This past month has been crazy-busy, but busy in a good way. Many new opportunities have come my way and I’m optimistic about what’s ahead. But I’ll be the first to tell you that my practice has not always been this way. I’ve had slow months when I felt frustrated enough about earning the equivalent of ten dollars an hour that I was ready to throw in the towel or stressed over the fear of malpractice or from dealing with difficult clients.
I admit this all publicly for all of you solos out there who are struggling today. Maybe you started your firm, brimming with enthusiasm, but now a year later, you still can’t find a steady stream of business. Maybe you just made what you think is the world’s stupidest mistake in a case and you can’t sleep at night because you’re so afraid of what might happen. I’ve been in that place (as recently as 2 months ago, in fact!), all of us solos have. Yet we keep it secret, never admit our weaknesses to our colleagues or seek out help. To each other, we all look as if we have the perfect practice, which is almost never the case, all the time.
Remember, that we’ve all been in the dark place that you may occupy now, yet one way or another, we’ve gotten through. And also remember that on balance, solo practice is the most optimistic place
on earth, the most addictive, page turning novel ever written, because something
exciting always lies just ahead. As you move through the problems in front of you, try to peek ahead to see the opportunities around the corner. I guarantee that in a few months, like me, you’ll be too crazy-busy, in
a good way, to remember how you’re feeling now.