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You went unemployed for a year to settle for IC work

Posted By: ? on 2005-09-11
In Reply to: As a rebuttal to there not being good MTs in the US sm - Experienced MT

So you pay huge amounts for your own taxes, benefits, etc. No PTO, no sick time, no holidays.

Good job on holding out there! Way to go!

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I don't work for that company, geez, huney, settle down
if you are working at all, you are not unemployed
You would not be able to get compensation. This bites, but that is the way they look at it.
Yes, it just didn't help to be unemployed for 2 months at that time.
We got a shutoff notice for Christmas with snow on the ground.
With your people skills, you'll stay unemployed. nm
if you settle with MQ cause the others are no better...sm
doesn't that make all the other ones crappy, too? Every job has it's perks, as well as it's crap.  That's just life.  As for me, MQ works. I'm not saying that it will for everyone, just my own personal experience. 
First of all, settle down there trigger...

I don't know where the animosity is coming from.  Noone was being hateful about anything.  I think it's a fair enough statement to say to her with your experiences and mine both that it's about even on the amount of companies that pay by report and pay by the line.  Was just trying to let her know that by the report was not the end all to be all out there for rad.  There are still alot of companies that pay by the line. 

Secondly, I am very happy for you that you are making such great money getting paid by the report.  I wish I had the same opportunities in front of me that you have had so I could make the better choice, but obviously I haven't had that.  I would love to get better pay for what I do and have done for so long, but I have had to make the decisions based on the offers in front of me at the time. 

You really didn't need to be so nasty about it...I wasn't trying to say nobody out there gets paid as well as you by the report...I was simply trying to make sure she understood that alot of us are still drudging along with by the line pay. 

SO right. People like that, who *settle* are
I'd settle for 200 to keep my electricity on.
some people i just will NEVER understand. 
I'd still settle for 5 ft 2 in. Of course I wouldn't mind

be 5'6"+ and having legs that just wouldn't quit, but then I wouldn't be the person I've become and I much prefer who I am to who I might have been. 

Why *settle* for less than you made in the ྌs?
Pretty sad when you have to settle for a crappy company because all the rest are no better.
One year at work.. we all dressed as
we all wore striped jail outfits and hats.. and, considering where I work, it was definitely true!  We wore handcuff and had chains.. it was funny!
I always have more work this time of year
I have my own office account and patients try to get in their yearly appointments before their yearly deductible is due in January again so my work always picks up this time of year. January is usually a little slow for me but it picks back up by February normally and stays quite consistent the rest of the time.
Sounds like where I used to work year ago! - sm
My mom and I worked together at a research and analytical lab/supply co. We had to arrive at 7:45 (regular hours were 8-5 with an hour for lunch) and my mom had to "clock" in everybody to check that they came in on time and submit it weekly to the boss/owner. You had to give blood to get OT and you had to do above and beyond your job about 200%. The company "rules" were pretty stupid the things we were not allowed to do. If you got a personal call (and I do agree work is not the place for personal calls but emergencies do happen) it was "logged in" and you had to sign a slip saying you received a personal call, its nature, if it was an emergency, etc. As for raises, rarely, once every 4-5 years if you were lucky. If you asked for one he would tell you to go find another job, a real sweethart. Morale sucked there to say the least. I wore so many "hats" it wasn't funny. I made peanuts too in comparison to all that was expected of me. After I quit (left to get married and move to another state) my replacement was hired at twice my salary (she was about twice my age too but she was the boss's right arm's wife) and did about a 10% of my job (nice for her). My mom stuck it out for about 5 more months before she quit. The boss was just a plain jerk and took it personal that I quit (I'd been there PT and FT for 13 years) and also threatened a law suit when I moved and got a job with a "competitor" (a much smaller lab/supplies company). The law suit fell through of course after he saw the confidentially agreement I signed which made no mention of working for competitors.....he quickly revised that of course screwing future employees...we are not talking about a multimillion dollar company (not even a million a year). So as much as the above is a joke, there are bosses/companies out there like that.....
Work with only a year experience

Well I'm looking for work .. I have a year experience, my current company is 3 cents a line ... ICK but I needed the experience..

HELP any hints....

Need a decent company...

How much do you make per year doing MT and do you work PT/FT and
for a company or have your own clients?  Just wondering how I compare.  I work for both and made just over $24,000 last year.
I'm actually training my 14 year DS on MT work...
his grammar is much better than many MT's who took my grammar screening and he is developing quite an ear. I sit beside him and overlook what he is typing and man is he doing great! At 3 cpl he makes anywhere from $3.33 an hour to $5 an hour and will soon be due a raise, doncha think? Oh and B4 someone starts screaming about patient confidentiality, he signed the confidentiality form and contract and is now a bonafide IC.
I got some last year and frankly, don't seem to work...sm
for me.  I think they would probably do better with boots on, but that isn't going to happen.  They seem to just heat in the toes and really not very much.  Don't keep me any warmer than heavy socks.  I also have some socks that are to microwave.  They have beads all through the bottom of the sock.  Not bad, but very temporary and tough to walk with. 
ICs, anyone work part of year as
and then change over? I have become totally spoiled. Started IC late in the year so about 2 months total but now is a new year and I am pondering about going to a part-time employee rather than me having to do the tax but wondered if I could wait just a littleeee longer before I have to give you know who all my money???
May be so but don't forget they don't work all year

Road construction is done in the summer (no vacation if you want to make money). Then you must keep some of that money for winter when you don't work. If there is no road construction, you don't work, either.

Hubby only worked 70 days this year. Road construction is down the tubes for the next 5 years. It's also hard, back breaking work if you're a laborer. You're out in the hot sun all day long and some places don't give any breaks. If the schedule is screwed up and they get behind, they have to work extra hours to get back on schedule.

On some jobs, my husband would work 12 hours or more a day plus an hour to and from the job. That's long hours, but you have to go where the jobs are. They're never in your backyard.

He's not a laborer. He's a tri-axle owner/driver. He makes somewhat more than $30 and hour, but still makes less than I do after all expenses, especially with the cost of fuel nowadays.

74K solid year income + MT work
I saw in the Education Website a 74K package + some MT work that could get you into 90K a year after taxes. Is it worth it?
Mine avg. around $2K a year that is it -- all work via the internet- sm
I cannot see how anyone can write off $10K unless they are fudging things or have a very large office area in a very expensive house with a BIG mortgage---and drive back and forth delivering tapes, print outs, etc. I do not do the mortgage/office deduction so I am sure I could write off another $1K if I did that, but as I don't know when we are moving (planning to one of these days) I don't want the hassle so I just eat that one. As for my write offs I deduct anything remotely used or needed for work, electricity, paper, ink for my printer (print patient lists), my fax service, internet, FTP, any programs/upgrades, virus protection, reference books, any equipment (did my computer a couple years ago), phone line for work, etc. I am sure there is more (i.e. a new desk, chair, etc.). If you use it for work, write if off. --From the sounds of it though your accountant is right.
I've been wearing them for a year while I work with no....sm
problem.  They aren't that strong.
Totally agree. My husband has been out of work for 1 year. sm.
In that time he has graduated college. We have applied to close to 100 places with NO responses. I work two jobs (one of which just got cut back). Its tough but I don't ask for help. It drives me to the point of wanting to hit someone when they say "Tell you husband to just get a job". I just took out 30,000 in student loans to help him get a "career" because that is what they tell us to do in a recession but guess what..NOBODY IS HIRING. If you have a job, your lucky, keep it. If you quit your job just because you want state aid, your a fraud and a liar and a poor parent. HOW could you teach your child values, responsibility and work ethic, if you have none yourself.
Last year we went to Disney and I work on a laptop so I brought it and didn't
take any time off so I could work. After much probing, calling, and trying to set up my internet (I made sure the hotel had wireless or I wouldn't book it), I finally got on line, but it was the night before we had to leave anyway.
I absolutely love my Dell laptop because of the flexibility and I can work on the dining table, office, kids room, etc. I can't imagine ever going back to a desktop PC.
But, you never know when you travel if 100% you will be able to get online.
You're forgetting all the stuff you can't buy when you're UNEMPLOYED!
Unemployed people have a hard time buying anything, including cheaply made offshore products. How many will have to end up depending on public assistance? That means more tax dollars being eaten up - besides the taxes NOT being collected from the overseas workers. In the long run, are you really enjoying a lower price?
Been at home for over a year now and I switched to night shift. I work for a national. Started out
working the night shift and sleeping in shifts during the day. My kids are way older but that doesn't mean they don't interrupt me. Besides, there the phone issue, more interruptions, the dogs bothered me a lot, too. Love them dearly but, oh so spoiled. It was taking me 10 hours to do what I can do in 8 on nights, plus I manage to get more sleep, if you can believe that. I still get supper on the table, vacuum, laundry, etc. So far it is working pretty good, so I think I will put in for permanent night hours for awhile. No sense in working 10 when I can work 8.
I *only* make $40K a year for full time work. Now I find that isn't decent is or fair?
Mine are in year-round thank goodness! They've started their new year 2 months ago.
Union diesil mechanic - good pay, great benefits. We swap year to year on who brings home more sm
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.
to cowgirl - Last I knew, last year the job paid $25,000/year no taxes, etc.
The hospital was bombed about a year ago, but not a lot of damage, very minimal damage.
44-year-old WF, M, Texas, 3 grown kids, just had 26 year wedding anv.
nope, still crunching last few days of year to hit my 50k this year. how can you when you haven'
Nothing this year. We ALWAYS got a cool surprise in the past, but this year nothing. :-( nm
After I went to a 1-year MT course at a vocational school, it was so bad that I did the 2-year colle
Not only did I finally receive the proper training, but the woman on the advisory board hired and mentored me. I also joined the local AAMT and networked. Good luck. I know how frustrating it can be. A community college will have a good program to include medical language, MT courses taught by local MTSOs, business English, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, etc.
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. 

Our 16 year old son has been working for a year now to pay for his truck.
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.
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.
come on.. you cannot compare a 2-year-old and a 15-year-old
46/F I have a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.
Got $$$$ back last year but this year
I have to pay them, sold a property I never lived in but I had enough sense to set aside $45,000 so just waiting on them to send me my WT2s so I can get started.
I get my work from an FTP site that they load the work to, however I don't have pool work so to
speak, but I tell them how many minutes a day I want.  The work is generally put in my box by 5 pm every day, then I have until 10 am the following day for some priority work, or 3:30 pm for the rest, so TAT is not too bad. I would like to work less at night though, but I working on that. My downside is I do not get the same dictators day to day, there are a few I do on a semi-regular basis though, some generate great lines but take longer to do that other doc's and are not "money-makers", I also do not get paid for spaces so that hurts a bit too.  This is WP5.1 too.....so very antiquated but that is what the hospital uses, so not much choice there. But I understand what you mean about the C-phone. I was just doing another job with C-phone recently...they incidentally did not tell me how to get off of the system, which was very simple.  I'd finish a job, then hit stop and hangup if I wanted to get off or quit working.  That is what you need to do if you want to sleep, eat, etc.  Don't feel guilty, do what you signed up for, believe me they watch the pools and will get others to do the work you don't finish.  If they get on your case remind them that you are only PT and only want 500 lines a day, etc.  It's not worth killing yourself over.  Good Luck.
You go by your schedule and have no work. Everytime I get on to work, there is always work.
Then you would have no life at all except work, work, work if you did that. I wouldn't do it. nm
Ask me next year. sm
I quit as an IC telecommunting for a hospital where I was making $35,000 a year, and started for a national as an employee in April. So far, only made $4600 with them. Big OUCH! But just getting the hang of expanders and the 4 accounts I have.

Can't wait to see my end of year :(
less and less every year - sm
Used to be about $35,000, now is about $30,000
Can RAM die? I put in more RAM last year so I should have 768 -- but it says 256 now- sm
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.