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Finding modern law clients

Modern law clients are tech-savvy and looking for certain things Landing on a potential client’s radar is the first big step toward attracting new business. In the past, that might have meant a yellow pages listing or a billboard ad, but modern law clients are looking... Read More »

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Marketing a small law firm

Marketing a small law firm doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive When you are building a boutique law practice, marketing must be a top priority. When you run your own firm, you are no longer just a lawyer: You are a business owner. You... Read More »

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Your small law firm blog

Three elements to include in your small law firm blog Blogs help clients find attorneys, and a small law firm blog can help you stand out from the competition. A well-designed blog that draws in the reader is more memorable to potential clients than a static website... Read More »

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Small law firm social media

How small law firm social media fits into your law practice Marketing an independent law practice is an important aspect of client interaction. Social media is an easily accessible tool where you can interact with potential clients, exchange information and market your law business. When setting... Read More »

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Three Tips for Finding Law Clients

For a small law firm to grow, finding law clients is paramount It can be hard to establish yourself as independent lawyer or small law firm. Finding law clients can be a lot of work, but the harder you work, the better off you will... Read More »

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How to market a small law firm using Yelp

Market a small law firm using the right social media tools If you’re using social media and a website to market your law practice, you’re doing great work. However, if you’re not also using the website Yelp as part of your online marketing arsenal, you’re missing out.... Read More »

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Independent Law Marketing

Independent law marketing: Enhance your online presence As a lawyer, you understand hard work. It has taken years to arrive where you are, from law school to years logged at a firm. Solo practitioners understand the additional pressures associated with independent law marketing and winning... Read More »

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Knowing when to leap: career moves for lawyers

The evolution of a law career In his book, Necessary Endings, Dr. Henry Cloud discusses the concept of normalizing the endings that are natural in all aspects of business and personal life. Recognizing a natural ending is perhaps the first and most critical step for lawyers who are... Read More »

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Social media for lawyers

Independent lawyers can benefit from social media The use of technology and social media can play an even bigger role for independent lawyers than in larger firms. According to the American Bar Association, 73 percent of individual lawyers use LinkedIn as a social media platform,... Read More »

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More co-working spaces for lawyers across the country

Co-working creates opportunities for independent lawyers When we opened our doors several years ago, we saw an increasing need for alternative work space for lawyers. As the legal industry continues to shift away from traditional models, more lawyers are finding it easier, and more attractive,... Read More »

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Promoting your law firm

Building business as an independent lawyer Whether you’re fresh out of law school, or you’ve decided to leave a big law firm and open your own practice, you’re probably excited to start this new opportunity. One of the biggest and most important pieces of the... Read More »

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Marketing independent law practice

Independent practitioners must make marketing a priority There are a number of benefits to operating as a solo practitioner as opposed to taking the traditional route of working in a major law firm. For one thing, you will be able to “get your hands dirty” earlier... Read More »

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Cyber criminals target law firms

How to minimize your firm’s risk Big firms have adequate resources to combat hacks from cyber criminals, but solo and small law firms don’t have the same workforce. Therefore, these law firms are more vulnerable to hackers. However, independent law firms can protect themselves from cyber... Read More »

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Building your independent law business

Work networking and marketing into your schedule In order to have a fulfilling and successful career as an independent lawyer, you need to learn how to utilize develop relationships and build your business. Use these tips to start building your independent law business: Use free time... Read More »

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Build your network as an independent lawyer

Working independently doesn’t mean working in isolation There are a lot of benefits to working as an independent lawyer, but one thing that you might miss about working in a big practice a big professional and social network. If you work in a big firm, you have a... Read More »

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Don’t let entrepreneurial burnout happen to you

How to avoid burning out as an independent lawyer It is challenging to run a successful solo law firm. You don’t have any partners to help you when your case load gets to be too much. You have a choice to turn away business, but... Read More »

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Leave a law firm on good terms

Leaving well helps protect your reputation when launching a solo law practice Moving from big law to independent law practice is an exciting time. Whatever your reason for leaving a big law firm, it is crucial to leave that job on good terms. The person... Read More »

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Should you start your own firm as a new lawyer?

Factors to consider before starting a new law firm You just graduated from law school, you passed the bar, you’re sitting on tens of thousands of dollars of student loans, and you still haven’t landed that plum law firm job. You’re at a crossroads where... Read More »

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Big law firm vs. solo practice

The benefits of working as an independent lawyer Two thousand hours. Two thousand billable hours. That is the goal most big law firms set for newly hired lawyers. While it does not sound like much on paper, this figure does not include time spent on necessary administrative tasks, such as... Read More »

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Balancing your business and personal life

Work-life balance for independent lawyers Whether you are just starting out on your own or you already have a successful independent law practice, work-life balance can be a challenge. It can be difficult to run a successful small business because you are pulled in so many... Read More »

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Visibility as an independent lawyer

Marketing your law practice is key to building business The law industry is seeing a new era of solo lawyers as compared to the old era of “big law” and, with that shift, we see more independent lawyers looking to master their own marketing. Marketing a... Read More »

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How the cloud can help you launch your law firm

Cloud-based tools can help independent lawyers build their business We live in a day and age where an independent lawyer does not need a traditional office or an assistant to run a successful solo law practice. An independent lawyer does, however, need to put his... Read More »

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Social media and your law practice

Creating a positive brand using social media For many aspiring lawyers, social networks mean everything. In starting an independent law practice, social media can be a gateway to building clientele and a strong personal and professional network. Unless the settings are private, anyone can view... Read More »

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Join a law firm or start your own?

Independent practice for new lawyers You have graduated from a law school and passed the state bar exam. Congratulations: You are a lawyer! So, where do you go from here? With so many applicants and competition for positions in law firms, it could be awhile... Read More »

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How to gain experience as a new lawyer

Tried-and-true methods for honing your skills and building a network Law graduates are competing against their classmates, graduates in your state, graduates out-of-state, and experienced lawyers for jobs.  As new graduates search for work experience, rely on these tried-and-true strategies for gaining experience. If your goal... Read More »

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Using LinkedIn for law marketing

Building your network and reputation as an independent lawyer Social media has changed the way many people do business, and there is no better way to interact online with other professionals than using LinkedIn for law marketing. Testing the waters When you make the decision to... Read More »

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Networking tips for independent lawyers

Connecting in person is a key strategy for marketing your practice Many lawyers today are focusing on marketing their solo law practice on social media. Often, face-to-face networking is forgotten when it comes to getting information about your business out. Many people dread networking, but... Read More »

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Reasons lawyers leave big firms

Independent law practice is becoming increasingly appealing to more lawyers You might have dreamed of making partner when you first started out as a lawyer, but now independent law practice is calling your name. More lawyers are deciding to leave bigger firms in favor of... Read More »

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Making a mid-career move to independent law

How to transition to a solo law practice with ease Although you might have been happy to snag just about any job when you were fresh out of law school, you might be ready to make a change now that you have put several years... Read More »

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Staying motivated as an independent lawyer

Don’t neglect your physical or mental health while running a small business Starting a small business is tough but, if you are willing to do the work and not give up, it can be done. You need to have the right attitude and dream big.... Read More »

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How to market an independent law practice

Use various methods to build awareness of your law practice and your brand A traditional view of the legal profession holds that lawyers are members of an elite class, well placed in society. As such, many believed that lawyers were not permitted the more crass... Read More »

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Investing in your successful independent law practice

Investing strategically makes running a small business easier When it comes to running a small business, including an independent law practice, you must make smart decisions about where to use your sometimes limited funds. Two areas where it makes sense to spend a little money for... Read More »

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Three questions new lawyers should ask

Looking for a job as a new lawyer? Ask yourself these questions. When you are a new lawyer just starting out, the possibilities are endless. You probably feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Maybe you already have a job lined up, but many... Read More »

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Independent practice for new lawyers

Co-working makes an independent law practice feasible Opening an independent law practice is stressful, and the organization and management required to lease an office only adds to the stress. One attractive alternative lies in co-working spaces. Someone else handles building management, logistics and overhead while you... Read More »

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Investing in technology for independent law practice

Which technology solutions are worth the investment for your firm? Information technology has become essential to contemporary law practice. Just a few years ago, simply storing files on office computers made legal work easier. Using pertinent technology is especially important for independent practitioners and small... Read More »

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Marketing an independent law practice offline

Reaching potential legal clients on a budget A strong website, a blog, a social media site and local online business page brings plenty of eyes toward your company. While it’s vital to have an online presence, an offline presence is equally important. A physical location... Read More »

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Network as an independent lawyer to build business

Look beyond networking events Building a network as an independent practitioner can be more daunting than fending off fellow attorneys in court. Fortunately, there are various solutions to building connections and clientele. Entrepreneurial lawyers need a support system that includes a circle of industry peers... Read More »

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Life after big law: your own practice

Making a smooth transition to independent law practice There are lawyers everywhere who are satisfied with working for big, corporate law firms. With that being said, there are many others who would rather branch out and try to make it on their own. If you... Read More »

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Financing an independent law practice

Where to find funding for your law business If it were 1910, you could open a law practice for two in a small, one-room office and sit knee-to-knee at a two-sided desk. All you would need is a file cabinet and a supply of legal... Read More »

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Running a small or solo law firm

Independent law firm rules and regulations Lawyers entering solo practice face some unique issues in addition to the usual small business challenges. If you’re considering starting, or have recently started, a solo or small-firm practice, make sure you’re prepared to handle these five key challenges: Marketing... Read More »

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Avoid these marketing and SEO don’ts

Independent law firm marketing lessons Entrepreneurship takes a lot of information and a lot of hard work. When you work for a large company, they do a pretty good job organically marketing your skills. For instance, if you work for a respectable law firm, then... Read More »

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Your new working identity as a business owner

Moving from a big law firm to independent practice requires a new mindset When you consider moving from a large law firm to a small firm, or going it alone, think about it as a total career move. Such big career decisions need more personal investigation than... Read More »

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Launching a law business on a lean budget

Helping your independent law practice grow without breaking the bank You may have thought about the challenges of small business ownership, if you’re thinking of starting your own law firm, but you can overcome anything that seems like an obstacle. Some of the challenges are:... Read More »

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Your firm, your rules

Creating a rewarding independent law practice Congratulations, new lawyer! You’ve made it out of school and now you’re ready to take the next step in your professional future by seeking out a law firm. Before you apply to all the places creating buzz among your... Read More »

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Creating a professional law office

Co-working offers independent lawyers an affordable option Access to capital is often limited for start-up lawyers and, at the beginning of a practice, lawyers are hard-pressed to find the necessary client base to sustain them. Yet, in order to practice, a lawyer requires a law office... Read More »

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Three keys to success as an independent lawyer

Entrepreneurial tips for your law practice Business ownership is one of life’s most rewarding achievements, but it takes planning and dedication to succeed as an entrepreneur. As you seek to achieve success as an independent lawyer, keep these three tips in mind: Don’t begin without... Read More »

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Co-working eases the transition to independent law practice

Entrepreneurial lawyers save money, build a network by co-working Planning, careful consideration and an informed outlook reduce the likelihood that there will be serious pitfalls as you transition your career from a law firm to independent practice. Leaving the safety net of a large firm can... Read More »

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Why solo law practice is an attractive option

Some of the many benefits of working as a solo lawyer If you have been mulling over the idea of launching a new solo law practice, consider these four benefits of joining the ranks of independent attorneys: Be your own boss. When you start your own... Read More »

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