105 episodes

Want to know how to scale your law firm without burnout?

Join Caralee Fontenele, a successful law firm owner and the leader of an incredible global community full of ambitious law firm owners, to discover the systems and strategies that work to scale your own legal business.

From offline and online marketing to team, scaling, mindset and more, you’ll learn the essential elements for building a massively profitable law firm and hugely happy life where you get to do more of what you love. For more help in scaling your law firm and creating more freedom visit caraleefontenele.com.

Being Unstoppable For Law Firm Owners Caralee Fontenele

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Want to know how to scale your law firm without burnout?

Join Caralee Fontenele, a successful law firm owner and the leader of an incredible global community full of ambitious law firm owners, to discover the systems and strategies that work to scale your own legal business.

From offline and online marketing to team, scaling, mindset and more, you’ll learn the essential elements for building a massively profitable law firm and hugely happy life where you get to do more of what you love. For more help in scaling your law firm and creating more freedom visit caraleefontenele.com.

    What Numbers You Should Be Reviewing In Your Firm

    What Numbers You Should Be Reviewing In Your Firm

    Today on the podcast Caralee shares what numbers she measures in her law firm weekly and how being on top of these numbers has moved her business forward.

    Most law firm owners don’t know their data, and they focus on the wrong numbers. Today learn what you should be focusing on instead and why these numbers are the ones that can help you to have your finger on the pulse in your business at all times.

    Tune in to this episode and get your pens ready because Caralee gives you the exact data points that you should be watching.

    If you want to learn more about how to successfully scale your law firm, head over to www.scalablelaw.com

     

    Connect with Caralee on:
    Instagram @caralee.fontenele

    LinkedIn @caraleefontenele

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    • 22 min
    It Is Never To Late To Up Level Your Law Firm with Kelly Stanford

    It Is Never To Late To Up Level Your Law Firm with Kelly Stanford

    In this episode, we have a special guest, Kelly Stanford from Stanford's Solicitors and Mediators.

    Kelly is also a student in the Scalable Business Lounge, learning how to leverage her firm for more time and freedom.

    Being in business for over twenty years, Kelly has many experiences that she generously shared with listeners.

    Being a people person, Kelly has a passion for helping my clients find a solution to their legal problems. She stumbled into family law and has found her niche in helping clients through their separation and divorce, and estate planning.

    One of the key takeaways from what Kelly shared is that as a lawyer, she started her firm because she was great at offering a legal service.

    However, she realised that in her early days as a law firm owner, all she had done was created herself a full-time job rather than a business that afforded her more freedom and profit. It wasn’t until recent years that she started to scale her practice so that her business could serve her in far more beneficial ways.

    Kelly has had a bigger focus on working on her business rather than in it. Since joining mentoring groups and connecting with other law firm owners, including the Scalable Business Lounge, Kelly has started implementing changes into her practice.

    As a result, she has a much better work-life balance and is looking forward to the next phase of her business.

    We also had a really interesting chat about what it was like starting a business in the late 90s versus now. There have been so many changes in the legal industry which makes it much easy to start a law firm these days.

    Tune in to hear us talk about how to get from running a firm that provides only a job to scaling a law firm that can provide a lifestyle and freedom.

    You can find Kelly Stanford here:

    Website: https://stanfords.com.au/about/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellystanford/

     

    CONNECT WITH CARALEE:

    Instagram @caralee.fontenele

    Facebook: @caraleefontenele

    LinkedIn: @caraleefontenele

     

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    • 45 min
    Should You Be Running Google Ads In Your Law Firm?

    Should You Be Running Google Ads In Your Law Firm?

    In this episode, Caralee talks about Google ads and if you should be running them in your law practice. Many law firm owners rely on referrals and are worried about throwing money away on Google Ads.

    Google has recently changed the layout of the front page of Google, and it is becoming more difficult to appear above the fold on the front page unless you pay for Ads.

    Well-run ads can help draw in interested leads in your service industry business. Pay per click (PPC) is a great method to attract leads and get eyeballs on your website. By investing in PPC, you will obtain leads that are more likely to use legal services.

    So if you are not sure where to start with Google Ads in your law firm and are worried about throwing away good money, then this is a great episode for you. 

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    Instagram @caralee.fontenele
    Facebook: @caraleefontenele
    LinkedIn: @caraleefontenele

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    • 20 min
    Are you heading for law firm burnout?

    Are you heading for law firm burnout?

    Today on the podcast, we are talking about law firm burnout and how to recognise if you are doing too much! It can be stressful running your law firm.

    Not only are you a lawyer, helping clients and meeting the demands that lawyers face, but you are also running a business. There are only so many hours in a day, and at times law firm owners are stretched way too thin and doing way too much.

    Being responsible for all aspects of running files as well as marketing, accounts, finance and HR. This is a recipe for burnout!

    So what are the signs of law firm owner burnout? If you are working crazy hours, not switching off on the weekends and trying to hold everything together, it is essential that you listen to your body and how you feel, as you could have signs of burnout and not even know it. Are you tired constantly? Do you feel stressed? Are you having trouble sleeping? These are signs you should not ignore as it could mean you have burnout.

    In the past, I have experienced burnout without realising what it was. If you are unsure, here are some signs that you may be heading towards burnout and need to change how you run your law firm.

    1. You dread going into your law firm and have deep Mondayitis!

    If you are not excited about a new week and instead get that dreaded feeling on Sunday about the week ahead, this is a sign of potential burnout. This is more than being sad that the weekend is over. Getting that feeling in your gut about the week ahead, facing clients, staff members, or opening emails can be signs that something needs to change.

    2. Feeling exhausted all the time.

    Feeling either emotionally or physically exhausted all the time are signs of burnout. This can cause a lack of motivation, concentration and strain as you do your usual tasks. You find that you make silly mistakes and are at risk in your law firm of creating issues on client files or making costly business mistakes.

    3. You are not excited about your law firm.

    When you first started your firm, you were excited, full of hope and had the enthusiasm to get your law firm working for you. A sign that you are heading towards law firm burnout is that you are feeling disinterested in your business. Maybe hopeless, the satisfaction isn’t there, and you are wondering why you started your firm or thinking maybe being an employee may be better. Everything feels like hard work.

    4. Your performance is suffering, and you are making avoidable mistakes.

    Your performance isn’t what it used to be, and you have noticed that you are dropping the ball. You don’t feel like calling people back and dread opening your email. This may result in more incoming complaints from clients or clients going elsewhere. On the other hand, this could be because you are burnt out and need to implement other strategies into your law practice to return to being the peak performer you once were.

    5. Your sleep is suffering!

    If you are lying awake at night with work issues running around in your head, this is a sure sign that something needs to change in your law firm. If you have niggling thoughts keeping you up at night, burnout is either already there or just around the corner. Physical ailments are appearing.

    Your body is telling you that you are doing too much, over-stressed and need to look at how you are running your law firm.

    6. You may even have physical symptoms before recognising what is happening.

    If you are burnt out you may experience the following:


    Heart palpitations
    Stomach aches
    Headaches
    Appetite changes
    Shortness of breath 

     

    It can be stressful running a law firm, however, it doesn’t have to be this way. It can be the opposite! It can fun, and bring you joy and freedom. It is just a matter of knowing what you need to implement to create a law firm that can provide you with the lifestyle you have dreamed of.

    Head on over to my free workshop to learn exactly how you can scale your law firm without burnout! Click here

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    Website - www.scalablela

    • 19 min
    Should You Be Using Scheduling App For Your Law Firm? (Episode 101)

    Should You Be Using Scheduling App For Your Law Firm? (Episode 101)

    In this podcast, we discuss using scheduling apps in your law firm as a marketing tool to bring more enquiry into your law firm.

    If your prospects are at home after hours, it is the perfect solution to have an automated system where clients can book an initial appointment with your law firm. Law firms face serious challenges when it comes to appointment scheduling, and it can be clunky and time-consuming.

    The good news is that scheduling software can help you to automate your appointments, freeing you and your team up to focus on other tasks. There are loads of scheduling platforms on the market. Some have free offers, some are paid, and some have other cool features.

    I will share with you what scheduling app we use in my law firm. How we use it and how it has helped my law firm to automate and grow. I also share with you two other scheduling apps that are being used by some of the students in the Scalable Business Lounge. While there are some differences between the platforms, all of the scheduling tools that I speak about today on the podcast offer integration into your firm's calendar, such as Office 365, iCal, or Google Calendar.

    For more information about the scheduling apps that I spoke about, head to their websites:

    1. Law Connect - https://lawconnect.com/au/

    2. Calendly - https://calendly.com/

    3. Acuity Scheduling - https://www.acuityscheduling.com/

    CONNECT WITH Caralee:

    Instagram @caralee.fontenele Facebook: @caraleefontenele LinkedIn: @caraleefontenele Scalable: @scalablelaw.com

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    • 17 min
    The Importance of Growing Your Personal Legal Brand (Ep 100)

    The Importance of Growing Your Personal Legal Brand (Ep 100)

    As a lawyer, your reputation is based on collective actions, behaviors, opinions, and beliefs. Your personal brand, however, is intentional. It is about visibility and values that you outwardly represent. Your personal brand plays a crucial role in your success. 

     

    Why else does your personal brand as a lawyer matter? 


    It represents who you are in public, professionally;
    It allows you to stand out from the crowd;
    You will gain referrals;
    You can bring more value as an employee;
    You will have more and better opportunities;
    Be in control of your brand and reputation; and
    You can take your brand wherever you go!

    Competition is fierce in the legal industry - It is essential to recognise that people buy from people, not law firms! 

    In the Scalable Business Lounge, we focus on how to elevate your personal brand to make people want to work with you and for you. There is such a massive opportunity to fulfill by having a personal brand, so make sure you do it right! To find out more about the Lounge, click here.

    Listen to the full podcast now to find out more! 

    GET SOCIAL WITH CARALEE: 


    Instagram @caralee.fontenele
    Facebook: @caraleefontenele
    LinkedIn: @caraleefontenele 
    Scalable: @scalablelaw.com

     

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    • 13 min

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36 Ratings

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So much gold!

There is so much motivational gold in the Being Unstoppable podcasts. Caralee’s guidance and inspiration applies to any industry. I’ve been loving listening to these in the morning to boost myself for the day. Thanks so much Caralee for sharing your tips with us all. @studio_8_design

rinkcoco ,

Amazing podcast. Very informative 👍

Love your work 💕

goldchalk ,

Such much GOLD

Love listening to this podcast. So much business gold. I’m ready to scale my business thanks to you. Thank you Caralee.
Kylie @goldchalk

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