Posts Tagged ‘Employment’

Fight or Flight

Yesterday I branched out and went to work for one of my clients as a note-taker, live in the focus groups. As I don’t have a laptop, I professionalised my iPad and felt sure that it would be up to the job – I did turn down the offer of a laptop, such was my confidence.

I left the house at 5.00 p.m. to make sure I was there for 6.00. I arrived and they placed me in the corner of the room, where I sat patiently, waiting for the show to begin. I managed to hide myself behind a big flip-board and tried to be invisible. The first 90 minute group went fine, except the board was removed half-way through, exposing me to the camera, of which I was aware.

However, about half an hour into the second group, I pressed something and everything on the screen disappeared – I just wanted to run from that room and say, ‘I can’t do this!’ I fired off a frantic email to the lovely Carly, who was behind the one-way mirror, to say that I’d need the recording to capture the first half hour and that I was just going to soldier on.

Between the groups she paid me for my ‘hours’, which she had interpreted to mean £25 per hour of group, i.e. 3 hours, plus a tenner for travel, so basically I got paid £85 for 8 hours work, maybe 9. I left their offices at 10.00 and on arriving home I then spent ‘til 1.00 a.m. putting my notes in order, minus the first half an hour of group two.

This morning, Carly sent me the DVD so I could capture that which was lost and me and the kids had a good laugh at the video; me in the corner, still as a rabbit caught in the headlights, in group one looking quite composed and by the end of group two, looking like I’d just suffered a nervous breakdown! We laughed at the despair and longing on my face when the flip-board was moved part-way through group one, and in group two I knew when to stop re-typing the notes when I saw myself frantically touching the screen and then emailing Carly and getting back on with the job before I missed any more.

This morning I emailed Carly to say that I had under-priced myself and that I would need £75 per session – i.e. I’d have come out with £150 last night, instead of £85 – to which she has agreed, so tonight I will be going back to my corner for one session and I’m going to try to do a better job than yesterday.




Miserably Happy

It is now week three into 2014 and I have barely done a scrap of work since before Christmas. Historically I know it’s nothing to worry about and when things start moving again I’ll be tied to my desk (and will most probably be complaining about it). So I’m consciously trying not to worry and to be happy for the time I’ve got to myself and making use of it; not just sitting around but going out with friends and walking a lot and all the while reminding myself to be happy no matter what, keeping my vibe high and affirming positivite thoughts – why is it so difficult!?

Be positive


Eye of a Needle

I am a struggling transcriber. I think that all my clients hate me and that includes potential clients. TC says that instead of sitting around and moaning that I haven’t got any work, that a modicom of effort is all that is required  of me – a modicom of effort, by definition, means very little; very little is something that I can do. As it happened, I was contacted early in the week by a researcher who remembered me from a while ago and he had tried to find me via Linked In. I joined Linked In about seven years ago; I didn’t make any connections and I filled in the profile as:-

Current position: Broke

Salary: Negligible

Looking for: A life

Education: Yes, I did go to school.

Amazingly enough, on failing to make a connection through Linked In, he got my number from an ex colleague of his, got in touch and made some encouraging noises about using me on an upcoming project. I emailed him later to say, ‘Just revisited my Linked In and have updated and professionalised. Thanks for getting in touch despite it.’ So I’ve updated my profile, made a few connections with people I haven’t been in touch with for a while and will now wait and see if TC’s prophecy comes true.


Brown Nose

How come when brown nosing is one of the things I like least, it is one of the things I have to do so often?

On this occasion I had to wear Alan as a hat – Alan is the poorly paying transcription agency – in an earlier post I did mention that I had behaved in a passive aggressive way and he had met me head on. It is two weeks to the day that Alan has been quiet. At 8.00 this morning, I tentatively MSN’d him to ask if there was a possibility of him passing me some work (‘pretty please, I’m really not desperate’) and he has come back on board.

In order to avoid brown nosing in future, I now realise that however tempting, I must not piss my clients off, thus eliminating the necessity to crawl up their arses a short time later … it’s a smelly business.



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