Becoming a freelance attorney is a great way to continue earning an income while having more flexibility and choosing which projects to work on. However, becoming a freelancer can also be a little scary. Where do you begin? How do you find clients? Here are a few simple steps to get started!
Decide Your Legal Services
The first step to starting your freelance career is deciding what legal services you are going to provide. Choosing one of the most in-demand areas of law will certainly improve your chances of getting hired as a freelance lawyer.
Market Yourself as a Freelance Attorney
To attract potential clients you need to market your freelance legal services. Luckily, marketing does not have to be expensive.
Start off with building a quality website that represents you, your past legal projects, and the services you offer.
Be active on social media. Keep your LinkedIn up to date and reconnect with law school classmates, colleagues, and other attorneys you have dealt with during your career. Let them know what you’re doing. And keep in mind, personal referrals and recommendations are an efficient way to help you land clients.
You should also join your local bar association and participate in as many local events as possible. And make sure to bring some business cards!
Without a doubt, the biggest fear of freelancers is the fear of not getting enough clients. But the best way to overcome this fear is accepting that building a successful freelance career isn’t going to happen overnight (no matter how good you are). It takes strategic planning, time, dedication, and most importantly patience. If you provide your clients with great service, they will reach out to you again. It might not be next week or next month, but each day you will get a couple more clients needing your services. So keep marketing yourself, be patient and remember:
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”― Winston S. Churchill
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