Whether this will be your first foray into law or you have been thinking about the decision the entirely of your experienced career, there is nothing more exciting to a lawyer than starting their own practice.
However, as good as a lawyer you might be, it’s important to remember that less practice is still a business, and as such, there are some nonlegal considerations to think about, such as the following.
It All Starts With Your Name
Do you think that clients who have recently been involved in a car accident know what type of legal services Murphy, James & Bryan provide? The answer is no, simply because there is no way for anybody to know. This is enough for this person to dismiss the firm while flicking through the directory or searching online. However, you can bet that a firm named Midtown Collision Compensation Services is going to get a large number of calls from the very clients they are looking to represent.
While you don’t have to choose a name which is as blatant as the one above, be sure that the name of your firm works for you and sells your services.
You Don’t Need a Flashy Location
Unless you will be opening the doors of your business with an existing portfolio of high-profile clients, you don’t need to start in a fancy location. What you do need to do, however, is to choose a location which is accessible to your clients. For example, if you plan on practicing family law, look for a place in a neighboring suburb. Similarly, if you will be providing around-the-clock bail services, establishing an office near a police station or a bail bonds service could be beneficial.
Speaking of Flashy
When it comes time to furnish your new office, utilize services like the Groupon Coupons page for Design Within Reach which can help you furnish the majority of your office at a fraction of the cost you would pay in store. Additionally, search sites like these for any other furnishings you require, such as office kitchen supplies or computer equipment for new staff.
It doesn’t matter if your website is simply a picture of you with the name of your firm, your address and telephone number, and a brief description of the service you provide. That’s enough for people feel confident in your service. While it may seem like strange behavior, the majority of people don’t trust a service which doesn’t’ have a website, especially a legal service. For this reason, be sure that you have a www that you can give to clients before you open your office for business.
When it comes to opening a business, it’s important that you watch the money that you spend and be sure that you are always making smart decisions. Other than that, always ensure that your practice upholds the values which you have chosen and always that your conduct always presents your services in a positive light.…Continue reading »