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Network Attached Storage?
Has anyone set up a NAS system for their law firm or in their personal life?
Pros: having a private cloud may be more secure; extra secure backup solution if you mirror the 2 hard drives; if you have multiple users, it's a cheap network; and the …
Using Printers With FTP Protocol
I recently upgraded the office printer. Whereas my prior printer had a direct wireless link to my computers for scanning, I'm told that the new printer can only scan wirelessly using FTP web protocol. I'm concerned about privacy and security. Am …
Paying for leads?
I have been speaking with someone from Nolo about their leads program. Does anyone have experience with them (I guess this is a fairly new program for Nolo)? One thing I like about it is that you pay upfront and each lead is deducted from that dep…
Should lawyers use automated phone trees?
Automated call management systems — phone trees — came up in this thread on VOIP options. I'm curious what others think about it.
I hate phone trees when I get them myself, and I think they make a terrible impression on potential clients. I've al…
What Can I Outsource?
I met a guy who outsources business work to the Philippines. Given my stated fear of staff, I would be really excited to unload some tasks. But I haven't the foggiest what I could hand off, given that I've always done everything myself.
Anyone tried this? https://selfemployed.intuit.com/
$9.99 per month - basically looks like Mint (https://www.mint.com/) for small businesses, but with quarterly/annual tax estimates baked in.
How to pass on a referral from an established attorney?
A question for the more established attorneys.
I hung my shingle 12 months ago. I've been fortunate to get some neat cases and my practice is going well. Several established, successful attorneys have referred me pretty good cases (paying clients…
Anyone tried Bench.co for bookkeeping?
From their site: "With Bench, you get a professional online bookkeeper to do your books for you and our simple, elegant software to review your finances. It’s everything you need to forget about your bookkeeping, without actually forgetting about yo…
Looking for ideas for continuing representation agreement
I practice exclusively family law, and I'm now focusing mostly on custody litigation. Frequently, at the end of a case, a former client wants to contact me with questions, usually for advice about communicating with the ex, confirming/enforcing the…
I was wondering if anyone uses any VOIP options are their main number for communications. If so, which option do you use?
Does Avvo advertising work?
I know there have been several threads in the past on Avvo, my favorite involving the infamous Goat Lawyer, who practices in Chèvre, Wisconsin. I'm interested here in Avvo advertising, and whether anyone has had any recent experience with it. The la…
How does Boxcryptor work? If I have SpiderOak and Crashplan Plus already, do I need this?
Is BitTorrent Sync more secure than Dropbox?
I have changed my approach to cloud storage and sync. Now, I only use Dropbox for information that I need to be able to access through mobile apps (since Dropbox is by far the most widely-supported cloud storage service). Everything else is synced b…
Is it worth doing an email newsletter?
Does anyone use an email newsletter for clients or a paper newsletter? If so, have you received feedback on it? Are there services out there to use to format an online newsletter? I'm trying to decide if it is worth doing one.
Clio v. Freshbooks
I'm a new solo and I'm looking for some billing software.
Any thoughts between the two?
Does anybody have any experience using a My Case designed website? Their current offer is to build the site for $500, and then it's $50 a month for them to host and maintain the site. They do basic SEO and have attractive site designs, though the…