SKR Court Reporting Captures Record AND Blessings in 2014

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The eve of a new year is on our doorsteps. As I ponder what the future holds for Stevens-Koenig Reporting, I can’t help but look back over the past year and celebrate so many wonderful blessings. In terms of a quick seasonal checklist, our accomplishments look something like: 1st Quarter: Last year at this time, [...]

Jimmy Fallon and the History of the Stenograph

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Photo credit: GalleryOfShorthand.org Thank you, Stenograph machine, for making it possible to document an 8 hour deposition of an Indian geophysicist testifying about the analysis of the Earth’s atmospheric processes. Whew!!   Do you watch Jimmy Fallon? My favorite segment is his weekly “Thank You Notes.” Here’s a funny one from last year’s holiday season [...]

Clarifying Your Record (Sounds and Gestures)

Clarifying Your Record for Court Reporting

Pow. Kaboom. Vroom. Pop. What do all these words have in common? They all fall into the onomatopoeia category. “What’s onomatopoeia,” you may ask? Onomatopoeia are words that rely on a picture to make them more understandable. They are sounds that witnesses make to describe a car zooming by or a gunshot that they heard. [...]

Is Your Court Reporting Firm HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliant?

Is your court reporting firm HIPAA compliant?

When I talk to anyone about HIPAA and court reporting, they say, “What? How can court reporters have anything to do with HIPAA rules?” Well, read on.  Simply stated, if you’re a paralegal, attorney, legal assistant or legal administrator, you may want to make sure your court reporter is HIPAA compliant. Will you state your [...]

5 Online Resources on Retirement for Freelance Court Reporters

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As a freelance court reporter, you don’t receive benefits that court reporters who are employees may receive. One of those benefits may be a retirement plan, meaning that self-employed court reporters will be required to build their own retirement account. If you haven’t started contributing to a retirement account, we’ve found some articles that may [...]

Court Reporters: How to Choose an Insurance Agent

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Many court reporters work as freelancers or subcontractors, and are responsible for their own benefits.  This means, as a freelance reporter, you need to figure out what types of insurance are available and which types you require.  These are important decisions, and you should seek expert advice before deciding on which insurances to purchase.  A [...]

4 Financial Management Tips for Freelance Court Reporters

financial management tips for freelance court reporters

As a freelance court reporter, you don’t have financial officers to make sure your business finances are running smoothly. Having an accountant will help you at tax time, but there are responsibilities you will need to pay attention to yourself throughout the year. The better you are at meeting these responsibilities, the easier your financial [...]

When Should a Court Reporter Hire a Bookkeeper or an Accountant?

when a court reporter should hire a bookkeeper

As a freelance court reporter, your freelance work is essentially a small business. You go out and find your own work, and you are responsible for managing your own finances.  In the beginning of your freelance career, you may be able to track all expenses and incoming revenue with simple spreadsheets.  However, there may be [...]

Organizing Court Reporting Expense Receipts for Tax Time

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As a freelance court reporter, you’re in full control of your financial situation.  This means you’re responsible for paying your own taxes every year.  Filing your taxes is not a difficult task as long as you understand what records you should be keeping throughout the year.  If you plan and are well-organized throughout the year, [...]