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Does Doing Work That’s Hard Work for Solos Seeking to Grow?

May 21, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Marketing god Seth Godin recently urged his audience to take up the challenge of doing what’s hard: In an industrial setting, the obvious plan is to seek out the easy work. You’re more likely to get it done with less effort and then move on[…] Today, though, it’s the difficult work that’s worth doing. It’s […]

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Planning for the Unexpected

May 19, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Today, MyShingle is pleased to host this guest post by Roy Ginsburg. Other posts authored by Roy at MyShingle are available here.  A frequent complaint of solo practitioners is that since they are alone and in charge, it is difficult to get away for a vacation.  But somehow, most seem to manage by finding another […]

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Lessons for Small Firms From Mom-and-Pop Retailers on How to Beat Big Competitors

May 13, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I wrote about how the rise of large health networks in the medical profession is making it harder for independent doctors to compete – and pondered whether solos and smalls might face the same fate potentially from the growth of branded lawyer networks. Of course, that’s not the only source of competition for […]

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Ideas for Complying With the Legal Professional Code From Computer Coders

May 12, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on the long journey of learning and mastering computer code for several reasons. First, as I approach a milestone birthday (and work through the concomitant midlife crisis), I’ve felt compelled to try something new. Second, since I so frequently criticize  many of the legal tech startups for not […]

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Tips For Solo Lawyers, Courtesy of Our Freelance Cousins

May 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In many respects, we solo and small firm lawyers have more in common with freelancers than the big firm attorneys who set the bar associations’ agendas. Frequently, when foraging for blog fodder, I find the advice, tips and trends covered at freelance or tech start-up sites are more compelling and relevant than what’s available at […]

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Is the Future of Solo Medicine the Future of Law?

May 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In reading this article about physicians feeling pressure to join hospital or health network systems, I wondered whether this might be the future for the practice of law as well. The article describes the experience of Dean Pollack, an OBGYN, in practice for thirty years, who is committed to maintain an independent practice – notwithstanding […]

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The Busy Week

May 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For the first time in a very long time, I went a full week without posting at MyShingle. Needless to say, last week was busy – but here are some of the highlights: I had my fifteen seconds of fame (quite literally) in this appearance on The Daily Show, which grew out of this pun-filled […]

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Want to Ensure Solo Success? Obsess Yourself.

April 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Don’t Express Yourself – Obsess Yourself! Over the past few years, passionate has been one of the most overused modifiers of entrepreneurs and startups. If you don’t believe me, check out LinkedIn, where “passionate” turns up 872,400 times in various profiles. Increasingly, solo and small firm lawyers, in an effort to distinguish themselves from their […]

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Uber Thoughts on Premium Pricing

April 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last night, I stayed late at the office. By D.C. standards anyway.  Meaning that when I departed at 1:30 in the morning, the metro trains that I use to commute to the office were no longer running so I had to find alternative transportation home. At that late hour, I wasn’t sure that I’d be […]

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Walmart Law’s Noble Roots

April 23, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Solo Practice University’s Susan Cartier-Liebel, I learned that $99 wills and have documents notarized  — at least at two Walmart locations in Canada. The services are offered through Axess , a bonafide law Canadian law firm, through small branch offices located at the entrance of two Walmart stores. Currently, customer-clients can access Axess for […]

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