Tuesday, August 21, 2012
We'd previously followed the efforts of a new law grad to open a solo practice which he documented at the blog I Just Want to Practice Law. After receiving a job offer from the local DA's office, he folded his solo tent in pursuit of a more steady paycheck while offering advice about the lessons he learned along the way. Some readers found it helpful to learn from this lawyer's experiences, albeit brief, in order to more successfully launch their own solo practices.
In the same vein, here are a couple of posts (here and here) from the blog My Shingle in which an experienced BigLaw associate discusses his decision to leave his firm in order to start a solo practice, what he learned from the experience and why he chose to abandon his efforts after two years of trying. Perhaps other can learn from this lawyer's experiences too. Chief among the advice offered is the importance of allowing enough time to establish a significant online presence (through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, AVVO, JDSupra and every online legal directory you can find), establish a blog on which you post substantive content about your practice area at least a couple of times per week and the constant attention all these activities require to make sure your marketing efforts are working. Another lesson this lawyer learned is that, in hindsight, he would have forgone the expense of an office rental to reduce his overhead as much as possible.
Read his first (anonymous) post here.
Hat tip to the Lawyerist blog.