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Year: 2011

Profits or Growth? | Lessons from Monopoly | 2012 Goals

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! Well, we’ve finally reached the end of 2011, and I must say it was a pretty good year. The business is humming right along, family life is good, and there’s only sunshine on the horizon. But enough looking back, let’s look forward. As you can see from the title of this post, I’ve got a few things I want to talk about today related to starting a law firm. The first is whether or not you should be working toward profits or growth. The second is a lesson I learned from Monopoly this last week while I was at home visiting family. The […]

Starting a Law Firm | "The Flinch" Review, and What Makes Me Flinch, Among Other Things

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! Update to this post before it’s even posted – I wrote it about 10 days ago – doesn’t make it any less relevant, just means I’m not actually in a plane right now Right now I’m sitting in an airplane at thirty-five thousand feet or so, headed from Seattle to New York. I’ve never been to New York before (can you believe that?!) but I guess this is as good a time as any to go. The University of Washington is playing Duke in basketball on Saturday in Madison Square Garden. I plan on being there. But it’s not all fun and games. […]

Starting a Law Firm | Thanksgiving Edition

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! It is officially Thanksgiving, at least in Seattle. At 12:16 a.m., we’ve officially entered the day of thanks. Some would say this day of thanks is a slap in the face to the indigenous people of the United States. I get that. But for me, it’s a day to eat great food, mingle with my family, and, this year at least, watch some decent football. But it also means something else. It means I don’t have any court tomorrow, or Friday for that matter. It also means that right now I am waiting for my pumpkin pie to finish cooking – that’s what […]

Starting a Law Firm | Marketing a 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! I know I’ve talked about marketing a law firm many many times, but I just think it’s something you can’t talk about enough. I met with a guy yesterday who’s just opened his practice up here in Seattle, and as I was talking with him I heard over and over what I’m sure many of you are saying when you have conversations with yourself. Me: What are you doing for marketing? Him: Not much. I’ve finally got a couple of paying cases so I’m just trying to work those up. Me: (Sigh) You’ve got to come up with a plan to start getting […]

Steve Jobs' Biography and Starting a Law Firm | SEO Spot Available | Overcoming Fear

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! As you can tell by the title of this post, this might turn out to be a long one. I’ve decided to go from two posts per week down to one, so the one per week could turn out to be longer than usual, if I have something to write about (which I do this week). If you don’t like it, too bad. Just read the post slower to stretch it out over a week. I’ll give you a brief overview of what I’m going to write about in case you want to skip something or jump around. First, I just finished reading […]

Lead, Follow, or Get the F&*! Out of the Way

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 wish I’d come up with the title of this post, but I didn’t. I stole it blatantly from “Both Sides of the Table” an entrepreneurship blog that I frequently read. I stole the title because I think it says everything that needs to be said on the subject (although I guess, not really, since I’m saying more about it right now). The post had some great insight into what we do as business owners that I thought I’d share on here. Leadership Isn’t Easy Two paragraphs about leadership that I thought were great for us to think about: It’s hard to be […]

Starting a Law Firm | The Attributes of a Successful Entrepreneur

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 don’t do this very often, so I don’t feel bad about doing it today. I’m going to talk a little bit about a post I read on another blog, send you to that post, and then call it a day. It’s a good enough post that it speaks for itself, and I’ve got other stuff to do today – for the most part, starting a law firm has nothing to do with this blog! The article comes from a blog called “Both Sides of the Table.” It’s written by a guy who used to be an entrepreneur but who now owns a […]

Building a Law Firm | The Next Steps

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 think the time has finally come to make the transition on this blog from starting a law firm to building a law firm. I’m two and half years into this wild ride and it’s time to make the next step. What is that next step, you might be asking? Well, I’m about to tell you, and, in my mind right now, I think there are approximately four parts of the plan. As always, if you can think of more, let me know. Step 1 – Online Marketing If you’ve been reading this blog then you know I love online marketing. I’m actually […]

Marketing a Law Firm | Marketing Mailbag

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 love Bill Simmons. If you don’t know who he is, that’s okay. He’s just the greatest sports columnist of all time. Anyway, he does these mailbags every month or so where he posts real reader’s emails and then responds to them. Because I’d love to be him, I’m going to do my own mailbag today. It’s not going to be nearly as funny or entertaining, but you’ll probably like it. Here we go. Hello again, I wrote the following email to you in July regarding my practice and never received any response. I would appreciate if you could read my story and […]

Law Firm Marketing Book Review | Duct Tape 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! Another day, another law firm marketing post. This time I want to talk about a book I haven’t actually finished reading yet, though I’m about to, called Duct Tape Marketing. And, before I even get started, I want to again point out that I am not being paid to talk about this book. In fact, I had to buy it myself. But it’s worth it. And in about 3 seconds, I’m going to tell you why. Duct Tape Marketing is not a law firm marketing book. And that’s why I like it. It’s about marketing a small business in general, which is what […]
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