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Need Help Compiling Top Ten Reasons to Shingle

by Carolyn Elefant on July 9, 2005 · 18 comments

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Hello, readers!  I’d like to put together a Top Ten List for my sidebar of reasons that lawyers should consider hanging out a shingle.  GAL posted something similar here, a list of the benefits of being an independent practitioner. For me, the reasons for going solo include autonomy, flexibility to achieve balance with family, an opportunity to learn about different fields of law and the ever present possibility that you’ll stumble across the case that might catapult you from obscurity into the limelight.

But that’s just me.  I’d like to gather ideas from readers as well.  You can send your contributions to me at elefant@myshingle.com or post them as comments below.  Submissions can be anonymous, but I’d be interested in learning whether you’re a solo (and if so, for how long), large firm or government attorney, academic, student or not an attorney at all.

  • Anonymous

    No office politics.

  • Anonymous

    No office politics.

  • anon

    Ability to handle own cases, counsel clients, and “make partner” at age 30–as you mention in your bio.
    Ability to see effect of your work right away.
    Ability to make at least $150 an hour instead of the $50 an hour that firms pay.
    Ability to implement technology instead of having technology that is 5 years outdated.
    Pride in owning your own business.

  • anon

    Ability to handle own cases, counsel clients, and “make partner” at age 30–as you mention in your bio.
    Ability to see effect of your work right away.
    Ability to make at least $150 an hour instead of the $50 an hour that firms pay.
    Ability to implement technology instead of having technology that is 5 years outdated.
    Pride in owning your own business.

  • http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2005/07/your_byline_wan.html Inside Opinions: Legal Blogs

    Your byline wanted: Top Ten reasons to go solo

    Carolyn Elefant wants your help with her list of the top ten reasons lawyers should hang out their own shingle. She writes: Hello, readers! I’d like to put together a Top Ten List for my sidebar of reasons that lawyers

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    Your byline wanted: Top Ten reasons to go solo

    Carolyn Elefant wants your help with her list of the top ten reasons lawyers should hang out their own shingle. She writes: Hello, readers! I’d like to put together a Top Ten List for my sidebar of reasons that lawyers

  • Melissa Montgomery

    1. Ability to determine your own priorities. For example – not having to sacrifice your weekend for your boss only to see you work sit on his/her desk for two weeks after you completed it).
    2. Keeping your own cases instead of having partners cherry-pick them after you’ve already done the work.
    (Those are based on antecdotes from big firm friends.)

  • Melissa Montgomery

    1. Ability to determine your own priorities. For example – not having to sacrifice your weekend for your boss only to see you work sit on his/her desk for two weeks after you completed it).
    2. Keeping your own cases instead of having partners cherry-pick them after you’ve already done the work.
    (Those are based on antecdotes from big firm friends.)

  • Little Bird

    No bleeding of personal life into office politics — I live in a small town, and my personal tangle with a nasty real estate agent prior to my working at that firm (turns out that the agent was good friends with my boss at that time) coming back to haunt me time after time.
    Also not making the partner rich while you work and he /she’s out of the office 3 to 4 days a week…really — it’s happened to me until I wised up.
    Peace and quiet.

  • Little Bird

    No bleeding of personal life into office politics — I live in a small town, and my personal tangle with a nasty real estate agent prior to my working at that firm (turns out that the agent was good friends with my boss at that time) coming back to haunt me time after time.
    Also not making the partner rich while you work and he /she’s out of the office 3 to 4 days a week…really — it’s happened to me until I wised up.
    Peace and quiet.

  • http://www.lawyerlynn.com Lynn Roberts

    Being solo means:
    Autonomy
    Reaping fruits of own labor
    Answering to self & clients only
    Directing the direction of the business
    Ability to use creativity and other non-traditional tools for success
    I’d say those are my reasons for being solo. It really means, in essence, freedom!
    ~~ Lynn Roberts
    http://www.lawyerlynn.com

  • http://www.lawyerlynn.com Lynn Roberts

    Being solo means:
    Autonomy
    Reaping fruits of own labor
    Answering to self & clients only
    Directing the direction of the business
    Ability to use creativity and other non-traditional tools for success
    I’d say those are my reasons for being solo. It really means, in essence, freedom!
    ~~ Lynn Roberts
    http://www.lawyerlynn.com

  • Rick

    Freedom to concentrate on work rather than constantly being distracted by the desire to take out your fully loaded, carbine gas-powered semi-automatic machine gun and stalk office to office shooting all the idiotic partners who drive you crazy.

  • Rick

    Freedom to concentrate on work rather than constantly being distracted by the desire to take out your fully loaded, carbine gas-powered semi-automatic machine gun and stalk office to office shooting all the idiotic partners who drive you crazy.

  • http://deminimus.blogspot.com Cato

    Mind you that I am only a law student right now, but I have come up with a list of ten reasons that I have posted to my blog at http://deminimus.blogspot.com. Please come over and check them out – I have had no visitors as of yet.

  • http://deminimus.blogspot.com Cato

    Mind you that I am only a law student right now, but I have come up with a list of ten reasons that I have posted to my blog at http://deminimus.blogspot.com. Please come over and check them out – I have had no visitors as of yet.

  • Stuart

    Being able to fire your boss (i.e. clients) if you get a bad one.
    Implementing technology (see above)…YES.
    No face time.

  • Stuart

    Being able to fire your boss (i.e. clients) if you get a bad one.
    Implementing technology (see above)…YES.
    No face time.

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