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Is Working in the Cloud Your New Normal

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Working in the cloud has become the new normal.  As a virtual assistant using cloud-based programs has also become my new normal.  Fact is, I love being able to access my files from anywhere, anytime on any mobile device or computer with an internet connection.  Life happens and with me being the mother of seven, everyday I wake up it’s a new challenge.  Being a mom first is what satisfies my soul the most and I love being able to go on field trips with my kids and be an active part of their lives which is why I decided to start my own business in the first place.  Not having to be at the office in front of my computer gives me freedom and flexibility to be that supermom and business woman I was destined to be. This same principal applies to you and your solo practice. I mean let’s face it, attorneys are supermoms and superdads first and then attorneys and this same sense of freedom is why you decided to be go into practice for yourself, right?

I am helping a solo attorney start a virtual practice and thought this information would be useful.

It is estimated that solo attorneys spend almost 50% of their time on things other than practicing law.  Reality is that in order to earn the type of money as a solo attorney that you would being an associate at an actual firm and to feel like it is worth continuing in a solo practice you need to dedicate at least 90% of that time actually practicing law.  Running a solo practice can be awesome, but it is not for everyone.  

Before starting my VA business I worked in an brick and mortar law firm for many years as an assistant to two partners who dedicated timeless hours to building their practice.  There are a lot of nuts and bolts that make the wheels turn for a successful practice like client intake, accounting, reporting, marketing, etc.  As you know, one of the most important aspects in the practice other than keeping your overhead low is having a good case management system.

Cloud-based practice management software offers several benefits that help lower costs, provide transparency to clients and streamline communication. Cloud-based practice management software can provide all you need to run a law practice from intake to invoice.  Some of the features include managing cases, clients, documents, appointments, bills, time-tracking, reporting and accounting.  There are many different ones out there and they vary in their compatibility as far as the features offered.  When selecting a case management program, determine your needs first this will save you on trial and error.  However, most offer free, no obligation 30-day trials so you can try different ones before actually making the choice on which works best for your practice.  If you decide that you like that particular solution you can make monthly payments instead of making large investments up front.  

As an attorney you understand that laws and regulations change and how important it is to stay on top of those changes. Cloud-based law practice management software stays up-to-date on those changes and allows your practice to remain compliant with the latest regulations.

The internet is full of information on cloud-based law practice management software. This article I thought was really useful and it gives you a comparisons on the different softwares.  https://jurispage.com/2013/law-practice-management/the-best-law-firm-case-management-software-an-in-depth-comparison/

If you have suggestions on the different software or have comments please feel free to share!

 

 

 

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Author: Toni Thompson

I am a small business owner, a wife, and mother to three wonderful boys and four awesome girls. I worked in the legal arena for over twelve years and I decided to start my VA business because I wanted more flexibility and time to spend with my husband and children. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have a wide range of clerical skills giving me what I like to call the “jack of all trades” skill set. I have 12+ years working as an in-house legal secretary, legal assistant (under the supervision of an attorney), and office manager in various areas of the law as well as experience in office administration. I am proactive, take initiative and I am not afraid to speak up or give advice or feedback. My areas of strength include professionalism, high level organizational skills, detail oriented, multi-tasking capabilities and ability to adapt to change. I am a perfectionist in my ways and very efficient. I have a can do attitude, meaning there is nothing that I cannot do. I’m looking for clients who want a true partner in their business not just part time help.

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