The Feasibility of My Gimpy Law Practice

Before I spend more money and time on building up my practice, I wonder if I should do a feasibility study (an assessment of what a certain venture should entail, feasibility concerns, and the likelihood of succeeding) on how well my practice will do, which practice areas would be more successful, the likelihood that clients would hire me with my disability, and if clients would want to use a virtual office over a traditional office with in-person meetings.  Any ideas?

A picture of a man contemplating ideas on a huge blackboard from this online image.

Perhaps the only way to really know is to go ahead and do it.  I realized some time ago that since I wasn’t being hired as an attorney (I suspect disability discrimination compounded by the Recession), I needed to start my own law practice to work as an attorney.  I have been risk adverse about this…  I mean law school teaches to think of the worst case scenario.  I have friends without disabilities who have started their own practices; some have been more successful than others.

I have done a feasibility study for my non-profit organization, but I have never heard of a feasibility study for a law practice.  The feasibility study for my non-profit involved sending out a survey monkey to friends with disabilities, asking them questions relevant to service areas that the non-profit seeks to provide, and then interviewing the survey participants who expressed an interest in what we’re doing.  Would a feasibility study for my gimpy law practice be worth pursuing?  What would one look like?  And how would I distribute it?  To whom?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the poll or in the comment section below.


5 thoughts on “The Feasibility of My Gimpy Law Practice

  1. A good feasibility study should include a lot more than just a survey to some 1st-degree contacts; Wikipedia that term to start and you’ll see what I mean. But yes, by all means do it! It should also tell you more than just go or no-go, but will give you a strong sense of some particular directions to try (or not).

  2. I think a marketing survey may be more valuable than a feasibility study and I wouldn’t send it to your friends. Google Consumer Surveys gets a good cross section of folks and you can ask questions to narrow down your survey to get responses from people who might need your services. The other half would be how busy are people in your practice areas in your market? You can probably ask some other practitioners if they have overflow work (it’s a big source of referrals for me). Good luck!

    • Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear that your very long comment disappointed. I hope that this doesn’t discourage you from commenting again. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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