I’m a lawyer. Why would I want to work with a virtual assistant? That’s how the conversation started.
We were talking about virtual assistants in my FB mastermind for women lawyers. I’m always encouraging members to get a virtual assistant (VA) to delegate and free up their time. One member did just that and she was sharing her hiring story. She hit a snag when her in-person VA wasn’t available.
We talked through her issue and found a quick solution. But, there was that question: why is a virtual assistant better than an in-person virtual assistant?
I know that a lot of solos think that delegation is not for them. They think they are limited to whoever is around. Not true.
Truth is: solo lawyers are the best candidates for using a virtual assistant in their law business. Add hours back to your day has a real impact on your bottom line and stress levels.
According to the 2017 Clio Legal Trends report, solos and small firm lawyers spend 48% of their time on administrative tasks. 33% of the time goes to business development. Solo lawyers are billing about 1.6 hours a day once you figure in the realization rate (how many billable hours collected.
Does that sound familiar to you? Are you spending more time on the business of law than in actual practice? How do you feel about that? My clients tend to be frustrated by the busywork of running the law business and want to focus on serving clients, the reason they went to law school.
Lawyers are a cautious lot, I know. I made this video to answer the questions I’ve received about what happens when a lawyer hires a VA.
Please enjoy and add your comments and questions in the comments.
Working with a Virtual Assistant