When it comes to being a lawyer, whether you’ve been doing it for a day or for a decade, there is always one thing on your mind. Starting your own law firm.
You dream about it all the time. Your name above the door. No, your name above the building!
And while these may be grand and achievable dreams, it’s important to realize that before you get there, you have to go through the process of running a small business. Because, despite the fact that you are a lawyer providing legal services, at the heart of it you will still be operating a business.
With this in mind, below are some great tips to help you get started when creating your own legal practice.
Sell Your Services Through Your Name
The time to have your name in the building is not now. Now is the time where you need to choose a name which sells your services.
For example, Peter Alexander Legal Services says nothing to potential clients about the type of services he can provide. However, Peter Alexander Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer tells somebody who has recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident immediately that he is the kind of lawyer who can help them.
When taking this tip, however, it’s important that you don’t take it too far and make your business sound too comical. Your business name needs to sell not only your service but your professional service.
Keep Your Office Costs Down
While you may have dreams of shiny offices in a brand new building, while you are first getting started you need to do everything that you can to keep your operating costs down. For example, use platforms like the Groupon Coupons page for T Mobile to save on your office staff phones just like you would for your family.
Of course, this tip isn’t’ restricted to just phones. Any other items that you need to buy to set up your business, first see if there is an available coupon or voucher which you can take advantage of.
Get a Web Presence
Even if you won’t be providing any type of legal services online, it’s important that you have a presence on the internet. Even if your website is nothing more than a picture of you, the details of your practice and your opening hours.
Why is it so important? Before when somebody needs legal services, the first thing that they will do is take out their phone and search the internet. They aren’t looking for an online lawyer, they’re just looking for a phone number. And they won’t be able to find yours if you don’t have a website.
When it comes to starting a legal practice, it’s important to remember that you are starting a business and you will have to go through all of the strains and struggles of a business in addition to providing legal services. The tips in this article are a great place to start in helping you build a strong legal practice.