Well, good luck with it all. As soon as I saw MTec I remembered that was the other school. My husband and I refer to MT as stripper work -- it's harder than people think and the girls lie about their income. Not that I would know that from the inside, of course. ; )
Eintob, I am telling you this as a person who has been there/done that. Medical transcription is the worst way to make money!! My sister, her friend, my friend, and I have all worked as MTs, and it's a pretty crummy world out there. Unless you get your certificate from Andrews School or some other online school whose name I forget right now, most places won't hire you. I went thru Andrews. It cost $3k and this was about 6 yrs ago. It took over 2 yrs doing it part time to get thru. They tell you it takes 9 months to a year, but everyone I've ever communicated with who "went" there says it was either 2 or more yrs. My sister got her cert from AHP (At Home Professions). She looked for work for over a yr and when she finally got a job it paid 3 cents a line. Most places would not hire her because her course was so poor. It took her 3 months and cost something like $400.
Once you're hired, many co's require 1000 lines a day, which takes about 5 hours if you're up to speed (and that takes months of getting used to the formats, software, docs, etc.), yet you won't make more than $30 to $40 a day. And this is FULLTIME. The work you turn in is supposed to be 100% correct -- even when the doc is cramming chips into his mouth, even when the doc's accent is so thick you can't make out more than a few words in a paragraph, even when the recording is so poor it sounds like garbled speech. This makes the work slower and you are down to $10 a day. In my 4th yr as an MT working for 2 companies at over 40 hours a week I earned - ta da! - $18k.
I meet moms all the time who are interested in MT work and I feel compelled to warn them not to waste their time and money for a job that will steal their time and earn them no money. The ladies who say they make $40 or even $50k a year are either lying or they have an MT biz and make their money off other typists. Hate to be a downer, and this is a weird intro, but I think it's important you know what you might be getting into.
You homeschool, huh? I can't imagine all of the work that must be involved. Plus, you are in school yourself?! WOW! Go Super Mom! ;)
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Yeah, TRD started falling apart before I left...I'm not sure but I think it got a little worse. I was close to quiting derby all together but I'm glad I stuck with it and moved to OC. It's mostly drama and fighting for team equality. Mandi Festo did go to the Bay area. I hear she made the team strong and they actually beat the Saddle Tramps a couple years ago.
Love your derby name!
Fibromyalgia can be really rough. My mom, sister and niece all suffer from it. I can sympathize as I have joint problems. Stress and changes in the weather can cause flair ups for me too.
What do you do for fun now?
That's cool. What was your derby name? I had two big injuries during training so I never got to skate a real bout. It was hard to face the facts that I just wasn't made for derby, but I really enjoy working with the league to keeps things running smoothly. They are my friends and I couldn't just walk away from them. I'm really active with sponsorship, vendors, charities, etc. Did you skate with Bella Russkia? She is with OCRG now as Wild Bella. She's a great little jammer!!
I saw on your profile that you have kids. We have two boys (ages 6 & 8). It's quite a challenge raising free thinkers sometimes, especially here in Orange County, as it is a crazed Christian/Republican stronghold. Our neighbors are all old white folks who look down their noses at anyone with a mind of their own. How is your community in Arizona?
Were those atheists apostates? Apostacy is the worst sin in Orthodoxy (and most of the rest of Christian denominations too). Just wondering.
Tucson! I went to the UofA. Spent 11 years in Tucson. Love that town. Still keep in touch with my old TaeKwonDo student who now runs a school there. Gotta get back one of these days. I really wanna have an Eegee's grinder. :)
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