For people who run their own small law firms, it can become quite easy to overwhelm yourself with the sheer number of tasks that need to be done on an everyday basis to keep the business side of things running smoothly. Part of ensuring your firm will remain successful for years to come is knowing when you should take a step back and let someone else take over certain aspects of your business, so you can focus on practicing law.
Are You Spinning Plates When it Comes to Your Law Firm?
As the saying goes, time is money. The amount of time you spend on the business operations of your firm takes away from time you could be spending on your cases or on building relationships with your clients—the things that really build up your brand and make your firm’s services attractive to potential clients.
Therefore, it’s important to find ways to focus on what you do best. By taking back the time you spend on some of the day-to-day minutiae, you can focus more on your case work, and also have more time to spend with family and your own personal hobbies and interests.
Getting the help you need
It’s understandable to be hesitant to bring in someone else to help run your firm. Starting your own law firm is a significant leap of faith in its own right, and there is a tendency in people to want to make sure their firm is being run “the right way” by doing everything themselves.
But with a little bit of planning and thought, you can make sure the person you bring in makes your firm better than it’s ever been. Here are some tips:
- Identify what you want to delegate: What are the aspects of running your law firm that are keeping you from devoting more time to the things you actually want to be doing, and are good at doing? It could be bookkeeping or accounting tasks, booking appointments, managing calendars, marketing, digital work or any other task unrelated to the actual cases that bogs down your workload.
- Seek a qualified person: It’s tempting to want to hire someone who can do this work for cheap, but it’s important to bring in someone with the skills and experience in the work you need them to do. That person’s expertise will strengthen your brand and create a better overall experience for your clients.
- Consider outsourced agencies: If you do not currently have the ability to hire a full-time employee to your staff, you could consider an outsourced firm for some of your administrative tasks. This allows you to pay for the services as you need them and easily scale up as your firm grows. You can wait to bring in a full-time worker to your staff until your firm has actually reached the point of growth where it makes financial sense.
Once you have the help you need, you can focus on fine-tuning the parts of your firm where your own skills can shine. You can be the best lawyer you can be, rather than having to wear multiple hats as a small business owner.
For more tips about finding great assistance and delegating tasks at your law firm, contact us at Conroy Creative Counsel.