As the end of the year approaches, now is a good time to take stock of our successes — something a friend of mine poetically calls “harvesting”. As entrepreneurs who commit to changing the legal profession through the way we...more
In a previous post, I promised to write about how and why client engagement goes off the rails for many attorneys.
As I reflected on that, it dawned on me that there really are only a few reasons people don’t engage...more
I’ve sat through many practice-building seminars in the last five years, each one promising that if you follow their tips and tricks, you will grow you practice N-fold. By and large, these seminars describe in detail how to...more
“Grow or die!” is a vital mantra in business today, even in the law business.
As a solo practitioner, there will come a time when you will be faced with the decision of whether to expand your work or maintain the...more
I’m often asked how I went from being a stay-at-home mom to a practicing lawyer.
Every single time, I have flashbacks of all the separate moments it took to first decide to go to law school, to return to studying full...more
Here’s a truth for you: I have a vision of the world in which every person is an independent contractor with his or her company/ies…
Where we freely trade our gifts, time and expertise for compensation in a fluid,...more
My life lesson: when I encounter resistance or difficulty, I can do one of two things. I can take it personally (and all the crap that comes with that), or surrender (and flow down the stream easily)....more
When I started out in law practice, I kind of thought that my services would just be wanted and needed and that I’d eventually get paid for my expertise.
Getting clients would be easy, right? Almost automatic, since I...more
Yes, I know. It’s shocking. The gal that Alexis always talks about being in love with her practice actually hates the words “estate planning”.
I hate estate planning because it conjures up the images of a bunch of...more
Last week I explained how, for the entrepreneur, the “plateau” is natural and unavoidable.
You might say this is especially true for the legal entrepreneur, since if you are starting a solo practice you are likely...more
Like death and taxes, there is one thing about being a legal entrepreneur that is predictable…
Your business will plateau....more
Waaaay back, I wrote a post on making the transition from being a cog in the wheel of commerce to being the engine of your own business.
Since then, I’ve encountered more and more data on how terrifying, how thrilling...more
The world is changing, shifting like quicksand under our feet. Lifelong employment is gone, job security too.
There will be a day, very soon possibly, when we all are independent contractors…
When we all are...more
Last fall I felt a renewed calling to return to yoga practice full time. Committing to yoga came from a deep yearning to reconnect with my own body. After being a mom where my body was not my own alone; a law student, where I...more
Recently, Alexis wrote an amazing post about the pain of being a lawyer. I’d like to talk a little more about that because so many (not all!) of my colleagues experience their professional lives unhappily and joylessly. Even...more