My paralegal’s name is Candy. Not Candace. Candy. And she is not to be trifled with. Candy runs my firm. To be more precise, she runs me. Case in point: I am not allowed to manage my own schedule. Ever. I added an appointment to my schedule recently and got this text from her: Also, […]
It’s Spring, traditionally time for a little Spring Cleaning. Toss out the old, start fresh. For the solo attorney, that often means purging ourselves of bad habits and setting some new goals.
This Spring, I recommend that you stop being toxic to your business. Yeah – you heard me. YOU are toxic to your business. And you need to stop it!
One of the best things about being a solo/small firm lawyer that solo/small firm lawyers always cite is the flexibility. Flexible work schedule, flexible billing options, flexible practice areas. We are practically yogis.
What we never say is that all that flexibility does not mean a reduced workload, easier billing or lowered obligations to learn all those new practice areas. There is a price, and we usually pay it in longer hours working for ourselves than we ever put in working for Big Law.
Hi, my name is Suzanne and I am an addict.
It started simply enough with a babysitting business in high school. Then I expanded that to a babysitting service I ran out of a bowling alley on league nights. Before you knew it, I was running a catering business out of my kitchen during college.
Sound familiar? If you are addicted to entrepreneurship – if you cannot help yourself from starting up start-ups – then you and I have a lot in common.
Have you noticed that women lawyers seem to be going solo at a faster rate than their male counterparts? We may start off as associates at Big Law, but we don’t tend to stay there. In fact, less than seventeen percent of female associates ever become equity partners in their firms. Only about four percent make it to the level of managing shareholder. Think you know why that is? Read on….
Last night, as the latest breaking news and everyone’s opinion on it filled up my Twitter and Facebook feeds, I ran across this post from a friend of mine from law school: “Congrats to everyone who graduated from University of Facebook School of Law last night…..” … and LOLed so hard I almost spit out […]
I am a techie lawyer. I was a database and systems engineer for medical practice management software systems and electronic training systems for over a decade before I decided to go back to law school. When my fellow law students had a technical problem with their laptops, they were as likely to come to me […]
The past few weeks, my phone has not stopped ringing. I mean that almost literally. It has been hard for my staff to get work done, we’ve had so many calls. I’m actually thinking of making my part-time assistant a full-time offer. Nothing major has changed in the past few weeks. Except for the videos. […]
I recently broke the Cardinal Rule of accepting new clients: I sat there and listened to this guy go on and on about how poorly he thought of his previous attorneys, and I still let him hire me. Why on earth would I do that? Usually I would have run. The rationale for never taking […]