Do you ever feel like an imposter? As successful as you are do you believe you are just fooling people because deep down you are incompetent, taking money for work you are ill-prepared to do? Do you think one day you will be found out for the fraud that you are? Well, so do most lawyers. Suzanne Meehle shares her story.
You’ve had your initial consultation. You’ve counseled your new client on the services they need, and they are ready to sign the engagement letter. But then you ask for their retainer, and they look at you like you’ve got three heads.
“You want HOW MUCH?!?!”
What do you do now?
I’ve been practicing law now for over ten years. I started out working at Big Law, and that wasn’t for me. And then I started a firm with a partner, and that didn’t work out either. Then I went solo, and that’s where I’ve spent the majority of my career. From working out of my home by myself to a brick-and-mortar office with two employees, for more than six years, it’s been Just Me, Esq.
Until now, that is. Are you ready to take on a partner…again?
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?
I have to admit it. I’m a worrier. I worry about my family, my mother, my husband and son. I worry about the economy and people and animals, the future of our country, the food supply. I worry about income and retirement and health. I worry. I worry about many things, some within my control and some not. But when you open a solo practice you take on a whole other set of worries. We discuss the number one biggest worry and how to handle it.
Ryan McKeen of the McKeen Law Firm is back with us again. This time he shares how he can take on larger matters by creating legal teams for cases on an ‘as needed’ basis.
This is a must-listen to guest lecture because there is a ‘no man’s land’ between being an office of one – you – and growing into having full time staff and permanently increased overhead. Ryan shares smart and highly effective ways to grow and be profitable during the journey through ‘no man’s land’. Listen and learn.
(This is a very lengthy post filled with a lot of information and a lot of very worthwhile links to read. Read it when you have some time, and please do share your thoughts.) President John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things.” You can’t change reality, so you need to face it head on. It […]