Solo http://soloincolo.com/?p=3747 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/EG1VMFDMosE/avoid-professional-burnout Life-Work Balance How to Avoid Professional Burnout If you wake up in the morning feeling stress, anxiety, or gloom about what the day has in store for you, you might be experiencing burnout. People can feel burnout in just about any aspect of their life. It’s possible to experience personal burnout, emotional burnout, or physical burnout. When it’s related to your job, [&#8230;] Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:16:30 Z http://soloincolo.com/avoid-professional-burnout#respond Melanie Fischer <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715FANXIOUS-1.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2872" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715FANXIOUS-1-234x300.jpg" alt="0715FANXIOUS" width="234" height="300" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715FANXIOUS-1-234x300.jpg 234w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715FANXIOUS-1.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 234px) 100vw, 234px" /></a></strong>If you wake up in the morning feeling stress, anxiety, or gloom about what the day has in store for you, you might be experiencing burnout. People can feel burnout in just about any aspect of their life. It’s possible to experience personal burnout, emotional burnout, or physical burnout. When it’s related to your job, it’s often referred to as <em>professional burnout</em>.</p> <p>Unfortunately, professional burnout is not uncommon for lawyers in solo practice. Anyone who is bored with their job or feels dread at the beginning of every work day may be headed towards professional burnout. It’s important to notice the signs and symptoms of this type of burnout – before the situation becomes dire. In the worst-case scenario, professional burnout can lead to the collapse of a career or a business.</p> <p><strong>Following are some of the most common reasons professionals endure burnout – and some tips on how to avoid letting burnout consume the desire to move forward with your career:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monotony.</strong> Do you feel like you’re completing the exact same task(s) every single day, and are those tasks causing you to feel bored or disinterested? If so, it may be time to vary the type of client(s) you help. While you do not have to abandon all your uninspiring clients – especially if they are reliable – adding more interesting clients or cases into the mix can help relieve your feeling of professional boredom.</p> <p><strong>Discouragement.</strong> If your firm focuses on an area of law that leaves you feeling depressed or disheartened, you might want to consider shifting your professional emphasis to clients and cases that leave you with a more positive feeling.</p> <p><strong>Isolation.</strong> Many solo attorneys work in secluded offices. While some may enjoy the solitude, others may gradually become unhappy with the lack of face-to-face interaction with professional peers. If you do not thrive in a solitary environment, you may elect to share an office with other solo attorneys. Or you may benefit from working in an office that leases executive suites to professionals in various industries.</p> <p><strong>Overworked.</strong> It’s not uncommon for solo attorneys to feel overworked. If you are a solo attorney who has too many clients, you might feel thankful that you have more work than you can handle – which is certainly better than having too little work to keep your firm open. However, being overworked can easily lead to professional burnout. As a solo attorney, it’s important to realize that you can turn down work if you cannot handle the load. You may choose to refer clients to another attorney, who may return the favor at some point in the future.</p> <p>When professional burnout is left unchecked, it can have a negative impact on your professional path. Not only can it result in your having a negative attitude about your job and your career, but also it can lead to client dissatisfaction.</p> <p>It’s essential to take time off, enjoy a periodic vacation, and spend time with professional peers. These outlets help to relieve stress and reduce burnout. Additionally, if you notice dissatisfaction or lack of desire to fulfill your daily professional duties, consider re-focusing the direction that your firm takes or changing the type of clients you select.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/EG1VMFDMosE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/avoid-professional-burnout/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/avoid-professional-burnout 2017-03-22 17:16 +00:00 2017-03-22 11:16 -06:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3743 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/svo4cnSsLkE/getting-clients-lawyers-starting-starting-march-30 Uncategorized Getting Clients: For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over — March 30 It&#8217;s always on your mind, right? “How can I get more clients?” Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, author of the new book Getting Clients &#8211; For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over has the answer. She brings over 30 years of helping lawyers to build successful practices to an hour of fast-paced tips and tricks to this [&#8230;] Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:32:09 Z http://soloincolo.com/getting-clients-lawyers-starting-starting-march-30#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p>It&#8217;s always on your mind, right? “How can I get more clients?” Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, author of the new book <em>Getting Clients &#8211; For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over</em> has the answer. She brings over 30 years of helping lawyers to build successful practices to an hour of fast-paced tips and tricks to this lunchtime seminar designed to help you identify the perfect clients for you &#8211; and then attract them to your practice. It&#8217;s not just about economics, it&#8217;s about creating the work and the life that you crave.</p> <p>Join us on Thursday, March 30 at the <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1900+Grant+St+%23900,+Denver,+CO+80203/@39.7466361,-104.9853748,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x876c7928516e5e4b:0x59686826e81cdc43!8m2!3d39.746636!4d-104.983186">CBA</a> from 12-1 p.m. Taco bar included! <a href="http://www.cobar.org/Calendar/Event/sessionaltcd/DYLD033017">Register today</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/svo4cnSsLkE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/getting-clients-lawyers-starting-starting-march-30/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/getting-clients-lawyers-starting-starting-march-30 2017-03-17 15:32 +00:00 2017-03-17 09:32 -06:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3735 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/Gk7X8GfTloI/hire-first-employee-independent-contractor Practice Management How and When to Hire Your First Employee or Independent Contractor Are you ready to hire someone to answer your phones, keep your office organized, manage your calendar, handle your accounts payable and receivable, and/or assist with any other work-related task? Most solo attorneys could benefit from at least a little bit of extra help at the office. But hiring is not necessarily an easy process. [&#8230;] Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:50:19 Z http://soloincolo.com/hire-first-employee-independent-contractor#respond Melanie Fischer <p></p><p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/clients1.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-3117 size-medium" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/clients1-300x200.jpg" alt="Business meeting" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/clients1-300x200.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/clients1-768x511.jpg 768w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/clients1-1024x682.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Are you ready to hire someone to answer your phones, keep your office organized, manage your calendar, handle your accounts payable and receivable, and/or assist with any other work-related task? Most solo attorneys could benefit from at least a little bit of extra help at the office. But hiring is not necessarily an easy process.</p> <p>Realizing when the time is right to hire an employee or an independent contractor is crucial. Waiting until you are too overworked and overloaded may not be the best time to hire someone. Conversely, hiring someone when business is slow is not necessarily the optimal time either.</p> <p><strong>Knowing When It’s Time to Look for Help<br /> </strong>Even though it can be difficult to know the exact moment when you should take the big step towards hiring someone, you should listen to your intuition. If you believe the time is right, start the process. Try not to rush. And make sure you have a good, positive feeling about the person you hire. You never want to hire someone who makes you feel apprehensive from the get-go.</p> <p><strong> Employee vs. Independent Contractor<br /> </strong>When you want to hire someone to assist your firm, you have the choice of making that person an employee or an independent contractor. No matter what you decide, it’s important to understand the guidelines for paying that person and withholding taxes (if applicable). And there are several other regulations to follow as well.</p> <p><strong>Information on the specific differences between an employee and an independent contractor can be found in articles published online from these reputable sources:</strong></p> <ul> <li>S. Small Business Administration – <a href="https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/hire-retain-employees/hire-contractor-or-employee"><strong>Hire a Contractor or an Employee?</strong></a></li> <li>Internal Revenue Service – <a href="https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/independent-contractor-self-employed-or-employee"><strong>Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?</strong></a></li> <li>United States Department of Labor – <a href="https://www.dol.gov/featured/misclassification/"><strong>Employee or Independent Contractor? Misclassification Affects Everyone</strong></a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Where to Look for an Employee or an Independent Contractor<br /> </strong>After you’ve decided whether to search for an employee or an independent contractor, your next step is finding the best person for the job. There are many places to look for either an employee or an independent contractor. Here are a few of the most common choices:</p> <ul> <li>Free Job Boards</li> <li>Fee-Based Job Boards</li> <li>Social Media – Including LinkedIn</li> <li>Word-of-Mouth Referral</li> <li>Employment Agency</li> <li>Bar Association Job Board or Classifieds</li> </ul> <p><strong>Keeping Your Employee or Independent Contractor Happy<br /> </strong>No matter who you hire, or whether you hire an employee or an independent contractor, it’s important to make sure that individual is a good fit for the job and that he/she remains happy and excited about coming to work.</p> <p><strong>Following are some tactics for keeping your employee/contractor happy – besides giving him or her a raise:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Keep the lines of communication open</strong> – make sure you are available to answer questions, provide advice, and offer guidance when it is needed.</li> <li><strong>Build a trusting and respectful relationship </strong>– if your employee/contractor feels important – as if he/she is making a difference – he/she is likely to perform at a higher level.</li> <li><strong>Say “thank you</strong>” – these two little words can go a very long way and can make your employee/contractor feel truly appreciated.</li> <li><strong>Offer perks and benefits that may not be found elsewhere </strong>&#8211; a (relatively) flexible work schedule or dress code can be just as valuable to your employee/contractor as money or paid time off.</li> <li><strong>Make your office environment enjoyable </strong>– keep in mind that not many people strive to work in a dark, messy, unpleasant office atmosphere.</li> </ul> <p>For additional advice on how and when to hire your first employee or independent contractor, ask your professional peers for suggestions. Others in your area may know a fantastic person looking for employment, or they might have advice on how to achieve success in this endeavor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/Gk7X8GfTloI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/hire-first-employee-independent-contractor/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/hire-first-employee-independent-contractor 2017-03-15 19:50 +00:00 2017-03-15 13:50 -06:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3706 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/h9FFilR2d9U/5-spring-cleaning-tips-small-firm Practice Management 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Small Firm By Sara Sharp and Christina Saunders It’s that time of year again. The New Year frenzy is settling down, and we are already well into the second quarter of 2017. There is no better time than the present to dust off your policies and procedures and take a fresh a look at your company’s legal [&#8230;] Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:05:19 Z http://soloincolo.com/5-spring-cleaning-tips-small-firm#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p class="heading"><em>By Sara Sharp and Christina Saunders</em></p> <p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/spring.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-3708 size-medium" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/spring-300x200.jpg" alt="Spring Cleaning Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds, Sun Rays and Sky." width="300" height="200" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/spring-300x200.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/spring.jpg 424w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>It’s that time of year again. The New Year frenzy is settling down, and we are already well into the second quarter of 2017. There is no better time than the present to dust off your policies and procedures and take a fresh a look at your company’s legal compliance. Even if your company or firm was in perfect legal shape a few years ago, it may be time for some TLC this spring. The legal landscape has been changing rapidly, and the mere fact that your company’s number of employees has increased or decreased might mean that different laws now apply to you.</p> <p><strong>1. Get Your Corporate Formalities Straight.</strong> Have you ever filed articles with the Colorado Secretary of State on behalf of your entity? Make sure that your address is up to date and that you pay for your annual report on time so that you stay compliant. Do you have a Colorado LLC? Make sure you have an updated operating agreement, especially when there is more than one member. Operating agreements can be relatively easy to put off when you are starting up but are absolutely essential to address as early on as possible. An appropriately drafted operating agreement will strengthen your corporate veil, establish the rules that govern the management and economics of the company, outline each member’s rights and obligations, and allow members to plan for future events, such as unfunded tax amounts, exits, financings, and sales. Likewise, if your company is a corporation, you should confirm that your company bylaws, articles of incorporations, and any other governance documents are up to date and actually being followed. In addition to any other requirements in these documents, you should make sure your company is in the habit of holding scheduled meetings and keeping accurate records.</p> <p><strong>2. Revisit Your Hiring Policies and Procedures. </strong>Starting out, hiring practices often evolve organically, but as your company grows, you should prioritize formalizing your hiring process to ensure you are attracting quality employees and complying with applicable federal, state and local laws. If you don’t already have one, create a hiring policy and draft standardized interview questions. Make sure you review your job application forms, advertisements and any other selection criteria. The law limits the questions that may be asked about an applicant’s race, gender, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, sexual identification, marital status, pregnancy, age, family plans and other personal issues. Make certain everyone involved in the hiring process at your company is aware that these topics should be avoided. Otherwise you might expose your company to potential legal liability, such as discrimination claims. If your company requires background checks, verify that they are in compliance with the FCRA and Colorado state law on consumer reports, criminal background checks and driving record information.</p> <p><strong>3. Update the Company Employment Handbook.</strong> Employee handbooks can offer a lot of value to an organization. First and foremost, having good policies in place can cut down on the risk of unlawful behavior. Some laws require employers to communicate certain information to their employees, which is most conveniently done in a handbook. In many cases, having appropriate policies in the handbook can help employers limit their exposure to liability for lawsuits or even provide a legal defense in an employee lawsuit. However, having the wrong information in a handbook can also expose the company to much greater liability. For instance, it is extremely important that the handbook protects your company’s legal right to terminate employees at will. Once you have a handbook in place, it is important to have it reviewed each year to comply with new laws. If your company is growing, you may have unknowingly crossed a threshold, triggering new laws to apply to your company. If you recently expanded beyond 20, 50 or 100 employees, you’ll most likely need to update your policies. Likewise, if you are decreasing your workforce below these thresholds, you might want to remove policies that no longer apply to your company. Finally, with imminent changes on overtime rules expected, many employers are revising their handbooks to address the exempt/non-exempt distinction. For instance, you might wish to update your handbook to require non-exempt employees to obtain prior authorization before working overtime hours.</p> <p><strong>4. Establish Good Evaluation Procedures.</strong> Performance evaluations provide employers with an opportunity to assess the strengths of their workforce and to provide feedback to their employees. These are essential to developing a good team but are easy to put on the back burner because they are time intensive. This factor can be lessened if a good standard performance evaluation system is in place. (This usually includes a standard evaluation form, standard performance measures, guidelines for delivering feedback and disciplinary procedures.) In the event that you have a poorly performing employee, good evaluation procedures should allow you the best chance of reforming them. To the extent that you might need to terminate an employee, well-documented standard evaluation procedures will often serve as the first line in your legal defense. If your company does not already have a standard evaluation system, spring is an excellent time to put one in place.</p> <p><strong>5. Plan for Taxes.</strong> This spring is as good of a time as any to take a new look at your tax planning vehicles. You still have the majority of the year left to make changes. Obviously, it is important to have a good relationship with financial professionals early on and to strategically evaluate your corporate elections (i.e. S-Corp, C-Corp). But even after you have made these elections, you can affect your tax outcomes significantly by implementing mechanisms to defer income and accelerate expenses for the taxable year (i.e. utilizing a depreciation schedule of equipment and furniture).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Sara Sharp is an attorney at Sparkman + Foote LLP. She can be reached at <a href="mailto:sharp@sparkmanfoote.com">sharp@sparkmanfoote.com</a></em></strong>. <strong><em>Christina Saunders is a partner at Sparkman + Foote LLP. She can be reached at <a href="mailto:saunders@sparkmanfoote.com">saunders@sparkmanfoote.com</a>.</em></strong> This post originally appeared in <a href="http://www.dbadocket.org/the-business-of-law/spring-cleaning-tips-sharp-saunders/"><em>The Docket</em></a>.</p> <p><span style="border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px 'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;">Save</span></p> <p><span style="border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px 'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;">Save</span></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/h9FFilR2d9U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/5-spring-cleaning-tips-small-firm/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/5-spring-cleaning-tips-small-firm 2017-03-09 20:05 +00:00 2017-03-09 13:05 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3723 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/-CSq4us7AlA/law-firms-can-convert-leads-invested-clients-better-skills-produce-better-results Marketing How Law Firms Can Convert More Leads into Invested Clients: Better Skills Produce Better Results By Guest Blogger, Liz Wendling Law firms are always looking for ways to attract more prospects through lead generation and marketing. The next, and most important, step is to convert these prospects into invested clients through lead conversion and sales. Unfortunately, many firms are not raining the profits that they could be because of one [&#8230;] Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:33:34 Z http://soloincolo.com/law-firms-can-convert-leads-invested-clients-better-skills-produce-better-results#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p class="heading"><strong>By Guest Blogger, <em>Liz Wendling</em></strong></p> <p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BalloonPig-400x400.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3725" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BalloonPig-400x400-300x300.jpg" alt="BalloonPig-400x400" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BalloonPig-400x400-300x300.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BalloonPig-400x400-150x150.jpg 150w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BalloonPig-400x400-144x144.jpg 144w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BalloonPig-400x400.jpg 400w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>Law firms are always looking for ways to attract more prospects through lead generation and marketing. The next, and most important, step is to convert these prospects into invested clients through lead conversion and sales. Unfortunately, many firms are not raining the profits that they could be because of one frequently neglected skill: lead conversion. Lead conversion (aka sales) skills are the most overlooked tool in many firms’ marketing arsenals, but they pack the potential to be the most lucrative skills of all. Every law practice should have a continuous stream of qualified prospects, but if attorneys cannot convert leads into clients with some degree of consistency, they will not be rainmakers.</p> <p>The method by which lead conversion is utilized today simply isn’t working well enough. Too much effort is being put in for too few results. Fix the conversion process once and reap the rewards over and over. It is senseless to spend money on marketing leads that produce phone calls and not to invest in the skills that convert leads into paying clients. Converting interested prospects into invested clients requires strategic processes and systems. Doing the right things in the right way at the right time augments the effectiveness of any client meeting, consultation or conversation.</p> <p>You might have a nagging suspicion that somewhere, lurking under the surface of your thriving practice, are inefficiencies related to lead conversion that are dragging down profits. Deep down you know that your firm is losing more business than it should, but you don’t know exactly why.</p> <p>Ideal prospects are slipping through the cracks because attorneys have not mastered how to sell their expertise and legal services in a way that feels good to themselves and the potential client. They have not learned the art of conducting highly-effective and value-filled client consultations that influence and inspire prospects to hire them.</p> <p>Many attorneys are nowhere near as confident and comfortable with selling their services as they are delivering them. They went to law school to practice law — not to have to sell their firm and their services. Some attorneys scoff and turn their noses up at the thought of having to sell their expertise, so they never develop that skill. This damaging mindset makes their lead conversion foundation weak and unstable and is the main cause of generating profits sporadically versus consistently.</p> <p>Before you can serve clients, you must get them to hire you, and this starts with a fully functioning lead conversion process. Imagine if you could convert just one more lead into a paying client each week. What would this mean to your bottom line? I would wager that it would mean thousands of dollars of additional revenue for your firm.</p> <p>So how can law firms be more competent at lead conversion? How can attorneys stop leaving enormous amounts of money on the table? Start by participating in and enhancing lead conversion skills and targeted networking skills, skills that are not taught in law school. Next, discard the archaic model and outdated process of finding clients or assuming that clients will just flock to you. This way of doing business may have worked in the past, but it is now on life support.</p> <p>Another reason why lead conversion rates are low is that many firms misdiagnose their conversion challenges by believing that the only skill attorneys need to know is how to close. Some allege that they are losing clients and opportunities because they have super-sharp attorneys who are bad closers. They assume that they are losing business because attorneys lack fresh closing phrases or modern closing techniques that will instantly turn them into rock-star rainmakers.</p> <p>Working on closing skills alone is repairing the wrong end of the problem. It is like going to the podiatrist to treat a sinus infection. The close is never the problem. The close is the easiest part of the equation. The close is the culmination of a well-managed and thorough execution of the entire lead conversion process. The most potent way to convert leads into clients and closed business is to recognize that closing is a process, not an event.</p> <p>One of the most immediate ways to increase conversion rates is to educate attorneys in the updated strategic principles and enhanced methods that lead to more closed business. It is far less expensive to teach attorneys how to become more successful at converting the leads that they already have than it is to waste money purchasing more. Profitable lead conversion requires clarity, flexibility, adaptability and a solid understanding of how today’s consumers make buying decisions. Attorneys need to know that the methodology for successfully selling legal services has evolved.</p> <p>Law practices that refuse to update and refine their lead conversion process will have to get used to seeing ideal clients take their money and their business to the competition. They will have to get accustomed to hearing prospects say, “I need to think about it. Your fees are a bit high. We will let you know. I will get back to you.” Law firms must progress or face extinction in an era empowering Artificial Intelligence.</p> <p>Your firm’s growth and profitability depend on increasing lead conversion. By training every attorney in the essentials of lead conversion, you will be amazed at the colossal impact that this will have on your practice. Once every attorney is armed with updated skills, you’ll find that you no longer have a lead conversion conundrum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Liz Wendling is the Rainmaking Attorney Coach. She specializes in showing attorneys how to successfully convert interested prospects into invested clients. Visit <a href="http://www.therainmakingcoach.com">therainmakingcoach.com</a> to get in touch. This post originally appeared in <a href="http://www.dbadocket.org/the-business-of-law/lead-conversion-wendling/">The Docket</a>.<br /> </strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/-CSq4us7AlA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/law-firms-can-convert-leads-invested-clients-better-skills-produce-better-results/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/law-firms-can-convert-leads-invested-clients-better-skills-produce-better-results 2017-03-07 16:33 +00:00 2017-03-07 09:33 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3729 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/-faWtKHlC5M/modern-law-practice-initiative-win-win-lawyers-clients Practice Management Trends Modern Law Practice Initiative — A Win-Win for Lawyers and Clients By Guest Blogger, Erika Holmes The CBA’s Modest Means Task Force has been renamed – the Modern Law Practice Initiative! “Why the new name?” you ask. The reason for the name change is two-fold: first, to stop the misperception that this type of law practice only helps poor people, and second, to develop a moniker [&#8230;] Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:21:04 Z http://soloincolo.com/modern-law-practice-initiative-win-win-lawyers-clients#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p><strong>By Guest Blogger, <em>Erika Holmes</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2027-FutureLaw.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3730" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2027-FutureLaw-300x159.jpg" alt="2027-FutureLaw" width="300" height="159" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2027-FutureLaw-300x159.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2027-FutureLaw.jpg 750w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></strong>The CBA’s Modest Means Task Force has been renamed – the Modern Law Practice Initiative! “Why the new name?” you ask. The reason for the name change is two-fold: first, to stop the misperception that this type of law practice only helps poor people, and second, to develop a moniker for this innovative way to practice law that provides enormous benefits for both clients and attorneys.</p> <p>The Modest Mean Task Force was formed in 2012 to educate lawyers and judges about the justice gap – the huge portion of society (almost 60% of civil litigants) who make too much money to get a lawyer through public assistance but don’t make enough money to hire an attorney at traditional rates. MLPI’s mission is still the same – to serve this portion of the population. However, MLPI is striving to further educate both lawyers and the public that the justice gap doesn’t consist of just people of modest means. The justice gap is comprised of people across the full spectrum of income levels, including people with middle to upper-middle class incomes. By practicing modern representation, a lawyer can run a thriving, sustainable, and fulfilling practice by providing legal services to this largely untapped market.</p> <p>The Modern Law Practice Initiative is expounding on its original mission by providing lawyers with the motivation and the specific means to engage in this exciting new method of law practice management. Modern representation is about more than providing legal services at an affordable rate. Modern representation is about practicing law in a manner that is beneficial for both the client and the lawyer in terms of feasibility, flexibility, versatility – and even enjoyability! MLPI’s goal is to teach lawyers how to create a sustainable law practice that simultaneously helps solve the access to justice gap and provides the lawyer with a fulfilling and prosperous career.</p> <p>Check out <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Modern-Law-Practice-Initiative">MLPI’s new website</a> for access to the latest version of <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Modern-Law-Practice-Initiative/Successful-Business-Planning-for-the-Modern-Law-Practice-Chapter-Download"><em>Successful Business Planning for the Modern Law Practice</em></a>, a step-by-step guide to creating a sustainable modern law practice. MLPI will also highlight for lawyers the best resources for creating and sustaining a modern law practice through CLE’s, books, technology, mentoring, networking, volunteer opportunities, and more. Discover what it means to be a modern lawyer and to be part of a win-win solution to the access to justice dilemma!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/-faWtKHlC5M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/modern-law-practice-initiative-win-win-lawyers-clients/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/modern-law-practice-initiative-win-win-lawyers-clients 2017-03-02 16:21 +00:00 2017-03-02 09:21 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3714 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/V6jqRwIxXpM/februarys-best-blogs Marketing Practice Management Technology February’s Best of the Blogs We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month. Please let us know if you feel we are missing a particularly good one. Quick Tips Six Productivity Hacks Keeping Your Calendar Under Control Five Tips for Small Firms Tips For Resting [&#8230;] Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:37:34 Z http://soloincolo.com/februarys-best-blogs#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p>We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month.</p> <p>Please let <a href="mailto:adrago@cobar.org">us know</a> if you feel we are missing a particularly good one.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="0"> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <h3><strong>Quick Tips</strong></h3> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9288/27/">Six Productivity Hacks</a></li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9289/28/">Keeping Your Calendar Under Control</a></li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9290/29/">Five Tips for Small Firms</a></li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9291/30/">Tips For Resting Your Thinking Mind</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="0"> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <h3><strong>Product Reviews</strong></h3> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9292/31/">iManage Work 10</a></li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9293/32/">Brydge Keyboard 12.9</a></li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9294/33/">Adonit Pixel Stylus</a></li> <li><a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/6612/34/">Managed It Services for Mac Based Practices</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="0"> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Technology</strong></h3> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Speech-To-Text Dictation For Lawyers: What You Need To Know</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>One type of technology that has come of age in recent years that offers solo and small-firm lawyers great flexibility while saving incredible amounts of time is speech-to-text transcription. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9295/35/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Secure Messaging for Lawyers</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>After you have thought through your threat model and secured your accounts and devices, you are ready to delve into communicating privately and securely with your clients and others. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9296/36/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Tech Tips to Protect Client Confidentiality</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>If there is one thing we should learn from the 1.5 billion email hack at Yahoo, it’s that email is not secure, and it’s a problem that is not going away. For lawyers duty-bound to protect client confidentiality, it’s even a bigger problem. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9297/37/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="0"> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Marketing</strong></h3> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>This Winter, Warm Up to Paid Social Promotion</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>If you’re having just a little trouble embracing the idea, it’s understandable. Paid social media can seem self-promotional. That’s something many attorneys aren’t comfortable with. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9298/38/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>How Much detail do you have in your lawyer referral database?</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Knowing what the lawyers on your list do best allows you to be a better matchmaker. That increases the odds of a successful referral and saves everyone a lot of time. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9299/39/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Twitter Tips for Attorneys</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Twitter can be used by lawyers to do good things for their visibility online. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9300/91/">Here are some tips</a> on how you can master the use of Twitter for your practice.</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="0"> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Miscellaneous</strong></h3> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>How and Why to Hire a Law Student</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>So your firm has more work than it can handle, and you want to hire a law student to help you out. Here are some key considerations if you are thinking about hiring a law student. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9301/92/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Office? Where We’re Going, We Won’t Need an Office!</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>The key to it all is <em>connectivity</em>. None of this works if your office systems aren’t up to it. You’ll see plenty of good advice on hardware and software that will deliver what you need, but more important than the machines is the mindset. Too often, I have seen lawyers’ emotional reticence about technology derail them before they ever get up from their desks. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9302/93/">Read more</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Law Firm Accounting: Empowerment by the Numbers</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Before you read the word “numbers” and cover your ears, consider this your reminder that accounting doesn’t have to be intimidating. <a href="http://lists.cobar.org/t/108889/9520504/9303/94/">Listen</a> to the podcast.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/V6jqRwIxXpM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/februarys-best-blogs/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/februarys-best-blogs 2017-02-28 16:37 +00:00 2017-02-28 09:37 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3719 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/sgTIyYJVN_Q/march-solo-small-firm-networking-events Networking March Solo Small Firm Networking Events Solo Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just Solo Small Firm Section members, the sponsoring entity. Colorado Springs routinely offers CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, [&#8230;] Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:39:55 Z http://soloincolo.com/march-solo-small-firm-networking-events#respond Alexa Drago <p></p><p>Solo Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just Solo Small Firm Section members, the sponsoring entity. Colorado Springs routinely offers CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.</p> <p>We encourage you to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group. Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker! <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/CBA-Sections/Solo-Small-Firm-Practice">Click here</a> for more information.</p> <p><strong>Colorado Springs – Wednesday, March 1<br /> </strong><em>Lunch at 11:30 a.m. </em>Topic: Perfecting Your Professional Image (Are your clothes older than your college age kids? Maybe it&#8217;s time for a refresh!)<em> </em>presented by Caryn August<em>.</em></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub, upstairs, </strong>21 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, (719) 385-0766</span></li> <li><strong>RSVP to <a href="mailto:info@stasiukfirm.com">info@stasiukfirm.com </a></strong>for the program materials.</li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> <span id="subPage3496">Tomasz Stasiuk, (719) 359-9311, <a href="mailto:JCD@DuveLaw.com">tomasz@stasiukfirm.com</a></span></li> <li><em>First Wednesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Downtown Denver – Tuesday, March 7<br /> </strong><em>Breakfast at 7:30 am (reservation in the name of D.A. Bertram)</em></p> <ul> <li><strong>1884 Restaurant (2nd Floor) inside the Denver Athletic Club, </strong>1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, (303) 534-1211</li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> D.A. Bertram, (303) 871-9300, <a href="mailto:da@bertramlaw.net">da@bertramlaw.net</a></li> <li><em>First Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Continental Divide Area — Tuesday, March 7</strong><br /> <em>Happy Hour at 5:30 pm</em></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Periodic Brewing, </strong>115 E 7th St, Leadville, (720) 316-8144<br /> </span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Sandra Nettleton, (720) 232-0367, <a href="mailto:sandra@nettletonlaw.com">sandra@nettletonlaw.com</a><br /> ***<em>Please RSVP if you plan to attend.<br /> </em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Denver Tech Center Area<em>—</em>Wednesday, March 8<br /> </strong><em>Happy Hour at 5:30 pm</em><strong><span id="subPage3496"></span><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Bar Louie, </strong>8000 E. Belleview Ave, Greenwood Village, (720) 213-7080</span><span id="subPage3496"></span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> <span id="subPage3496">We are in need of a new contact person, please let <a href="sbertram@cobar.org">Sue Bertram</a> know if you are interested.</span></li> <li><em>Second Wednesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>West Denver Metro Area (Jeffco) – Wednesday, March 8<br /> </strong><em>Breakfast at 7:30 am</em></p> <ul> <li><strong>Mimi’s Café, </strong>14265 West Colfax Ave., Golden, 303-384-9350.</li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Sarah L. Hostetter, (303) 274-2700, <a href="mailto:slhostetter@qwestoffice.net">slhostetter@qwestoffice.net</a></li> <li><em>Second Wednesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><span id="subPage3496"><strong>North Metro Area – Thursday, March 9<br /> </strong><em>Happy Hour at 6 pm</em></span></p> <ul> <li><strong>LODO’s Bar &amp; Grill </strong>3053 W 104th Ave, Westminster, (303)635-8025.</li> <li><strong>Contact</strong>: Bill O’Meara, (303) 298-9888, <a href="mailto:wpomeara@klaaslaw.com">wpomeara@klaaslaw.com</a></li> <li><em>Second Thursday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Westminster<em>—</em>Friday, March 10<br /> </strong><em>B</em><em>reakfast </em><em>at 7:30 am</em><strong><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>The Delectable Egg (reservation under Lauren da Cunha)</strong><span id="subPage3496"><strong>, </strong>1005 W. 120th Ave, Westminster, (303) 451-7227<br /> </span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> <span id="subPage3496">Lauren da Cunha, (720) 551-1851, <a href="mailto:lauren@dacunhalaw.com">lauren@dacunhalaw.com</a></span></li> <li><em>Second Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Downtown Denver – Tuesday, March 14* Partnering with the DBA YLD for a fun evening!<br /> </strong><em>Happy Hour at 5:00 pm</em></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"></span><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Punch Bowl Social, </strong>65 Broadway, Denver, (303) 765-2695 </span><span id="subPage3496"></span><span id="subPage3496"><strong><br /> </strong></span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Paul Miller, (303) 900-2529, <a href="mailto:paul@pmillerlawoffice.com">paul@pmillerlawoffice.com</a></li> <li><em>Second Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Boulder<em>—</em>Tuesday, March 21<br /> </strong><em>Lunch at noon</em> (Reservation in the name of Graham Fuller, please RSVP to Graham so he can get an accurate headcount)<strong><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li><span id="subPage3496"><strong>Carelli&#8217;s of Boulder, </strong>645 30th St., Boulder, (303) 938-9300</span><span id="subPage3496"></span></li> <li><strong>Contact:</strong> Graham Fuller, (303) 442-0802, <a href="mailto:graham@southboulderlaw.com">graham@southboulderlaw.com</a></li> <li><em>Third Tuesday of every month</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Cherry Creek/Glendale</strong><span id="subPage3496"><strong> – Friday, MAY 19<br /> </strong><em>Brown Bag Lunch at 12 pm.</em> Topic: <em><strong>TBD</strong></em><strong><em><br /> </em></strong></span></p> <ul> <li><strong>The Ptarmigan Building </strong>, 3773 Chery Creek North Drive, Ste 575, Denver</li> <li><strong>Contact</strong>: Amy Symons, amy@symons-law.com</li> <li><em>Third Friday quarterly, location may change</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>W.O.L.F. Pack (Women Owned Law Firms) – March 8<br /> </strong></p> <p>Quarterly networking events for women who own (or are thinking about starting) their own law firms. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The <a href="http://www.thedenvertearoom.com/">Denver Tea Room</a>, 1165 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80210. Tickets are $25 per person (plus a handling fee), which include delicious teas, petite sweets and savories, tax and tip. Cash bar. Space is limited, please <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-women-owned-law-firm-networking-group-tickets-27763941697">purchase your ticket in advance.</a> Select WOLF Pack Tea Salon. This event is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have special dietary needs such as gluten-free or vegetarian meals, please contact the owner and chef, Margo Seymour, directly at (303) 321-2236.</p> <p>Questions about W.O.L.F. Pack events? Contact Kimberly Utesch at (720) 907-4491 or <a href="mailto:kim@uteschlaw.com">kim@uteschlaw.com</a></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/sgTIyYJVN_Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/march-solo-small-firm-networking-events/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/march-solo-small-firm-networking-events 2017-02-24 17:39 +00:00 2017-02-24 10:39 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3711 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/qPTXuv7S7dA/business-slow-dont-worry-theres-still-plenty Practice Management Is Business Slow? Don’t Worry… There’s Still Plenty to Do When business is booming, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to imagine that things might slow down in the future. However, anyone who owns a business, no matter the industry, is keenly aware that there are typically busy times of year and slow times of year. The legal profession is no exception. Unfortunately, it [&#8230;] Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:15:41 Z http://soloincolo.com/business-slow-dont-worry-theres-still-plenty#respond Melanie Fischer <p></p><p>When business is booming, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to imagine that things might slow down in the future. However, anyone who owns a business, no matter the industry, is keenly aware that there are typically busy times of year and slow times of year.</p> <p>The legal profession is no exception. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to predict when you will feel so overwhelmed that you have no idea how to get all your work done on time versus when you will have very little reason to get to the office early – because there is no work to complete that day.</p> <p>Excluding the holiday season, which is typically very hectic for retail establishments but slower for solo attorneys, there might not be a reliable way to predict when your next slow week or month will hit. This is precisely why it’s important to have list of tasks to accomplish when business is sluggish.</p> <p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/o-SLOW-BUSINESS-facebook.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-3712 size-medium" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/o-SLOW-BUSINESS-facebook-300x150.jpg" alt="businessman throwing paper aeroplane" width="300" height="150" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/o-SLOW-BUSINESS-facebook-300x150.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/o-SLOW-BUSINESS-facebook-768x384.jpg 768w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/o-SLOW-BUSINESS-facebook-1024x512.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>It is important to understanding (and accept) that your solo law firm might not be overwhelmed with business every single day of the year. Instead of stressing about your lack of billable hours when things are slow, use your downtime to take care of tasks that you know will benefit the success of your firm in the long run.</p> <p><strong>When Business is Slow, Focus on One or More of the Following:</strong></p> <p><strong>Don’t Get Too Discouraged.</strong> The longer your law practice is open, the easier it will be for you to understand and accept that business is sometimes slow. Ups and downs are inevitable. A few slow days or weeks should not cause you to obsess on the “probable demise of your practice.”  In actuality, your firm is probably doing just fine! All businesses experience a cycle. Try to focus on the future by working on a plan that will help drum up new business.</p> <p><strong>Write a Few Blog Articles for Your Website.</strong> Not only might prospective clients read your informative blog articles, but updating your blog on a regular basis can help elevate your website’s search engine ranking. The higher your website is ranked, the more likely prospective clients will find you, contact you, and hire you.</p> <p><strong>Avoid Taking an Expensive Vacation.</strong> It might seem as though a down period is the perfect time to take a luxurious vacation. However, think twice before booking your Caribbean cruise or buying a plane ticket to Europe. When business is slow, many attorneys feel an overwhelming sense of stress, anxiety, and panic. Planning a vacation in advance, and while business is bustling, is often recommended. You want to enjoy your time away from the office – and not spend your time worrying about the future of your law practice.</p> <p><strong>Enroll in Continuing Legal Education Classes.</strong> Knowing that you have a required number of CLE credits you must earn, a good time to enroll in classes is when business is slow. You never know… you might meet someone in one of your classes who is looking to refer a client to a solo attorney with your exact skills and experience.</p> <p>Even though most solo attorneys would prefer a constant stream of reliable business during all weeks and months of the year, this can be an almost impossible feat.  Keeping a list of tasks to accomplish during your slow periods will help you realize that there is always work to do – even if the work does not include billable hours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/qPTXuv7S7dA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/business-slow-dont-worry-theres-still-plenty/feed 0 http://soloincolo.com/business-slow-dont-worry-theres-still-plenty 2017-02-22 21:15 +00:00 2017-02-22 14:15 -07:00 http://soloincolo.com/?p=3699 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SoloInColo/~3/Q-Rjj71gjsI/combat-feeling-isolation-many-solo-attorneys-experience Community How to Combat the Feeling of Isolation that Many Solo Attorneys Experience Are you running a busy solo law practice that is profitable? Do you have an ongoing stream of prospective clients regularly contacting you for legal representation? Does your firm focus on an area of law that interests you? If you can answer yes to these three questions, you are certainly on the right track with [&#8230;] Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:07:00 Z Melanie Fischer <p></p><p><a href="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lone-tree-landscape-isolation-black-and-white-photography-edward-prince.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3701" src="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lone-tree-landscape-isolation-black-and-white-photography-edward-prince-300x180.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="180" srcset="http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lone-tree-landscape-isolation-black-and-white-photography-edward-prince-300x180.jpg 300w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lone-tree-landscape-isolation-black-and-white-photography-edward-prince-768x460.jpg 768w, http://soloincolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lone-tree-landscape-isolation-black-and-white-photography-edward-prince-1024x614.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>Are you running a busy solo law practice that is profitable? Do you have an ongoing stream of prospective clients regularly contacting you for legal representation? Does your firm focus on an area of law that interests you?</p> <p>If you can answer yes to these three questions, you are certainly on the right track with your law practice. However, even if your law firm can be described as successful, you might still suffer from one of the most common complaints amongst solo attorneys – <em>the feeling of isolation.</em></p> <p>As most solo attorneys know, working for yourself is very different from working as an employee of a law firm of any size.</p> <p>There are quite a few perks to being a solo attorney. One of the most obvious is that when you are in business for yourself, you are your own boss. Being your own boss means you are in control of your work schedule. You don’t have to meet billable hour requirements set by someone else. Also, the location of your office is your choice.</p> <p>As a solo attorney, you have quite a bit of decision-making power, and you are ultimately at liberty to take your law firm in any direction you see fit. But one thing you might not have control over is your ability to create a work environment that is not secluded.</p> <p>No matter how many clients you have at any given moment in time, and no matter how many hours of work you complete on any given day, there’s a good chance you have moments when you feel as if you are separated from the rest of the world. If your office is isolated from that of other attorneys, or from other human beings in general, you might suffer from the lack interaction with peers.</p> <p><strong>If you are a solo attorney who is feeling the effects of isolation, there are ways to combat the problem. For example, you may consider the following:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Locate your office somewhere that is near other solo attorneys</li> <li>Without merging your firms, share an office space with another solo attorney</li> <li>Attend professional networking events on a regular basis</li> <li>Create a social network with other solo professionals</li> <li>Get involved in a recreational sport or hobby with other adults</li> <li>Make time for a vacation or time away from your office</li> <li>Try to not spend too many hours in the office without a break</li> <li>Schedule in-person appointments with clients instead of phone or Skype meetings</li> </ul> <p>Even if you consider yourself to be an introvert, or if you enjoy working alone, the effects of long-term isolation can lead to lower productivity or even to feelings of depression. If you spend a great deal of your day working alone in an office that is separated from others, it’s always a good idea to take a proactive approach to combating your seclusion.</p> <p>The negative consequences of isolation can be avoided by taking a proactive approach to this potential problem. Make sure to develop professional relationships with others in your area of legal expertise, make a concerted effort to spend time with other legal professionals whom you find interesting, and join groups that provide you with a social outlet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px 'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; top: 44px; left: 20px;">Save</span></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SoloInColo/~4/Q-Rjj71gjsI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://soloincolo.com/combat-feeling-isolation-many-solo-attorneys-experience 2017-02-14 18:07 +00:00 2017-02-14 11:07 -07:00