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Archive for December 2005

Outsourcing to India, Three Years Later

One of the best things about a weblog is that it gives you proof that you said something first or spotted a trend way back when.  In my case, I first blogged about the outsourcing to India trend in this January 2003 post.  Now, almost three years later, outsourcing continues to grow.  As this article…

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Give Yourself The Gift of A Website

It’s still not too late to buy yourself and your law firm a holiday gift (not to mention a 2005 tax deduction) – so why not a website?  Jim Calloway explains why every firm needs a little website now in this post.

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Are You Desperate Enough to Succeed As A Solo?

Desperation isn’t the greatest trait to display if you’re trying to meet a mate.  But if you want to succeed in starting a law firm, desperation, or more accurately, the willingness to do something absolutely desperate to bail out a case or save your firm can serve you well.  I was reminded of the power…

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You Don’t Have To Get It Perfect…

Allison Shields of the new Legalease practice-building blog has a post taking inventory for the New Year that contains some great advice:  you don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.  That advice applies to many lawyers contemplating solo practice.  Sure, you don’t want to just jump into it without…

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Business Cards on the Cheap – Why You May Want them

Most lawyers have duplicates of many things – we’ve got courtroom attire and officewear, dress glasses and regular ones, different sets of shoes and for women, handbags.  So why not have several business cards?  Most marketing experts advise against this because different cards means that we dilute our brand.  But I’ve found several uses for…

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It’s Still Not Too Late

It’s still not too late to send out a holiday gift or thank you and there are some ideas listed in this article here, including Billable Hour timepieces by fellow solo Lisa Solomon.  Even if you can’t order these gifts in time for holidays, you can stock up now and distribute them as thank yous…

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New Business for Women and Minority Owned Solos & Small Firms

If you’re a women or minority owned solo or small law firm, there’s some new opportunities for you described in this Press Release.  According to the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), many major corporations have announced an initiative to increase utililization of minority and women owned firms – and have…

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Why Not To Burn Bridges, Part II

Following up on this earlier post here is yet another article on alumni networks, this time from the Chicago Tribune, entitled Companies Learn to Value Alumni (December 18, 2005).  As the article reports, law firms are the latest to join the trend: Law firms are among the latest adopters. Their practice of forcing out lawyers…

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