Leaving a traditional law job for solo life is a little different than starting out solo right from law school. So, I’ve decided to list the top 7 lessons that I’ve learned in my first year as a solo. So here goes…
There are two new terms being used in this 21st century world which are making a big difference in their lives and the lives of others. Can learning them and implementing them make a huge difference in your solo/small firm practice? They really can!
It’s been five years since I started my solo practice. In that time, I’ve had many ups and downs. I’ve struggles at times – with depression, with stress and burnout, with financial troubles, and with staff turnover that got me labeled “The Hatchet” by a friend in the staffing industry. I’ve thought about packing it in a time or two, going back to work at a Big Law firm, but I never did.
You know what? I wouldn’t change any of it.
When I started my solo practice, I was confronted with one salient issue. Do I continue to practice law in the area where I have the most experience or do I try something new? How about you?
Curious? What does a banana have to do with solo practitioners building their practice?
Well, I had a similar reaction some years ago in a different context. Enjoy this great marketing lesson.
Are you a procrastinator? If you have a Civ. Pro. essay to review, multiple choice questions to practice and a Con. Law essay to write but you just can’t seem to tear yourself away from Facebook, this post is for you!
There are many valuable reasons to journal your experiences as you build a practice. Debra Vey-Voda Hamilton shares how journaling helped her successfully rezoom her legal career and shows you how you can do the same.
It is easy for attorneys to get lost in managing all of the emails they receive today. For example, it may sound all too familiar to come into the office, open your inbox, and 4 hours later realize that you have just spent their whole morning organizing and responding to emails. Although we wish emails would just answer themselves sometimes, that isn’t realistic. The best approach, especially for solo attorneys, is to make sure your inbox is organized so it is easy for you to follow up with the most important emails first.
Rules in Microsoft Outlook are a great way to manage your email.
An opportunity to sit on the board of a local nonprofit is finally on the table. Of course, if you accept, the board may ask you to do a little pro bono work from time to time; but hey, it feels like an offer that shouldn’t be turned down. But have you considered all the ethical minefields? We have.