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Well, Hello.

Welcome to Sapphire Legal’s Blog. For my first blog, I thought I would share with you why I decided to open my own firm. I put a lot of thought into it and wondered if I would be successful at it. Of course I’m a little scared, but I am excited to start up. You only fail if you don’t try, right?

I opened my firm for several reasons. First, because I figured if I was going to take the risk the best time would be now. Second, I wanted to do things my way and not have to do things in ways I felt were wrong or ineffective. And third, I wanted to provide my clients with a firm where I could offer them better and more. By having my own firm, I can do all of the above.

To expand, the right time is now because I have been out on medical/disability for two years. I lost an awful lot during that time and really did not deserve a lot that occurred, but I won’t get into that here. The truth is, I gained a ton from that experience in terms of insight, self-reflection, and who I am at my core. I don’t have a lot to lose materially at this point and I am more confident in myself and who I am than I have ever been before. So, if I’m going to take a risk of owning my own business, now is the perfect time.

This brings me to my second reason. I want to be my own boss. I want flexibility in many areas – time, what I do, who can be clients, etc. I don’t want to be told to just do something and jump through a bunch of hoops for simple things. I don’t want to waste my time with pointless meetings. I want to be able to provide freebies and discounts to my good clients without having to explain why each month and to provide them with excellent service that isn't typical in some big corporate law firm. I also don’t want to nickel and dime my clients to death. They pay a lot for the billable hour so I don't believe every 10 cent charge should be passed on to them. I get to know my clients and many become my friends. I don’t have a desire to have to explain myself or each relationship to some “higher up”. I want my practice to be more personal. I want to practice law my way.

In conjunction with my second reason is my third. I want the freedom to provide my clients with better service at good rates. That means focusing on my clients and not being forced to do things that do not benefit them. Yes, I am in business to make money. Who isn’t? But I am not looking to squeeze every last penny from my clients just because they need a lawyer. I’m also not going to tell my clients to pursue something only to go soft later just so I can make a buck, or a bonus, or a billable hour. I want to provide the best advice from the very beginning and if that means I don’t file a lawsuit because I don’t believe in the claims and therefore, I lose out on some money then so be it. I’d rather have clients know that I’m looking out for them and come back to me when they have a real legal need than pull a bait and switch on them. I also want to be able to do more for my clients in terms of the services I offer and from a customer service perspective. Allowing myself that flexibility will only benefit them. My loyal clients know I’m loyal to them and will always go the extra mile. By owning my firm, I don’t need permission to do that. All I need is my desire to do so and that makes me happy. Hopefully it will make my clients happy too!

So there you have it. What do you think of my reasons for opening my own firm? How do you think I’ll do?