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What Does It Take to Be a Successful Entrepreneurial Attorney?

January 4, 2012

Filed under: Entrepreneurs — @ 3:07 pm

In my role as a coach for attorneys, my job is to help my clients in their roles as entrepreneur. It’s not something they teach in law school.

But that doesn’t mean being a lawyer means you can’t be a successful entrepreneur as well. Au contraire. With focus and determination, you can create a law practice that provides you with satisfaction and a good living.

What does it take to be successful? I recently ran across an article, “Will 2012 be the Year of the Legal Entrepreneur” on the Solo Practice University website. In it, Susan Cartier Liebel identifies the following characteristics of a successful legal entrepreneur:

  • Ability to build relationships and connect with others
  • Ability to see opportunities others miss
  • Commitment to an end goal
  • Stamina and endurance to realize a vision

What really struck me about Liebel’s article were two observations she makes:

  • The attributes of a successful entrepreneur “are likely learnable skills that education, training and practice can improve upon.”
  • Most successful entrepreneurs get help to improve their entrepreneurial skills: “evidence indicates that startup firms that take advantage of resources such as mentoring, counseling and other small business development assistance have a better survival and growth rate than do their peers.”

You can do it! There is hope for us accidental entrepreneurs — those of us who opened our own shops because we didn’t like the people we were working for (both clients and the partners), got laid off, needed a different lifestyle, or just wanted to be our own bosses.

If we are willing to take the necessary risks to build our practices, we can learn the skills we need to have and get the help necessary to develop those skills. A good coach can help you identify your goals and push you to get out there so you accomplish them.

Please let me know how this helps you!

One Response to “What Does It Take to Be a Successful Entrepreneurial Attorney?”

  1. I am certainly int he category of “accidental entrepreneur” having started my firm 12 months ago after moving back home from overseas and landing in an attorney hiring freeze environment. The first 12 months have been difficult and fun and I am very much looking to grow over the next year in my ability to be a successful entrepreneur. I look forward to reading more of your articles and applying the lessons in my own practice. Thanks.

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