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Hi, Folks.

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice summer day...

Well, my lil home biz (custom computer programs for local mom and pop's) is whithering on the vine. I don't think I have the energy, or really the desire to revive it. Too much new technology to keep up with, and everyone wants to pay next to nothing for lots of functionality. I'll continue to support the handful of repeat customers, but they don't provide enough work for me to pay the bills.

Therefore, I'm looking for parttime employment, doing something where I can continue to work from home. I'd rather not do sales or be tethered to the phone. I know a few of you have "work from home" incomes. Any ideas?

Someone from a message board for computer consultants posted a link to a board for freelancers. From there I found another board of work-at-home moms. They sound so upbeat, it just made me feel more lethargic (sigh!).

Right now I would settle for "just a job" type work, where I do the work and get paid without having to make an emotional investment (or monetary for that matter).

Thanks for listening.

Hugs,
Barb
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Hi Barb,
I can certainly relate to your feelings of "no emotional involvement"...I had a very high stress, 24/7 commitment for 12 years with a surgeon that I left about 1 1/2 years ago. Since then, I have been doing medical transcription from home. No financial investment, or emotional, really. I work the hours I want, the days I want, as long as I produce as much as I committed to, so yes, you need to be a very good, accurate typist, with good command of the English language, in addition to medical terminology, but it really isn't difficult to learn.

As far as the pay, well you can pretty much make it what you want, depending on how much time you are willing to commit to typing.

I recently also heard about a website, not sure of the address, but it is for "virtual assistants" - companies pay you by the job, or by the hour, on special projects and you let them know what you specialize in, for example, Powerpoint presentations. I think this does involve a small investment. I really did not research this, but someone had mentioned it to me, so I'm just passing the information along.

Hope this helps,
be well,
Miriam

[This message has been edited by MIMI427 (edited 08-06-2007).]
Thanks, Mimi.

You're lucky you already know the medical terms. How long did it take you to de-compress from the high stress job?

I've seen a few promising virtual assistant jobs... in California! They wanted someone local to work from home.

I've also seen some "data entry" jobs that look like creating those 'Google ads' one sees along the tops and sides of various websites. One place charges a $50 membership fee, another charges $100. So I'm still looking for something that seems more legit.

Searching................ LOL!

Thanks again for your reply.
Hugs,
Barb
Hi Barb,
Good question, about how long it took me to decompress. I worked for him for 12 years and I think it took me over a year to really "decompress"...along with the decompression came all sorts of medical issues. I think when we are in a stress mode, our bodies somehow get us through it, no matter how long or how much stress, but at some point, we end up paying for it.

As far as how long it took for me to learn the medical terminology, the job I had for the past 12 years was working for a doctor, an infertility specialist and a GYN surgeon - advanced minimally invasive procedures, so I had a pretty solid background in this field, but for the first year of transcription, I was working on urology - male urology that is, so it was all new to me. I was fortunate to have had someone willing to train me - a lot of companies want certified transcriptionists, which I am not. There is a lot of software available, I got mine through Stedman's, you can purchase either CDs or books on medical terminology and of course, there is always the Internet, but information there is not always accurate, so you need to be able to trust your source.

I am not making the kind of money I did before, but I also am minus all the stress and demands, which I am so grateful for. Funny how you just don't realize how stressful your life can be until you walk away from it...I wish you well Barb,
Miriam
Thanks, Mimi.

LOL! From GYN to male urology? Hmmm. I'm sure there's a joke there somewhere.

I hear you about not knowing how stressed you are until you are out from under. I quit a high-stress job in 2001. I had all these plans to start my biz, but my DH "kidnapped" me to his brother's home in Mississippi for a week. They wouldn't let me do anything - well I finally insisted on helping with the cooking and housework. I had nightmares on and off for about 6 months.

Now I look at my situation as a blessing. There is no way I could have handled all our family's difficulties from 2004-06 and held down a "regular" job.

I just sent my resume to a local non-profit that had an ad in the paper for pt home-based Administrative help. I'll take all those prayers and positive thoughts to get something soon.

Thanks for listening,
Barb

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