The benefit and detriment to running a small law firm are one and the same: you get to do it all, but then you have to do it all. The variety of duties and cases that come through are exciting; you’re never pigeonholed into one category and you get to know every aspect of your cases and of your clients.
At the same time, you likely have to juggle nonlawyer tasks as well: marketing, accounting, and HR, just to name a few. It’s easy to fall behind the technology curve when you find something that has worked for a while, but there have been a lot of exciting developments in technology that can likely help you streamline your practice.
Do you feel your small-firm is in a tech slump?
Mashable says there are five signs your business needs an upgrade:
“There's no separation between your work and personal life. Business owners are often expected to work around the clock to keep their businesses moving, but that doesn't mean there's no place for work-life balance. There are numerous apps, Internet phone systems and email organization programs available to reroute incoming work communications when you need time for yourself.
Your accounting system is a spreadsheet — or worse, a shoebox of receipts. Local spreadsheets with numerous tabs and file versions may not be the most effective way to keep track of your business finances, especially if you're always on the go. Cloud-based financial tools give you less of a headache when tax season rolls around and make it easy to manage your data from wherever you are.
You don't have time to successfully run all the different aspects of your law office yourself. Business owners often serve as the entire C-suite for their company. If you find yourself spread too thin and spending too much time on marketing, accounting, or HR tasks, consider automated solutions to help streamline these processes and make your role more effective.
You can't keep up with social media. Most small businesses know how important social media is to building their brand, but many can't seem to find the time to give it the attention it needs. Social media monitoring tools can help you track brand mentions, respond to customers and get a streamlined view of social conversations around your practice.
Your firm is growing rapidly. If your business has experienced significant growth recently, there's a good chance that the tech solutions you started out with no longer serve your needs as effectively as they did when you were a two- or three-person firm. Whether you've had employee growth, expanded your business services or introduced new apps that need to be synced, re-evaluate your existing software and make sure its capabilities align with your company's trajectory.”
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, it’s time to tech-up!