1. When to Hire
As your business grows, this question will inevitably crop up from time to time. Whether you are a new lawyer, a seasoned one-man show, or growing small firm, it is important to be able to identify the right time to grow your staff. You should start looking when you foresee a need, usually when the legal work starts to interfere with your business work. For example, if you find yourself spending all of your time answering calls, consulting with clients, drafting documents, etc., and this leaves you no time for networking, marketing, or looking for ways to improve your practice, then it is probably time to look for some help. The same analysis goes for your staff. If you find that the associates or partners are having billable hours eaten up by administrative tasks, it may be time to look for a new staff member. Next, you need to look at whether you have enough billable work to cover the new person’s salary. The average salary for a legal secretary is around $49,000. You need to have enough money coming in to cover that, or at least have a good understanding of how hiring the staff will free up enough time that you and your staff can turn into billable hours to cover the salary.