Starting any new business is like jumping off a cliff. I think the hardest part is making that decision to quit your day job and really go and chase your dream. Its not really until you have made that decision and have actually started the business that you can look around and see where you are at.
My decision to quit and started the criminal practice was gradual. I was working as a prosecutor and noticing how much work and who was taking it. I could see that the majority of the work was going to just one or two lawyers and I could see how much money they were making.
That said I don’t believe that financially speaking that was the strongest reason for me to want to start a criminal practice. I just wanted to do it. I had to do it. I knew that if I didn’t I would have always wondered what would have happened. An old college who had also left to go to the bar commented to me that, “You only have to look at the people who are currently doing your job now to see where you would have gone.”
I made a number of mistakes along the way. Firstly was not backing my instincts that their was enough criminal work out there. There was. I qualified as a migration agent. That cost me thousands. I started doing family law… poorly. Do just one thing and do it well. Be the best at one thing do not over commit yourself.
The second mistake was not understanding how important advertising is. If you have the opportunity to use television advertising do it. Be controversial. Make it interesting. There is money to be made in this business and I am just learning the ropes. Criminal law is by far the most interesting of all the legal specialties.
Piers Blomfield – Blomfield Legal.