how our bodies fall apart because of it.........
Proving that working at home is HARD WORK

HELP!!!!  How can we prove to our significant others that working at home is hard work and just because we are home, we are working and CANNOT always find extra time for laundry, dishes, cleaning, dinner, etc?????

I hear, "you work 6 hours a day, I work 10...I expect everything to be done if you have those extra 4 hours.... " Well, my 6 hours of working is actual sit at the computer and type my fingers to the bone....yes, I take breaks and do have extra time..but then I shower, chat with friends, catch the news..whatever....it is not excessive.  I keep up on the house most of the time, juggle my schedule to pick kids up from school, etc.... so once in a while if I just don't feel like making sure everything around the house is done, i get "What did you do all day..."  I AM SICK OF IT!!!!

My job is a full time job, I make more than I ever had working in an office 40 hours a week.....and I don't want to feel guilty for taking breaks and having some quality time for myself in between working...

Especially when he goes to work and talks to all his coworkers, brags about how easy his job is, sits around waiting for an assignment etc.....  Just because he isn't home to do the laundry on his breaks, why should I?????

sorry this is so long...but I KNOW a lot of you can relate!!!!!

If it rains hard, the wind blows hard and there are trees
nearby, it snows heavily it will mess up the signal.  The speed is not constant, sometimes as slow as dial-up, but at least still connected.  Many companies will not allow satellite. 
Not working so hard
I'm not about to bash you or call you a liar either.  Each of us long time MTs have our own stories to tell.  When we have our fellow MTs obviously hurting in this business and seemingly not knowing which way to turn, I for one would rather try to lift them up and make suggestions that might be practical and useful to them. Hearing your (or my) success story isn't likely to accomplish this.
Not working so hard
I'm not about to bash you or call you a liar either.  Each of us long time MTs have our own stories to tell.  When we have our fellow MTs obviously hurting in this business and seemingly not knowing which way to turn, I for one would rather try to lift them up and make suggestions that might be practical and useful to them. Hearing your (or my) success story isn't likely to accomplish this.
Good for you. There is no reason any hard working MT should put up with that crap. nm
I agree...working at home with children is possible just very hard...
I have a 9-year-old and an 18-month-old and I wake up early in the morning before the kids wake up and work and then work some more during my daughter's nap...there are days I want to pull my hair out but my children don't suffer and neither does my job...thank goodness my company is flexible otherwise I couldn't do it...
What a terrible thing to call a hard-working MT.
Disgusting name to call someone who has worked very hard, probably gone to college to learn this, invested a lot of time and money, perhaps worked in a hospital, certainly worked very hard, to be called a slob!
Merry Christmas to all hard working guys & gals in the MT industry!
I totally agree. Them not paying is NOT hearsay. It is fact so why let them scam hard-working MTs.
SAY NO.. to their advertising. What a scam they have going.
How many of you ICs have to work really hard to

make double your money in one week in order to take a vacation for one week.  I'm forever finding myself wanting to go on vacation, working doubly hard to make up any money I will lose while I'm off either before I leave or when I come back.  Is this the way everyone takes a vacation or is it just me?  I can't seem to give myself a break and just take off any time without making up my money that I'll lose.  GRRRR. I think I need a break!

hard ever, except now no work
at MQ, so I have to do something while I keep logging on/off DQS hoping a doctor will dictate a report. 
You did all the hard work. If someone wants

their own accounts they need to do whatever work needs to be done to get them.  People are frequently asking how to get their own accounts - well DUH.

Just like people asking which is the best company and who pays the most, etc.   If they want a job do the research.  I don't mind helping guide someone in the right direction, but I'm not going to do their leg work for them. 

I wouldn't fill bad at all.  


I believe it can be done, but I know how hard you must work...SM

I just finished my 12-hour day and did about 2,500 lines.  I'm exhausted.  I had a bit of interruptions today, so I possibly could have done more.  Yesterday I did about 1,700 lines in a 10-hour day, which again was full of interruptions.  I can't see myself consistently producing that amount day in and day out.  My wrists and arms already hurt.

All the power to the 3,000 line a day producers!  You are awesome and a very hard worker!

We all work hard, MT and QA both
no doubt
There's a lot of hard work that goes into

"being the middleman". They have to secure the account, make sure it stays in TAT, keep their eye on any errors or changes and make sure the MTs understand and follow the rules, make sure the clients are always happy, hire the most competent MTs, make payroll, etc., etc.

So before you jump to conclusions and think MTSOs have nothing better to do than being the middleman, think again. I'm not being nasty, just pointing out some facts.


The work just trickles in every day. Hard to get

get on the dictation system, only to find NO WORK.  Or just a report or two.  And a bunch of other transcriptionists fighting for what little there is too.

I think my company overhired BIG TIME.  I think they hired a bunch of the people who jumped the ship from Medquist.

If you are really feeling like this is hard work...sm

then maybe you are one of the many transcriptionists out there who are working HARD and not SMART.  If you are SMART you will learn how to use your skills to acheive the MAXIMUM payoff. 

The majority of Transcriptionist I have met really do not KNOW how to increase their line counts, how to be INDEPENDENT, how to SELL their services, etc.  Instead, they are CONTENT making under 30,000 . You have to be SMART in this business and quit SELLING yourself SHORT.  Learn everything you can about BEING THE BEST in your profession.  The work is OUT there!!!!!!!!  You need to seek it and turn down the CRAP that doesn't make $$$$.  I am only a 5 year MT and last year I made close to 52,000 after taxes.  Get motivated and get moving.  The work is there!!!!

P.S. - Not saying I don't work hard and don't deserve
good money but I just mean that you've got to have some incentive to work as hard as you have to work to get through medical school in order to have people willing to do it.
The MT world is hard work (sm)
Honey, I've been a Transcriptionist for 20 years and believe me, it is hard work. But it was even harder when my children were small (I had 3 of them). It sounds like she knew the job wasn't working out and had to do something about it. I agree with the other poster...try not to take it personally.
Actually more than being lucky, your hard work
paid off. This was what I posted about. You, like me, had on the job training for about a year and it was hard and I really worked hard to get the transcription part right while striving to make production. I worked some on Selectric, even though clanked did not mind at all. This was not a job I took in order just to work from home. It was done because I loved the medical field and never had a clue some day I would be working at home but that was yearsssss down the road. We were a training hospital and some nights I would go home almost in tears, really hard but I really did not think all the others in the room smarter than me and that was my incentive. It paid off big time. My speed has always been about 140 while helps and even now after all these years look forward to each day. I do not work full time any more but hey, I deserve some extra time to myself now. I have earned it!
I found out the hard way that first in always have the work. Supervisor sm
doesn't care what time I work. As was stated to me first come first serve.
It is hard to work for someone who drinks, and even worse
when they don't think they are an alcoholic. It really fries their brain,they are moody and unpredictable, and fly off the handle for no real reason.
I'm very grateful to have this forum and for your hard work.
I don't want to work that hard! OR learn somethingn new. nm
Why should this MT give away her hard work? She should go after what is rightfully hers.
It depends on how smart and how hard you want to work.
Hard 2 make money with no work.

I would just expect a "Good job and we appreciate all the hard work you did for us over the
Applauds poster! Yep sure do work HARD-nm

My definition of hard work is totally different.

When I need a reality check on how good I got it with this at-home typing thing, I do my chores outside in the freezing cold or sweltering heat and realize that is about the only other thing I could do in this state for income, and I'd be lucky if I got minimum wage with no bennies out of it.

I guess you have to look at it from a different perspective every now and again.  I've heard of people who leave MTing at home because they miss the buzz of an office, and then the cranky patient's and office politics breaks them down and brings them back to doing their thing solo again.

For me, the pay isn't too awfully bad because I figure don't have to buy fancy clothes, I don't have to worry about a car, gas, packing/buying lunch, and putting on a happy face if I don't want to. 

We all have bad days.  Those are days when you really need to take a deep breath or two and walk away for a bit.  They will get better.  If the bad days just keep on a'comin, well, then I suppose it would be time to look for a change, and there's nothing wrong with that either.   

...to alternate with your work computer. Not too hard to set up that way. nm
Nope, hard work and have to prove yourself.
Don't get discouraged though, we have all been where you are at...good luck!!
Complaints about hard work solve the problem?
Not at my office.  It's all for one and one for all.  I have never complained of course.  Have you?
Durn I wish I knew how easy it could have been..I never would have taken this work hard next to

How much room do you need on your hard drive if you work for 2 companies at once. I know this is a
stupid question but I am ready to buy a computer and I am thinking of going part time with 2 companies and each one has their own platform but I dont want to pay for some hugh unnecessary computer. Can someone tell me what has worked for them if you work for 2 separate companies.
I do not work hard every day to support fools, yet I am forced to by this
I do NOT, DO NOT, care about people who put themselves in harm's way in order to brag that they have a 9-room house on the beach.
Because it is hard work to collect and once you know a company is a bad debt,
Got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. She already lost on doing the work. Now she loses doing the collection work.
So what do you do to keep motivated to type during the work day? Sometimes I find it so hard to...

stay focused.  When you're working at home it is soooo easy to turn on the TV, take frequent breaks to answer the phone, talk to hubbie, play with the kids, take a hot bath, play solitaire on the PC, surf the net, post on a message board, etc.

I just wondered if anyone had any miracle cure for the wandering mind?

thanks for a great MT week to all involved and for your hard work

We keep rewarding incompetence and punishing hard work

That time is coming sooner rather than later, as more boomers retire (or try to), the balance of those working and supporting the system continues to drop.

In the meanwhile, we continue to cater to anyone who wants to play the system (I personally know 3 people who do).  As as society we have taught everyone to whine and stick out their hand to the government, federal and local, and they will be rewarded because they are "special".

The working folk get tired of watching the party they can never attend.  Beyond the emotional toll, their bodies become sick from working too hard for too long.  One by one they leave the work force, and who will replace them?

So, when nobody is "normal" and everyone is "special" and the whole thing collapses, maybe then there will be reform, but at that point how?  Good luck trying to get people who have been on the dole their entire lives (the 3 people I know are pushing 40) to suddenly change their ways after a lifetime of entitlement.  They'll probably just turn to crime so they can go to jail and society will continue to support them there.  Then the money formerly budgeted for entitlement programs will go to build more prisons, and taxes will not go down.

Yep, liberals work really hard blaming others for their lack of ambition
It's all YOUR fault!
Good for you! So nice to see MTs rewarded for their hard very work dedication.

Or ask for samples of the doc's work if they're hard to understand. GI terms are
VERY hard to get - a few companies have rad tied up pretty tight. The hospital I work for sm
will not even look at a new company for radiology. The TAT is too tight, the IS issues complex, and the radiologists do not want to have to proof their reports. You would be better off with medical records or small offices to start to build your size and reputation.

I also want a living wage for MTs. Don't mind hard work and longer hours, just want to be paid
Worked in clinic for 30 yrs and have tinnitus. I am used to back ground noise, hard to work
Working full time at home with small children is hard but part time works great
is almost impossible. You will either have to work when your spouse is home or for only a few hours during the day and then more when they are asleep. I work part time at home and my kids (2&5 now) have done very, very well. They are great kids, very well behaved, don't get into much. I stop working to check on them/give them some attention every hour or so while I work (5 hours each afternoon or so) and they get all my attention in the morning and at night. It has worked out beautifully for us.
I know...Trust me, I WORK HARD when I work! lol nm
And you might earn another 1/2 to 1 cent more working
It is hard but only at first...

I have 2 children and did it with both of them.  I am also a nurse but after trying part-time out of the house work combined with MT-ing to stay home with kids as much as possible, I ended up strictly at home 2 years ago. 

It's not the easiest when the children are infants - but it's worth it once you get past that phase.  I actually used to type with my daughter breastfeeding in my lap!  I had some crazy, crazy days and nights.  Don't expect to get 3-4 hours straight - be ready to get an hour or 2 when you can throughout the day.  It can be frustrating, but once they reach a certain age and are sleeping well you can work at night and during naps.  (My kids did not take to naps too well, so the night was my time.)

Now my kids are 8-1/2 and 4-1/2 and it's wonderful.  I'm finally past the crazy hours and grabbing an hour whenever I can - never at the same time.  (I am fortunate to work for a company that does not require set hours.) I type while they are at school and then on occasion after they go to bed at night.  I volunteer at their schools once a week, coach my daughter's cheerleading team, and am baseball, soccer and football mom.  I had an RN office job part-time about 2 years ago that I loved, but I just couldn't take not being able to be there for their school activities, after-school stuff, etc.  Nothing beats the flexibility of MT-ing. 

Good luck.  There will be smooth days and not so smooth ones - keep in mind how lucky you will be to be able to attend everything you want to with your child - to not have to call in sick when they are, to not have to ask permission to run that lunchbox to school when they leave it in the car, etc., etc.!