I started my own firm, Franco Law Firm, P.C., 6 months out of law school. Initially, I was supposed to have a partner, but after finding out I was expecting my daughter, I ended up starting my practice alone.
Like many attorneys, I was surprised to find out how much I still didn't know about actually putting the law into practice, and how little law school actually prepares you for how to lawyer and own a firm.
On top of everything else, I was a new mom.
Although I had a blueprint on what I needed to start the firm, I was still a newly admitted attorney who didn't have much confidence in my ability to practice law or operate a law firm.
I also made a lot of mistakes that could of been avoided, if I knew then, what I know now.
Things like how to open an attorney trust account, hiring at least one support person as soon as it is financially feasible, how to network and nurture professional relationships, and so much more.
But once I started hiring support staff, working on my professional development, doing odd jobs such as document review, and getting into the right mindset, I saw things start to shift in a positive way!