In any service business, your bottom line is dependent on clients and client behavior. This is particularly true for lawyers, whose sole business is serving clients.
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My father was a huge supporter of my dream to build Solo Practice University. My biggest fan. A little over two months ago, my Dad died suddenly from a (undiagnosed) burst aortic aneurysm. He died just 13 days shy of his 83rd birthday. It doesn’t feel right not to share some words which will remain in the digital ether forever, especially on this first father’s day without his physical presence.
I’ve asked hundreds of lawyers what differentiates them from their competition. Almost all of them say that it’s the quality of their work. News flash: you can’t all be better than the rest. Find out what you really need to do to separate yourself from the pack.
When I first started my practice, I tracked everything in my calendar in Gmail. I still calendar everything important in there. After a while I started to want something more detailed so that I could set reminders for a certain date in the future. This is what I do.
This post is directed toward those of you who fail to accurately record your time on a consistent basis throughout the day, day after day. I know it can be a hassle but there are really good reasons why this should be a priority.
You’re a solo practitioner. It’s approaching summertime and you want to take a well deserved vacation with your family, whether a beach on an isolated island, hiking the Grand Canyon or a staycation tech-free. Can you do it? Who will take care of our clients?
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, […]
Sometimes what stops a lawyer (new or old) from starting a solo practice is not fear about knowing the law or finding mentors. It’s about affording to go into practice. Health insurance is a big part of the ‘affordability’ question. It is for all self-employed people. It is for me, too.
If you are getting ready to study for the bar exam, you likely have your preparation plan all set up including purchasing your bar review program and signing up for the exam. Way to go! But one of the things that many people don’t consider when studying for the bar exam is how to make sure their life is bar preparation ready. This is incredibly important because you want to make studying a priority and eliminate unnecessary distractions and stressors. To make your life easier, here are some things to consider thinking through before the bar season starts.