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I was just wondering how work is for everyone. I am usually pretty busy with four consistent days a week. However, this week I only was able to get one job. Everything else canceled on me.
I seem to remember around tax time everything slows down every year. Is anyone else noticing this?
Sorry you're going through all that. That happened years ago with one of our clients and his insurance companies. He actually got some of the insurance companies to agree to use us, but not all.
It's really sad, too, that the newer reporters don't really know what they're supposed to get paid so they take whatever they can get.
Depending on how well you know your clients you may be able to ask them to complain to the insurance agencies about the quality of the "flat fee" reporters or agency (of course only if true).
That's how Southern California reporters ended up not getting copy jobs (so long ago that most reporters don't even know about it - maybe 15, 20 years ago). It became so cutthroat among the reporting firms down there that the agencies were willing to put up with "the usual stipulation" where the O&1 atty gets the original transcript and then makes copies for all the other parties.
I also remember the "bottle of wine with every transcript" promotion a firm in our area did back in the early '90s. Just crazy.
Wow, this is the first I have heard of a flat fee. I hope it does not come to that. Unbelievable. Hope it gets better soon.
I freak out if I don't have four days a week, though. Maybe I should just enjoy the time off. Can't enjoy it for too long because the bills keep coming in. Yikes!!
You and I work in the same area (SF Bay Area) and I've had the last 10 of 13 depos cancel on me. Of the ones that went, one was 15 pages, the other 24. Yesterday's was two hours long. Last week was supposedly going to be 3 days of depos, and on the third day an early evening depo too. They canceled at the last minute so I couldn't get other work, and only the 3:30 on the last day actually went forward (my 24-page custodian of records depo). Times are tough - I had to give up my realtime depo diva attitude quite a while ago.
I am actually working this Saturday (although not yet confirmed).
Many of my reporter friends say that they are slow too.
The only positive was my job canceled this Wednesday so I got to go to the Giants and A's exhibition game with my family - something we never get to do on a weekday. You have to find a silver lining somewhere ;)
Thanks for your reply, Kellie. You made me feel a lot better since I know you do the same quality of work that I do. If you are slow, then I should not take it personally. For some reason, I always do.
Same thing happened to me this week. I was at MoFo for a three-day depo and while I was setting up for the first day, they canceled all three days. Crazy!!
I know of three other realtime reporters who are slow too.
I don't know if you do this, but you can send out an e-mail to the firms you freelance for (put your e-mail address in the "to" and put their addresses under bcc or make a group so they can't see each other's names) saying you're available certain days. Works great. It especially works with the smaller firms who tend to think I only take realtime jobs.
I have never considered doing that. Great idea. Thanks so much.
If they're 9, then, yeah, it's not that big a deal. They probably like it when you're busy because then they can get away with more.
Sorry, didn't know you're a single mom. If you're the only paycheck, then it's a different story.
I have a 9 year old daughter and 11 year old son so totally understand the gift thing. my 9 year old kept hinting that her half birthday was coming up. I am pretty sure she was angling for a gift or at least going out for an ice cream or something, but I didn't fall for it.
I also like to vent when I have a mountain of work to get out - but I've been so slow that now I'm complaining about that. Good luck getting your work done.
We cover South Georgia and North Florida. It has definitely slowed down, but thank goodness, we are still busy. Actually I am seeking two new reporters for Georgia, and I have been speaking with people from all over the country responding to my ad and everyone I talk to is slow. I have spoken with reporters from eight different states. They are all slow. We are still busy here, but have seen a big difference since the contracting has evolved too -- although we are a "no-contracting" state....right.