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Opening a law office

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by munchausen, May 5, 2011.

  1. VaderDave

    VaderDave Senior member

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    Congrats! A couple of things you might want to consider:

    1) Make your office scalable--only hire part timers (even 3/4 timers) with a minimum hour promise. That way if you need them for extra hours, they're available, but if things slow down the overhead won't eat you alive.
    2) Try to find a remote answering service that can handle your phone calls and maybe even scheduling. This will help you be scalable and a good service will ensure that you have phone coverage from 8-5 every single business day (no sick days, no lunch breaks, no vacation, no benefits from you). The one I use (even now, for our multi-attorney practice) only costs about $250 per month, which is way cheaper than hiring a full-time receptionist, even if you split it among several attorneys.

    Anyway--I'm a big advocate of slower, controlled growth. Keep that overhead low and learn to work as leanly as possible.
     
  2. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    This sounds like great advice - my dad took similar steps as both the above while establishing his accounting practice years ago.
     

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