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Month: February 2011

Starting a Law Firm | Taxes

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! This is going to be a short post today, mainly because I can’t think of much to write about. But, since tax season is fast approaching, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about what I do along those lines. Here’s a hint – not much. When you are starting a law firm there are two things that you can be pretty sure of. First, you aren’t going to be making a ton of money your first year. Second, especially if it’s just you, there are going to be basically two line items, income and expenses. Amortization, depreciation, and capital expenditures probably […]

Marketing a Law Firm | Avvo.com, Social Media, "Networking" and You

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! Before I get too far into this post, I want to put it into context. I am not trying to be mean. I am not trying to be harsh. I am trying to give you the information you need to start and run a successful law firm. I’m not really that good at sugar coating things (ask my mom and my wife!), so I’m just going to give it to you straight. I’m not going to say any names, but I met with another guy last night over beers who is venturing out to start his own law firm. He was a great […]

Can You Dress for Success?

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! This is a two part question that actually got me thinking after I read two separate blog posts (although to be specific it was one blog post that referenced another). The post was by the author of Simple Justice, a blog I think is fantastic (to translate fully, I’m suggesting you go take a look). It’s a criminal defense blog, but it’s more than that. Scott Greenfield, the author, discusses topics ranging from criminal defense to marketing to practicing law generally to a select group of individuals he describes as the “slackoise,” which I might actually be a part of. But I digress. […]

How to Start a Law Firm | Two Marketing Ideas Shot Down

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 help it. I think it’s just in my blood now. But I am constantly thinking of ways to increase my conversion rate for potential clients (i.e. calls from the website) and thinking of ways to get more people to want to choose me over the other options out there. It might be obvious, but it comes down to being different from everyone else, in a good way, and also giving people what they are looking for. I’m rolling out a new website in the next week or so, (and, by the way, you can see it here, and I’d love to […]

Book Review Friday | The Dip | It's Not About the Money

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! Something amazing happened to me last night. I was looking around on my local library’s website and I found out that they have a ton of books in PDF format that you can download instantly to your computer! As I am apt to do whenever I discover a resource for books, I took advantage of it. Last night I went through two books, both related to business, and I thought I’d write about them today. Here we go. The Dip | Seth Godin I’m not sure if you know who Seth Godin is. Though I don’t know him personally, I do know he’s […]

Starting a Law Firm | Testing Your Assumptions

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! Hi! Welcome to another edition of how to start a law firm. I know the Wednesday post is typically about marketing, and I will talk a little bit about it at the end, but I wanted to start with something a little bit different. I want to talk about discovering your fears and questioning your assumptions to maximize the success of your business (and really anything else that you do). If you can’t tell from my writing, I love the business of running a law firm. I like thinking about ways to get clients to me, I like to think about ways to […]

How to Start a Law Firm | Where I Get My 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’m going to cover several topics here again today, so I thought I’d give you a little preview here in the first paragraph before diving in. First, I’m going to talk about where I get my help from. Second, I’m going to answer a reader question about data backup and storage. And finally, I’m going to talk about what to do if clients won’t pay (another reader question). So, here we go! Where I Get My Help From It may seem like I’ve got my stuff together, like I’ve got all the answers, but the truth is, I still have a lot of […]

How to Start a Law Firm | That's What Pros Do

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! Starting a successful law firm and running a successful law firm takes a lot of work and a lot of effort. There are a ton of things to do that you won’t even have thought about as you get to work. But, if you are in determined to be successful, you’ll get everything done that needs to get done and everything done that you want to get done. I saw a blog post today that reminded me of that and I wanted to share. The author of the blog is a guy named Jonathan Fields. It’s an entrepreneurship blog more than anything else. […]
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