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Zirtual’s Interruption Causes Real Disruption for Virtual Clients

August 12, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Maybe all those new age start-ups that anointed themselves industry disruptors weren’t exaggerating after all. As Tech Crunch reports, Zirtual , an online, on-demand provider of administrative services did just that: today, Zirtual, without advance notice suspended service, due to “market circumstances and financial constraints” — causing enormous disruption for customers who had come to […]

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Guest Post – Mentorship Relationships

August 10, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

The following is a guest post by Jack Dawson,  a web developer and UI/UX specialist at BigDropInc.com. 16 Characteristics of a Good Business Mentor Relationship From time immemorial, people have always passed on skills from one person to the other through a direct relationship between the person in the know and the person acquiring the skill. […]

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A Place Where Solos Can Work Away

January 21, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

To me, there’s nothing more depressing than the concept of the staycation  – essentially, spending valuable days off from work hanging around the house and area where you live. Sure, I get the concept of local sightseeing (I live in the tourism capitol after all) but that’s what visitors and houseguests are for. To me, […]

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Success Through Succession Plans

December 19, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Do your or your law firm have a succession plan? If you don’t you’re not alone. CNBC reports that a majority of financial advisors — more than two thirds – don’t have a succession plan for their own business – and that’s actually one of the tasks that they’re paid to handle for clients. You […]

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I Was Mired So I Hired An Esquire

December 1, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For years, I’ve been a proponent of relying on independent contractors, freelancers, and other outsourced or temporary labor to provide back up during a busy spell, to test potential full-time hires or to ease into growing solo . Yet, while I’ve used freelancers over the years both in my practice and for various projects at […]

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Try Before You Buy: Can Testing Potential Hires Work for Solo and Small Law Firms

September 15, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

We’ve all been there. After months of sitting on the fence about bringing an assistant or paralegal or associate on board to help dig you out from under, you place an ad or ask around to colleagues for recommendations. You’re encouraged when you identify a job candidate who looks great on paper or comes highly […]

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Good Help? Is it hard to find?

June 23, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.  This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Wes Bailey The solo legal profession is unlike anything you will encounter in today’s society. No one comes to an attorney’s office without having a problem they […]

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How Should Seasoned Lawyers Prepare for the Future of Law?

June 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Lawyerist, Sam Glover sparked some discussion with the question, How would you advise a new lawyer to prepare for the future of law?  Sam’s question generated several thoughtful responses that I commend you to read, but I think there’s an equally significant question that’s been overlooked. Specifically, how should old (or to be […]

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Solos and Smalls Using Slave Labor: Have You No Shame?

March 18, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last month, several media outlets reported on the growing backlash against employers who violate labor law rules for unpaid internships. Since I’d previously spoken out against use of free labor by solos and smalls from both an ethical and legal perspective, I decided to do a little sleuthing to see whether firms had changed their […]

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Hey Baby, Our Platform or Yours?

October 10, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

  On the singles scene, a pick-up line like “my place or yours” isn’t likely to attract many takers.  But on the shingle scene (as in hanging-a-shingle), several different companies are betting that the proposition “our platform [not] yours” will resonate with solos and smalls.  In the past few months,  two relatively new companies – […]

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