Warning: Starting a law firm is not for the faint of heart

starting a law firmIf you have a weak stomach, you should stop reading this right now. Starting a law firm is not for everyone. This is not a joke.

It takes guts.

It takes effort.

It takes determination.

You can’t just “hang up a shingle” and wait for the phone to ring. And if the phone does happen to ring – then what do you do?

You must start with the end in mind

What is the ultimate goal you want out of your law practice? Money? Time? Freedom? You can go ahead and throw all of those out the window for now – because when you start a law firm, you are not going to have a lot of money at first, you will have absolutely no time, and freedom – just forget it.

I’m not trying to be a Scrooge here, but I do want you to understand, before you jump into the world of solo law practice, exactly what you are getting yourself into. Starting a law practice, just like starting any other business, is hard work and takes time and effort. When you start out, there is only you. There isn’t anyone else to answer the phones, talk to clients, go to court, pay the bills, open/close client files, determine which software to use, etc.

It’s all on you.

But I’m here to tell you that you can do it. And I want to help you. That’s why I started this blog in the first place.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

I’ve started a law firm before – twice – and have been successful both times. You can do it too. There are a lot of naysayers out there that are going to try to put you down. They are going to tell you that you don’t have enough experience, that you should work for a firm for a couple of years before you start your firm, that you will commit malpractice, that you won’t get any clients… blah, blah, blah…

“They” are wrong.

There is an entire community of other solos out there that want to help you – and I’m one of them. I want to answer your questions. I want to give you the information you need to start and build a successful law practice. I want to help you.

But I need your help. I need to know what you want. I need to know what your struggles, fears, and questions are. I’ve developed a short, 5 question survey that will help me learn more about you and develop more content that will help you build a successful law practice.

Click here for the survey.

If you have read this far, please take a minute to click on that link up there and fill out this survey. If aren’t into the whole “survey” thing, then just take a minute to go to my Facebook page and submit a question.

Giving this information will help me to continue to develop high quality content that answers your questions and gives you the help and guidance you need to get your law firm started, or if you are already in business, to push your law firm to the next level in 2014.

You don’t have to go it alone.

There is help. You are not alone. We can do this together. I can show you what I’ve done, what I’m currently doing, and what I plan to do going forward.

Click here for the survey.

My revenues have gone up in each of the last four years. I don’t profess to be an expert at this, but I do have a pretty good handle on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to building a law firm from scratch.

Here are some of the things I can help you with:

  • Time Management for Lawyers
  • Referral Marketing
  • How to build a website that sells your firm for you
  • The secret weapon of your marketing efforts
  • How to stay on track when you are ready to quit
  • Law firm technology

The problem is – I’m not sure which of these topics, if any, are even important to you! That’s why I need your help.

Click here for the survey.

Please take 2 minutes, fill out the survey on this link, and let me know what you need from me. Tell me how I can help you. If you have questions or would like to talk further – just leave me a message on twitter @jwhart518 and I would be happy to schedule a time to talk you through your questions.

Thank you,

Jim

If you would rather just post a comment below – that’s fine too. Just let me know what you would like to learn more about.