If You Could Go Back and Start Your Business Again

In January, I will have the opportunity to speak to new alumni from McGeorge School of Law.  The question?  How to best start out as a solo practitioner in the practice of law?

I am excited to do this.  I have coached so many attorneys who are also small business owners.  I have coached so many small business owners in so many different businesses.  I of course want to approach this from a coaching perspective – what coaching tools does one need most to start one’s business?  In that I am promoting my new book, “Coaching for Attorneys:  Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance,” McGeorge is asking me to which coaching tools in that book are most valuable to the solo practitioner?  Well…all of them.

And so I am thinking I will do it this way – I will approach it from this perspective:

If you could go back and start your business again…

  • What would you do differently?
  • What would you do the same?
  • What do you wish you knew back then?

You are older now, and wiser.  If you were on the radio for 60 seconds and your voice was being broadcast to every new small business owner in the world, what would you say to them? What would make the biggest difference for them?

Let us hear your brilliance, your experience, your knowledge.  Pay it forward so all those newbies don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  Please post answers to my blog or on my Facebook page (McLaren Coaching).

Post you attorney sole practitioners who are brand new, in the adolescent stage, or nearing the point of retirement.  Post you small business owners in other businesses because your ideas translate over more than you might imagine.

Post one and all and I will compile a list for the McGeorge Law School grads and will post it here as well.  We all win!

About the Author

Cami McLaren

Cami McLaren

is the owner of McLaren Coaching. She has been coaching attorneys and management since early 2008. She wrote a book, published by the American Bar Association, "Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance." She coaches attorneys and managers one-on-one, and provides in-house training designed to improve productivity and bring accountability to the organization.

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