Here’s my thought for the day. I feel like there’s a lot of last-minute shenanigans going on with booking and dropping the ball. 1) Attorney (paralegal) forgot to schedule. That’s on them. Calling at 4:55 p.m. saying we forgot to schedule is on them. If calendar can get it covered great. If calendar needs to … More Court Reporter Roulette
So we’ve all gotten the job offer. It’s going to be an Original and 20. You’ll make tons of money. BUT we cap copy orders so you’ll only get paid for the first 10, or the first 5 will be at one rate, the next 5 will be at another lower rate, and the next … More Let’s Talk about discount pricing for volume
I love being Lyfted to work. And this week it really helped out. I had three days scheduled in Century City, California. That’s about 50 miles from where I live, but can be more than 2 hours in commute time one way. So over the course of three days that would be about 12 hours … More Getting a Lyft
Shouldn’t it be the job of the agency to keep itself in business? This is what I hear. I can’t compete with the Big Box. I can’t keep paying these outrageous per diems. The court reporter is being unreasonable in raising their rates. That court reporter is so ungrateful. Court reporters need to suck it … More When did it become my job to keep the small agencies in business?
Instead of my annual rant and rave about the tax man coming, how about I tell you how I keep track of stuff so that when I have to go into the tax man (or THE MAN) as I’ll be calling him from here on out (as in don’t let the man get you down). … More What I Wish I Knew My First Year – Tax Prep
I haven’t done one of these in a while. So let’s talk about your first depo, what you should know and what you should ask and what you should do. I’m going to assume you know the rate for the job you are about to take, payment terms, you have your equipment, and the job … More What I Wish I Knew My First Year as a Reporter – First Depo
Veritext-owned agencies – Stratos Legal (TX) David Feldman Worldwide (NY) Kramm Court Reporting (SD) Personal Court Reporters (Los Angeles/Van Nuys) YOM (Seattle) Diamond Reporting & Legal Video (NY) Victoria Legal (CHI) M&M Court Reporters (SoCal) Gore Brothers (Baltimore) Black Label Legal (Boston) Corbin Reporting (Anapolis, MD) Paradigm (MN) Love Court Reporting (Philadelphia) Henderson & Associates … More There is no evil empire
Making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. So in our case, it’s almost the end of the year, it’s time to check who’s been naughty or nice meaning who’s been paying you on time, who’s been paying you the good rates, who’s been giving you the good jobs. But … More Making a list, checking it twice . . .
So we’re feeling our oats. We’re doing our thing, setting our rates. We’re getting this whole negotiation thing down. Good job!!!! We’re working with lots of different agencies, getting a variety of work. We’re making more than we ever made before. No one’s going to hold me down. Hey, I want to share my enlightenment … More Let’s be polite
So let’s talk about raises? Are you giving yourself a raise this year? I am. Wait a minute. How does that work? I thought we were independent contractors. Can we give ourselves raises? Does the agency know that we’re giving ourselves a raise? Shh, do it and don’t tell them. NO. That was a joke. … More Who’s getting a raise this year?