You can have a new legal career by starting your own divorce services business. Starting any business can be a scary venture, especially if you have never owned a business before. It’s natural to wonder if you have what it takes, and to be concerned about your readiness to take such a big step. This situation reminds me of a quote by theoretical physicist Edward Teller:
“When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”
Although leaping into the unknown does take some faith, there are some signs to look for that might increase your faith that you are ready to start your own divorce services business. See if any of these apply to you.
Your track record as an employee may not have been stellar.
You feel stuck at your current level at your job.
“Job security” has several meanings to you.
You’ve already done the research.
You come from a family with entrepreneur role models.
You’ve got the support of your family.
You know you can’t do it alone.
You tend to be more motivated by your own self rather than by a boss. You react better to ideas that inspire you rather than decisions made by others. Perhaps you’ve been fired from some jobs, or have quit before things got ugly. Maybe you don’t make such a great employee, but you have the drive to perform well when working on your own interests. Sounds like you should be your own boss!
Do you feel like you have reached a certain level at your job and there are few possibilities for further advancement? If you are feeling stuck and restless in your current job, it may be time for a change – a big change!
Sure, the traditional meaning is that when you work for someone else, you can count on a steady paycheck without having to wait for the next paying project to come along. People used to stay with one company for most of their career and seemed very secure. However, the economy and business trends have undergone tremendous changes in the last decade and job security is not a “given” anymore. Businesses get bought out, employees are laid off, performance demands increase, and job security can be counted on less and less. To you, job security means being your own boss where you are the one in control of the business decisions.
You realize that a great business idea is one that actually has a market for the product or service. It’s not enough for it to be something you love, it also has to turn a profit. So, you have already invested some time in researching the market for the business you want to start and have found it to be a viable venture. If considering a divorce legal services business, you already know there’s a huge market for it.
Many successful entrepreneurs have watched and learned from someone in their own family who has owned and managed a business. Not only have they seen how it’s done from an up-close vantage point, they see that it can be done. Plus they have someone to go to for advice. Having entrepreneur role models in your family gives you a definite advantage and a boost to your faith that you, too, can start and run your own business.
You know that starting a business entails a lot of hard work. Trying to do it without the support of your spouse, close family members and friends will make it all the more difficult. On the other hand, if you do have their support, your stress and doubts will be offset by their validation and encouragement, making it easier to take that leap of faith.
A business owner needs to wear many hats. In addition to the actual work of your business, you need to do financial management, marketing, social media connections, and business forecasting and planning. The chances that you have the time and expertise to do all these tasks well are slim. To be successful in your business, you should know what you’re good at and have time for, and what tasks you should get a consultant or employee to do for you.
Someone with entrepreneurial potential also realizes that getting help with your business start-up will put you ahead quicker. If you are thinking about having a new legal career and starting a divorce legal services business, I invite you to consider joining our Divorce With Dignity Network of legal professionals who share the goal of helping people get through the difficult and confusing divorce process in the most stress-free and peaceful way possible. We offer new members one-on-one training and advice on how to set up and manage your business, and provide ongoing support within the Network. If you are ready to take the next step toward starting your own divorce services business, please visit our website and contact us for more information.
The author of this blog is not an attorney and the information contained in these blogs should not be considered legal advice. The information provided here is based on the experience of the author and some of her clients whose actual names are not mentioned. Do not hesitate to seek the advice of an attorney if you have any legal questions.