The importance of delegation can’t be over-emphasized.
When you are on your own or working with a small staff, either in house or virtually, in a solo (or small) law practice, it’s really easy when you are overwhelmed to just say to yourself “it’s quicker if I just do it myself.”
So how do you know when it’s time to reach out for help, so you CAN delegate and take things off your plate?
Let’s look at a few scenarios:
Can you delegate answering phones?
Does it make sense that you do that?How much time does it waste, especially if the conversation veers off track as you get to know your clients?
Your time is limited per case, so prioritizing your time is crucial for you to get the results you need or want for your client(s).
Think about dedicating one person to answering your phones. You could hire someone in the office or use a service. Be sure to call other firms who use a service to see if that vendor is meeting your requirements.
What else can you delegate?
Think about what you would charge for your time. What is the value of an hour to you? Are the activities you find yourself doing worth your hourly rate, or could a paralegal or assistant do the work?
If you delegate the task, you can then spend that time generating more clients and revenue.
The value of tracking your time and tasks.
Yes, nobody likes to do this, but if you are diligent about keeping track of what you are doing day in and day out, you can significantly increase your profit margin. How? By making a list of all of the things you do and decide what work requires a lawyer, meaning that only you can do. Those are your tasks.
Make another list of the things you’ve been doing that others in your law practice can do.
Don’t think of it in terms of those tasks being beneath you, or you not having capability. You know you can do them, you just shouldn’t.
Watch the video for a few more tips on
✔️ Intaking new clients properly
✔️ How to decline a potential client properly
✔️ When to have your staff check in with you
✔️ Training your staff properly
Here are a few free resources for you to try out…
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