Insights for New Entrepreneurs #1-3

Hey lawyers! I recently passed the first year anniversary of my law firm, Lewis Legal- horaay! The last year has been a roller coaster with many ups and downs. It has also been an incredible year of personal and professional growth. Over the past year, I have been able to expand my mindset in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. In celebration of my first year, I put together a list of lessons from a new/learning entrepreneur. These are things that I wish I could go back in time and tell myself a year ago. (Anyone have a time machine handy?) Check out this video to see what I learned!

Surround Yourself With The Very Best!

Hey lawyers! As many of you know, I enjoy working out, and I recently joined a very cool upper-end gym. I used to just exercise at my local YMCA (which I absolutely loved). I got used to being one of the top performers at the local YMCA. It was comfortable exercising at the YMCA, and I felt good about myself. At my new gym, however, EVERYONE is in awesome shape! After two workouts at fancy-pants-new-gym, I can already tell that I am average at best… probably below average. While it didn’t feel good at first to be below average, I quickly realized that surrounding myself with top performers will only allow me to grow. I can study what others are doing to achieve success and steal some of the best strategies for myself. I think this very principle applies to us as lawyers and business owners. To learn how you can improve your law firm by surrounding yourself with high achievers, check out this video!

Fast Action Deals For Your Clients?

Hey lawyers! If you know me, you know that I exercise like it’s nobody’s business. In fact, I recently joined the most amazing gym that I have ever seen. During the enrollment process, the gym representative offered me a “fast action discount,” meaning that if I signed up for a membership that day, I would save over $100 on the enrollment fee. I was already planning to sign up for a membership, but the fast action discount certainly encouraged me to do so immediately. Do you offer anything like this to your clients? Check out this video to learn how fast action deals can encourage proactivity and help you to grow your business!

How To Shamelessly Promote Your Law Firm

Hey lawyers! I just spent this morning nominating myself for an award and asking every lawyer I know to also nominate me. Doesn’t that sound like such an obnoxious thing to do?! It’s funny- a year ago, I never would have had the nerve to do anything like this. I would have thought that it was arrogant and annoying to self-promote so blatantly. Now I realize that some of the most successful people have found their success by 1) demonstrating an amazing or unique talent and skill and also 2) shamelessly and noisily self-promoting themselves. #bestlawyeralive Check out this video to learn how you can promote and represent yourself in order to take your law practice to the next level! #queenlawyer

Reluctant To Hire?

Hey lawyers! As you know, I am engaged with groups of attorneys on social media. Recently, a group of lawyers was talking about how stressed out and overwhelmed they are in their law practices. In spite of being overburdened, however, these lawyers expressed that they were reluctant to hire any help. One lawyer stated that hiring help would make her “actually have to work.” This conversation fascinated me. Isn’t working to improve and grow one’s law firm a positive thing? Check out this video where I further explore this topic and provide alternatives to those of you who are reluctant to hire!

When To Lower Your Value?

Hey lawyers! Today’s video is more of a question for you. I recently had a potential attorney-client make me an offer. I am excited about the work that I would be doing with this attorney-client, but the hourly rate is about 20% of my last offer/client negotiation. Is it ever okay to lower your value? By how much? Check out this video and let me know what you think!

Can’t Afford To Hire Your First Employee?

Hey lawyers! Recently, I was reading an article written by a fellow entrepreneur. In the article, the entrepreneur explained that business owners and entrepreneurs usually drag their feet before hiring their very first employee. This could be due to inexperience, lack of financial resources, and a number of other reasons. The entrepreneur explained that, instead, business owners should hire an employee as soon as remotely possible in order to facilitate business growth. I would like to take this idea a step further. What if you absolutely can’t afford to hire an employee but are still looking for that business growth in your law firm? What do you do in that situation? Check out this video to learn the answer!

No, No, No, No, No!

Hey lawyers! It’s time for some real talk. Last week I was feeling pretty discouraged. I spent several hours talking on the phone with potential attorney clients, but I couldn’t seem to get anyone to say “yes” to me. It was just one “no” after another. I had to pause and think back to a goal that I set for myself earlier in the year. That goal was to collect more “nos”. So in reality, I was actually accomplishing my goal by putting myself out there and talking with more potential clients. As lawyers and entrepreneurs, we have all had experiences and days like this. Check out this video to learn more about how I was able to handle my day and ultimately turn “no” into “yes!”

Oooo, Shiny Object!

Hey lawyers! How would you describe your business strategy? Do you have one linear approach to your business functioning and growth? Or do you spread your attention amongst methods, trying several different approaches simultaneously? I’ve been thinking about this lately for myself and for my business. I think I need to find a balance between experimenting with several shiny and enticing strategies at once (who doesn’t love shiny and sparkly things?!) and selecting one or two courses of action to focus on at a time. This is a challenging balance for any business owner or entrepreneur. Take a look at the video to learn how you might be able to find the perfect balance for you in order to grow and manage your law firm strategically!

How To Take The Pressure Off

Hey lawyers! I was talking to another attorney the other day, and he said something that stuck with me. He stated that he wanted to work with me and use my freelance attorney services in order to “take the pressure off" of his law firm. I sat with these words - “take the pressure off” - and I thought about ways that I can apply this idea to my life and my work. There are so many resources available to help and support us as lawyers, entrepreneurs, parents, and just plain awesome earthlings! Check out this video to learn what you can do to take some of the pressure off in your work and your life!