Can you believe that 2017 is nearing its end? After a whirlwind of a year, November is drawing to a close and it’s that time of year again: Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday dedicated to spending time with family, eating lots and lots of food, and reflecting on and appreciating all of the good things in our lives.
For many of us, it’s the love and support of family and friends. Many also appreciate their good health and prosperity. Others are grateful for the jobs that allow them to to provide for themselves and their families.
When it comes to their jobs, solo and small firm lawyers have a lot to be grateful for. After all, many of you have explicitly chosen your career path and for that reason, readily appreciate the many benefits it offers. To that end, here’s a reminder of 4 things that many solo and small firm lawyers are no doubt grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Sure you could have joined a large law firm as an entry level associate – or maybe you even left a larger firm to start your own practice. If you did, you’re not alone. For many lawyers, life in Biglaw isn’t all it’s cut out to be. In large law firms, there are endless stressors, including countless late nights, sky high billable hour requirements, and a lack of autonomy. It can be a thankless, stressful existence.
That’s why so many lawyers leave large law firms and launch their own solo or small law firms. When it’s your law firm, you’re the boss. You call the shots and don’t have to go through a committee to make decisions. For many lawyers, including many MyCase customers, the need for autonomy was a primary motivator for hanging a shingle. And, as a solo or small firm lawyer, it’s one of the many things you have to be grateful for this year.
When you’re a solo or small firm lawyer, you get to choose when and how you work. And these days, lawyers have more options than ever when it comes to working on their own terms. Gone are the days where lawyers were limited to working with paper files located in a brick an mortar office. Instead, you have options.
With cloud computing legal software, including law practice management software, you can work wherever and whenever you please. You have 24/7 access to all of your firm’s files, no matter your location, which gives you built-in flexibility. No doubt that’s why more than half of all lawyers are using cloud computing software in 2017. The convenience that comes with having all of your law firm’s data accessible online is just one more thing you should be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Another benefit of using cloud computing in your law practice is mobility. The days of being tethered to your desk are in the past. When all of your law firm’s data stored is online, you’re able to practice law on the go, no matter where you are.
Using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, you can easily access documents, calendar and contact information, and communicate with clients from anywhere. You can enter billable time on the courthouse steps using your mobile phone or pull up a time-stamped order on your tablet while appearing in court. This mobility allows you to be a more responsive and agile lawyer, which is yet one more thing to be thankful this season.
Last, but not least, solo and small firm lawyers should be grateful for time-saving automation tools this Thanksgiving. When you automate your law firm’s processes, you save both time and money. And there are so many aspects of your law practice that can be automated.
You can automate your firm’s invoicing and payment processes by using legal practice management software with built-in billing features. With mobile legal billing software and automated invoicing, you’ll save countless hours of time, making it easy for your clients to instantaneously pay you online using their debit or credit cards. You can also automate document assembly, task management, and court deadlines. Intuitive tools like Workflow allow you to customize tasks and deadlines at the start of a matter, so you can track court and statutory deadlines for each case, streamline your client intake process, or create templates for important dates that relate to specific types of cases or trials.
Automation is yet one more thing to be thankful for this Thursday because when you automate your law firm, you reduce the time spent on administrative tasks. This frees up your time so that you can focus on what really matters: practicing law and making a difference in your clients’ lives.