Is your law practice becoming unbearable? Here are 5 common problems facing lawyers and quick fixes to solve them.
You feel out of your depth on a matter
All lawyers, from time to time, suffer from imposter syndrome. However it is quite different if you have taken on a new case or entering a new area of practice. Quick fix: Reach out to another more experienced lawyer for help. While it is uncomfortable to ask for help, many lawyers are more than happy to assist you. Read more
Now that the holiday season has ended, it is time to set course for a successful new year for your business. While personal new years resolutions are hard to keep, these business new years resolutions can help expand your business and make this your best year ever.
5 Business New Years Resolutions
1. Start the year with gratitude
Consider the people who have helped your business in the past year, namely your clients, mentors and referral sources. Reach out to them to thank them and reinforce your relationship for the new year.
Clients – Thank clients for their business and tell them your goals and plans for the new year. Ask them for referrals. Prompt them to contact you if there is anything you can do for them. Read our article, Do You Show Your Client Appreciation?
Mentor(s) – Thank your mentor(s) for their past wisdom and assistance with the success of your business. A quick email or phone call can easily convey your gratitude. It may be a good time to also outline your ideas for the new year to get their feedback.
Referral Sources – Send a short note to your referral sources thanking them for their past support and also mention what types of clients you are looking for in the new year. Perhaps you are expanding your business or practice in a new area? Tell them how you can further serve their referrals. For tips, read our post, How to Thank Referral Sources.
If you haven’t heard of business attorney Aiden Kramer yet, you will.
She is based in Denver, Colorado but serves clients throughout the state (and those outside the state on federal matters) with her virtual law practice.
And she is a YouTube sensation with her “All Up in Yo’ Business” videos where she breaks down complicated legal issues that everyone can understand.
For a sample, check out this video about entity organization that she makes both educational and entertaining:
In our interview, Aiden shares what she has learned from starting her own practice and how video helps educate and attract potential clients.
Q. Why did you make the leap to start your own law firm?
I always knew I would go solo at some point in my career, but I certainly never expected it to happen right out of law school. I was interning with a local attorney during my 3L year and towards the end of the year my boss made various statements here and there about wanting to hire me after I passed the bar exam. Well, the bar exam came and went, I was sworn in and licensed, and it turned out that my boss just didn’t have enough work to justify hiring me. I had somewhat relied on that and hadn’t applied for many other positions and had no other prospects, so I figured what better time than now to take the plunge and try to go it alone. Read more
We have added over 20% more advice, resources and inspiration.
With sample forms, helpful links, website information and checklists, this book has mapped out everything an attorney needs to set up their mobile law practice for success.
• Considerations for Your Practice
• Setting up Forms and Procedures
• Evaluating Systems and Software
• Marketing Yourself and Getting Clients
• Marketing with Social Media
• State by State Guide for Law Practice Management
• 10 Tips for a Successful Solo Law Practice
In addition to helpful links and resources, this book provides checklists of Goals and Opportunities to pursue so that you will have a concrete plan of action to start or enhance your own law practice. Note: The e-book version has clickable links to referenced websites.
But don’t listen to us, here are some Advanced Reviews: