By Amanda Gonzalez • September 21, 2011•Ms. JD, Ms. JD Book Reviews
She just couldn’t hack it. Let’s be honest, we’ve all thought it. When a woman leaves BigLaw (or even MediumLaw) and goes out on her own…we think it. We think that she couldn’t make it. Sure, maybe she was just looking for a change; but, maybe she just need to work harder.
If you’ve ever thought those things…This is the book that will prove you wrong.
Released earlier this year, The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms is a series a letters from women who have started their own firms. Each of the women had her own reasons for starting her own firm. But none of those reasons were because a former job was just too hard. This book definitively dispels the myth that women leave law firms because of the hard work.
In fact, as many of the letters point out, running your own firm is often harder. Many of the writers suddenly had a number of roles to add to their already busy schedule. Business strategist, real estate agent, decorator, marketing department, and copy room technician were all roles that had to be filled without a large corporate support staff.
The book is equal parts war story and pep talk. I often felt like I was reading letters form a big sister. The message: you can do it, we have faith in you; but, it’s going to be tough. If you’re thinking about going out on your own this is a must read. It has the encouragement you need as well as some helpful hints and tricks. Be warned, however, this is not a nuts and bolts “how-to.” If you’re looking for the step by step instructions for starting a business there are probably better resources. But this book fills in the gaps that the “how to” manuals leave out. It will act as a guide for navigating the cultural twists and turns that a woman faces on…the road to independence.
To learn more or to order the book please visit the ABA website.