I'll admit, my feelings are a little hurt that [it would appear] I did not get the job I interviewed for a couple weeks ago. The guy said they were going to hire someone "quickly." I would assume that someone isn't me since it's been two weeks and I've not heard anything. I even called to follow-up and emphasize my continued interest. Nada. I briefly considered continuing to call in desperation a la Swingers, but my desperation hasn't quite sunk to that level yet. Yet.
As for solo practicing, I finally ended up with a family law case. It's a mess, the client's a mess, and it's all going to give me an ulcer. I doubt my ability to practice family law long-term, because eventually I'm just going to stroke out. Too much stress. I just don't think it's worth it. But for right now I don't really have a choice, I need to take whatever comes along. For instance, I have an out-of-state client on a traffic court matter, and a warning order attorney appointment. Some quick easy money. I'd like a higher volume of quick easy money, and less volume of emotional turmoil. I still haven't brought in any actual money, since I had so much in expenses, so I still can't pay myself a salary from "the firm." Hopefully this month will change that. I've also got bar dues and insurance premiums to pay.
Sometimes I think back on my secretarial job when my only responsibilities were typing, printing, copying and filing, 40 hours a week. Making more money than I'm currently making, which is minimum wage (fuck you, unemployment). I wonder why the hell I was so stupid as to leave that and go to law school, thinking it would just be a simple promotion and a pay raise. I'm not sure it was either.
Solo practice is difficult, particularly without support staff, because it's having several jobs (and, I reiterate, not yet getting paid). Not only do I practice law, but I'm bogged down with administrative tasks, so that everything takes a really long time. Printing and copies and envelopes and filing and billing and going to the post office and the bank and answering the phone/making phone calls. Whew. Also, working on advertising and making contacts so I can get referrals. It's all very time-consuming. I really wanted a day off today, to have to myself, but it just didn't happen. I had work to do. I still have work to do. I need to get more efficient.