Happy New Year to all!
Today is my third day as an "official solo attorney" - though I'm still a wannabee because I have no clients. Actually, that's fine for now because I'm still getting things together.
I have my office, desk, multifunction printer/copier/fax, phone (only one line), general premises liability coverage, and an unfurnished conference room.
Still need to get: signs (though I will hopefully get something in a couple of weeks), conference table, chairs, second line (courtesy of Packet8 VOIP - curious how that will be), malpractice insurance, and small table for my office. And, oh yeah, clients.
I do have one "networking meeting" set up with an insurance person, and have an open house I am attending next week with a financial planner. I have high hopes for referrals from the latter since she is in the same building complexes that I am in. And 1 of the 3 local yellow pages now has my advertisement in it. Real curious about how effective this will be since every online discussion group talks about how ineffective yellow page advertisements are. My former employer seemed to get a lot of clients from it, however. A quick word to the wise - if you run your name in the white pages, make sure you list it under your last name - my listing is under "L" for "Law Office of ...." Just about worthless, if you ask me. Not sure whether to complain, or just blame myself for not anticipating this.
I am also working my way through "Get Clients Now!" by C.J. Hayden. It is a marketing book aimed at service professionals, though not necessarily attorneys. It advocates steady steps and reachable goals you set up for yourself, which seems more trustworthy than "miracle solutions" often promised by other books.
In the meantime, my time seems completely filled with endless tasks: call electricians, call sign persons, call furniture salespersons, go to office supply store, contact professional negligence insurers (one, Mainstreet Financial, seems markedly lower than the others - any experiences with them?), revise questionnaires and forms. I want to read up on substantive areas of practice, but seem to have little time for that! At the end of the day, I keep a journal of things I have done just to prove to myself I got something accomplished!