By Ally Kennedy, Founder of AMIGA
A huge mistake that solo practitioners make is hiring people when they are already desperate for help. By the time most solos decide to hire, they are already too overwhelmed by the amount of legal work that has to be done in addition to running the business side of the firm. However, the money that you pay for each member of your team is an investment into the growth of your law firm, into the betterment of your business, and also into your sanity.
Running a law firm is a full-time job, which is hard to imagine since being a lawyer is also a full-time job. Bringing on people at the right time, before you reach the point of overwhelm, is key.
Here is a rough guide on advice on when to hire. It may feel scary to make the investment, but it is very important to get the support that you need so that you can stay on top of your caseload, run a successful business, and also have a great and full life outside of the office.
It is scary to pull the trigger on any hire, but each time you do, you will ask yourself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
If you can’t allow yourself to justify the cost, think of it this way: You owe it to your clients to give their cases the time and dedication they deserve. You owe it to potential clients to answer their phone calls. You owe it to yourself, your clients, and your future clients to have an organized, well-run law firm. (You also owe it to your family to see you from time to time when you aren’t working and/or stressed about work.)
Are you ready to make your first hire? Or ready to expand with more team members? Share about it in the comments below!
About your Ally in Life, Business and Law:
Alexandra "Ally" Kennedy is the founder of AMIGA Lawyers, the Association of Mother Immigration Attorneys, and the founding partner of Alexandra Kennedy Immigration Law. After becoming a mother, and in a matter of 3 months, Ally transformed her practice from earning in pesos to earning 6-figures and she is passionate about teaching attorneys how they can do the same. Ally empowers lawyers to be the CEOs of their law firms with her weekly blog, webinars, and conferences where she teaches step-by-step how to do the work they love while running a profitable legal business. Ally lives outside of Seattle with her partner and their 5 children.