Startup

This is FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center's collection of free articles on Startup. Startup refers to the very early stages of running a solo or small law practice. There are many business details to consider in the early stages of starting and running your law practice. Start your research with FindLaw.
Startup Articles
    • Build Client Relationships Through Personal Contact

      Most clients don't know how to judge the depth of your knowledge, skill, judgment or experience. After all, they didn't go to law school and you did, so they couldn't possibly appreciate what you know. But they can measure what they see and feel.

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    • How to Start a Law Firm: Picking a Practice Area

      Picking a practice area for your law practice is an important decision for many reasons including: avoiding legal malpractice; being able to pay the bills; and career satisfaction. Increasingly, clients expect their lawyers to focus their practices on a particular area of the law.

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    • Management Techniques: Learning To Delegate

      There is not a single management skill more critical to your personal and professional success as an entrepreneur than learning to delegate. There is much more to delegating than meets the eye. It does not mean to simply hand out assignments. It is a science and an exercise in understanding one's self.

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    • Time Management Tips

      Most of us have felt swamped at one time or another. With hectic work schedules, family responsibilities, and social engagements, there just doesn't seem to be enough time for everything we need and want to do. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Although life will always provide us with its little twists and turns, once we learn to manage our time wisely, much of the day-to-day chaos in our lives can be reduced or even eliminated.

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    • Business Taxes
      The form of business you operate determines what taxes you must pay and how you pay them. The following are the four general types of business taxes.

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    • Federal and State Business Licensing Requirements

      Lawyers looking to start a firm should look into any federal or state license or permit requirements which may be applicable to them.

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    • Starting a Law Firm: Finding Your Niche

      A key decision when launching a new firm is deciding "what you are." The days of the general practice lawyer are gone. Your chances for success are much greater if you limit yourself to a particular area of law where you can become an expert.

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    • What is a Small Business?

      The Small Business Act states that a small business concern is "one that is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation." The law also states that in determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary from industry to industry to reflect industry differences accurately.

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    • IP, Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks FAQs

      This article provides common answers to common intellectual property questions regarding copyright issues.

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    • Competitive Analysis

      Business takes place in a highly competitive, volatile environment, so it is important to understand the competition. Answering questions like these can help.

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