Monday, September 12, 2011

Deciding to Go Solo

Given the job market, some of our students will make an early decision to open their own practices. My advice is to get some legal experience before you make the big leap. Here are two brief articles from the Philadelphia Bar Association’s blog, both by tax solo Douglas Greenberg. The first is about making the decision to go solo. Here’s the paragraph that really sums it up:

Indeed, it has made me realize some things about myself and given me experiences I would have never had otherwise. During the years that I ran with the herd, I was always trying hard to fit in. I tried to be what I thought others wanted me to be. So, I’m happy I gave up traveling with the herd. Today, I do the work that I love to do and I do it on my own terms for my own clients. I make a good living and get satisfaction from doing it.  I’m helping people, and I’m doing it all on my own.

The second is about building a specialty. Greeberg notes:

In my still-young career as a solo, I have already observed a number of attorneys struggling with ‘general’ law practices. They are afraid to specialize because they don’t know what to go into or they fear that specializing will cause them to miss opportunities in other areas. In my experience, this is a mistake.


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