The Law Firm Owner Podcast, powered by Velocity Work, is the go-to resource for law firm owners looking to take their business to the next level. Host and founder Melissa Shanahan shares insights and practical advice on how to organize your numbers, grow your team, increase your revenue, and achieve a better work-life balance. Through quarterly strategic planning, accountability, and coaching, Melissa shows listeners how to create sustainable success for both their firms and their personal lives. Tune in each week to join the community of law firm owners who are committed to taking their businesses from where they are now to where they want to be.
#233: Billing Procedures: Good Practices for Healthy Cash Flow with Randa Prendergast
Billing is an aspect of running your law firm that is directly related to cash flow and the growth you experience, but it tends to be a huge pain point for many owners. Randa Prendergast, a.k.a. The Attorney Whisperer at Mrs. June Legal, is a billing and cash flow expert, and she’s here to offer her expertise on building a reliable billing procedure that keeps your team and clients on the same page.
Join Melissa and Randa as they dive into general good practices to consider for billing, the keys to organized and effective billing, and what you could be sacrificing if you don't get your billing practices under control right now.
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#232: Open Tabs in Your Brain: Take Stock, Consolidate, and Reduce
If your brain were a web browser, how many tabs would you have open right now? As a business owner, it tends to be a lot, and with the holidays fast approaching, more tabs will be opening soon! If you want to reduce your sense of overwhelm and chaos, and if you've been wondering how to run a healthy firm that’s productive and efficient during the holidays, it’s time for you to start closing some of those tabs.
Join Melissa on this episode as she helps you take stock of the open tabs in your brain so you can consolidate, reduce, and maybe even close some of them for good. You’ll learn an exercise that will help you examine the open loops in your brain, recognize how to close them with intention, and learn why giving yourself the gift of completion does wonders for your psyche.
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#231: Flat Fees: The Secret to a More Fulfilling Life and Practice with Brita Long
If you’re working hourly, making plenty of money, love your work, and are well-respected within your firm, the notion of using flat fees might sound like it’s not a great fit. Everything might look perfect on paper externally, but Melissa’s guest this week is illuminating a different way of running your firm that could be a potentially beneficial next step.
Brita Long is the Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Happier Attorney. She’s on a mission to teach fellow attorneys how to harness the power of flat fees and achieve financial stability without sacrificing their precious time and energy. Join Melissa and Brita to discover how to use flat fees properly to charge for your legal services, the benefits of using flat fees, and how to identify whether you should start embracing flat fees in your practice.
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#230: Making Delegation Easy: Buy Back Your Time with Bibi Goldstein
Do you worry about handing off tasks to the appropriate people as a law firm owner? Could you be wasting precious billable hours by not delegating effectively? Bibi Goldstein is the founder of Buying Time, a virtual support company that supports busy professionals, from solo entrepreneurs to multi-mullion-dollar companies. Bibi is on the show this week to highlight the multitude of ways they have become an indispensable partner to law firms across the globe.
Listen in this week to hear Melissa’s experience of hiring Buying Time, and the types of services Buying Time handles for law firms. Bibi is sharing the core philosophies that make Buying Time a totally unique virtual support company, and how they help law firm owners find a sense of calm doing what they love, instead of paralyzed by the things they don’t.
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#229: Legal Reinforcements: Why Military Spouses Make Great Law Firm Employees with Lindsay Kennedy
Lindsay Kennedy is the founder and president of Legal Reinforcements: a company dedicated to connecting law firms with military talent. Due to the nature of being a military spouse, Lindsay is a huge advocate for changes in the legal profession to allow for more non-traditional options. She helps law firms meet their staffing needs by hiring military talent as remote legal assistants, paralegals, and attorneys, and she’s here today to highlight what’s truly feasible for both military spouses who desire work and law firms looking to hire a great team member.
Tune in this week to hear why Legal Reinforcements has become the top legal recruiter for military talent, and how the people Lindsay places are uniquely suited for any law firm. Lindsay and Melissa are discussing what it takes to connect the right people with the right role, and how she ensures successful matches every time.
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#228: The Power of High Confront: Taking Action and Disrupting Inertia Defaults
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to effortlessly handle difficult conversations while others shy away from confrontation? As Melissa shares this week, some people are “high confront”, meaning they tackle challenges head on, which can be an incredibly useful trait to have when owning and running a firm.
If the idea of confrontation currently makes you want to run and hide, you need to listen in to this episode. Melissa shares the importance of being clear and kind, and how you can work on being more high confront in a way that suits you.
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Exactly what I needed!
Thank you Malissa for don’t flake on yourself episode. It was exactly what I needed to hear to help push me! Thank you for such great information you provide on your podcast.
Melissa is the BEST!!!!!!
Over the years I’ve listened to dozens of podcasts for firm owners. And while there are some truly great ones out there, I find myself tuning into this one the most. Melissa’s got a real superpower for cutting through the noise and fluff & getting lawyers to focus on what really matters for business growth. Can’t recommend this podcast and Velocity Work in general enough!!
One of the meatiest legal podcasts out there
Many podcasts out there are clearly just a surface level reminder to hire the podcaster. These are not. Recent work has shown really increased depth and value added for listeners. If you’re a deep thinker looking for ways to grow as a person and a firm owner, check this out.