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
    • Flying Solo: Starting Your Own Law Practice

      Whether you have just graduated from law school or have been working at a law firm for decades, starting your own practice is always an option. Although it is scary to consider putting on the pilot's hat and flying your own plane, if you follow some of these guidelines, there is no reason why you cannot learn to fly successfully.

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    • Coworking: Office Space Options for Solo Lawyers and Small Firms

      Coworking is an attractive option for the attorney ready to move on from home-based, shoestring operations but not ready for the expense of setting up a private office in town.

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    • Marketing a Startup Solo Law Practice

      Although success as a solo requires much trial and error, some steps that I took to market my business from the beginning really paid off.

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    • 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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