Are you like me?
When I ventured out on my own, I did what most lawyers do when starting their own law practice. I got a business card made. I also got a logo. Once I had my business card and logo and found a space to rent, I thought I was off to the races and things would go along swimmingly after that.
Don’t get me wrong.
Having a business card and logo was great and fun to do, but it had virtually nothing to do with growing my practice or making it a success. This was one of many mistakes I made, that you can avoid by checking out my article on the 10 Costly Mistakes to Avoid when starting a law practice.
Running your own business can be hard, and I mean really freaking hard. Transparently, if I had known how challenging it would be, I do not know if I would have chosen to open up my own practice. It has been a helluva lot tougher than I thought it would be.
So why did I do it?
The truth is, I didn’t put a whole bunch of thought into starting my own family law practice. I was was just sick and tired of working for older lawyers who seemed to be taking advantage of me. I went from one “old boy” firm to another. Then I went to a third law firm whose managing partner promised me lots of things (great money, a great working environment, lots of legal work, etc.) and then did not deliver.
I left and “put up my shingle” because, really, I had nothing to lose.
Now it is years later, and finally, I am glad to say I made the choice that I did. Working for myself has allowed my entire life to expand in ways I never imagined possible over two decades ago. I run an ethical and profitable family law practice based upon my core values (family, connection, love, care and . . . . FUN! Did I mention FUN?! Gawsh, I love to have fun, but that is another story).
If you have taken the leap to open your own family law practice, or are thinking about it, ask yourself this very blunt question.