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Starting a Law Firm | Goals for 2010

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! I know I know, another goals for 2010 post. If you read any other blogs then you are probably seeing these pop up all over the place. Everyone is telling you how to set goals you can achieve and set goals that will help make starting a law firm a reality for you. Well, I’m selfish. I care about your success, but I like to do a little less talk and a little more show. To do that, I’m going to tell you what my goals are for 2010 for starting my law firm (there won’t be any personal goals in here, so […]

Turning Down Clients the Key to Starting a Law Firm Successfully

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! You may have just read the title of this post and immediately thought of clicking away. After all, how can you make any money if you turn down clients? Isn’t the goal to make as much as possible, and isn’t that goal only attained by getting the maximum number of clients? I mean, if you are just starting a law firm, isn’t any client better than no client? The short answers are: you can make more money if you turn down certain clients; the goal is to make as much money as possible, but that doesn’t necessarily mean getting as many clients as […]

Starting a Law Firm and Time Management

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! When you are starting a law firm one of the first things you are going to have to think about is how to manage your time, particularly if you’re starting a solo law firm. Every once in a while I make a short list of all the hats I might wear in any given day, and it ends up looking a little something like this (in no particular order): attorney; receptionist; paralegal; office manager; marketing manager; and customer service representative. As you might expect, my days can go by in a flurry feeling like I get nothing done. To get the most out […]

When Starting a Law Firm, Be Careful What You Outsource

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! One of the difficult tasks you will face soon after starting your own law firm is what to delegate and what to do yourself. And more importantly, what you delegate in house and what you delegate out of house. I was reminded of this lesson today when a colleague of mine (in the sense that all criminal attorneys are colleagues of mine) was called out for outsourcing his marketing and having the marketing company use some less than professional methods of marketing. If you know anything about internet marketing (and if you don’t and are starting your own law firm you better learn) […]

When Starting a Law Firm Don't Forget to Take a Break

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! The world doesn’t revolve around you. It will continue to spin around every day even if you don’t wake up and put in a full day of work. The sun will continue to rise. The phone will continue to ring. If you are starting a law firm, sometimes this is hard to remember. But what better time to talk about this than around the holidays. Thanksgiving was on Thursday. As you know, I recently started my own law firm (which, by the way, when do you think it stops being recently and turns into something different, like some time ago, or “back when […]

Payment and Your New Law Firm – Always Get Your Money Up Front

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! Just to warn you, this post is not going to be the most politically correct I’ve ever written. But this is a blog about how to start a successful law firm, so I have to tell it how it is. I will make a few broad generalizations that I know don’t hold true to everyone. That is why they are generalizations. But the lesson holds true, and if you aren’t following it, give it a try and see how much better your law firm runs. Here we go. Your clients do not want to pay their legal bills. They think you are overpriced. […]

How to Network When Starting Your Law Firm

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! One of the things I try to do a lot is talk to other people who have started their own law firm or are thinking about starting their own law firm to find out what they are doing. Invariably the ones that aren’t making any money or are really struggling are spending a lot of time “networking.” This means going to meetings with various other struggling practitioners and handing out business cards and acting like something is going to come of it. If you are doing this – stop it – it won’t work! What I always ask these people to tell me […]

When Starting a Law Firm, Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help!

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! I can’t remember how much I’ve told you about myself (aside from the things I’m doing to open a successful criminal defense law firm) and I’m not going to look back to figure it out. So, if this is more detailed or less detailed than you already know, too bad (if you care). In general, I am a criminal defense attorney and DUI attorney (I consider them to be different technically) who, almost one year ago from today moved from a small city in the Midwest to a large city in the Pacific Northwest. When I moved to said city, I didn’t know […]

Newest Update on Yodle for Law Firm Marketing

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! Looks like this is installment number three related to using Yodle to market your law firm on the internet. You can find the first post here, and the second post here, if you want to read the entire exchange. If you want the reader’s digest version, here it is. I decided about a month ago to supplement my organic search engine optimization results with some paid online advertising. Yodle called me up at the right time, have a great online interface for tracking your clicks and calls and emails and seeing what is working and what isn’t. So I signed up with them, […]

Update on Yodle for Law Firm Marketing

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy! If you have ever tried to start your own law firm, you know one thing – getting clients is the end all be all of your business. You can be the best attorney out there, but if you can’t get anyone to utilize your services, you won’t be in business. Because of that, the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about when I go to bed is how to get clients to my law firm. A week or so ago I wrote a little bit about the only marketing I’m paying […]
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