Setting Sail For The Promise Land

About once a year I watch all of the Star Trek movies in order. Last weekend Star Trek III: The Search For Spock came up in the rotation and there’s a scene where Admiral Kirk notifies his crew he’s set in motion their plan to steal the Enterprise and rescue Spock with these words:

“The Kobayashi Maru has set sail for the promise land”

Those words have been circling around in my head recently because I too have set sail on a journey. Two days ago, I quit my job. Yesterday, I opened my own law firm.

If you’ve followed me through this site or my podcast, you know for nearly 10 years I’ve been practicing law while working for other people. While I’ve worked for and with some wonderful people, one of the most frustrating things is I never quite felt like I was in control. Last year I made a move to a smaller firm in an “of counsel” position. This gave me some additional flexibility but also more responsibility for growing and establishing my own practice. After having this taste of what being independent felt like, I knew I wanted more.

Having my own law practice is something that I’ve always thought about. For a number of reasons, the timing felt right to make this move. I recently finished a two-year program to obtain my Masters of Law in Taxation, focusing my study in estate planning. The year I spent of counsel taught me that I could survive without the safety net of a regular salary and that I had the ability to go out, find clients and make a living. Finally, the current state of technology has never made it easier an easier, or more exciting, time to start a new business.

I’ve spent the better part of the last two months plotting this move. I’ve secured office space, incorporated, bought insurance, got a fancy logo courtesy of grafiksyndikat, setup an online presence and done a hundred other things associated with launching a new business. I’ve still got a lot to figure out and I’m sure there will be a Mac Power Users workflow show in the future with the details.

I’m excited. The idea of building a business from the ground up is exhilarating. I love that I’m going to be able to practice law the way I’ve always wanted to.

I’m also terrified. The last month there’s been a steady stream of money going out for various setup expenses and realistically it will be 30 days before I send out my first invoice and even longer before I’m paid.

While I have been up at 2:00 a.m. a little more often than usual with various thoughts running through my mind, I also can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of peace. This decision feels right. However, I would not have been able to make this move without the support of my family, friends, long-time clients and, of course, this community. Income I’ve saved from this site and Mac Power Users has provided a safety net while I launch this new venture.

If you’d like to follow my new business, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook and through the website. I admit, I’d love to bump up my Twitter follower count as well as the likes on the Facebook Page and I’ll try not to bore you too much. Of course, if you are in the area and I can help, feel free to reach out.

I’ll let you know how it goes…