I was going over my various blogs and I thought I would visit my first one – this one. It has been a couple years since I started this blog to serve as my outlet while I moved from a law firm job, to taking the bar exam in another state, and, essentially starting my legal career over again.
I haven’t posted on here in months. I may not post here again in months. I may post next week. I may never post again. Who knows.
However, I wanted to say to all those lawyers who find there way to this blog – which was started by an amateur business man who just really, really wanted his own law practice – you can do it. Seriously. If you want to, go start a law firm.
It isn’t always easy, it isn’t always fun. But, if you want it bad enough, you can do it.
The first few months are probably going to be tough. The middle months can be amazing. When you really start cooking it is a great feeling. Then you realize you got to keep feeding the beast.
I’ve made more money than I ever did at a law firm. I have freedom. I save what I want for retirement. I call all of the shots. I am a Minnesota estate planning and probate attorney. Nobody tells me what to do. I pick my clients. I work my ass off if I want to and take vacation if I want to. I love it. I am happy.
Getting new clients is always tough, but they are there. Be bold. Take a chance. If you can stomach the risk, do it. Do it right and don’t look back.
I will leave you with this:
I am about eight months into starting a law firm. I don’t know if I have “made it” yet but I can tell you that the absolute terror and nervousness is gone. I almost feel like this is my real “career” now. I have a long ways to go, but I got a lot of it down – not everything, but a lot of it.
I am not sure what people want to hear or not. I am also not sure I what direction I want to take this blog (if I want to take it any direction at all). As anybody who read this may know, I haven’t posted here since June. Will I post again next week? Next month? Tomorrow or in three months? I don’t know. I can tell you that blogging takes up too much time and when I am trying to make money by selling my time, blogging tends to just get in the way. That being said, it does work.
So how does it work? Basically, blogging gets a search engine’s attention. Let us not get lost in the woods. This blog is found by search engines. Their value cannot be denied. I think SEO and all that stuff is scummy and can be borderline unethical at times. Yet, it can’t be any worse than billboards or those ads you see on television. But, I continually questions what is the value of blogging – or anything for that matter.
If you want to start a law practice, I would probably recommend blogging if you like writing and you are an introvert. It is long and tedious. Have a plan and stick to it. I haven’t stuck to it. I have, however, gotten some good (and bad) clients from the internet. It works. What else works? Networking, social clubs, friends, connections, print advertising, etc. What is the best? I have no idea. I will let you know when I figure it out.
Anyway, the point of this post is that I am still here. I am still running my own law practice and I am successful. I have branched out a little and now consider myself a Minnesota business lawyer. I have not “made it” yet, but I think I will. My definitions of success have changed a bit. I have learned a lot. I am enjoying the ride.