I had absolutely no idea what the answers to those questions were. So I hired a business consultant.
She was awesome. There was probably nothing I looked forward to more during those dark days then my weekly conversations with her. And she gave me some great leads. "Brad, you need an online credit card charge company." "Brad, you need to advertise with these directories." "Brad, what are you doing for accounting?"
But she wasn't a lawyer. She didn't have the experience to address what to do with intakes, what companies I should look at for websites, and a host of other issues that are unique to law firms and attorneys who want to start one.
And so I learned by trial and error. Example: when a potential new client calls, you better have a secretary and a system for dealing with them. Why? Because if you don't, guess what? They're going to go to another attorney. And that's just one example.
So that's why I started Hanging Out A Shingle.com. If you don't like working for a boss, if you want autonomy over your cases and how you run your law practice, if you want to net $200-300 thousand a year, I'm here to help you. Help you do the exact same thing I did - without the trial and error.