Lawyers are often so busy that holidays can come and go in a blur. In case you missed it, the New Year just rolled over. It’s 2017, and everybody is making New Year’s resolutions. And, why not? After all, the holidays are the perfect time to slow down to reflect on the past year and the steps we can take to improve in the coming year. While you’re deliberating about how to better yourself, why not commit to making your law firm better as well? As it turns out, what’s good for you is often just what your practice needs, too. Here are three New Year’s resolutions for your law firm that you can begin implementing today:
Trim the Fat
Whip your law firm into shape this year by getting rid of wasteful practices that are only slowing you down. The start of a new year is the perfect time to cut out unnecessary operating costs and make sure your practice runs as smoothly as possible. See if there are cheaper options for certain expenses, such as your office lease, marketing investments, and even office supplies. Consider whether other costs are really worth their price tag. Keep in mind that cutting costs doesn’t mean downgrading the quality of the services you offer. It means honestly evaluating how your law firm runs and implementing new procedures or policies that will make your firm more efficient. Ultimately, it paves the way to a better bottom line — and who doesn’t want that?
Evaluate Your Website and Branding
With most things, what’s on the inside matters most. When it comes to your law firm, however, that’s not always the case. Your website is likely the first place prospective clients go to find out more about you. In fact, more than 35% of legal consumers start their search for an attorney online. Make sure your law firm’s website is up to date (with correct information and working hyperlinks), engaging, personalized, and professional. The same goes for your logo and marketing materials — if they’re dull and outdated, give them a makeover as well. Your law firm only gets one first impression — make sure it’s a good one!
Outsource Legal Talent
The legal industry is shifting away from the typical 9-to-5 workday to encompass contract attorneys. Law firms that are able to adapt will ultimately have an advantage. Not sure where to start? No problem. Outsourcing legal talent is made easy with online platforms such as LexInsight, an on demand marketplace that brings together contract attorneys with law firms who want to hire them for eDiscovery document review projects. For employers, LexInsight provides instant access to a qualified pool of contract attorneys and cuts the costs of hiring them by half as compared to traditional channels. To put it simply, LexInsight is the DIY of eDiscovery staffing. Ready to hire your first contract attorney and expand your firm? Visit our website today and learn more.
Everyone can benefit from New Year’s resolutions — especially when we stick to them. True change occurs in increments, as habits are developed over time. If you really want to improve the way you manage your law firm this year, take small bites. By committing to one or more of the above resolutions in 2017, you’ll be setting realistic goals for your law firm and paving the path towards a stronger future. That’s something to say “cheers” to!